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Karen Kwan

Freelance writer, blogger

Karen Kwan is a freelance writer who fills her time with running (she's a marathoner), eating (or thinking about food) and traveling -- when she's not writing, that is. Originally from Montreal, the Toronto-based writer now finds herself getting antsy when home for more than a few weeks at a time. The travel bug bit Karen after her 2011 calendar fortuitously filled up with opportunities to visit places she never thought she'd get to see, namely Rwanda, Florence, Singapore (where she ate one of the best meals she’s ever had) and Hong Kong.

A former magazine editor (which included stints on custom publications for clients such as Sears Canada and Home Depot, at FQ and most recently as the health and lifestyle editor at Flare), Karen now writes about health, travel, beauty and lifestyle for many of Canada's top magazines and websites including, Glow, Canadian Living and Travel + Escape. She also runs her blog, Health & Swellness, where she shares her favourite news and products from the world of health, food, beauty, style and travel.

Here, she'll share her essential must-sees and -dos from her travels, however near or far flung. You can also find Karen on Twitter, Instagram (expect lots of food photos), Facebook and at Health & Swellness, of course.