Tired of the same old generic descriptions that travel companies and organizations give about destinations? Trust TripAtlas Storytellers to give you the best first-hand accounts of what the places they visit are really like.
TripAtlas Storytellers are travel writers from around the world who travel to distant places and share their experiences with you. Their mission is to provide a first-hand account of each place they visit, giving you an informative (and entertaining!) story about a place you may be interested in visiting.
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Adrienne is an avid traveler, always eager to explore and learn something new. Her writing (both travel and otherwise) has been published in Canadian Living, Homemakers, the National Post, 2 for couples and on YourHome.ca, among others. She's always on the lookout for an interesting story. Based:
adventure, romantic getaways, ecotourism, food and drink, culture, health
Alisson is a freelance writer and journalism teacher based in Florida. Her first trip out of the country was to the Bahamas at age five, where she told everyone who would listen that she was from another country. No one was impressed, but the trip did leave a lasting impression of the transformative power of travel. Her writing appears in National Geographic Traveler, the St. Petersburg Times and mental_floss as well as newspapers, magazines and web sites in the U.S., Canada and Australia. Based:
outdoors, family travel, Florida, off the beaten path
Angela has been travelling ever since she was a child. She has been to every continent except Australia so her next trip might just be there. She particularly loves Europe and Africa as they have some of the most fascinating and interesting places she's ever seen. She is looking to share her experiences and knowledge with other avid travellers around the world. Drop her a line any time. Based:
London United KingdomLikes:
Local attractions, nightlife, outdoors, beaches, food & drink, local customs
Jill of all trades, who started writing at school, and never found a way to stop. Living on the edge in an Aboriginal world of sea and saltbush and seven sisters when not foraying in wider, greener Asian worlds. Based:
Port Augusta AustraliaLikes:
Australia, Asia, China
Travel to Wellness is a website dedicated to spa + wellness-minded travel around the world. Go to TravelToWellness.com for more great spa + wellness articles.Based:
spa, eco, wellness, healthy living
Freelance journalist based in Toronto (Canada), with a focus on adventure, ecotourism, lifestyle, entertainment and historical angles. He has been writing for over 15 years for trade and consumer publications, both online and print. In addition he has worked with many tour operators and tourist boards to assist with marketing and promotional initiatives. He also has an extensive portfolio of celebrity interviews with musicians, actors and other public personalities. Writing style ranges from real life accounts from a personal perspective to a more professional corporate approach. Bryen welcomes the opportunity to work with publications or organizations that seek a progressive view on current topics. Available for feature destination articles, regular columnist, and contract assignments. Past travel destinations include Asia, Africa, Latin America, Europe, Caribbean, South Pacific and most parts of North America, including Alaska, Yukon and the North West Territories. Bryen can also be heard regularly on CIUT 89.5 FM in Toronto and Sirius Radio on the internet. www.bryendunn.com, email@example.com Based:
adventure, eco-tourism, lifestyle, entertainment, quirky, unknown, undiscovered, new
President of Travel Marketing Experts since 1996, a leading Canadian based tourism marketing, PR and representation company specializing in tourism and hospitality. Began career in television producing, directing and writing videos, programs (news, music and corporate and travel). Freelance writer over the years for various publications. Company has worked with clients from around the world. Speaker at tourism and travel media conferences about travel PR, Canadian market, travel trends, etc. Currently travel and spa columnist for Travel Industry Today as well as freelance for other outlets. Passion for spa/wellness, learning style vacations, eco-travel and family travel.Based:
Spa/wellness, learning vacations, exotic destinations, cultural travel, soft adventure, business travel, voluntourism, eco-travel,quirky and off-beat travel, family travel
Corinne McDermott is the mother of two and the founder of Have Baby Will Travel: Your Online Guide for Travel with Babies, Toddlers, and Small Children. She’s appeared on Canada’s top-rated talk and morning shows delivering tips on travel with tots, and she writes for Canadian Family and Oh Baby magazines, and The Huffington Post. Corinne contributes a monthly column to parent resource sites across North America as a Family Travel Expert, and her advice has appeared in Today’s Parent magazine, and The Toronto Star. Connect with Corinne online at Have Baby Will Travel or on Twitter . Based:
Family Travel, Travel With Babies, Travel Gear
I am a Biology PhD student with a passion for travel and particularly the natural world. I hope to visit places of outstanding natural beauty, and see as much wildlife as possible while I have the chance. Based:
An Orlando, FL native filled with charm, a sense of humor, style, and a passion for writing, Dana Damato is a talented journalist covering all things entertainment, fashion, food, travel, and lifestyle. Still a young writer, Dana’s ability to share the world in words is a journey she is just beginning and plans to continue for the rest of her life. Her future plans involve traveling to the greatest cities in the world, covering the most popular events, eating the best food, drinking the finest wine, and delivering those experiences to people across the world.
