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Matt Gibson
Matt Gibson is an award-winning Canadian outdoors and adventure writer and photographer , President of the Professional Travel Bloggers Association, and CEO of Xpat.Media, an agency that helps travel companies develop their blogging and social media marketing strategies and work with travel bloggers.

Matt once disregarded some very sensible advice at a motorcycle shop in Borneo and ended up driving a motorcycle up the side of Mount Kinabalu at night, with no headlights. The following day he drove the motorcycle across the flooding Bornean countryside through a tropical monsoon for eight hours.

He's also flipped kayaks in large lakes without a life vest, followed corrupt Guatemalan soldiers with large guns through protected Mayan temples in the middle of the night, and climbed a pile of bat poop taller than the house he lived in.

He lived for six years in one of the oldest neighborhoods in Taiwan, learned learned to speak Mandarin Chinese like a six-year-old, and appeared in a very fake episode of House Hunter's International.

He also lived for 8 months in a Guatemalan village on the shore of Lake Atitlan and learned to speak Spanish like an 8-month-old.

He currently spends most of his time in South East Asia speaking at travel industry events about blogging, social media, and online marketing, running Xpat.Media, and chasing interesting stories and unusual adventures.

Entries by Matt Gibson

Kalispell: Way Out In The Middle Of Somewhere

(0) Comments | Posted July 13, 2016 | 5:59 PM


As I drove down Highway 93 from Canada to my photography assignment for the Chamber of Commerce in a city I’d visited once or twice as a child, I had no idea how many awesome things to do in Kalispell I was about...

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Professional Travel Blogging Is Finally Making Inroads Into Asia

(9) Comments | Posted March 22, 2016 | 12:46 AM


If you spend a lot of time following the travel blogging community it starts to become obvious which countries are paying bloggers to visit and write about them. Suddenly your Twitter and Facebook feeds are flooded with posts from multiple travel bloggers all...

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5 Insanely Relaxing Things to Do in Thailand

(1) Comments | Posted March 17, 2016 | 12:52 AM

Thailand is probably the best-known -- if not the most visited -- travel destination in Southeast Asia and for good reason. The moment land in the country your heart rate practically slows by ten beats per minute. Most people know that Thai people are incredibly friendly, their culture is exotic,...

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5 Places I Have To Visit In 2016

(2) Comments | Posted January 31, 2016 | 10:40 PM

Photo: Matt Gibson

A lot of my travel blogger friends are always on the move. They count the number of new countries they visit each year and many seem to have the goal of visiting every country in the world.

I don't.

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The Most Epic Place for Spring Skiing Right Now

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2015 | 10:05 PM


It was an awful year for snow. Well, at least it was in the west, and the results for some hills were pretty dramatic. Most resorts across western North America received significantly less snow than usual. Many closed early, like Sierra-at-Tahoe which was...

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Three Family-Friendly Adventures In Puerto Vallarta

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2014 | 2:16 PM


As the weather turns chilly, car windows begin to frost, and jackets become daily attire, our thoughts naturally turn to vacations on palm tree-lined beaches. Puerto Vallarta is one of the popular winter destinations by Canadians, and for good reason. Direct flights arrive...

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Traveling to Toronto On a Budget

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2014 | 5:46 PM

Street art in Kensington Market | Photo credit: Y'amal on Flickr

Traveling on a budget doesn’t mean you have to stay in crowded hostels crowded with college kids or live on a diet of macaroni hot dogs. Traveling on a...

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11 Travel Products That You Won't Want to Leave Home Without

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 5:39 PM

Twice a year -- once in the summer and once in the winter -- hundreds of outdoor and travel brands descend on the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, UT to meet with buyers and press and to show off their newest and best products. The conference is...

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The Hidden Cost of Car Rentals in Mexico

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2014 | 10:24 AM

Photo credit: Mike Johnson

If you look online you'll likely be impressed with the rental car rates in Mexico: $6 a day, $8 a day, and even less than $20 a day for an SUV. It seems...

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You'll Be Surprised by These Favourite Winter Travel Destinations

(1) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 6:58 AM


It's no secret that Canadians relish their winter vacations, those two weeks during which they can escape the bitter cold (and their jobs). In one of the most accurate, detailed descriptions of Canadian air travel patterns ever revealed by a travel agency,

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The Right Way to Ride the Trans-Siberian Railway

(1) Comments | Posted November 13, 2013 | 9:55 AM


The mere mention of a voyage on the Trans-Siberian Railway is enough to make even seasoned travellers froth at the mouth.

For the uninitiated, the Trans-Siberian Railway is the longest railway line in the world; it spans two continents and eight time...

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How to Persuade Airline Employees to Give You Free Upgrades [Video]

(0) Comments | Posted October 19, 2013 | 11:38 PM

Flight upgrades have an urban legend-like status, kind of like dream jobs such as chocolate tasters and video game testers -- everyone has heard vaguely of people fortunate enough to end up in these wonderful-sounding positions, but nobody can actually name a person who has or tell you how they...

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This Kijiji Photo Project Captures the Essence of Canada

(1) Comments | Posted October 16, 2013 | 2:17 PM


Kijiji is a popular Canadian online classifieds site that was launched in Quebec in 2005. The name (pronounced key-gee-gee) means village in Swahili, and captures the idea that people can connect to others in their community on the site.


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Taipei's Museum Of Contemporary Art Offers A Voyage Into The Bizarre

(5) Comments | Posted July 12, 2012 | 7:00 AM

I like modern art because it's so brilliantly strange. I like the idea that some people are paid--even funded by the government--to unleash their most abnormal ideas on average people in order to bring some variety into their lives.

It's a wonderfully romantic idea.

Western art can be pretty...

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The History Of Tomorrow: Silicon Valley's Computer History Museum

(2) Comments | Posted April 16, 2012 | 7:00 AM

Computers and their capabilities have changed the course of human history. More and more, our future depends on the capabilities of the technologies we produce. The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California is a beautifully curated facility with artifacts tracing the history of the devices that have...

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My Experience During the Vancouver Riot

(100) Comments | Posted June 17, 2011 | 1:37 PM


Vancouver fans riot for the most pathetic reasons. They're like a collective child that throws a tantrum when it doesn't get everything that it wants. Forget that in 1994 they rioted because the Canucks lost in the Stanley Cup playoffs. In 2002 Vancouver fans...

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Jialeshuei: A Virtual Tour of Taiwan's Bizarre Southeastern Coastline

(7) Comments | Posted November 30, 2010 | 2:30 PM

On the east side of Taiwan's southern tip is a bizarre landscape where three layers of rock (deep ocean stratum, sandstone, and coastal rocks) have been shaped by the relentless pounding of waves and shearing of high winds into unearthly formations. The area is called Jialeshuei (which roughly translates to...

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Finding Serendipity: How to Make Your Travels More Exciting

(2) Comments | Posted October 26, 2010 | 6:10 PM

For me, travel is all about serendipity. Coconut shell drinks, museums, and dinners on sunset patios don't excite me much. Not that there's anything wrong with those things. They're all things I do on the road. But, for me, the real charm of travel lies in the way that it...

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My Girlfriend Was Exorcised by a Traditional Chinese Healer

(5) Comments | Posted October 26, 2010 | 5:55 PM

Roots on display in a herbal Chinese remedy shop.

Several times in my life I've seen things that I couldn't explain. Most of them occurred when I was young. I can't remember exactly what they were, but I remember feeling scared. There...

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