afarThe 9 Most Environmentally Harmful Things about Travel—and What to Do Instead

Carbon emissions, animal exploitation, water waste—there are a lot of eco-unfriendly factors that you could be contributing to without even realizing it. Here are nine common travel eco blunders…and how to fix them so that you really do only leave footprints behind.

EDT-montrealTreat Yo’self: A Guide to Self-Indulgence in Romantic Montreal
Eat Drink Travel

There’s no such thing as bad romance in Montreal, even when it’s with yourself. Our short guide to self-indulgence in Montreal. Montreal, je t’aime!

Napa of the North articleNapa of the North: Niagara’s Trendsetting Ways
Taste & Travel

Niagara’s relative youth (its winemaking only really began to grow in the 1970s), combined with a unique geology and cooler, fluctuating temperatures, gives it an avant garde edge in an old tradition.

EDT-istanbulDowntown and Island Bound in Istanbul
Eat Drink Travel

It’s just after 6pm on a Tuesday in Istanbul. The line of traffic snakes down Kemeralti Caddesi, workers all heading toward the Bosphorus Bridge to take them out of the city’s downtown European core and home to the primarily residential Asian side. It’s rush hour, but it could really be any time of day.

EDT-ecoGoing Green on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia
Eat Drink Travel

Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia offers a green paradise for eco-conscious travellers. Among the locals, there’s a genuine love for the land and meaningful commitment to preserving it. It’s not eco-tourism, it’s eco-living. And when a place and its people are so naturally beautiful, you can’t help but feel healed.

Cape Breton cuisine articleNova Scotia Has Plenty of Lobster Love & Foodie Finds in Cape Breton
Eat Drink Travel

Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton has some of the world’s best seafood: lobsters are pulled fresh from the sea, scallops have put the town of Digby on foodie maps, and their chowder is as much a part of the culture as tartans and the fiddle. But there’s also a thriving food and drink scene along Cape Breton’s Cabot Trail, where lobster is just the beginning.

New Zealand articleNew Zealand’s Wild West
Travel+Escape Magazine

There are dinosaurs on New Zealand’s south island. My guide for our south island tour, Mike, tells me this as he drops us off at the Pororari River trailhead in Paparoa National Park.

TE-StampedeBehind the Scenes at Stampede

When the flood waters stormed Calgary last month, one big question was whether the “Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth” would be cancelled. Travel+Escape went behind the scenes in Calgary to see how the rodeo went ahead, come hell or high water.

TE-SalgadoSalgado’s Genesis: Photos of the Unexplored World

Famed photojournalist Sebastião Salgado’s latest work explores some of the world’s most remote destinations. Here’s an inside peek at his Genesis exhibit.

TE-NiagaraGetting Sweet in Niagara

It’s the Days of Wine and Chocolate festival all this month in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Whether you’re there for a Valentine’s Day adventure with your sweetheart or a girls’ getaway with friends, here’s how to make the most of this sweet event.

TasteTravel-CubaCuba Libre
Taste & Travel

Tammy Burns heads to Havana in search of off-resort dining.

TE-TofinoRoad Raging to Tofino

On a disaster-filled road trip across British Columbia with two university friends, Tammy Burns discovered that sometimes the worst travel adventures make the best memories.

TE-SleepingGiantLet Sleeping Giants Lie

A hiking trek deep into the woods of Northern Ontario takes writer Tammy Burns out of her comfort zone and into the path of the Sleeping Giant.

TE-Bali Finding Faith in Bali

After a series of robberies on the road, Tammy Burns learns to trust again while travelling in Bali, Indonesia—thanks to a sunrise hike and a Balinese taxi driver.

TE-HavanaRidingHavana Riding

Peso taxis are a great way to discover pockets of Cuban life most tourists never see.

TE-HavanaChurrosHavana Churros: Greasy Goodness

Sometimes the best things in life really are the simplest. And worth the wait, says Tammy Burns.

TE-HavanaHemingwayHavana’s Other Hemingway Hangout

Follow Tammy Burns’ sore footsteps through the city’s cobblestone streets and take a seat at Dos Hermanos.