Travel, Food, Spa, Resort, Destination
Deanna is a freelance travel contributor, based out of Toronto, CA for TripAtlas.com and various travel sites. She has been featured on Sympatico.ca/travel and in Active Adult magazine. Her passion has led her around the world to Asia , Africa , Europe and most of the Middle East including a two year stunt in Dubai . The one thing she can't live without? Her passport. Based:
foreign, adventure, culture,
Expereinced journaist with fortnightly food column with the Press & Journal in Scotland, monthly 'Boat Bites' copy in UK 'Sailing Today ' magazine. Regular contributor to numerous web sites including www.ceotraveler.com, www.romertraveler.com, the Maltese Sunday Times and 'I Do' magazine. Also writes holiday brochures for www.industours.co.uk,web copy for various companies including the latest - www.manoelislandyachtyard.com.Based:
food, spa, ayurveda, nature, people, environmant,culture
A Canadian living in Panama, from Pines to Palms!
I write for AccuWeather.com (weekly on garden information and when I want on the travel area) and WorldReviewer.com as well as our tours site at www.gardeningtours.comBased:
Panama Republic of PanamaLikes:
gardens, food, history, culture, theatre
Gary Crallé is a seriously sociable travel photographer who appreciates wherever he is. With almost 70 countries under his travel belt it’s surprising he hasn’t put on weight. He likes to concentrate on what is good for the body and soul (history & culture, gastronomy, health & leisure) and the spirit within us (geography, self-discovery/adventure). Image-based stories are his passion. Based:
photography, adventure, gastronomy, history, events, health & leisure
I'm originally from Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. I spend a lot of time on the Island of Roatan now. I had traveled to various Caribbean Islands in previous years and enjoyed them all, but Roatan pulled me in. Once I arrived I knew it was where I would call home...indefinitely. "The Roatan Vortex it pulls you in and you never want to leave." I share stories about day-to-day life on a tropical Island, nestled in the Caribbean Sea. A hidden gem worthy of exploring!Based:
Sandy Bay HondurasLikes:
Gerald Levitch is a freelance writer based in Toronto, Canada.Based:
North & South America, Europe, food, culture (music, art)
Gizelle Lau is a freelance writer & photographer in Toronto, Canada with a passion for food and travel. Based:
cities, culture, food/wine, paths-less-travelled, photography, wildlife
I T. B has been writing about South East Asia for the past two decades. In his own words, "He is attracted to the extreme side of life where humanity functions at its best."
