Selected Works

Travel Writing
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.
Food Writing
Izakayas 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.

About Carolyn B. Heller

Carolyn B. Heller is an avid traveler and passionate food lover who has eaten on the streets, in fine restaurants, and everywhere in between in nearly 40 countries.

Born and raised in the United States, she has swapped fairy tales with a Druze family in a Golan Heights village, lived with a family in France, and shared chunbing (pancakes) with a family in northeastern China. She has taverna-hopped on Crete and tapas-bar-hopped across Spain, taken cooking lessons on the island of Grenada, and learned to sail in British Columbia.

She has crisscrossed the US multiple times, including a six-week mother-daughter road trip with her pre-teen twins, where they ate mashed potatoes with gravy in 14 states while searching for the perfect strawberry pie.

When she's not on the road, Carolyn lives with her husband and daughters in Vancouver, BC, where she's trying to learn enough Mandarin to read the specials on restaurant walls.

Carolyn has been a full-time freelance travel, food, and feature writer since 1996. She's a member of the Authors Guild and the Travel Media Association of Canada. She holds dual U.S./​Canadian citizenship.

For a more complete list of credits, see Carolyn's LinkedIn profile.

Follow Carolyn on twitter:​CarolynBHeller.

Carolyn has been featured on: featured Carolyn in the weekly Travel Tuesday Q&A, where she dished about her favorite Vancouver restaurants, her strangest Ontario experience, and what she's learned since moving to Canada.

Read another interview with Carolyn -- with tips about life as a travel writer -- at Travel Writing 2.0.

Jungle Red Writers also profiled Carolyn "On traveling, writing, and living in Canada."
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