Mariellen Ward, Travel writer

Freelance travel writer and blogger

Welcome to Breathedreamgo! My name is Mariellen Ward and I’m an award-winning professional travel writer based in Rishikesh, India. I launched Breathedreamgo in August 2009, inspired by my extensive travels in India. In 2019, I won the National Tourism Award for Best Foreign Travel Journalist / Blogger from Incredible India Tourism, and I have been short-listed several times for responsible tourism awards — most recently for the Outlook Indian Responsible Tourism Award (2020) for Best Communicator.

I have a BA in Journalism and write for leading 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 and responsible travel / sustainable tourism practices.

I carry a reusable bottle when I travel and refill it with filtered water. I take great care to show cultural respect while travelling and in my writing. I try and promote fair trade artisans and organizations, responsible tourism companies, and well-managed wildlife tourism. I speak out against irresponsible practices and animal cruelty, such as elephant riding. These values are important to me personally and professionally.

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; and I started the #WeGoSolo movement to encourage women to travel solo safely.

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.

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.

Travel Writing Portfolio

Magazine and newspaper articles


Two cover stories: Yogis in India and My Life in an Ashram May 2019


March 2018 Cover story: A Place in the sun — 26 Summer Trips

April 2018 Cover story:  Beyond Capital Limits

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)

Ensemble Magazine

Dreamscapes Magazine

Zoomer Magazine

Toronto Star

Canadian Living Magazine

Homemakers Magazine

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

Discover India

Acura Style magazine

Dreamscapes Magazine 

Online travel and yoga magazines / sites

BBC Travel

Atlas Obscura

Gastro Obscura

CN Traveller India

World Nomads


Inside Himalayas

Horizon Guides

International Expeditions

Zeghram Expeditions

Better Places Travel blog

G Adventures

Mantra Wild
Following in the footsteps of Mira

Toronto Tourism: My Toronto
Nostalgia, Toronto Style


Transitions Abroad

  • Yoga as a window into Indian culture

~ Learning to love Delhi


Bootsnall India: A Healing Journey
The art of solo female travel: Go your own way
Expert Interview with Mariellen Ward

Canadian Living Magazine


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 2019