Based out of Perth, I. T.B travels frequently to a growing array of destinations to meet the people and see the sights that fuel his writing ambitions. Based:
travel, culture, religion, folk law, photography
James is a freelance writer and photographer who loves to taste, see and experience. His travel gallery is under construction but more of his photos can be seen at www.jamesclau.com Based:
Asia, Europe, North America, photography, food
I have travelled to over 40 countries since I was 20 years of age, all on small change. Learning about people, ways of life, the landscape and wilderness of each country is what fascinates me. In my writing I try to inspire others to step out and discover their world creatively. Recently I have discovered visiting places to experience the history in clothing of the past. Adventures are to be had at any age or stage of life. "It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves" Sir Edmund Hillary.Based:
World Travels ( budget travel in out of the way places) Travel in History's Clothing, Adventure Travel, hiking, cycling. Volunteer travel
Hi, I'm a full time freelance writer with a focus on food and travel and I've been published in local and national newspapers and magazines, including The Globe and Mail, the National Post, Western Living, More Magazine, and a variety of other publications. I am the vice-president of BC Travel Media Association of Canada (TMAC).Based:
western Canada, culinary, luxury, spas
Janine is helplessly addicted to worldly wondering. Since her childhood, when she spent summers with her family in Portugal, she has been a slave to the travel gods, taking her first solo trip to Cancun, Mexico in 2004. She has globe trotted to hot spots including England, Scotland, Cuba, Australia and Thailand, and hopes for more adventures to come. Janine plans to hit the backpackers’ jackpot by embarking on a month long Euro trip where she will gladly give up clean sheets and three square meals for dingy hostels and confusing public transit. The joys of the open globe will never grow old for this hopeless travel junkie.Based:
Creating memories, accomplishing goals, absorbing culture, gaining priceless knowledge, meeting interesting people, embarking on one-in-a-lifetime adventures
After travelling the world teaching ESL, she’s now 'settled down' in Toronto, but continues to indulge her passion for travel as a family travel writer. Her website/blog www.justkidstravel.com helps kids plan and get excited about their travels. Based:
family,culture,nature,soft adventure, photography,food
Has traveled to over 50 countries from Europe, Asia, Central & South America. Favorite places so far are Iceland for its natural beauty, Thailand for its food and martial arts, and Mexico for its beaches and mayan culture. Based:
solo travel, adventure travel, Europe, Asia, South America, language study, martial arts, snorkeling, coffee
Toronto travel writer Jeremy Niester is forever resigned to roam the Earth in search of the inspiring, hilarious, and delicious slices of life that make us all universally similar, but excitingly different.Based:
Culture, History, Trekking, Food & Drink
Joe's been photographing wildlife and nature since 1966, starting with images of his pet turtles, lizards, and snakes he made as a high school freshmen. By high school he was selling photos to the National Wildlife Federation, and by his freshman year in college he was publishing in that magazine.
Since then, Joe's been published in every natural history publication in the U.S., including Audubon, Bird Watcher's Digest, Birder's World, Defenders, Living Bird, Natural History, National and International Wildlife, Ranger Rick, Smithsonian, Wildlife Conservation, and more. He is represented by multiple stock photo agencies, both domestically and world-wide.
He is the author of seven books, A Practical Guide to Photographing American Wildlife; The Wildlife Photographer's Field Manual; The Complete Guide to Wildlife Photography; Designing Wildlife Photographs; Photographing on Safari, The New Complete Guide to Wildlife Photography and African Wildlife, A Portrait of the Animal World. His book, Designing Wildlife Photographs, was judged best book by the Outdoor Writers Association of America for 1994. In 1999 he produced Photographing on Safari, Joe's first instructional video. With Rick Holt and Mary Ann McDonald, he is also the author of Digital Nature Photography - From Capture to Output.Based:
locations & travel, photographic techniques, equipment reviews, image editing
Josephine Matyas is an award-winning freelance writer with a jonesing for travel, and a passion for the outdoors, food and photography. Her modus operandi is to quickly toss the map out the window once she hits the road. Based:
almost anything outdoors, ecotourism, food and music, history, heritage and culture
I'm a freelance writer based in central Portugal. I've lived and worked in many different countries and am always keen to explore and write about new places. Based:
Vila Nova de Poiares PortugalLikes:
city, beach, adventure, walking, yoga, countryside, art, culture, history
Karis' passion for travel has taken her around the world. She appreciates the education and cultural experiences found while discovering new and exciting places. She's currently based in Toronto, Canada.Based:
luxury, dining, exotic travel, spas, beach, lifestyle, culture, fashion, art, photography ;)
Travel is my weakness and fave activity. Trip around the world is my dream vacation! Based:
All travel destinations!
Montreal-born and Toronto-based, Katherine’s travel writing has taken her from Belize to Wiesbaden. Always on the lookout for an irresistible angle, Katherine has reported on such topics as North America’s only civilian boot camp; the truth about cowboy culture; the pros and cons of being stranded on a desert island with a piece of Gucci luggage; and an island wedding at which the groom was the surprised guest. Her publication credits include The Globe & Mail, The National Post, ELLE Canada, Doctor’s Review and Robb Report. Based:
family travel and adventures, spas
From Penzance in Cornwall, UK. Freelance journalist and photographer with an ambition to see and do everything.
