2018 November Featured Journalist of the Month: Denis Gagnon
Thursday, November 01, 2018 12:15 PM

Denis Gagnon:

Originally from Quebec City, Canada, Denis has traveled the world extensively for the past 45 years and spent twelve years living overseas in France, the United Kingdom and Mexico. Fluent in several languages and conversant in several more, he has become a passionate travel writer and, together with his wife Lynn, shares his wealth of travel and cross-cultural expertise through social media and their blog, BonVoyageurs.com. His travel writings are focused on "luxury escapes and city breaks for discerning business and leisure travelers". Denis is also a member of the International Food Wine and Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA), the Professional Travel Bloggers Association (PTBA), The Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) and the National Press Club (NPC).

Denis' Q&A:

What got you in to travel writing?

After more than 45 years of international travel, I still have a passion for travel as well as a desire to share my passion with others through travel writing.


What’s the most challenging part of travel writing for you?

The most challenging part of travel writing for me is to find the right words to properly convey the wonders which await the traveler around the world. 


What is one thing [equipment or personal item] you can’t go without on the road?

I wish there was only one thing, but I can't leave on any trip of a week or more without my travel vest, hidden cargo pants, waterproof hiking sneakers, wifi long-zoom camera, smartphone, ipad, battery chargers, global hotspot, plug adapters, and a bag full of various travel accessories.


What’s your most unusual and/or memorable travel experience?

This is difficult to say, as I've had several unusual and many memorable experiences over the years, from driving a rented car with no headlights at night between Sao Paolo and Rio de Janeiro in a blinding rain storm on a small curvy mountain road full of fast moving trucks to sitting at night under the stars on a huge carpet in the Saudi Arabian desert and enjoying a whole spit-roasted lamb with fresh warm camel milk. to many more fascinating experiences around the world. Perhaps the most memorable experience in my mind is when I returned to Beijing a couple of years ago. I had been there frequently on business fifteen years earlier but that seeemed like a long time ago and I was quite shocked when the doorman at the Beijing Shangri La Hotel opened the door of my airport transfer car and said simply "Welcome back, Mr. Gagnon". 


What is the best piece of advice you could give to a rookie travel journalist?

My advice to a rookie travel journalist would be to follow his/her passion and find a niche to excel at.


Find Denis' work here: www.bonvoyageurs.com

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