TE-HavanaMaleconThe Malécon: Where Havana meets the ocean

Havana’s famous beachfront boulevard changes with the moods of the ocean. Stroll the Malécon with writer Tammy Burns in Cuba, and find out why it’s called Havana’s sofa.

TE-IceHotelSurviving Quebec’s Hôtel de Glace

Think you have what it takes to spend the night in a hotel made of snow and ice? Tammy Burns tried it … and lived to tell the icy tale.

Circumference-MyvatnStick to the Trail when Touring Iceland’s Alien and Volatile Lake Mývatn
The Circumference

Iceland’s landscape is often described as “other worldly” or “eerie,” with its black lava fields, steaming hot springs, and temperamental volcanoes that leave you feeling as if you’re on another planet. And while much of this small arctic country fits that description, perhaps no area displays the alien-like beauty of Iceland like Lake Mývatn.

Circumference-IceHotelSpend the Night in a Hotel Made of Ice
The Circumference

The first thing they tell you at the Ice Hotel is not to put your head inside your sleeping bag. You’ll want to. It’s cold in the Ice Hotel and your nose will want to tuck itself under the covers to keep warm. But if you do, your warm breath will mix with the hotel’s cold air and you’ll end up with a sleeping bag with an opening coated in ice.

Circumference-GullfossGaze Out Over the Glacial Glory of Gullfoss Waterfall
The Circumference

When you first arrive at Gullfoss, you’ll wonder what all the fuss is about. You approach from the top, down river from where the falls drop off, and as you draw nearer, it looks like a small, albeit pretty, waterfall. You’ll probably think it seems a bit disappointing to be the most famous waterfall in Iceland, but then as you walk closer, you’ll suddenly realize that the falling water just… disappears.

Circumference-JenolanExplore the Oldest Cave System in the World at the Jenolan Caves
The Circumference

If you’re prone to carsickness, a trip to Australia’s Jenolan Caves may not be for you. The road leading into the Jenolan Caves is a winding, up, down, narrow jumble of twists and turns that can leave even the calmest passenger feeling a bit nauseated.

Circumference-BaliSee Bali’s Famous Sunset at Tanah Lot
The Circumference

The seaside temple of Pura Tanah Lot is probably the most famous and most photographed place in Bali. Every hotel offers sunset tours out to the temple, and every visitor has seen photos of it before they’ve even visited. There’s really only one reason for its iconic status: it’s beautiful.

TorontoStar-IcelandIcelandic volcano fires up the imagination
Toronto Star

The Icelandic ash cloud has lifted, following the eruption of the infamous Eyjafjallajökull volcano, and flights have resumed. So has volcanic tourism.

TorontoStar-VolcanoIceland struggles to return to normal
Toronto Star

While much of the ash cloud that disrupted flights across Europe has diminished, the air here still smells like burnt asphalt as tourists drop in.

BlogTO-CheltenhamCheltenham Badlands and Forks of the Credit

When I was brainstorming ideas for what to do last weekend, a friend suggested we visit the Badlands. Badlands? As in those odd, Mars-like barren dunes you find out west? I told her that sounded swell and all, but this was going to be a one day adventure and a trip to Alberta was out of the question.

Circumference-RideauSkate Along the Rideau Canal: the World’s Largest Skating Rink
The Circumference

To skate the Rideau Canal is to conquer the fierce February winds, and then succumb to the inevitable muscle aches that sear your legs in the days that follow. Stretching out at just less then 16 km round-trip (the size of more than 100 hockey rinks laid end-to-end), Ottawa’s Rideau Canal is the world’s largest skating rink.

TorontoStar-BaliPre-dawn climb reveals ‘sun-sational’ view
Toronto Star

Panting and gasping, I attempt to scramble up the steep slope, slipping and stumbling on the rocks, fumbling in the darkness.

GlobeandMailEscaping the clutch of a monkey’s paw
Globe and Mail

While many of Bali’s temples are popular monkey hangouts, Ulu Watu on the island’s Bukit Peninsula is particularly notorious.


2 thoughts on “Portfolio

  1. Tammy! Thanks so much for your very kind mention and link to my blog. I was just becoming grumpy and sad about laboring away in the trenches seemingly for naught. Your pingback definitely perked up my spirits.

    Nice site. Keep writing!

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