A guidebook writer on assignment in China when the Sichuan earthquake struck takes comfort in the sights and sounds of daily life.
For traveling families, homestays offer not just a place to sleep, but also an insider's look into another community and culture.
This yachtsmen's paradise is also a family playground.
Savoring the sweet taste of Paris.
are firing up the Vancouver food scene, one blow-torched mackerel at a time.
From pig ears to pupusas -- exploring ethnic breakfast spots around Boston.
An immigrant influx broadens the dining horizons on Cape Cod.
Other Feature Writing
From shelters to farms to TV studios, kids are pitching in with Mom and Dad.
When a server in a Rhode Island ice cream shop asks if you want a cabinet, is she offering you a drink or a place to store your backpack?
Vancouver’s home-grown Cupcakes bakery has gone from wild idea to urban icon.
Carolyn's travel guide, Moon Handbooks Ontario
, is now available from Avalon Travel Publishing -- in a new 2nd edition.
The Toronto Sun
says, "There's more to Ontario than Toronto, Ottawa and Niagara Falls, which may be why -- for the first time -- Moon Handbooks has published a guide on the entire province
. Written by Carolyn B. Heller, Ontario
covers attractions, dining and accommodations to suit travellers of all budget levels in a region that spans from Canada's southernmost point almost to the Arctic...."
Read about Carolyn's adventures in a Cree First Nations community in Northern Ontario in this feature for Perceptive Travel
magazine: Going Where No Roads Go in Ontario
, which was awarded Honorable Mention, Best Story about Travel in Canada at the Travel Media Association of Canada (TMAC) Awards, 2013.
If you're especially interested in Ontario's Georgian Bay region, check out Carolyn's guide, Moon Spotlight Georgian Bay & Cottage Country
, also available from Avalon Travel Publishing in a new 2nd edition.
And listen to this episode of the Amateur Travel Podcast, where Carolyn talks about a great Ontario Road Trip around Georgian Bay: Amateur Traveler Episode 474 - Ontario Road Trip
Carolyn is also the author of Living Abroad in Canada
, a travel and relocation guide from Avalon Travel, that ShelterOffshore.com
calls "an essential guidebook for would-be and brand new expatriates embarking on a new life in Canada
." And Transitions Abroad
says that it's "a well-researched and practical companion that provides all the information and resources you need to make a successful move."
Ready for breakfast in a Sikh temple or brunch in a Hindu house of worship? Want to watch Cold War movies in a vintage 1960s bunker or croon karaoke with a Chinatown drag queen? Then check out Carolyn's LonelyPlanet.com
features: Vancouver's Temples of Food
and Offbeat Ottawa: 10 Quirky Things to do in Canada's Capital City.
Carolyn shares the scoop on hotels, B&Bs, and other lodgings across Canada
and elsewhere for the hotel review site, Hotel-Scoop
Check out her posts about Toronto's sexiest hotel
, Victoria's friendliest B&B
, a Hollywood chic boutique hotel in Portland
, a posh escape to Whistler
, and many more:
Oak Bay Beach Hotel: Splash Out in Luxury in Victoria, BC
Toronto on a Budget: Lodgings for Frugal Travelers
Winnipeg’s Inn at the Forks: Your Base for Art, French Culture, and Shmoo Torte
Beavers and Moose and Bears, Oh My: Whistlers Inn at Jasper National Park
Where to Stay on Canada’s Acadian Coast
The Inn at Mama’s Fish House: Comfy Cottages and First-Rate Fish on Maui’s North Shore
Ka’anapali Beach Hotel: Maui’s “Most Hawaiian” Hotel
Paia Inn: A Cool Boutique Hotel on Maui
Hotel Moloka’i: A Laid-Back Lodging on a Laid-Back Hawaiian Island
Pension de la Plage: A Friendly and Affordable Guesthouse in Tahiti
Rancho Valencia Resort: Serious Fitness and Posh Pampering near San Diego, California
Sugar Ridge Retreat Centre: Ontario’s Quietest Escape
First Hotel Twentyseven, Copenhagen: A Boutique Hotel for Social Travelers
Andersen Hotel, Copenhagen: Your Room for 24 Hours – What a Concept!
Carolyn's travel, food, and feature articles -- about ethnic restaurants, Caribbean travel, family volunteering, local eating, Canadian spas, bike touring, parenting twins, chocolate in Paris, cupcakes in Vancouver, homestay travel, and more -- have appeared in publications ranging from the Los Angeles Times
, Boston Globe
, and Miami Herald
; to FamilyFun
, Real Weddings
, Perceptive Travel
, Northwest Meetings and Events
(International Spa Association), Global Connection
, and Harmony Airways' magazines; to the book, Travelers’ Tales Paris
A full-time freelance writer and editor since 1996, Carolyn has contributed to more than 50 travel and restaurant guides to destinations from Asia to New England to the Pacific Northwest. Recent credits include:
Author of Moon Handbooks: Ontario, a 450-page guidebook covering unique experiences, great local eating, and distinctive places to stay, from Toronto, Ottawa, and Niagara Falls to the Thousand Islands, the Bruce Peninsula, and other destinations across Canada's most diverse province.
Author of Living Abroad in Canada, a travel and relocation guide from Avalon Travel Publishing
Contributor to Lonely Planet's The World's Best Brunches and The World's Best Street Food
Contributing author for three editions of Lonely Planet's China guide
Covered Vancouver sights, restaurants, and shopping, as well as Victoria, the Cowichan Valley, and the southern Gulf Islands, for Fodor's Vancouver & Victoria guide
Contributing author of Fodor's Pacific Northwest guidebook
Consulting editor, Zagat Survey's Beijing and Hong Kong guides
Wrote an online Vancouver destination guide for SmarterTravel.com
Contributing author of Moon Metro Vancouver from Avalon Travel Publishing
Contributing author of Best Places Northwest from Sasquatch Books.
Carolyn previously wrote three editions of the Zagat Survey's Boston Restaurants guide, covering more than 1000 places to eat in Boston, Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket. She is also a long-standing contributor to many Fodor's Travel Guides.
Text and photographs on this site Copyright © 2006-2015 Carolyn B. Heller and may not be used without written permission. All rights reserved. Proprietary rights may be held by others or in addition to Carolyn B. Heller.