The pathway to a career in writing has been – as some of the best things are – a bit circuitous. I started out writing government research papers and ended up specializing in travel, food and lifestyle. I tossed the map out the window and took a few chances – that was the first step in getting out from behind a government desk and into a life of exploring the world.

Getting from “there” to “here” . . .

It wasn’t hard to see that – during my government stint – my travel addiction ravaged my paycheque. Cutting out the middleman looked like the prudent move – a sudden career detour and I moved into travel writing. My first piece sold in 45 minutes. Within three days that one article was parlayed into a bi-weekly travel column that ran for seven years. I’ve been writing travel features ever since (to feed my travel-addicted soul) and food, lifestyle and environmental pieces (to pay my bills). So far, so good.

A bit about Josephine Matyas

I am a full-time freelance writer whose work has appeared in publications from Canada to the U.S. to Australia.

Hundreds of my articles and photographs have appeared in a wide variety of newspapers, magazines and websites including:

  • Toronto Star
  • The Globe and Mail
  • West of the City
  • Doctor’s Review
  • CAA magazine
  • Canadian Living
  • Canadian Tourism Commission
  • Taste
  • Canadian Traveller
  • DREAMSCAPES Travel and Lifestyle Magazine
  • Good Life
  • Kingston Life Magazine
  • Backpack
  • Zoomer
  • Toronto Sun
  • Ensemble Vacations
  • Air Canada Vacations
  • Ark & Tent
  • VIA destinations
  • Winnipeg Free Press
  • Restaurant Management Magazine
  • Conference Kingston
  • Inns Magazine
  • Welcome Back Students
  • inflight magazines such as Sunwing and Signature Vacations

You’ll find samples of my published pieces under the section “articles” and my images in the “photo gallery.”

My approach to travel

I specialize in exploring and writing about ecotourism and soft outdoor adventure (give me a kayak, canoe, snorkel or hiking boots). When I travel, I look for the undiscovered side of a destination – usually with a strong component of food, the environment and local culture (festivals, markets, heritage, music, history). I write enthusiastically about off-the-beaten path locations.

Editors like to know that I file on time (always), early (sometimes). In addition to writing, I am a bit of a stickler for details, which has been a perfect fit for my editing and copy editing roles:

  • Online editor (www.kingstonlife.ca), 2008-2009
  • Associate Editor for Welcome Back Students, Bride Guide, Kingston Visitor Guide, Conference Kingston and Key to Kingston, 2008-2009
  • Managing Editor for Cottage Times, 2005 and 2006
  • Current newsletter editor for TMAC Travels, the monthly newsletter for the Travel Media Association of Canada


Travel Media Association of Canada (TMAC), member and past board member

2009 and 2010 panelist with National Geographic’s Destination Stewardship survey (http://traveler.nationalgeographic.com/2009/11/destinations-rated/panelists-text)