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 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.

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

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