Mariellen Ward at Tiger Fort, overlooking Jaipur, India. 2006

At Tiger Fort, Jaipur during my first trip to India, 2006

Freelance travel writer and blogger

Welcome to Breathedreamgo! My name is Mariellen Ward and I’m an award-winning professional travel writer based in Toronto and Delhi. I launched Breathedreamgo in August 2009, inspired by my extensive travels in India.

I have a BA in Journalism and write for leading Canadian and international newspapers, magazines and online sites (see portfolio below). My passion is travel in India, the underlying theme of my writing is “meaningful adventure travel” and I am an advocate of women’s solo travel. Though Canadian by birth, I consider India to be my muse and my “soul culture.”

To get personal advice about travelling in India, female solo travel or writing/blogging, visit my Plansify profile.

I am co-founder of the highly successful Toronto Travel Massive, a monthly meetup group for travel bloggers and the travel industry; and I am also the co-founder of Delhi Travel Massive. I started the #WeGoSolo movement to encourage women to travel solo safely; and I am a member of the Professional Travel Bloggers Association.

To find out “why India” please read My Story. In 2010 I published my first book, Song of India: Tales of Travel and Transformation. You can get a free PDF copy of this book by signing up for my inspiring weekly newsletter in the sidebar.

In February 2014, I was invited to join the Kensington Tours Explorers-in-Residence series, and awarded an Explorer’s Grant for a cultural expedition to follow in the footsteps of Mirabai in October 2014.

Please scroll down to see a select portfolio of my travel-related writing. I am also a copywriter. You can find out more about my corporate communications work on my Linkedin profile.

For profile / travel pictures please visit this Flickr set.

Mariellen Ward, Breathedreamgo, Taj Mahal, Holi, India


Magazine and newspaper articles

The Travel Issue: Oysters in PEI (PDF)

Living the Legend: Following in the footsteps of Mirabai (Vogue Mirabai PDF)

OUTPOST Magazine
Just Breathe, Dream, Go (16-page feature on my travels in India)

Outpost cover

Dreamscapes Magazine
Yoga in India (page 12-14) or PDF

AMEX Essentials Magazine
The Best of India

Travel+Escape iPad Magazine

Tea and Sympathy in Darjeeling
On the Goosebump trail in Ireland

Wild Junket Magazine
PDF of Shangri-la in the Himalayas

Zoomer Magazine
Happiness: What do they know that we don’t? (PDF)

Toronto Star
Aging Gracefully: Delhi at 100

Homemakers Magazine
The Joy of Cheap

Toronto Star
Mumbai Mesmerizes

Maple Tree Literary Supplement
Defining Indo-Canadian Writing

Canadian Living Magazine
Change is a process, not a destination

Toronto Star newspaper
– Life in an ashram in India

Homemakers Magazine
Sacred Journey (PDF)

Zoomer Magazine
– Lotus Blossom: Turning 50 in India (PDF)

Discover India
– Bengaluru: Impressions of a city (16-page cover feature) (Bangalore PDF)

Asian Woman (Canada) Magazine
– Role Models: Rani Mukherjee, Pryianka Chopra and Seema Biswas

This magazine
Booming trade in slum tourism dispels some myths, create others

Arrival Magazine: Aeroplan’s monthly magazine and Arrival online
– Winter wonderland: Cool, colourful things to do in India in winter

Acura Style magazine
Golden Mirage: Jaisalmer (PDF)

The Toronto Star travel section
–  India: Journey to the other side

Dreamscapes Magazine : Globe and Mail supplement
India is Yoga (PDF)

Online travel and yoga magazines / sites

CN Traveller India: When you write a travel book, you need to have terrible things happen to you

BBC Travel:

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

World Nomads

International Expeditions:

Zeghram Expeditions

The Volunteer Traveler

Better Places Travel blog


Toronto Guides

Vancouver Guides

Huffington Post

G Adventures


Mantra Wild
Following in the footsteps of Mira

Three Iconoclasts in Travel
Kensington Tours Explorer in Residence Series
How you (yes you) can make a sabbatical happen

