Hello and welcome to Calculated Traveller!

An online magazine offering friendly advice, informative reviews, and inspiration on all things travel. With multiple writers on staff, each article is written in their own unique voice and style. Focused throughout on budget planning and preparation for all types of travellers across a wide range of travel experiences of every level.

According to the Dictionary:
Calculated (adjective) = carefully thought out in advance, undertaken after careful estimation of the likely outcome, made or planned to accomplish a certain purpose

About Calculated Traveller?

We hope to share our stories, photos and memories of our adventures near and far as well as tips and planning suggestions to get you there. We just might have some knee-slapping laughs and perhaps a few tears along the way!

Getting the most bang for your buck without wasting time or running into any complications is our core goal for YOU, our readers.

We aim to deliver.

We plan, we test, we research, and we share everything.

The good and the bad.

The Calculated Traveller Team

What makes us experts?

We’re not experts. We are just people who love to travel, take photographs and write about our journeys around the world. PLUS we have the habit of over thinking everything – we hate surprises like going over budget, or missing connections…so we are always prepared!

With varied experiences, ages, backgrounds and lifestyles, each one of our writers can highlight that perfect perspective to show our readers the best that a city/location or product has to offer.

Combined, we have been on 30+ cruises. We’ve travelled throughout North America, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia by plane, train, and automobile. We’ve walked, hiked, sailed, and even jumped out of planes.

All for our passion – to experience life to its fullest and bring our experiences forward to other like minded travellers.

Let us share our passion with you!

So, what equation fits your vacation?

Mary Chong

Mary Chong

Editor-in-Chief / Lead Writer / World Cruiser

Mary Chong is based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. A travel writer / world cruiser and founder of Calculated Traveller, when not working as a freelance graphic designer, Mary is either travelling with her husband, Ray or planning the next big adventure.

Member: International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association
Associate Editor: FWT Magazine | Food Wine Travel

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Ray Chong

Ray Chong

Contributor / Logistics

Ray Chong is based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. An avid traveller, outdoorsman, and bargain hunter, Ray prefers to stay behind the scenes and incognito at Calculated Traveller, but occasionally comes front and centre to share travel deals and to write about the subject of health, nature, cars and cruise ships. Some people call him Ramon de la Cruise, but Mary calls him hubby.

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Jamie Kwan

Jamie Kwan

Staff Writer / Designer / Boy Wonder

Jamie Kwan is a Toronto-based designer, with backgrounds in both architecture and digital media. He is a serial doodler, excessive post-it note user, and loves to write, photograph and sketch about culture and cities. While not a thrill-seeker, he will go out of his way to find the most hidden architectural gems in any place he visits. He has a true love for museums, having spent much of his early days working with children and wrangling dinosaurs at the Royal Ontario Museum. You can find more of his love for design at www.jamiekwan.com. Since 2013, he has been on the most epic of journeys to find the best grilled cheese sandwich ever.

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Michael Soncina

Michael Soncina

Correspondent at Large

Michael Soncina is a sustainable tourism enthusiast from Toronto, Canada. He has lived in Singapore and spent time WWOOFing and working with youth groups as a volunteer throughout Japan. His love for adventure has taken him to Central Asia where through a series of good and very bad experiences fell in love with the region. Michael has become a self-made ambassador for eco and sustainable travel. When he is not travelling he is leading groups of travellers around the world as a freelance Tour Director.

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Cherri Megasko

Cherri Megasko


Cherri Megasko has always been a little unpredictable, walking that fine line between conformance and rebellion. But it wasn’t until she started traveling in earnest that she found her true zen. She surrendered her corporate badge, renewed her passport and braced herself for a whole new life of excitement and adventure. Snorkeling locales and the developing world are her favourite destinations, but she’ll gladly go wherever the opportunities are most curious. You can follow Cher’s adventures at Bucket List Travel Club.

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Heather Stuart

Heather Stuart


Heather Stuart is a freelance writer and editor (HH Communications Services) living in Waterdown, ON. When not writing, she can be found running, cycling, travelling, and enjoying the outdoors with her husband, dog, and son.

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Lea Kuliczkowski

Lea Kuliczkowski

Video / Travel Girl

Lea Kuliczkowski is a graduate of the RTA School of Media at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario Canada and is pursuing a career in television and video production. Her hobbies include figure skating and travelling. Lea believes her curiosity of new cultures comes from her mixed background of Chinese, Italian, and Polish. She loves new adventures whether it’s living on a different continent or checking out the local eats in her hometown of Toronto. Travel has led Lea to many beautiful countries and is always dreaming of her next destination. Most importantly, she is very excited to share her anecdotes and journeys right here on Calculated Traveller!

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Other Contributors

Kim Humphreys, Toronto, Ontario, Canada-based travel writer/adventure seeker (Adventure Girl)
Kim enjoys variety in her vacations. She seeks out adrenaline-filled adventures such as skydiving, mud sliding, jeep adventures, swimming with stingrays, river tubing and zip-lining. On the other hand, she also enjoys the contrast of a calm, family-oriented vacation by the ocean. She sees vacations and travelling as a chance for a new opportunity and making memories that she and her family will never forget.
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Martin Wigginton, Travel Photography Expert (Tech Guru)
Martin has seen as many movies on airplanes as he has in theatres. While not particularly a morning person he has been known to get up before the sun to get the right shot at the right time, and has apps on his iPad and phone to help him choose when and where to bring his many cameras. When the shot is taken, he is inclined to share it immediately on the web. He loves the idea of people all over the world being able to see what HE sees at virtually the same time.
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Awards and Recognition

Calculated Traveller has won several national and international awards.

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