Mary Chong

Member Since:
Aug 2016

Mary Chong is a travel writer, social media influencer, professional graphic designer and founder of Calculated Traveller Magazine based in Toronto, Canada. An over-thinker when it comes to being prepared for any situation, Mary embraces travelling via carry-on only no matter the length of the trip or destination of the adventure.

Calculated Traveller launched in February 2013 as an online magazine/blog with informative travel advice, helpful tips, honest reviews, and travel inspiration for destinations throughout the world. Sharing our photos and stories of our adventures from both near and far; each article focuses on budget planning and preparation for all types of travellers across a wide range of travel experiences.

As of Feb 1, 2017, Calculated Traveller has a readership of 15k+ monthly travellers alongside a growing collective 21k+ social media fans between Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Linkedin and YouTube. (DA36, PA46)

Recognitions

  • Listed as one of the World's Best Travel Hackers 2017 by FlightNetwork.com
  • 2016 Top 1000 Travel Blogs by Rise Market Insight
  • FlipKey Inc. by Trip Advisor Award Winner - Top Toronto-Based Bloggers (2015)
  • CruiseKing's Top 10 Cruise Blogs of 2014
  • Schmutzie.com 2014 Canadian Weblog Awards Nominee
  • Listed as one of Canada's top 100 online travel writers by FlightNetwork.com (2013)

Mary is an active member of IFWTWA, Society of American Travel Writers, The International Travel Writers Alliance, and Toronto Travel Massive.

She is also Associate Editor / Contributor to FWT Magazine; an official IFWTWA publication, as well as a travel contributor to MomsandMunchkins.ca; a family website with a readership of 142k+ monthly page views and 93k+ social media followers, and restaurant/food reviewer for TheYums.com. 

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www.calculatedtraveller.com
www.travelchatca.com
www.marychong.ca
www.graphicsforbloggers.com

Published Articles (18)

Mi Tierra Cafe Y Panaderia, San Antonio Texas


At Mi Tierra Cafe Y Panaderia in the El Mercado (Market Square) area of San Antonio, Texas, the celebration never ends. The streamers, lights, fiesta flags and all that is […]

Yau Ma Tei Hong Kong: Contrasts and Transformations


A city of contrasts, Hong Kong by day is filled with the hustle and bustle of cars and noise. But as night falls on the streets of Kowloon, cars are […]

All Day Brunch at Bay Local Eatery, Virginia Beach Virginia


(FAM) Take a break from the heat and hustle of Virginia Beach and head over to the Chesapeake Bay area of town for a shabby chic brunch treat at Bay […]

TRANQUILLITY AT HAWKS CAY RESORT DUCK KEY FLORIDA


(FAM) It’s hot and humid this December afternoon at Hawks Cay Resort as I lounge in the shade, cold beverage in hand, on our private deck behind our suite.

Puerto Vallarta: A Journey of the Senses


On my first trip to the lovely island, I was teased and tempted by the siren of the sea as she whispered, “Stay with me under the shade of this […]

DISCOVERING THE TACO – VALLARTA FOOD TOURS


(FAM) Given the chance to explore the streets of an unfamiliar city, eat local authentic good eats, and do it all with an expert local guide who speaks the language […]

Getting my Guacamole on in San Antonio Texas


(FAM) In San Antonio Texas there are good eats everywhere you look but each time I visit this gorgeous city I feast on one thing —- guacamole.

A Pleasure House Oyster Tour in Lynnhaven Virginia


(FAM Trip) A Pleasure House Oyster Tour in Lynnhaven Virginia is a definite high point for any foodie and oyster lover when visiting the Virginia Beach area.

Total Bliss at the Villa Premiere Boutique Hotel & Romantic Getaway Puerto Vallarta


(FAM Trip) For a celebration or a simple vacation, the Villa Premier Boutique Hotel is the perfect location for an exclusive, romantic getaway in Puerto Vallarta

PRINCESS CRUISES — A CARIBBEAN PRINCESS REVIEW


I’ve sailed on over 12 Princess Cruises and have always found the food to be delicious, the accommodation to be comfortable and the service to be excellent. I always look […]

A BLOODY BLUE BIG AL BREAKFAST AT BAY LOCAL EATERY VIRGINIA BEACH


(FAM Trip) It’s 8:30 AM and the olive eyes of the Bloody Blue Cocktail are blinking at me. I’m at Bay Local Eatery, Chesapeake Bay, Virginia Beach, VA

3 VERY DIFFERENT ADVENTURES IN MAHAHUAL, COSTA MAYA, MEXICO


When your cruise ship stops in Costa Maya, Mexico in the Western Caribbean you pretty much have three options to choose from for exploring Quintana Roo in one single day.

LUXURY CAMPING MOMENTS AT OAKWOOD ESCAPE, DUNNVILLE ONTARIO


(FAM Trip) It’s early morning at Oakwood Escape Luxury Camping and Farm in Dunnville, Ontario and the canvas prospector’s tent I’m sleeping in is ablaze with the golden colour of […]

GLAMPING IT UP AT LONG POINT ECO-ADVENTURES ONTARIO


(FAM Trip) After staying in a wilderness suite at Long Point Eco-Adventures, on the shores of Lake Erie Canada, glamping is something I can certainly get used to.

GONE TO POT BY YOURS OUTDOORS IN ONTARIO’S HIGHLANDS


(FAM Trip) The clay on the pottery wheel feels surprisingly warm and velvety within my hands as it spins around and around transforming from its original blob shape into a […]

MESSINA HOF WINERY AND PAINTING WITH A TWIST GRAPEVINE TEXAS


(FAM Trip) The 6 of us girls are at Painting with a Twist Grapevine in Grapevine Texas creating our very own unique travel memory with wine and paint.

7 DIVINE DINNERS. A MSC DIVINA FOOD REVIEW & PHOTO ESSAY


Say the word “cruise” and I don’t think of the islands, I immediately think of what I ate! Food always brings back memories for me – the taste, the smell, […]

CURACAO – THE MEANING OF DUSHI


(FAM Trip) In the island of Curacao, the expression “Dushi” has a lot of meanings. It mostly means sweet, nice or good and the phrase perfectly fits this beautiful island.