ABOUT CHRIS2022-10-06T12:01:47-07:00


Travel writer Chris McBeath has worked aboard cruise ships, opened hotels, managed convention centers, marketed spas and spa resorts, and written guide books and travel articles on nearly every aspect of travel.

This makes Chris an astute observer of the travel experience with an insider’s eye to customer services, comfort and hospitality.

For this reason, Chris is asked regularly to consult to both the hotel and spa industry on operational, design, management and sales issues, and is considered one of the foremost experts in the evolution of the spa wellness movement and what it takes to create a successful spa.

As an award-winning travel journalist, travel guide, photographer, and spa specialist, Chris McBeath writes for television on travel and spa wellness; for the meetings and conventions sector; for the Internet, and for tourism industry and consumer travel magazines around the world. From exotic locations in Malaysia, Africa, and Europe to sunsets on your own doorstep, Chris McBeath’s travel photography accompanies her travel articles and spa stories on spa resorts around the world.

Through Travelink Publishing Chris publishes guide books, photo books, greeting cards, travel photo postcards, and how-to books on writing, spas, and spiritual questing.


Chris has received several awards from organizations including the Society of American Travel Writers, North American Travel Journalists Association, and the Travel Media Association of Canada, among others.  They include:


Bylines include: Adrenaline, African Access, Arkansas Gazette, Association, BellaOnLine, The Canada Travel Magazine, Chicago Tribune, Chronicle-Herald, Common Ground, Forsyth News, HolidayMaker, Hospitality, Ignite, Inn Focus, Innkeeping World, InnSpire, London Free Press, Meetings & Incentive Travel, Publican, Pulse, Smart Meetings, Spa Business, Spa Life, Seattle Magazine, Shared Vision, 24-Hours, Time Out Guides, Travel Guides to Canada, TravelWorld, Trips, Toronto Star, Vancouver Sun, Weissman Travel Reports, Where Magazine (columnist), West Ender, and World Hospitality. Through Travelink’s greatestgetaways concept, articles also appear regularly in a network of community newspapers throughout the Pacific Northwest, and across Canada.


  • Society of American Travel Writers
  • North American Travel Journalists Association
  • Travel Media Association of Canada


    • Contributor Fodors Guide to Alaska (2022, 2018, 2015)
    • Co-author Fodors Vancouver & Victoria (2023, 2020, 2017, 2013)
    • Author, Bindu Essential Victoria, and Essential Vancouver apps (2016/2017/2018)
    • Author, SutroWorld Essential Victoria app (2013)
    • Co-author, Frommers: British Columbia (2012) ; Frommers: Vancouver & Victoria (2012)
    • Author, Frommers expanded Guide Vancouver Island, Gulf Islands and San Juan Islands (2011/2009)
    • Author, Frommers Pocket Guide to Vancouver Island, Gulf Islands and San Juan Islands (2007)
    • Co-author Fodors The Carolinas & Georgia – (2007)
    • Author, Dummies Guide to Vancouver & Victoria (2005)
    • Co-author Fodors Gold Guide to British Columbia (2006 & 2004)
    • Author The Magic of Greater Vancouver, distributed by Raincoast of Canada
    • Contributor to Cruise Ships – The Inside Story, published by Collins of Canada and Bon Voyage – the Cruise Traveler’s Passport
    • Contributing writer to The Vancouver Book


Portfolio / Client List (partial)
Advantage Travel, Air Transat Holidays, Canadian Tourism Commission, Delta Hotels & Resorts-Whistler, Holiday Inns International, Leading Spas of Canada, Lifestyle Vacations, Resorts to Wellness, Over Canada, Tourism British Columbia, Tourism Richmond, Tourism Vancouver, Vancouver Coast & Mountains Tourism Association, Vancouver Trade & Exhibition Centre

“Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.”


“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”


“Explore the world with an open mind, a sturdy carry-on, and clothes that don’t wrinkle!” 


Amazing Alaska

Amazing Alaska by Chris McBeath Barely one per cent of visitors to Denali National Park make it this far into central Alaska.   Most stop at the Eielson Visitor Center, take pictures of Mount McKinley, then turn back.  But with a few extra hours, you can become one of the rarefied few and find yourself at an early

Cruising the Amazon on the Cheap

Cruising the Amazon on the Cheap by Chris McBeath Since chickens and bananas dictate your itinerary, cruise might be a misnomer for this meander up an Amazon tributary in northern Peru, but for adventurers, it doesn’t get much better – or cheaper. But be warned. Accommodation is intimately communal. Meals are whatever the tiny galley dishes

Prague on the Fly

Prague on the Fly A 48-hour sojourn by Chris McBeath Sometimes a cab ride, like the one I took in Prague, is an adventure unto itself. Although the railway station was only a few blocks from the Iron Gate Hotel in the heart of Old Town, the confusing journey along the city’s historic cobblestone streets took almost

Coimbra – The Pride of Portugal

Coimbra - The Pride of Portugal by Chris McBeath When I think of robes and academia, the staff at Hogwarts comes to mind. Snapes billowing down ancient corridors, bats passing through mournful apparitions, and eclectic treasures appearing at every corner. Then I discovered Portugal's Coimbra University. Coimbra University Square; (Photo: Chris McBeath) One of

The Evolution of Space

The Evolution of Space If cleaning is the biggest priority in the hospitality industry right now, the next biggest is redesigning hotel spaces with enough flexibility to accommodate every coronavirus-related rule of cleanliness and social distancing—all while keeping guest comfort and safety intact. InnFocus

Mission Impossible: Mission Revealed

Mission Impossible: Mission Revealed by Chris McBeath Today, it is estimated that there are 42 active counter-intelligence agencies in the world, spending over US$30 billion per year. That’s about $82,191,780 per day.We were given two minutes to accept our mission before the room darkened and shielded us from the evidence. Just two minutes to assume our legend -

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