BIO — KATE POCOCK
One of Canada's top family travel writers, Kate started her career as a magazine editor (after Journalism at Toronto’s Ryerson University and post-graduate studies at the Sorbonne). During the 1990's and early 2000's, she helped to launch five national publications including Chatelaine Travels! and Travel & More, Your Air Miles Magazine.
Kate's family stories, many based on travel adventures with her own three kids (as well as nine nieces and nephews), are read in magazines from AARP The Magazine to Reader's Digest and Today's Parent. For more than ten years, she also wrote hundreds of "Family Fare" travel columns for the Toronto Sun and sister publications. Between editing gigs, she continues to work as a full-time freelancer.
Although she specializes in family travel across Canada (with 14 chapters for National Geographic Guide to Family Adventure Vacations and Fodor's Around Toronto with Kids), her stories and photos cover family exploits around the world.
Recently, she has focused on travelling with older kids, teens, 20-somethings, and multi-generational travel. For samples of her work, please click onto categories to your left.
For more on Kate and her family travel writing, click onto minute 3:46 to see a short 2014 video on her and her work: Canadian Tourism Commission GoMedia Awards.
2016: SATW (Society of American Travel Writers) Photo Award
2014: Three-time NATJA Awards Finalist
2013: Best Blogging Award, Canadian Tourism Commission
2013: NATJA Award, Intergenerational and Family Travel
2013: Finalist, Best Travel Blog, Ontario Tourism
2012: Silver and Bronze Writing Awards, North American Travel Journalists' Association
2011: Photo Award: SATW Bill Muster Photo Showcase, Honorable Mention
2010: First Prize, Consumer Tips and Advice; Award of Merit, Family and Intergenerational Travel, NATJA Awards
2010: Best Service Feature, Travel Media Association of Canada
2009: First Prize, Senior Travel, North American Travel Journalists' Association
2009: Merit Award, Family Travel, North American Travel Journalists' Association
2008: Kalama Award, Maui Visitors Bureau, for ongoing enlightenment of readers
2007: First place, Best Family Story, North American Travel Journalists' Association
2007: Runner up, Best Original Internet Article, North American Travel Journalists' Association
2007: Runner Up, Best Senior Travel Article, North American Travel Journalists' Association
2006: First prize, Family Travel Category, North American Travel Journalists' Association
2006: Cayman Islands Award for Excellence in Caribbean Travel Writing, Travel Media Association of Canada
2005: National Magazine Award for article in Today's Parent magazine
2004: Best Travel Article, Travel Media Association of Canada
2004: Award for Excellence in Travel Journalism, Travel Media Association of Canada
Family Travel Articles
Hundreds of travel stories and photos in magazines over the last 20 years including:
AAA Living, AARP The Magazine, Americas, CAA Magazine, Canadian Geographic, Chatelaine, Collections (Toronto Zoo magazine), Cruise Lifestyles, DreamScapes, Ensemble Vacations Magazine, Frommer’s Budget Travel, Grapevine (New Zealand), Healthwise Magazine, Life, etc. (Royal Bank of Canada), Maclean's newsweekly magazine, Michigan Living, MoneySense, More Magazine, My Ontario, Ontario, New York Times, Niagara Parks Visitor Guide, There's no Place Like This, Reader's Digest, Family Outlook, New Outlook, SilverKris (Singapore Airlines), SkyWritings (Air Jamaica's in-flight), SOHO Small Business, Small World Magazine, Spa Life, Sunquest Magazine, Today’s Parent, Toronto Magazine, Grandparent and Travel & More, Your Air Miles Magazine; Travel Guide to Canada; Travel Guide to Florida; Wings (Sunwing Airlines); Your Teen Magazine; and Zoom-Zoom Magazine (Mazda).
Hundreds of stories and photos for The Globe and Mail, Miami Herald, The Toronto Sun and other newspapers.
Dozens of original travel stories and photos including: www.newyorktimes.com, www.todaysparent.com, www.Kaboose.com, www.macleans.ca, www.traveltowellness.com, www.journeywoman.com, www.SeeTorontoNow.com,.www.TakeOffEh.com, www.Trekaroo.com, www.VisitGeorgianBay.com., www.NortheasternOntario.com.
Family Travel Guides
2005: Author, Uniroyal Passport to Road Trip Adventure, Michelin Canada, Montreal
2001: Author, Around Toronto with Kids, Fodor’s Travel Publications, Random House, New York
2000: Contributor, National Geographic Guide to Family Adventure Vacations, National Geographic Society, Washington
American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA)
Society of American Travel Writers (SATW)
Travel Media Association of Canada (TMAC)
Speaking and Teaching
Kate is available for speaking engagements, seminars and workshops. In July 2019, she will be teaching a week-long Travel Writing workshop with photographer Rob Stimpson at Fleming College, Haliburton School of the Arts (situated in Ontario’s cottage country).
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