About Breathedreamgo

Mariellen at Taj Mahal, India

Mariellen at Taj Mahal, India

Travel advice, information and inspiration

Breathedreamgo is an award-winning travel site dedicated to “the kind of travel that changes you.” It is one of the world’s leading independent travel blogs about India; one of Canada’s leading travel blogs; and a leader in championing female solo travel.


Breathedreamgo offers inspiration, insight and advice for people who want to experience authentic, adventurous and meaningful travel. Breathedreamgo was founded by Canadian travel writer Mariellen Ward.

Mariellen is a well-known expert on travel in India and an outspoken advocate for female solo travel. She has spoken at travel blogging conferences and at the first Women’s Travel Festival.

Both Mariellen and Breathedreamgo have won many awards, have been on many lists on top bloggers, and have been featured in many of the world’s leading publications.


To learn more about Breathedreamgo, including awards, stats and demographics, download the Breathedreamgo Information Kit 2016.


Traveller of the Year

Mariellen was named Traveller of the Year by Outlook Magazine in the first annual Outlook Social Media (OSM ) Awards, October 2016. The awards were given out to “the czars of social media” in India, including superstar Amitabh Bachchan, sportswoman Saina Nehwal, and movie star Priyanka Chopra, among others. Read: How it feels to win Traveller of the Year in India.

Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Tharoor, The Big B, Lloyd OSM Awards, Outllok

Mariellen Ward

You can learn more about Mariellen Ward on the About Mariellen page, which includes a travel writing portfolio. Mariellen has been writing and blogging about travel since 2005. For profile pictures of Mariellen on her travels, please visit this Flickr album.

Mariellen Ward, Breathedreamgo, Taj Mahal, Holi, India

About Breathedreamgo

India Today, travel, Mariellen Ward, Jaipur, Rajasthan

A career milestone: featured in India Today (the Time Magazine of India), August 15, 2013

Breathedreamgo was launched on August 23, 2009 and it has grown over the years to become one of the top two “India travel blogs” according to Google search.

Mariellen writes with a passion few other bloggers can reach, and with an honesty few people can take pride in. She is bound to India, physically, emotionally and spiritually, but this doesn’t mean she doesn’t take trips in other parts of the world. Her stories have a certain Oriental exoticism, a charm and a finesse that cannot leave anybody indifferent to the beauties and experiences seen through her eyes. It is not only about the author’s traveling tips, useful, necessary, but about the way she tells her stories, a modern Scheherazade who intertwines magic and beauty in her tales. TenMania’s 50 Travel Bloggers to Follow

The motivation for Breathedreamgo

moi, yoga pose, Jodhpur

Mariellen Ward in yoga pose, Jodhpur

Several years ago, after a series of devastating losses, I fell into a deep depression and yoga got me out of it. I literally “breathed” my way back to health. Then I started “dreaming” about what I wanted to do. I had recently lost both my parents (one to heart disease, the other to cancer), and I felt time was of the essence. If I didn’t start living my dreams now, I never would. My first dream was to do a yoga teacher training course; my second dream was to go to India for six months; and my third dream was to become a full-time writer.

“Breathing” and “dreaming”gave me the motivation to “go.”I went. Traveling in India for six months re-ignited my enthusiasm for life, inspired me to become the writer I always wanted to be, gave me a passion and a purpose — to share the beauty of India’s culture and wisdom — and even gave me a new family and a new home. It was the best thing I have ever done.

In June 2009, I was about halfway through attending a four-day conference for writers, editors, authors and magazine publishers and I was feeling very demoralized and discouraged. The traditional media was shrinking, writers were struggling, editors seemed to have all the power, publishers seemed to be devaluing the written word … I came home after the second day feeling very low. I was wondering if I would ever be able to achieve my dream of being a full-time writer / travel writer in this economic climate.

The next morning, I didn’t even want to go back to the conference. I was in the shower, when I suddenly got the idea of starting my own blog, online magazine and/or community. And the name came to me instantly. I turned it over in my mind and realized that it perfectly summed up my experience. It was one of those rare moments when an idea hits like a thunderbolt. In fact, it was an epiphany.

Breathedreamgo is a mantra. Breathe is the wisdom of yoga and the importance of prana, breath. Dream is knowing who you are and where you want to go. Go is doing it, taking the steps: creating, studying, volunteering, traveling, giving.

So, breathe, dream, go is a summary of my experience — but it’s also a formula. If you are feeling stuck, if you want more from your life, if you feel you haven’t achieved your potential or met your destiny … try it. It doesn’t have to be yoga and a trip to India. Maybe for you it will be running and art classes. Or hiking and overseas volunteering. Or therapy and learning Spanish. Whatever it is that gets you breathing, gets your heart pumping and motivates you to “follow your bliss.”

Campaigns

Mariellen / Breathedreamgo has successfully completed many campaigns with organizations such as Costa Rica Tourism, Kensington TravelsFairmont Hotels, Emirates airline, Scotiabank American Express, India Tourism, Nova Scotia Tourism and Ireland Tourism. Here are a few highlights:

Sponsored press trips:

  • Kolkata, Darjeeling and Sikkim, India Tourism (March 2010)
  • Uma Paro, Bhutan (April 2011)
  • Niagara Falls, Ontario (December 2011)
  • Halifax, Nova Scotia (April 2012)
  • Lake Superior, Ontario (July 2012)
  • Kanatal, India (October 2012)
  • Odisha, India (December 2012)
  • Ottawa, Ontario (April 2013)
  • Ireland (September 2013)
  • Prince Edward Island (September 2013)
  • Costa Rica (December 2013)
  • Explore Canada road trip (June 2014)
  • Ladakh, India (September 2014)
  • Mirabai Expedition (October 2014)
  • TBCAsia in Sri Lanka (November 2014)
  • Sirpur Dance & Music Festival, Chhattisgarh, India (2015)
  • Oregon (2015)
  • My Ottawa (2015)
  • Varanasi (2015)
  • Pushkar Camel Fair (2015)

