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Monday, October 26th 2020

"I'm a travel junkie who's hooked on deals from YEG." - 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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6 Responses to "So, I'm now blogging for a large Canadian media conglomerate"

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

    Congratulations! Just make sure you don't sell out and become a marketing machine for the major players. We'd miss you.

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

    Good for you! You are perfect for the position and I'm sure you'll do a fabulous job. Enjoy it!

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

    Thanks guys! Dee, if you ever see any hint of me becoming a marketing machine you have permission to slap me.

    Has Dee been here?
       Dee on January 24th, 2011

    Consider it done Chris.... but I hope I never get the opportunity to celebrate Slapsgiving. :)

    Has Tammy been here?
       Tammy on January 24th, 2011

    Well done Chris. You deserve it. I too am a travel deal junkie (personal use only) but the deals you find are incredible. I have always found good deals but your deals are amazing. I found you through facebook and added you as I seen the fabulous deals that you find, unlike other places I have searched and come up way short of my expectations. You, on the other hand, exceed them.

    Thank you and keep up the great work.

    Has Chris_Myden been here?
       Chris_Myden on January 26th, 2011

    Thanks Tammy, much appreciated!

    Lol Dee, I take it you're a fan of How I Met Your Mother ?

    "Legen...wait for it...dary."

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