Alyssa Schwartz


Contributor Since 
Jan 2012
Countries Visited 

Alyssa Schwartz is a Toronto-based writer who’s written for a variety of publications including the Globe and Mail, National Post and She thanks her mom for nagging her to become a travel writer, as there is nothing else that allows her to appreciate both how enormous and small this planet of ours really is. 

Coolest place you've ever visited and why: Colombia for its incredible diversity—big cities, mountainous coffee plantations, jungle, salsa music and beaches.

Must-pack item: A bathing suit, even if you don’t think you’ll need it. It takes up no room in your bag or carry-on.

Best travel advice: While it’s tempting to capture a digital record of every travel experience, sometimes it’s best to put away the iPhone, live the moment fully and walk away with the richest possible memory.


Recent Articles

What to Do in Downtown LA's Arts District

Shop, eat and wander through the streets of this cool neighbourhood 

What To Do in Southern California

Whatever your travel tastes may be, from cutting-edge cuisine to quirky attractions, SoCal can deliver

Five Canadian Fruit Wines to Try

Toast the season with one of these refreshing sips 

Eight Volunteer Vacations to Take

How to make giving back a part of your next holiday 

Santa Barbara's Urban Wine Trail

Spend some time downtown 

Culinary Getaway: Maui

Visit this island paradise for a unique culinary experience 

Exploring Maui's Local Cuisine

Maui's top chefs share their favourite dishes 

Day-Tripping In Montego Bay

Our guide to a day in Jamaica's second-largest city 

Happy Hour In Vancouver

Lauren Mote’s favourite cocktail bars

L.A. Shopping Guide

Personal shopper Nicole Pollard Bayme shares her tips