Vawn Himmelsbach


Vawn Himmelsbach is a freelance writer and editor who has covered the tech industry for more than 15 years. She has written for magazines, newspapers and websites, including IT World Canada, The Globe & Mail and CBC.ca. She writes a weekly technology blog for expertIP.




Last Updated: 11/08/2017 09:44:53 AM EST

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FEATURE: The Disruptors - Airbnb

FEATURE: The Disruptors - Airbnb

Booking a trip? You're likely to scan various hotel offerings and then check Airbnb. The short-term rental company has flipped the hospitality industry on its head, providing an accessible option to rent a room, home, or apartment from a local, anywhere in the world, at a range of price points - from $50 to more than $1,000 per night.

Vawn Himmelsbach Published: 11/08/2017 09:44:53 AM EST

 

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Retailers Brace for New Reality With Weak Loonie

Retailers Brace for New Reality With Weak Loonie

Canadians are used to dealing with fluctuations in currency. But the loonie has been down - way down - for well over a year. And retailers that were hedging exchange risks are now looking for more permanent solutions, whether that's raising prices, cutting staff, or finding supply chain efficiencies.

Vawn Himmelsbach Published: 07/07/2016 09:08:11 AM EST

Best Luggage for a 3-Day Biz Trip

Best Luggage for a 3-Day Biz Trip

I once wheeled a cheap piece of luggage up and down the cobblestone streets of Paris. A wheel popped off, then a hole appeared from dragging the bag. I spent precious vacation hours looking for Krazy glue (a term that doesn't translate easily into French) to fix it. Take it from me: properly engineered luggage is worth the investment if you're a frequent traveler.

Vawn Himmelsbach Published: 10/07/2014 11:30:02 AM EST

5 Travel Apps to Take on the Road

5 Travel Apps to Take on the Road

Many travel booking Websites offer mobile apps, which is helpful when you need to make changes to your itinerary en route. There are apps to help you plan and pack, apps that provide sightseeing tips and recommendations, and apps that help you consolidate your itinerary. Many have a free version and a paid "pro" version with added functionality. Here's a sampling of a few of my favourites:

Vawn Himmelsbach Published: 09/17/2014 07:30:01 AM EST

5 Hotel Loyalty Programs Compared

5 Hotel Loyalty Programs Compared

With increasing competition in the hotel industry from a range of boutique and budget options, to people renting out their homes or even their couches, hotels have had to up their game. Loyalty programs that offer extensive perks beyond room upgrades are a way to keep guests coming back.

Vawn Himmelsbach Published: 07/23/2014 11:30:01 AM EST

4 High-Tech Coffee Shops

4 High-Tech Coffee Shops

Smart coffee shops are sweetening their java offerings with everything from mobile payments to loyalty programs and cool offers on social media, making it easier (and more fun) to pick up your morning skinny vanilla latte.

Vawn Himmelsbach Published: 05/13/2014 07:30:01 AM EST


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