Debra Smith is a Calgary-based writer who’s written for various publications including Canada.com, Vacay.ca, the Calgary Herald, the Vancouver Sun and Homes & Living Magazine. For Debra, travel is about learning about other cultures and joyfully living in the moment. When she’s not travelling, you can catch her with her weekly pub trivia team.
Coolest place you’ve ever visited and why: Hawaii Island stole my heart and it hasn’t given it back yet. Volcanoes, rainforests, waterfalls, black beaches and the best hidden snorkel spots—it’s got it all.
All-time favourite souvenir: A mesquite walking stick from Canyon de Chelly National Monument in Arizona that I brought home after trekking through the canyon for a week with my daughter.
Favourite travel memory: Hearing a retired opera star singing a cappella to an adoring crowd in the Temple of Heaven Park in Beijing.