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Alison Karlene Hodgins

Hey there! I'm Alison. 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 often 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 one's 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

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.
For those times you can't just run off to the airport
There's a lot more to experience beyond the adults-only swim-up-bar and buffet
12 awesome gifts priced between $5 and $400
After being devastated by Hurricane Irma, Cuba has been rebuilding its resorts and beaches to...
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