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Peggy Weddell

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Peggy Weddell is a travel writer based in Calgary, Canada whose printed articles have appeared in national newspapers and magazines. She is the former editor and publisher of a travel newsletter, distributed to clients of established travel agencies throughout Western Canada. As the destinations features writer for a travel industry magazine, and national airline, she has extensively and written about places on every continent in the world. Peggy has interspersed her writing career with some notable marketing contracts.  She worked with the Host Broadcaster for four years leading to and including the 1988 Winter Olympic Games in Calgary and co-authored the commentators handbook.  She was Executive Director of the Calgary Stampede Foundation from 2000 to 2005.  She is an avid traveller and active sportswoman: golfer, skier, hiker, cyclist, and sailor.  

Posts by Peggy Weddell

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  • 1
    What is the most important thing you've learned from traveling?

    To maximize the enjoyment of any trip, I have learned to research the destination as thoroughly as possible In advance. The internet makes this easy and I save the information on my iPad or laptop for reference. If I am travelling to a country where English is not the mother tongue, I learn the basic greetings and essential words. It indicates I am a savvy and seasoned traveller and generates better treatment than the average tourist.

  • 2
    Have you ever been somewhere that was so bad you couldn't write about it?

    As part of a sponsored trip to promote tourism on Australia’s Gold Coast, I visited a park devoted to indigenous creatures of Australia, including koalas, crocodiles and kangaroos. To my mind, the enclosures were horrid, both unsanitary and unsafe. The place was owned and operated by a man whose handling of crocodiles on a television series made him famous. He died about 10 years ago from multiple stabs from a stingray he was trying to wrestle.

  • 3
    What's your favorite mode of transportation? Why?

    The best mode of transportation depends solely on the destination. It could be a canal boat in Burgundy, a luxury bus in India or a train in the Alps. My favourite mode, usually, is a rental car if I am going to be exploring a particular country where driving and roads are safe. It is the best way to find those unusual places off the beaten tourist track and to learn about the people and customs.

  • 4
    What's your most exciting or surprising travel experience?

    On a bicycle trip in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam, we stayed at a guest farm and slept in a hut on surprisingly comfortable US army cots (leftover from the war). Our Vietnamese hosts were gracious and gentle people who treated us like royalty. They prepared a memorable meal on an open wood fire stove and served under the stars. It was the best meal in the most romantic setting we experienced on the entire trip!