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Steve Gillick is a travel industry professional who loves to talk to people who love to talk about travel. After many years of leading a major Canadian travel association, Steve started Talking Travel to exercise his passion for promoting the joys of travel, provide creative training and coaching to travel professionals, and to deliver keynote presentations that reflect his infectious enthusiasm and positivity for the industry. Steve has travelled to 72 countries and over 620 destinations to date and has written and/or given presentations on most of them. Steve founded the Global Explorers Club in 1996 to provide travel agents and travellers the opportunity to network, share travel tales and learn about destinations in an informal, fun atmosphere. As a sought-after industry speaker, Steve has delivered workshops and seminars across Canada as well as in the US, South Korea, South Africa and Peru. Steve is a travel columnist for; a guest contributor to and; and a sometimes contributor to Dreamscapes Magazine. Steve can be contacted at, and LinkedIn.

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Toronto, Tokyo, the Moore Park Ravine, the Don Valley, Rattlesnake Point, St. Jacobs' Farmers Market, St. Lawrence Market, Shinjuku, Sushi Dai and Tsuzuku.


Travel Books. Favourites include The Heart of the World, by Ian Baker, The Songlines, by Bruce Chatwin, and just about everything that Wildred Thesiger wrote. I also read a lot of Japanese fiction (in English). One of my favourites is Eiji Yoshikawa's historical novel, Musashi, but I also recommend The Temple of the Golden Pavilion, by Yukio Mishima, and two by Haruki Murakami: Kafka on the Shore, and IQ84.


Very eclectic tastes but I did see the Beatles in 1965 so their music is ever-present and influential in my life. As there is no ART category, I will take the liberty of noting works by Tom Thomson, the Group of Seven, Egon Schiele and Fernando Botero as some of my favourites.


Lawrence of Arabia, The Great Escape, Witness for the Prosecution, Exodus, Abbot & Costello Meet Frankenstein, Avatar (see my article on Avatourism,, A Fish Called Wanda, Fargo and Into the Wild.

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