Media coverage for Breathedreamgo / Mariellen Ward

Times of India, Sunday magazine: cover story, The pursuit of Happiness

BBC Travel: How I quit my job to travel

CN Traveller India: Tips and advice from a solo woman traveller

The Hindu: No place for strangers

The Logical Indian: How India changed my life

Verge Magazine Q&A:

SheThePeopleTV Interview: Women, adventure and solo travelling

Girl About the Globe Expert interview: Solo travel in India 

On the list of The Best Conscious Travel Blogs 2016

Travel Massive profile

DailyMail Online: Best Luxury Travel Bloggers on Instagram

Grabr interview: How culture shock makes you a better person

Top 150 travel blogs of 2016

10 travel bloggers share love for travel in India

Top female travel bloggers reveal why they love travelling in India

Baggout: Top 16 socially active travel blogs in India

World’s best travel bloggers choose 3 top destinations

Top 100 solo female travel bloggers

India Top blogs: Top Indian Bloggers

Solo female traveller inspire millions

The 7 best Canadian travel bloggers

25 travel blogs that satisfy wanderlust

Daily Mail Online: Best travel hacks for female solo travellers 

Five Dollar Traveller: Tips for visiting Varanasi

Top 10 Best Travel Writing Blogs

Top 10 Sustainable travel blogs

Best Asian Blogs to Follow

Daily Podcast Interview: Overcoming Loss in India

Adventurous Kate: Is solo female travel in India safe?

Tips for solo female travellers from Outpost Magazine

35 Kick-Ass Female Travel Blogs to Follow in 2015

11 bloggers share solo female travel tips

Dealchecker: Our favourite female solo travel blogs

The Ultimate Guide to India: 121 travel resources

Quikrpost: Top 21 India travel blogs

14 ways travel experts carry cash

Books about India

Traveling saves lives

Top 25 female solo travel bloggers to follow

What makes leading Indian travel bloggers click

Top 31 professional India travel bloggers

Top 51 travel blogs of India

Runaway Guide: Top 100 world travel experts

Travelocafe: Top 50 Travel Bloggers 2014

Travelocafe: Top 50 Travel Bloggers 2015

10 great Asian blogs to follow

Digital Innovation Asia Awards: finalist

VIDAFX Blogger of the Week

MYOKSHA Top India Travel Bloggers

Vagabonding: Case Study

Deccan Herald: Tread the solo route

Top 80 female travel bloggers of 2014

Top 7 Must Follow Indian Travel Blogs

Interview with Wall Street Journal
Attacks on women rattle travelers to India

Interview: Ladies with Luggage
India packing list

Interview: Wanderlusters
Top Bloggers talk sustainable travel

Online Degrees.org,
Top 100 Travel Blogs

Souvenir Finder
Shopping Avoca in Dublin

US City Traveler
33 Travel Bloggers Speak Out

India Today, featured article
India breaks your heart on every street by Mariellen Ward

Travel Coffee Break
Eco Adventure Media

Ingle International
Why travel? What these travel bloggers will tell you

Hostel World
Storyteller of the  year long list 2013

Hop Around India
Top 31 Professional Indian Travel Bloggers

Want 2 Discover
50 awesome travel blogs everyone should read

BBC World Have Your Say, August 2013
Discussion on women’s safety in India

India Today, Independence Day issue cover story, August 15, 2013
Mariellen Ward, Publisher of Breathedreamgo

Deccan Herald interview, August 2013
Women can travel safely in India

Women’s Health Magazine, online, July 2013
Solo travel for women

Flight Network
Top 100 Canadian Travel Blogs

Interview on HotelsCheap

Why Travel

Top 51 Travel Blogs and Magazines in India

Hostelbookers / WeGoSolo
Solo Travel Dream Destination Contest

Our Insurance Canada
Top 10 Canadian Vacation Blogs

Travel Massive
Introducing Delhi Travel Massive

DNA India
The Wellness Vacation

WeGoSolo Storify
Travel Safety discussion

NBC News travel
Female Tourists Steering Clear of India

IndiaTravelz
Responsible blogging and the forest of traveling

Huffington Post / Vacay Canada
Why you shouldn’t travel to India

USA Today Travel
Is India safe for travellers?

NBC News Travel
Ireland invites the world to come home for The Gathering

The Weekly Voice: interview
India is still safe for travellers

Huffington Post Canada
International Women’s Day Wisdom

Flight Network Blog
Recognizing Inspiring Women on International Women’s Day

Asian Global Impact interview
Alone in India

Quoted in Lonely Planet Storify
Where did you fall in love with travel?

Interview with Wall Street Journal “IndiaRealTime” blog
The solo female traveller

Canada.com
11 Canadian Travel Blogs That Inspire

Desi News
Wide-eyed Wanderer

Indo-Asian News Service
Masala!Mehndi!Masti! festival

Weekly Voice
Interview: How one woman found solace in India

Canadian Living
Canadian Living – Change is a process, not a destination

Akshara Yoga blog
Of breathing, dreaming and blogging

Indo-Asia News Service
Raj Kapoor Martini story picked up by all major news outlets in India

CBC radio interview
Covering the IIFA Awards in Toronto: Bollywood stars land in Toronto

Song of India (publication of book about travel in India)

Authors Promoting Authors
The author experience: Mariellen Ward

Sandra Phinney
Author! Author! Mariellen Ward

Women Doing Literary Things
Song of Myself

Wandering Carol’s blog
Important travel books

Masti Magazine
Masti Magazine – Song of India review

Speaking Engagements

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