Penzance United KingdomLikes:
Budget, snowboarding, adventure, backpacking, getting lost, off the beaten track, solo
I’m a writer and a digital diva. In other words, when I’m not writing, I’m shooting photos or video. My favorite travel spots lately include Madrid, for its stunning architecture; Colorado, for its heart-pounding hikes and breath-taking scenery; and the Galapagos Islands, for its sea lions, whales and blue-footed boobies. Based:
Fashion/Design, Adventure, Culture, People
Curious to the bone, Lisa is always on the lookout for a great story, whether it’s in her own backyard – the streets of Toronto – or in a far off exotic locale. In addition to her experience in journalism, working the travel, fashion and culinary industries, she is an avid photographer who has true passion for expressing herself via her writing. Based:
travel, fashion, food and drink, family travel, culture
Liz Fleming writes a weekly travel column for www.tripatlas.com so be sure to check in for articles on everything from soft adventure to learning travel!Based:
St. Catharines CanadaLikes:
soft adventure, health and wellness, learning
Lori Henry is a travel writer based in Vancouver, Canada. Although mostly covering outdoor adventures, solo travel, indigenous cultures, and dance, she gravitates towards wherever she can find an interesting story (ideally one that hasn't been told yet). She is the author of Dancing Through History: In Search of the Stories that Define Canada . Based:
Outdoor Adventure, Solo Travel, Wellness/Spa Travel, Ethnic Dance
explore Europe, find out more about Egypt, explore Thailand
Margaret Swaine has toured the globe many times over as a journalist, wine and restaurant critic and feature writer. She’s the weekly wine columnist for the National Post newspaper, a position she took after over two decades as the wine and drink columnist for both Toronto Life and Chatelaine magazines. She also writes Gault Millau’s Toronto restaurant and city reviews for their website gayot.com, a column on spas for Reader’s Digest Best Health magazine, the Global Gourmet column for Travel Industry Today and contributes features on golf, travel, wine, spirits and ski destinations to the National Post, Zoomer, ScoreGolf, Expressions, Arrival and other publications. Based:
wine routes, culinary trails, spas, ski destinations, golf destinations, general travel, restaurant reviews.
Mariellen Ward is a professional freelance writer, based in Toronto. She has a BA in Journalism, is a certified yoga teacher and publishes travel articles in magazines and newspapers. However, she is probably best known for her love of “all things India.” Mariellen has traveled for more than a year altogether in India and publishes a travel blog called BreatheDreamGo.com. Her passion is sharing the beauty of India’s wisdom and culture. She is also very keen on authentic and transformative travel experiences, spirituality and yoga. Member of PWAC and TMAC.Based:
Asia, India, spiritual, yoga, authentic travel, transformative travel
I was born in Illinois to Canadian parents and grew up in Toronto, graduating from the University of Toronto in English. have lived in Pittsburgh and Cambridge, England, chiefly in Kingston, Ontario, where I share with my husband John Downie a 104-year old house and a 108 year-old cottage on the Rideau, when not visiting our children. I have contributed to the Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, Good Times, 55+, Kingston Life Magazine, The City Traveler, Bay Area Family Travel and other websites. I’ve written and edited 28 books for children and adults, including The Well-filled Cupboard, a book about Canadian cooking/gardening, history and literature. Readers say: "You make me want to go there." Based:
Soft adventure, ancient places, historic sites, unique inns and B & Bs, gardens, food , wine, museums, folk festivals, music, theatre, architecture, literary travel .
Over The Years:
Michael has been a freelance travel writer and photographer for almost 25 years. Although he specializes in adventure travel in North and Central America as well as the Caribbean, he has written and illustrated hundreds of travel articles and books on more than 70 countries. Besides his topside adventures, Michael is also a certified PADI scuba instructor and underwater photographer.
Work Published Within The Last 36 Months:
Contributing editor - Alaska By Cruise Ship, Caribbean By Cruise Ship, Hawaii By Cruise Ship, Mediterranean By Cruise Ship, Panama By Cruise Ship (Ocean Cruise Guides 2008/2009). Hundreds of Michael's images were also used in these books.
More than 100 feature articles and 900 photos published in the following publications:
North American Publications;
Altitudes, Americas, Canadian Traveller, Caribbean Travel & Life, Coast To Coast, Diver, Expressions, First, Globe & Mail, Interval World, Islands, Latitudes, L.A. Times, Men's Journal, National Geographic Traveler, New York Post, Nights Publications, Outside, Scuba Diving, Sport Diver, Voyageur and Women's World.
