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Alison Karlene Hodgins

I'm a staff writer, online editor and community manager for explore magazine. I hold a Writing and Publishing Diploma from Okanagan College, a Bachelor of Journalism from Thompson Rivers University and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction from the University of King's College. You can find me on the top of a mountain, reading travel literature on the beach or sipping a coffee in a quirky cafe, especially if there's live music playing. I'm passionate about ethical tourism, outdoor adventure and learning to appreciate your own backyard. But I'm still a sucker for international travel—I've already explored over 35 different countries and plan to see as much of the world as possible. Follow my adventures at

Recent Posts

Looking for a local spot to enjoy the water? Here are 12 amazing options
Before you toss out the tick, send it in for testing to know your risk
Swap out unethical activities for more natural and less abusive interactions with animals.
We probably shouldn’t have underestimated Yosemite,” I say as we cross the quaking foot bridge...
Hot springs, hiking trails, cozy village vibes and the longest ski season in the USA
After 10 years, Alberta girl Alison returns to the Calgary Stampede with GMC Canada.
Can an Irish hotel have both local and international vibes? Travel writer Alison Hodgins finds...
Spring skiing, snowboarding competitions and a rowdy music festival. Is there any better way to...
About as close as you can get to travelling to Europe without leaving Canada
Not to be confused with Cuenca, Spain, this South American city has a lot going...
Our writer takes a journey through the Andes, on Ecuador's historically fatal locomotive...
We put this San Jose del Cabo timeshare-turned-resort to the vacation test.
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