Work With Me
My name is Leigh and I’d like to welcome you to my website – HikeBikeTravel. In June 2019 I’ll be celebrating its 10th anniversary. I’ve come a long way since the early days where I admit the photography was terrible and the writing almost as bad. Most of those early blogs have been sent to their graves. Those with great content are in the process of being repaired and rewritten.
As the writer and photographer behind the blog, I can tell you I take my blog seriously. Not that I don’t have fun with it – especially with all the travel and cool adventures I do – but as a business I am always trying to improve. You can count on me to work bloody hard and deliver results in this ever-changing media landscape.
My focus is outdoor and adventure travel. But that doesn’t preclude me from writing about my other passions – offbeat destinations, backcountry lodges and other exciting accommodation options like glamping tents in unique settings. I also do book and gear reviews but you won’t catch me writing about food or beer.
I’ve authored/co-authored two books so I’m good at long-term projects. The first Discover Canada: 100 Inspiring Outdoor Adventures was published in December 2014. The second, 125 Nature Hot Spots in Alberta: The Best Parks, Conservation Areas and Wild Places, published in April 2018 made the Globe and Mail Bestseller List. I was also a contributor to Fly Like an Eagle: Real Life Stories of Hope and Inspiration, compiled by Gary Doi.
In addition to writing for other publications including BC Living, Avenue, Reader’s Digest and West Jet Magazine, I’m an award winning photographer. I’ve sat on panels for professional development, spoken extensively on radio and TV and 2019 will be my fourth year as one of the judges for the Tourism Industry Association of Canada awards. I am a member of both TMAC (Travel Media Association of Canada) and SATW (Society of American Travel Writers).
Over the years I’ve worked with lots of national brands, PR companies and tourism destinations. Recent examples include Travel Alberta, Destination BC, Tourism Quebec, Travel Ontario, Kootenay Rockies, Parks Canada, Jordan Tourism Board, the Adventure Travel Trade Association, Sporting Life, Wilderness Ireland, Exodus Travel, CMH Heli-Skiing & Summer Adventures and G Adventures.
I’d love to work with you
Along with my strong social media presence across four channels (Twitter, Facebook, Pinterestand Instagram), I have the ability and track record to get SEO-optimized posts with great imagery out in the blogosphere quickly.
Need a speaker who’s passionate about adventure travel at your next event? Sign me up and I’ll do radio and TV too!
Have a great outdoor-themed product or brand? I’d love to discuss opportunities to be your brand ambassador.
Do you have a new product or a travel themed book that needs some love? I’d love to talk about how I can help – whether it be via social media or a full blog post.