Etihad Inflight (UAE), Forbes (Germany), Geographical (UK), Golden Falcon (Bahrain), Hong Kong Tatler, Malaysia Tatler, Mabuhay (Philippines), Mini World (Japan), Sawasdee (HK), Singapore Tatler, Traveller (UK)
www.CaribSeek.com, www.GoNomad.com, www.southerncruising.com.
2010 SATW Bill Muster Silver Portfolio Award
2009 Seven NATJA writing and photography awards
2008 SATW Bill Muster Silver Portfolio Award
2007 Caribbean Tourism Organization's Photographer of the Year
2007 SATW Bill Muster Gold Photography Award
2007 TMAC Fairmont Hotels Journalistic Excellence in Responsible Tourism Reporting
2006 Caribbean Tourism Organization's Bill Baxter Canadian Travel Writer of the Year
Over 60,000 travel images from all over the world including underwater images.
American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA)
Society of American Travel Writers (SATW)
Travel Journalists Guild (TJG)
North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA)
Travel Media Association of Canada (TMAC)Based:
Adventure, green, RV, cruise
Roaming the world is what I do. Along the way I document what I see through writing and stunning imagery. Some of my favorite adventures include carving up waves in Costa Rica, exploring the Mayan ruins in Mexico and photographing Chicago’s astounding architecture. Based:
Orlando United StatesLikes:
surfing, diving, mountain climbing, skiing, hiking, architecture
Freelance spa, travel & wellness writer who is happiest when lying face up on a treatment table (or writing about it). I'm interested in wine, skiing, noteworthy dining experiences, hiking and camping. I know, camping doesn't really fit in with my love for luxury travel and everything that goes along with it. I'm looking forward to sharing my stories with you! Based:
spa, wellness, gourmet cuisine
I'm a freelance writer born and raised in Toronto. I write about my main passions and interests stemming from travel, fashion, design, art, food and architecture. I am motivated by people who inspire and dare to be inspired. Based:
Food, Fashion, Photography, Adventure, Culture, Art, Design, Architecture
Freelance travel writer and photographer based in Sydney, Australia. Travel passions include luxury cruises, Italy, and polar travel experiences.Based:
cruises, luxury, Italy, polar travel
Robin Schroffel is a writer specializing in travel, music, arts and culture. When she's not exploring, she is probably walking around, thrift shopping or listening to records. Keep up with her adventures on her travel blog, The Rambler. Based:
solo travel, budget travel, music, adventure, offbeat, food, road trips, culture, history
"The harder it is to get to, that's where I want to be." As a former commerical pilot, a certified professional photographer, and now owner of Industrial Pixel Visual Effects (www.ipvfx.com), travel and photography has always been my passion. My stories and photographs have been published in newspapers, inflight magazines, outdoors and travelers magazines. Based:
Culture, Food, Adventure, Unique experiences, the hidden gems.
Over the past few years I have had a weekly travel column in the travel section of the Winnipeg Free Press every Saturday, and have hosted a weekly travel show on radio station CJOB in the same central Canadian city.
My blog, which I try to do most days is http://www.thattravelguy.ca/.
I have also writen, and continue to write, destination stories for a number of newpapers and on line emagazines.
You can read samples of my destination stories on http://journeystravelgear.com/DestinationStories.cfm
My own background includes travel to almost 60 countries so far.
As I talk to fellow travellers, as much as I have traveled I realize my list of places I must still visit is very long compared to others. So many places...only so much time in a life to see it all.
For almost 30 years I have operated a travel agency focusing mostly on leisure travel.
I served on the national board of the Association of Canadian Travel Agents for years and was the National President for two years.
In 2000 we opened a travel superstore called Journeys Travel & Leisure SuperCentre.
It carries just about every travel product imaginable. It is also a swim wear and luggage centre and carries a wide range of travel clothing in brands like Tilley Endurables, Ex-Officio, and Royal Robbins just to name a few.
In my blog I write about destinations, airline and tour operator policies, good and bad travel products you have used, and anything that has the connotation of travel.
