About Me

I am a true jack-of-all-trades: I play guitar, make hemp bracelets, speak French and German, ref basketball, text ridiculously fast, and make a killer coffee. Despite all of these attractive traits, I have but one true passion in life: travel writing.

I have explored over 30Β different countries. My favourite way to travel is by backpack – to drop everything in life and buy a one-way ticket, pack up the next few years into a couple bags, and take off into the great unknown. It’s a whirl-wind way of living; I love it more than anything.

I will take you on a vicarious journey through various forms of travel writing: music, poetry, true stories, top tens, advice, photography, and videos. From Europe to Australia to my home-roots of Canada, I’ve got your destination covered.

I am biased based on my experiences. Please feel free to comment with counter-arguments (or even agreements)! Are you ready to explore the world with me?

Happy travels!

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13 comments

  1. Hello Ms. Alison,

    I hope you are doing well. I am not sure whether or not you are the one who wrote the wonderful story “Pay it Forward,” from a recently published book for the Chicken Soup for the Soul Series. The story, however, touched my heart and soothed my soul in a very positive way and it was the most beautiful heart-warming article I have ever read in my life. Please let me know if you are the same Alison Karlene who wrote the story.

    Best regards,
    Hamza Hassan
    Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

    • Hello Hamza!

      Yes, I did write the story ‘Pay it Forward’ for the recently published Chicken Soup for the Soul anthology. I am so glad you enjoyed it so much and that it had such a deep impression on you. That is the sole reason that I write πŸ™‚ I appreciate the comment and feel very encouraged!

      Warm regards,
      Alison

  2. What a beautiful story you have written, Alison. I subscribed to the Chicken Soup’s daily newsletter almost 7 years ago. I used to receive 1 story from different books online everyday since the day I subscribed. After reading more than 2,500 short stories over the past 7 years, your impressive story came to me several weeks ago and warmed my entire body despite the bitter cold. I was deeply impressed with the positive attitude of the woman who, in an instant, changed the moods of the drivers with her good gesture to pay for the order of the driver behind her. We have to incessantly fill our hearts with love for other people around us in this world. Believe me Alison, it will very soon overflow into the world in which we all live. You loved the woman deeply to the point that you preserved the incident in ink for the whole world to read. I am sure that the drivers loved her more for warming their hearts on that frigid day. I, across the globe, loved her even more after reading the story for her beautiful smile. Didn’t love overflow into the world in which she lived?

    I would just like to take your permission to forward the story to all my friends around the world. In addition to the above mentioned lesson of filling their hearts with love, they will no doubt learn an even greater lesson in this winter season: Winter will be very cold for those who have no warm hearts.

    Blessings to you and your family,
    Hamza

  3. Thanks, Alison, for your kind words. You deserve more than to be called a great writer. You are a very talented writer and your writing style is beautiful beyond the words to day.

    Please be informed that I sent the same first email to alisonkarlenehodgins@hotmail.com and to a Facebook page lat week and the week before. I just wanted to make sure that my message reaches the person who wrote the story. If this is your email address, then please ignore the message since we are already contacting through your website. If the Facebook page is for you, please accept my friendship invitation.

    Blessings,
    Hamza

  4. How are you doing today Alison? I hope you have had a very blessed Thanksgiving with your family and friends. May your sacred days always be filled with joy, happiness, peace, and gratitude for what you have.

    Blessings,
    Hamza

  5. Hola Blogger!!

    This is Be Hostels from Barcelona, writing you with an invitation! We had a look to your travel blog and we like it a lot! If you are planning to come to our beautiful city Barcelona (Spain), we want to invite to sleep for free at Be Hostels.

    Our proposal is that you include your opinion about our Hostels in the article you write about Barcelona!

    What do you think about the idea?

    We hope to hear from you soon!

    Keep traveling, Keep smiling! πŸ™‚

    Be Hostels Marketing Manager
    Valia Farre
    valia@behostels.com
    http://www.behostels.com
    https://www.facebook.com/Barcelona.Hostels

    • Hello Valia,

      Thank you so much for your kind words! I did some research on Be Hostels. Next time I plan on passing through Barcelona, I would love to stay and write an article that includes a review of the hostel πŸ™‚

      I will send you an email if my Summer 2014 Eurotrip takes me to Spain. If not, I will be in contact in the future – if you have any more affiliated hostels in Europe, please pass on my information!

      Warm regards,
      Alison

  6. Hiya Alison, I’ve only just come across your blog and have so many questions, your probably too busy exploring to answer all of them so I’ll keep it short…

    When did you first travel alone and was it scary? I’m looking to travel alone to Oz and im sooooo scared I’ll meet no one, im a similar age to you and wondered how you coped on your own??? Hope to hear from you soon!!! x

    • Hello Paige,

      My first time travelling alone was when I was 18 – and I was terrified! Fear is completely natural, and even good! It will keep you level-headed and on your guard. Just remember that there are good people and assholes everywhere you go. If you stay in hostels, you’ll meet like-minded backpackers and make lifelong friends. If you learn to judge character quickly and ask for help, you will be shocked by how helpful people are. You will encounter difficulties, but you will come out the other side smarter and stronger for it. So keep your fear, but don’t let it hold you back – face it!

      (Also, Oz is the first place I travelled alone, and in my opinion it’s the easiest! So I’m confident you’ll be more than fine. Have fun!)

  7. Hi Alison,

    This is Saul at GPSmyCity, a publisher of travel apps on iTunes App Store and Google Play. Β We have reviewed your blog and are interested in working with you to convert some of your blog posts into mobile apps so they can be sold on iTunes App Store and Google Play. Β There is no cost to you – we work with blogger on a revenue share basis.

    If you wish to learn more about this opportunity, please reply to my email so I will send you additional information.

    Thanks and regards,
    Saul Tarasoff
    GPSmyCity.com

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