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"I'm a travel junkie who's hooked on deals from YYC." - Chris Myden

So, I'm now blogging for a large Canadian media conglomerate

Last month, a kind soul and devoted reader took the time to point out to me that Sympatico.ca was looking to fill the position of 'Travel deal blogger' for the Travel section of their giant web portal.

This is the actual ad that they posted on various job sites:

Needed: Engaging travel blogger obsessed with finding great travel deals Are you a seasoned travel writer who has globetrotting down to an art form? Sympatico.ca Travel is looking for a blogger who loves to travel, write about travel and scour the internet and other sources for the best travel deals around. In other words, you eat, sleep and breathe travel.

Check, check, and check. They were asking people to submit their resumes, but perhaps with a bit too much bravado I decided to just send them a short and polite e-mail, explaining who I was, showing them the deals I've found over the past year on my network of blogs, and the following I have on Facebook and Twitter.

To be honest, I felt confident there wasn't anyone in Canada better suited for the job. If there's someone with more of a passion for it than me, they're hiding it pretty well. Sympatico quickly called me back and I'm pretty sure I heard the distinct sound of a pile of resumes being shredded in the background.

So, I'm pretty excited about it. It helps to spread the word to more Canadians, and who knows, maybe it will lead to further opportunities. If I have the conglomerate corporate structure figured out correctly, Sympatico is owned by Bell, who also owns the Globe & Mail and CTV. Hint, hint.

Basically I'll just be posting deals similar to what's currently being posted on my blogs, but they will now also appear on Sympatico's new travel blog, found here:


But for my first post, I decided to make it more of an introduction, explaining who I am, how it all began, and how I came to be Canada's deal obsessed travel junkie with a couple hundred thousand Facebook followers.

So here it is, my introductory blog post, simply titled:

Confessions of a Canadian Travel Deal Junkie

Do me a favor and post a comment after you read it. Or at the very least, hit the Like button!

And YES, I will still be posting the deals here of course, as usual. It doesn't really change anything, I'll just be posting on both sites.


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19 Responses to "So, I'm now blogging for a large Canadian media conglomerate"

    Has Mart been here?
       Mart on January 18th, 2011

    So you will still be posting YYC deals on this site though, right?

    Has Chris_Myden been here?
       Chris_Myden on January 18th, 2011

    Hi Mart,

    Oh yes, definitely. It's a good point though, I added a blurb at the bottom to make sure people know that it doesn't really change anything. It's just an additional place for me to post.

    Has Mart been here?
       Mart on January 18th, 2011

    Oh, and congratulations... very cool gig!

    Has Chris_Myden been here?
       Chris_Myden on January 18th, 2011

    Thanks Mart!

    Has PamS been here?
       PamS on January 18th, 2011

    Congratulations Chris! (although I'm secretly worried that deals will disappear SO much sooner with your increased exposure!) ;) Looking forward to reading your blog!

    Has Chris_Myden been here?
       Chris_Myden on January 18th, 2011

    Thanks Pam! That's an issue I've thought about as well. I can already see it with certain deals that have sold out fairly quickly after being posted recently.

    Has Faron Muncey been here?
       Faron Muncey on January 18th, 2011

    Congrats, Chris! That's awesome!!

    Has Chris_Myden been here?
       Chris_Myden on January 18th, 2011

    Thanks Faron!

    Has Darlene Cox been here?
       Darlene Cox on January 18th, 2011

    Great opportunity for you and ultimately for all of us. Keep us traveling Chris!

    Has Tony W. been here?
       Tony W. on January 18th, 2011

    Thanks Chris -- This is awesome news! Glad you finally got "Oprahed" and get to get paid to do what you love.

    You deserve it for sharing all your hard work (and great deals!) with us!!

    Has Paul been here?
       Paul on January 18th, 2011

    The response to your blog is a reflection of the need for a site like yours. The next generation travel agent. Congratulations!

    Has Maureen Myden been here?
       Maureen Myden on January 18th, 2011

    Very cool Chris, congrats!!! Good for you!!!

    Has Adele been here?
       Adele on January 18th, 2011

    Wow, this is an awesome opportunity for you Chris! Just the beginning I'm sure...great things happen to great people! Looking forward to your blogs and staying in touch!

    Has Woody been here?
       Woody on January 19th, 2011

    Congrats, you deserve this! Hmm, any chance you can post to your blog first and give us like an hour headstart on the deals? ;)

    Has I Am Nirt been here?
       I Am Nirt on January 19th, 2011

    Congrats Chris! I've taken advantage of an awesome deal posted by you - I too am worried more people will snap up the deals faster than I can get to them! And now I will join the sympatico blog too . . . .

    Has sheryl myden been here?
       sheryl myden on January 19th, 2011

    way to go chris, proud of you

    Has Jen been here?
       Jen on January 19th, 2011

    Congratulations! So happy for you.

    Has Fiona Cordingley been here?
       Fiona Cordingley on January 20th, 2011

    Great news. I love a deal, and love travel. Keep up the good work!

    Has sunyy been here?
       sunyy on January 20th, 2011


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