Alison Karlene Hodgins

Online Editor and Community Manager

Burnaby, BC

Alison Karlene Hodgins

Writer, editor, content creator



Exploring Tofino and Ucluelet: Crabbing, Foraging and Hiking the Wild Pacific Trail

Tofino, British Columbia, is a small community on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Foreigners roll in to work for the summer season; photographers drive the winding roads in search of storms; surfers sleep in their converted vans next to the gnarly waves. Despite an onslaught of tourism, Tofino has managed to preserve its laid-back, natural island vibes.
Explore magazine Link to Story

19 things to do for free in Vancouver

If there’s one thing hostellers are known for, it’s being thrifty. If there’s one thing Vancouver is known for, it’s well, the opposite. Luckily, cost-effective activities and adventures abound, even in Canada’s notoriously expensive seaside city, Vancouver. From outdoor entertainment to indoor stargazing, these 19 totally free activities will bring you closer to British Columbia’s nature, culture and lifestyle than a costly tour ever could.
HI Hostels Magazine Link to Story

We'll bet you've never seen Whistler like this

Travel north of Vancouver for about two hours along the epic Sea to Sky Highway and you’ll hit Whistler. Famous for its ski slopes that hosted the 2010 Olympics and its summer mountain biking scene, Whistler has more to offer than you could ever imagine. Forested illumination walks, fine dining, overnight hikes featuring sapphire-blue lakes and a jungle gym on the side of the mountain captivated my adventurous curiosity.
Explore magazine Link to Story

Escaping the Resort to Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic

Back in February, my adventure partner Tom and I booked a last-minute vacation to the Dominican Republic. We wanted to travel before I started my full-time job with explore magazine, where, for the first time in my life, I’d only have two weeks of holidays a year. It was a new country for both of us.
Alison's Adventures Link to Story

After Irma: Is Cuba ready for travellers to return?

Cuba has long been adored by Canadian travellers as a sun destination with perfect white-sand beaches, lime and blueberry coloured water, warm hospitality and really good rum. So when Hurricane Irma barreled through the island and left a pile of rubbish in its wake, many of us cringed to see such a gorgeous getaway chewed up and spit out.
Canadian Traveller Link to Story

How to Not Get Eaten by a Bear this Summer

Most Canadians know not to approach a bear or feed it. But what would you do if a bear approached you slowly? What if it ran full-tilt at you? Should you play dead or fight back? Approximately one quarter of all the bears in Canada—and half of the grizzlies in Canada—are in British Columbia. That’s an estimated 15,000 grizzlies and between 120,000 and 150,000 black bears.
British Columbia Magazine Link to Story

Dark Tourism: An Unforgettable afternoon in Hiroshima, Japan

On August 6th, 1945, elementary school children were pulled out of classes in Hiroshima, Japan, for military work, to clear the streets for firebreaks, in case of an attack. At 8:15a.m., the American aircraft Enola Gay dropped the world’s first atomic bomb, Little Boy. A brilliant flash of light echoed over the hypocenter, followed by a sinister mushroom cloud.
Canadian Traveller Link to Story

25 Unique Date Ideas in Kelowna

Kelowna is well-known for its lush, cascading vineyards, large, sandy beaches and proximity to Big White Ski Resort. Full of plump summer fruit, colourful autumn leaves and cozy winter activities, the Okanagan practically oozes romance. While the assortment of wineries, classy eateries and hip bars are great for dates, there is an array of exciting and original activities that go beyond the regular wine tasting, traditional dinner and casual cocktails in Kelowna.
British Columbia Magazine Link to Story

Hometown Series: A Spotlight on Kamloops

Kamloops is a city of approximately 85,000 locals who are so welcoming it has been called “The friendliest in B.C.”. However, the people aren’t the only warm thing in Kamloops—this region is treated to over 2,000 hours of sunshine annually, making it an ideal location for outdoor enthusiasts. Kamloops is where the North and South Thompson Rivers meet.
British Columbia Magazine Link to Story

Juxtaposing yoga rave engages yogis and music lovers alike

The atmosphere in the Rex is electric. A mosaic of light bounces off the surrounding walls. Trance music and percussion mix with the yoga teacher’s voice. She reminds us to breathe and listen to our bodies. A mix of men and women take a forward fold, flow through vinyasa and settle into downward dog.
The Omega Link to Story

Can Females Travel India Alone?

As any female backpacker knows, solo travel is both difficult and rewarding. Last summer, I travelled to India for my friend’s traditional seven-day wedding. I spent the subsequent three weeks traveling the country — by myself. Well, of course you can. Before trekking off to India, countless travel bloggers told me: “Yes!
The Huffington Post Link to Story

The Best Beginner Hikes in the Thompson-Okanagan

With each step, the air becomes crisper and cooler—almost lighter. I hoist myself to the summit of Battle Bluff, a cliff-face of damp grey rock smothered in crimson moss 700 metres above the world. From up here, trains look like tiny snakes, wriggling through tunnels on either side of Kamloops Lake.
British Columbia Magazine Link to Story


Alison Karlene Hodgins

I work as an Online Editor and Community Manager for explore magazine. I'm based in Burnaby, BC. I am available for freelance.

I hold a Writing and Publishing Diploma, Bachelor of Journalism with Honours and MFA in Creative Nonfiction.

My work has been featured in Canadian Traveller, British Columbia Magazine, HI Hostels Magazine, Zafigo, the Vinyl Cafe and World Nomads. Follow my adventures on my travel blog at



  • Editing
  • Travel Photography
  • Travel Writing
  • Website Design
  • HTML coding
  • Communication
  • Blogging
  • Copy Editing