You can read my column every Saturday online at http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/ then clicking on to the feature sections link and then on to the travel section.
They usually hold past columns and freelance stories
You can listen live to the radio show online at http://www.cjob.com/ Sundays at noon Central Time, then clicking on listen live.Based:
Europe, Asia, South America, South Africa, Cruising, Golf Vacations, Fishing Vacations, Generational Family Vacations
Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
My name is Sally, and I am a sucker for a great infomercial or flashy advertisements. When it comes to dieting and fitness, I spend way too much money each month on massages, hair products, diets, food, fitness equipment, personal trainers, and gym memberships. Based:
Florida, Chicago, Morocco, North America
When I’m not zigzagging around the planet — scaling the steps of Chichén-Itzá, carving up Costa Rican waves or roaming through the remote jungles of India — I’m writing about my adventures, the environment, fitness, health/wellness, extraordinary people and social injustice issues. My writing appears in USA Today, ISLANDS, Caribbean Travel & Life, Cayman Airways Skies, American Eagle Latitudes, Orlando Sentinel, abcnews.com, Where Orlando, Where Jacksonville, Upscale and Wild Blue Yonder. Based:
Adventure, health/wellness, nature, sports, festivals, dance, music, etc.
As a travel writer, Shel has contributed to Outdoor Canada, explore, The Beaver, Cottage Life, enRoute, Western Living, Flavours, Westjet and Going Places magazines, The National Post and The Globe and Mail. She’s a member of the Travel Media Association of Canada and winner of The Globe and Mail Travel Media Award, part of the Tourism Industry Association of Canada National Awards for Tourism Excellence. She writes a regular shopping column in the Winnipeg Free Press. She’s an avid Facebooker and admitted Twitter addict @shelzolkewichBased:
Manitoba, Outdoor, Culinary, Mexican Street Food, Minnesota, Minneapolis, Ukraine, Fishing, Hunting
Shelley Seale is a freelance writer and author based out of Austin, Texas, but can often be found traipsing all over the world. Shelley has written for National Geographic, USA Today, CNN, AOL, Globe Pequot Press, Outdoors NW, The Seattle Times and Andrew Harper Traveler, among others. She is also the author or a contributing author of six books. Her mantra is "travel with a purpose."Based:
cultural, immersion, sustainable, learning, experiential, voluntourism
Steve MacNaull is a business reporter at the Kelowna Daily Courier, but loves to travel and write about that too.Based:
sun destinations, Europe, exotic, adventure, wine and food
Sympatico.ca Travel provides their readers with practical information on travelling to specific destinations as well as recommendations on where to travel to in any given month. Focusing on exciting travel options for five core travel personalities - Luxury for less, Budget travel and unbelievable deals, Adventure and off the beaten path, Urban escapes and Family travel - Sympatico.ca Travel takes our readers beyond the guidebooks and gives them a trusted travel resource they can relate to.Based:
Travis Snelling is the cofounder of TripAtlas.com and is based in Toronto, Canada. When not stuck in the office wearing shoes he's out on adventures with his camera looking for new drinks, dishes and experiences. Based:
photography, history, culture, cuisine, adventure
Ursula Maxwell-Lewis is a freelance travel journalist, photographer and retired newspaper editor. A lifelong globetrotter, this Scottish-born scribe departs regularly from Vancouver International. Her work has been published in community newspapers in North Americam, South Africa and Britain.Travel, books, and family, are her passions. Based:
History, Literary, Unique B & B's, Spas, Gardens, Ghosts, Munro History
Veronica's travel stories appear in a variety of magazines, newspapers and on the Web including East of the City, Circa, Toronto Star, Canadian Gardening and Garden Making as well as online at HGTV.ca. She appears as the Armchair Traveler on Rogers Cable TV. Visit her website at www.slivacommunications.com and blog at www.gardenersworld.ca. Based:
garden destinations, history, spa vacations, couples getaways, golf, culinary, cultural
I'm a Toronto-based freelance journalist, writing about travel, design, cuisine and people who are passionate about what they create. I’ve written for newspaper, magazine, websites and blogs since 2000, love taking photos and happy to share what I've found wandering our planet. Based:
Pacific rim, Middle East, Caribbean, islands, pop culture, art, architecture, cuisine, photography
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