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Our Writers

Janice Tober

Executive editor

A hotel lover since her first hotel stay, when she realized she didn’t have to make her own bed, Janice Tober is a freelance travel writer who has contributed to Lonely Planet, CN Traveler’s HotelChatter, Bravo TV’s Jetset and others.
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Michele Sponagle

Senior editor

Smitten by hotels ever since she was a kid, hoarding toiletries started early and picked up steam as Michele Sponagle began a career as a freelance journalist. Her globetrotting has taken her to properties in more than 50 countries, from rustic B&Bs to sprawling resorts.
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Waheeda Harris

Contributing writer

Waheeda Harris is a freelance journalist who writes about travel, design, culture, cuisine, style and the people who are passionate about what they create.
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Sandra MacGregor

Contributing writer

Sandra MacGregor is a freelance travel writer who estimates she has over 400 pint-sized hotel toiletries underneath her bathroom sink. She’s been published in a variety of publications, including the New York Times, National Geographic Travel and AFAR.
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Doug Wallace

Contributing writer

Editor and publisher of TravelRight.Today, Doug Wallace is a habitué of hip hotels worldwide. Current clients include the London Telegraph, Fairmont Magazine, Trivago.ca and Today’s Bride.
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Corrina Allen-Kiersons

Guest contributor

Corrina Allen-Kiersons is a Toronto-based travel, film and pop culture writer who has covered destinations ranging from Texas to Turkey. She’d happily live in a hotel full-time… if it wasn’t for her 90lb dog.
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Diana Ballon

Guest contributor

Diana Ballon is a freelance travel and health writer who has a messy bedroom and prefers the clean spare ones she finds in hotels. Her stories have appeared in various Canadian publications, including Best Health, WestJet Magazine, Canadian Cycling Magazine and Travel Life.
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Karen Burshtein

Guest contributor

Karen Burshtein is an award-winning journalist. She likes to write about travel and design and where they intersect, which often means hotels. She's been a contributor to Conde Nast Traveller's annual Hot Hotel list for more than a decade and also writes for Vogue.com, Travel + Leisure, Dwell, The Globe and Mail, enRoute and The Guardian.
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Claudia Laroye

Guest contributor

Claudia Laroye is a freelance travel writer who collects luxury toiletries and souvenir tea towels. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications, including Lonely Planet, Fodor’s, WestJet and Dreamscapes magazines.
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Maureen Littlejohn

Guest contributor

Maureen Littlejohn is a curious Sagittarius with a penchant for travel. Currently executive editor of Culture Magazin (no e!), she also contributes to a variety of publications and websites including NationalGeographic.com, Trivago.ca, edible Toronto and 10Best USA Today.
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Jen Mallia

Guest contributor

Jen Mallia is an Edmonton-based writer who spends her days debating if it is too late for coffee or too early for cocktails. She is notoriously bad at making the right call on that so is quite a lot of fun.
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Doug O'Neill

Guest contributor

What's the perfect travel day for writer Doug O'Neill? A day of outdoor adventure followed by a massage or martini in a comfy hotel. Maybe both. O'Neill writes for Canadian Geographic, Canadian Traveller and Urban Guides Canada.
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Alyssa Schwartz

Guest contributor

Alyssa Schwartz is an award-winning freelance travel writer. She contributes regularly to The Globe and Mail, Westjet Magazine and other publications.
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Jenn Smith Nelson

Guest contributor

Jenn Smith Nelson is an award-winning freelance travel writer and photographer who contributes to a long list of outlets including the Toronto Star, Globe & Mail, Explore magazine, CBC Radio, Global TV and more. Her stories often focus on nature, wildlife and family travel. Jenn is also the editor and owner of travelandhappiness.com.
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Nancy Truman

Guest contributor

Nancy is a Toronto-based freelance journalist who enjoys writing about the food and drink, culture, history and entrepreneurial spirit she comes across in her travels. Her work has been published in Bold Magazine, National Post, Vancouver Province and Toronto Sun.
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Emma Yardley

Guest contributor

Emma Yardley is a seasoned travel and lifestyle writer with a knack for discovering hidden hotel gems around the world. Starting out in journalism as a fashion editor, Emma has a finely tuned eye for style.
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Shel Zolkewich

Guest contributor

Shel writes about the outdoors, travel and food when she’s not playing outside, on the road or eating. She has weaknesses for 100-year old McClary cookstoves, fine white linens and puppies named Sammy.
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Adam Dooley

Publisher

Adam Dooley has had the travel bug since he was a wee lad visiting Scotland with his family. Since then he’s visited more than a dozen countries on four continents. His personal mission in life is to live well and bring joy, which is a large part of his motivation in publishing Hotel-Addict.com.
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