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Thank you for your interest in working with Sand In My Suitcase…

We’re Janice and George Mucalov, once practising lawyers, now award-winning travel writers and bloggers.

We started as travel journalists, writing for print magazines and newspapers.

And we still contribute many articles each year to leading consumer and travel industry publications in the U.S. and Canada.

We launched our luxury adventure travel blog, Sand In My Suitcase, in 2012.

It’s another important online venue for sharing our travel stories with the world.

What makes our blog unique

We know the power of the written word, and we craft our posts with care. We spend time on the quality of writing and the photography.

Posts (most 2,000+ words) are well-researched, detailed and SEO-optimized to attract the maximum traffic.

Most readers initially find our high-traffic blog via Google.

But we like to think they return as much for the beauty of our travel stories as for the practical content we provide.

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Our readers

Our blog receives 180,000+ unique visitors a month.

73% are from the U.S. and Canada.

Sand In My Suitcase appeals to affluent, well-traveled and intellectually curious travel lovers.

We write for the 30+ reader who likes to spice up their luxury trips with a little adventurous fun – and who enjoys a good travel tale.

About Sand In My Suitcase

Our niche is luxury travel.

Our posts focus on bespoke tours and soft adventure, cultural explorations (meet Athens), good food (with wine, of course!), hotel reviews and cruise stories.

We’ve written about everything from exploring Sri Lanka to an African river safari to discovering the magical things to do in Salt Spring Island near our home.

We also take many of the photos that illustrate our posts. Readers often comment that the photos are beautiful (and we’re always delighted when magazines publish our travel photos).

Readers can find excerpts and stories adapted from our magazine and newspaper travel articles, as well as travel posts written just for this site.

Top-ranking luxury travel blog

Dozens of posts are #1 in Google searches!

Sand In My Suitcase ranks on Page 1 (in the top 5) for searches like:

“overwater bungalows in Bora Bora” (#1)

“things to do in Mexico” (#1)

“best honeymoon hotels in Maui” (#1)

“Canada bucket list” (#1)

“things to do in Old San Juan” (#1)

“EVA Air economy review” (#1)

“is Porto worth visiting?” (#1)

“popular Indian dishes” (#1)

“boutique Puerto Vallarta hotels” (#1)

“is Athens worth visiting?” (#1)

“best travel sandals” (#1)

“romantic hotels in Venice” (#1)

“Cabo vs Cancun” (#2)

“unique places to visit in Greece” (#2)

“Maui vs Kauai” (#2)

“boutique Puerto Vallarta hotels” (#2)

“things to do in Mallorca” (#2)

“colonial cities in Mexico” (#2)

“best hotels in Kauai” (#2)

“things to do in Cabo San Lucas” (#2)

“things to do in Maui for couples” (#2)

“northern California coastal towns” (#2)

“beautiful gardens in the world” (#2)

“St. Barts travel guide” (#2)

“where to stay in Mallorca” (#3)

“hammams in Istanbul” (#3)

“Crystal Cruises review” (#4)

“best river cruises” (#4)

We offer a unique skill set to hoteliers, destinations, cruise lines and other brands interested in reaching an engaged target audience of luxury adventure travel enthusiasts.

“Best travel blog” and other honors

Sand In My Suitcase won “1st Place” for Best Travel Blog in the 2017 Society of American Travel Writers (SATW), Canadian chapter awards.

We also won a Finalist award for “Best Travel Column/Blog” in the 2018 Travel Media Association of Canada awards.

Oh, and we have to mention that our site took home the Silver award for “Best Travel Blog” in the 2015 North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA) annual competition.

One last plug! Sand In My Suitcase is one of the “Top 100 Couple Travel Blogs” too.

Shameless self-promotion

See all our: Travel writing and blogging awards

Social media reach

We promote our posts and travels on social media.

We have 35,000+ social media fans.

(We’re choosy about who we follow, so we don’t follow everyone back.)


(740,000+ monthly views)




We have some very real influence

Readers use our blog to make their travel decisions

Some examples?

The Mexico holiday-goers who ask us which Pueblo Bonito resort in Cabo to book.

The frequent fliers keen to know whether they should fly on EVA Air. (This post ranges in rank from #1 to #3 on Google searches for “Eva Air review” and “Eva Air Economy review”.)

The cruise travelers interested in the world’s best new cruise ship and those who book a luxury Seabourn cruise after reading our Seabourn Odyssey review.

Couples visiting Bora Bora who ask which of the overwater bungalow resorts in Bora Bora is best for them (#1 on Google).

Read the comments on these posts, and you’ll get an idea.

Hundreds of luxury hotel nights booked!

Readers have booked hundreds of hotel nights through Sand In My Suitcase after reading our reviews of luxury hotels in destinations like:

Hawaii | 10 Beautiful Hotels in Kauai

Greece Mykonos Beach Hotels and Travel Guide

Dubai | Transit Hotel in Dubai Airport (Brilliant For a Layover)

Istanbul5 Hip and Historic Boutique Hotels in Istanbul

Mallorca | 15 Enchanting Places to Stay in Mallorca

How we can work with you

Blog content covering trip reports and reviews
(sometimes magazine/newspaper coverage too)

Sponsored posts

Let’s be creative and see how we can work together!

Travel writing ethics

We’re both members of the Travel Media Association of Canada (TMAC).

Janice is also a member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) and the North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA).

We never agree to write positive stories in exchange for a hosted travel experience.

Sponsored content includes a disclosure notice.

Get in touch

If you’d like more information or wish to work with us, let’s talk! Please see our Disclosure policy and contact us.


Tuesday 15th of March 2016

Hello Janice and George I am in the process of launching a luxurious 3 bedroomed medieval townhouse in the Liguria region of Italy and I am looking for an experienced travel blogger to write me a review/blog etc in return for 3 free nights accommodation. I am particularly interested in working with people who have an established blog, engaged audience and social media presence! The preferred dates of travel would be end of June/July although this is flexible. If you are interested and likely to be available at that time I would love to hear from you. Best Wishes Rachel

Janice and George

Wednesday 16th of March 2016

We'll respond to you privately. Thanks for reaching out to us :-).

Anahita Guha

Monday 30th of November 2015

Hi Janice and George,

We'd like to connect with you for a PR travel opportunity. Can you please email me about where you guys are based out of and will you be interested in pursuing such an opp?

Thanks, Anahita

Janice and George

Monday 30th of November 2015

We're based out of Vancouver, Canada - you can email us via our contact page :-).