Killing Batteries
A vomit anthology

Toronto Tourism: My Toronto
Nostalgia, Toronto Style

Bi-monthly Immersive Travel column
– Comfort and Joy: Three heavenly havens
– Are you a tourist or a traveler?
– New Year’s Eve in Kerala
– Have you found your soul culture?
– A perfect winter moment
– Tom Cruise, lost in Havana and the real Cuba
– Deep in the jungle of Costa Rica
– Exhale at a tropical health spa in Kerala
– A Tale of two Beaches
India’s sustainable tiger safaris
Help save India’s most sacred river
– The Healing Power of Travel in India
– 10 (More) Inspiring travel books
Twilight at the Cottage
– Don’t get scammed in Delhi
– Busting the Blessing Scam
– At the New Delhi Train Station
Senior Writer
India masala in Toronto
On Titanic 100th, Halifax remembers
Halifax respectfully honours the Titanic
Titanic memorabilia in Halifax
Titanic feast proves Halifax seafood supremacy is unsinkable
Riding the rails into Group of Seven Country

Chasing Justin Trudeau in Ottawa

Travel Wire Asia
Regular Contributor
– The dust of India
– How to “do” a yoga ashram in India, Part 1
– How to get ready for your ashram adventure, Part 2
– What to expect at an ashram, Part 3
– How to shop in India, Part 1: Top 5 tips
– How to shop in India Part 2: Top 5 things to buy
– Favourite places in India: Rishikesh

Mahindra Homestays
– The “Queens of the Hills”

Green GlobalTravel
On the Trail of tigers in India’s Ranthambore National Park

– Travelllll
– Why India? The advantages of destination specific blogging

Sympatico Travel
– On the trail of the tiger in India

– Fit for a Prince: Rolling out the red-and-white carpet

– The menu on the Titanic: A Moveable Feast

– What is Transformative Travel?

Brave New Traveler / The Matador Network
Travel is an exercise in perception

10 Ways to Experience India Now

Passports with Purpose
– Why I support Passports with Purpose

Five hard truths about long term travel

The Art Gallery of Ontario : Maharaja
– If these walls could talk

Travel Writers Exchange
How to work with tourism boards

Travel Writers Exchange
– The importance of finding your travel niche

Matador Abroad, The Matador Network
~ India, poverty and the fear of traveling to poor places

Getting ready to go: Four top solo travel tips
Recovering from loss by following a dream

Transitions Abroad
– Yoga as a window into Indian culture

Transitions Abroad
~ Learning to love Delhi

Journeywoman website and e-newsletter
~ She packs for India: packing tips for travel in India
– Top 10 things to buy in India
Top 10 tips for women travelling in India
How to dress for social  success in India

~ Strolling in Lodhi Garden, Delhi
~ Falling in love with the Jaisalmer desert

What travel writers say
~ Ashrams in Rishikesh

~ Recommended: Traveling solo in India

The Matador Network
~ 11 reasons to visit India in the summertime
~ What Yoga is Sustainable Travel
~ Butterflies are free: volunteering in Dharamsala

The Mindful Word
– How I learned to accept change

 India: A Healing Journey on Bootsnall travel website

Guest Posts

How to fall in love with travelling solo: 11 lessons from 4 WeGoSolo experts

How to be safe in India, podcast

Backpacking Spirit
India Packing List
The art of solo female travel: Go your own way
Expert Interview with Mariellen Ward

Pure Xahir
– profile of Breathedreamgo on site that curates and reviews blogs

India: A Healing Journey
Travel Tuesday Q&A with Mariellen Ward of BreatheDreamGo

Canadian travel blog makes list of top Indian blogs

Desi News
Wide-eyed Wanderer: A profile

Citizen Lou
Helping Hands

8 Women Dream interview
Breathedreamgo: A mantra for living

Weekly Voice
How one woman found solace in India PDF
Interview: How one woman found solace in India

Interview with Rashi Khilnani, Indo-Canadian Report on CBC
– Blogging about the IIFAs

Appearance on Nat & Marie, Ustream TV talk show

Masti Magazine
– Song of India  book-review

Canadian Living Magazine
Change is a process, not a destination (PDF)

Akshara Yoga blog
Of Breathing, dreaming and blogging

India-Asia News Service
Raj Kapoor martini marks IIFA in Toronto


Mariellen’s India Travel blog
~ between December 2005 – April 2009 I spent 11 months living, traveling, studying and volunteering in India. Please visit if you want to share my adventures on the subcontinent.

All material on this weblog is copyright Mariellen Ward 2013