Barbara Woolsey


I come from a pretty culturally-diverse background (half-Filipino, Irish and Scottish, born and raised in Canada), and that seems to be where my obsession with travel and storytelling comes from. My greatest thrills range from meeting somebody new and hearing their story to walking down a street I’ve never been down before.

My professional journey started in university studying journalism and political science. In 2010, I won the Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership (STEP) Journalism Fellowship, garnering an internship at Thailand’s leading English newspaper, the Bangkok Post. I covered hard news, culture and lifestyle from Koh Samui to Cambodia and Malaysia. Afterwards, I returned home and gained experience as a TV reporter and radio current affairs producer for the CBC.

Eventually, I went back to Bangkok to host and produce two English programs for In Channel (formerly True Visions 92). That’s also when I started freelance writing about travel and lifestyle, including my own investigative column about nightlife for Coconuts Bangkok. Somehow, I managed to travel to 13 countries, not to mention several destinations around Thailand, in one year!

Since 2013, I’m based in Berlin. Along with writing about travel and destinations for online and print publications, I also continue to work as a freelance TV producer and copywriter for various brands and businesses.

If you’d like to stay connected, find me on social media.