When she got the call to come in for a job interview at Baxter Media, Ann Ruppenstein had to push it back a week as she was out of the country trekking for mountain gorillas and chimpanzees in Rwanda and Uganda.
Armed with a journalism degree from Ryerson University, where she also studied photography, and several years of experience working for community newspapers in Toronto, she started working for Travel Courier and Canadian Travel Press in 2015.
The Emo-born and Thunder Bay-raised writer got a taste for travel at a young age, spending her summers in Germany growing up, and now calls Toronto home.
Specialties include: destination features, trade profiles, adventure travel, luxury travel, weddings/romance.
Favourite part of the job: Aside from the travel, getting to profile some of the most influential people in the industry. A memorable highlight was flying in a private jet with Sandals Resorts’ CEO and deputy chairman Adam Stewart.
Overall country count: 28 and counting.
Best travel memory: visiting with mountain gorillas in Rwanda, trekking Machu Picchu and taking in the FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
What’s still on your bucket list: Antarctica, Patagonia, Ecuador/Galapagos, South Africa, Iceland, Laos, Croatia, Vietnam and the list goes on.
Discovering another side of Jamaica
After taking a winding road from Kingston high up into Jamaica’s lush Blue Mountains, I’m sitting in a 200-year-old Georgian style house about to taste coffee brewed from beans grown and harvested in the famed surrounding range… Read >>
Louisiana feeds the soul
Rebranding showcases what makes the state authentically unique
Whether it’s a warm bite of gumbo or a wild swamp adventure, the Louisiana Office of Tourism has launched its new Feed Your Soul campaign and branding, which focuses on what makes the state authentic and unique… Read >>
Jamaica is ready for a hot winter
Winter is coming – and those in Jamaica’s tourism sector can’t wait.
With a boost in airlift secured, a record number of arrivals already in the books for the first half of 2018 and new room inventory coming online, it’s shaping up to be another hot year for the Caribbean destination… Read >>
Experience elevated elegance with Luxury Gold
Keys to the VIP
During a visit to Italy, Brad Ford had an experience that truly stood out from the crowd. Rather than touring the tourist hot spot with the masses, he was able to explore every detail of The Sistine Chapel’s intricate ceiling, painted by Michelangelo, exclusively with the small group on his Luxury Gold Ultimate Italy itinerary and seven invited guests of the Pope… Read >>
Facing fear to find success
Women in travel Carolyne Doyon
They’re movers and shakers. Their contributions have changed and continue to change the nature of travel, both in Canada and around the world. In this week’s issue, Canadian Travel Press’ series of profiles on Women in Travel continues with Carolyne Doyon, senior vice president, Canada and Mexico, Club Med… Read >>
A world of wonders await in Germany
As I stood in front of a bronze statue of a rooster on top of a cat, on top of a dog, on top of a donkey outside of the Town Hall in Bremen, I could almost hear my great-grandfather providing sound effects – crowing, barking and meowing – like he used to when I was a child, making for a more lively reading of The Bremen Town Musicians… Read >>
Upgrade your winter
Canadian travel to Switzerland shows no signs of cooling off
Coming off a record year with the best overnight results in a quarter of a century, Canadian travel to Switzerland shows no signs of cooling off. In fact, numbers for the first half of 2018 show a 3.9% increase in overnights and a 4.5% boost in arrivals, with Ontario, Quebec, and British Columbia being the strongest source markets… Read >>
Off to the races in Kissimmee
Travel agents come out on top in The Air Canada Race 2018
It started as an inside joke, but it’s a motto that may have helped one team successfully come out on top in the 2018 edition of The Air Canada Race held in partnership with Experience Kissimmee… Read >>
Brave New World
Thriving in an era of self-booking
What do travel agents actually do? While on the surface it may seem like the job is about selling airline tickets, hotels and car rentals, Jason Merrithew, president of Merit Travel, says it really comes down to providing expertise, experience and service… Read >>
Luxury travel uncovered
When it comes to luxury travel, the gloves are off – white gloves, that is. While luxury often gets associated with white glove service and champagne upon arrival, Jason Merrithew, president of Merit Travel, says these days it’s all about experiences… Read >>
It’s All In The Family at Collette
They’re movers and shakers. Their contributions have changed and continue to change the nature of travel, both in Canada and around the world. In this week’s issue, Canadian Travel Press’ series of profiles on Women in Travel continues with Jaclyn Leibl-Cote, the president of Collette… Read >>
Have family, will travel
1,000 km, eight people, seven nights and two cars made for one memorable adventure in Newfoundland
It didn’t start out as planned. Instead of kicking off a family vacation with eight of my closest relatives, thanks to a delayed flight and a missed connection I found myself sitting alone in a hot tub in the backyard of an expansive house that sleeps 16… Read >>
Iberostar raises the bar
Fresh off a €500 million renovation primarily across its European properties, Iberostar Hotels & Resorts is now in the next phase of its global expansion plan with another
€700 million in upgrades and new properties underway in the Americas… Read >>
The next big thing
Travel industry experts reveal top travel trends
Millennials may not have as much money as Baby Boomers, but according to Diana Ditto, director of product design at Collette, this cohort changed the face of travel today.
“They were the ones that created this experience economy. They demanded and still do demand authentic experiences. In designing product now, the traveller is so changed,” she says… Read >>
Making the world a better place… one trip at a time
Women in Travel: Marianne Schaubeck
They’re movers and shakers. Their contributions have changed and continue to change the nature of travel, both in Canada and around the world. In this week’s issue, Canadian Travel Press’ series of profiles on Women in Travel continues with Marianne Schaubeck of Reservations Africa and African Preschools Society… Read >>
Where old meets new
Standing on the cobblestoned streets of Dresden, it’s easy to see why the massive dome of the Frauenkirche is one of the city’s most famous landmarks, even though it went 60 years without being part of its iconic skyline… Read >>
Escape to luxury at Serenity at Coconut Bay
During the planning stages for Serenity at Coconut Bay, the new all-inclusive, adults-only luxury resort in Saint Lucia, president and CEO Mark Adams wasn’t deterred by the fact that the ground didn’t quite measure up, so to say… Read >>
Discovering Saint Lucia’s newest all-inclusive, adults-only resort
As he shows me around my spacious suite, my butler Gregg is explaining the range of services his team is ready to do for guests – from unpacking suitcases and ironing to drawing aromatherapy bubble baths at a chosen time or even as a surprise… Read >>
Ready for takeoff
Azores Airlines to add new aircraft on Toronto route, promotes stopover program
With a hub in Ponta Delgada, Gavin Eccles, chief commercial officer of Azores Airlines, plans to position a stopover in the archipelago, as a way for travellers to experience two unique destinations for the price of one… Read >>