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Read about top travel destinations in North America on travel website Vawn Voyage, with articles by travel writer Vawn Himmelsbach.

Wellness vacations: 5 Nordic spa experiences in Canada

Anyone suffering from pandemic fatigue (and who isn’t?) is now feeling the weight of other global stressors, from armed conflict to economic disruption. And, with a new COVID variant on the scene, the pandemic...

Gravenhurst: Exploring the gateway to Muskoka

Driving north along Highway 400 from Toronto, I’m thinking about work, and emails, and my endless to-do list. But just a few hours later, I’m in cottage country — and the stress of work...

How to go on safari in Canada

We had just spotted our third bear in as many days on a road trip along Alberta’s Icefields Parkway. As we drove around a curve on the narrow two-lane highway, he suddenly came into...

Custom-made California

Napa Valley is an ideal starting point for a Northern California road trip. Despite the rumours, its vineyards haven’t all burned to the ground — it’s business as usual in Wine Country. The high...
Fernie, B.C.

The best of Fernie, B.C., in three days

This classic ski town in the Canadian Rockies is known for its legendary powder. But you don’t have to be a seasoned skier to enjoy all that Fernie has to offer. Here’s what to...
Kissimmee, Florida

Air-ventures in Kissimmee

I’m in an airboat, on the edge of the Everglades. Spanish moss drips from cypress trees, reflected in water as clear as glass under a cloudless Florida sky. Watching great egrets and roseate spoonbills,...

Newfoundland: Open water, open mind

“So be easy and free, when you’re drinking with me, I’m a man you don’t meet every day …” I’m listening to musician Alan Doyle of Great Big Sea—but not on Spotify. He’s sitting...
LIB festival Las Vegas

LIB-ing it up in Las Vegas

The doors close and I’m trapped inside. There’s no leaving now, not without a public heckling from the guys on stage. I came here to be entertained—not be part of the entertainment as part...
The Palm Beaches is heaven itself

The Palm Beaches: Heaven itself (not the waiting room)

I step onto the grass in wedges, flute of champagne in hand, following the lead of the locals. It’s half-time, and a sea of floral sundresses and Lilly Pulitzer-printed rompers flood the polo field...
Canada travel destinations in springtime

Where to experience the best of spring in Canada

From tracking caribou herds in the Yukon to spotting icebergs in Newfoundland, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the season of renewal. A spring road trip can ease you out of winter hibernation...


Vawn Himmelsbach is a journalist, travel writer and tech blogger based in Toronto.


Durban, South Africa

6 things to dig into in Durban, South Africa

Durban is designed for adventure, with miles of sandy beaches along its rugged coastline and mountains just a few hours’ drive away. To the...