Hi and welcome to my Wikitravel page. I am a travel "addict". I caught the bug in my late teens (the mid 80s!!) and since then I haven't stopped. I started by taking package tours and holiday bundles in my first couple of years, even working on a couple to pay my ticket, but I soon became a more confident traveller and took matters into my own hands. It is not hard to plan a trip yourself and with the ease of internet communication and booking, you can have a great experience just planning, researching and booking your trip.
I have been a writer, director and theatre/film artist for most of my professional life. I guess that means I have avoided getting a "real job" but I think I have been able to do this for so long because I am also a bit of a workaholic. I value my time away from the office and studio, and look for travel that will recharge my batteries, get the creative juices flowing again and give me some perspective on the place I occupy on this planet, in this short span of time we call a life.
I've decided to start writing a bit down, about places, the people I meet, the frivolous or profound experiences along the way. Not to say "This is how it's done", but to share perspectives and points of view. I have a keen interest in the arts, history, politics and religions of the countries of the world, so a lot of my writing and travel experiences circulate around these topics. In my opinion, if you travel by following what interests you, you have a far more meaningful and enriching time. This doesn't mean you should go around educating yourself with "stones and bones" tours as if the world is a museum, especially if that bores you silly. You can have an interest in just about anything and create a great travel experience from it.
To start with I'll give a bit of my background and a list of some of the places I have seen.
Citizenships: Canada, United Kingdom, Australia (resident).
Contributions: Wikipedia, Wikitravel, World66, Schmapp Travel Guides.
Bio: Stephen Atkins is a faculty member of the Capilano University Theatre Department , has tought at Simon Fraser University School for Contemporary Arts , Studio 58  and the University of Lethbridge . He is the Artistic Director of Human Theatre , Co-artistic Director of Fuse Performance Works and an associate artist with Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre . Recent performance, directing and writing credits can be found on LinkedIn  or on the Capilano University Theatre Department web page .
Travels: Stephen Atkins' experience in travel started in 1985 when he was a leader for tour groups to Israel and the USSR. In the 1990s he was as a touring performer and in the early 2000s, a web-based software developer and website designer for travel agencies and tour operators. Stephen has been contributing off and on to various wiki projects with articles on theatre history, arts/culture and travel/food. He has recently started to combine his experience in web-based technology and live performance, touching base in international theatre festivals and collaborating abroad on interdisciplinary performance projects.
Other: Dabbling in photography and digital video editing - getting back into painting (canvas not houses) which he hasn't done since college.
Places I've been
I was born in Calgary and grew up there. Many years later I taught in the University of Lethbridge theatre department for two years.
I have spent more of my life there than anywhere else. I have had the pleasure of seeing quite a bit of this amazing province because I was a touring actor. We performed for schools all over the interior and as far north as the Alaskan panhandle to some communities with no roads, you had to fly in by float plane.
100 Mile House, Bella Coola, Chilliwack, Cranbrook, Fort St. John, Gabriola Island, Grand Forks, Hope, Kamloops, Kelowna, Nanaimo, Nelson, Oliver, Osoyoos, Pemberton, Penticton, Port Edward, Prince George, Prince Rupert, Quesnel, Revelstoke, Saltspring Island, Squamish, Stewart, Tofino, Victoria, Whister, Whiterock, Williams Lake.
Montreal is a great city, but I recommend getting out and taking a road trip to the many smaller towns, especially down south, near the border of Vermont.
Anaheim, Bakersfield, Berkeley, Beverly Hills, Death Valley, Eureka, Fresno, Joshua Tree, Los Angeles, Mount Shasta, Napa, Oakland, Oxnard, Palm Springs, Redding, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Ana, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Saint Helena, Ventura, Yreka.
Louisville (or Luh-ville as the locals call it).
Friends of mine used to live in Las Vegas, I visited a few times and had the rare experience of what it is like to actually live in a suburb of Vegas. Since then all my trips have been the normal show/casino/convention type.
I was there once in 1992.
I worked in Buffalo for about a month and a half in 1999. I make trips occasionally to NYC. I have also been in the SITI  summer workshop in Saratoga Springs.
Acapulco, Bucerias, Chilpancingo de los Bravo, Cuernavaca, Guadalajara, Ixtapa, La Manzanillo, Manzanillo, Mexico City, Mismaloya, Oaxaca, Puebla, Puerto Vallarta, Punta de Mita, Sayulita, Taxco, Tehuantepac, Tijuana.
Europe & Great Britain
Alfriston, Bath, Bradford, Brighton, Burgess Hill, Derby, Dover, Hove, Leeds, Leceister, London, Luton, Nottingham, Oakham, Oxford, Oxsted, Peterborough, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Rye, Salisbury, Scunthorpe, Sheffield, Stamford, Uckfield, York.
Aix-en-Provence, Ales, Arles, Avignon, Bagnois sur Ceze, Beaucaire, Carpentras, Cavallon, Chalon sur Soane, Champigne, Chartres, Chateau Neuf du Pape, Chateau Neuf du Rhone, Fontaine de Vaucluse, Fontainebleu, Gorges du Verdon, Istres, L'Ilses sur la Sorgue, La Coste, Les Baux de Provence, Lyon, Macon, Montpellier, Nice, Nimes, Orange, Nice, Paris, Salon de Provence, St Remy-de-Provence, Toulon, Tournon sur Rhone, Valence, Versailles.
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Ballina, Bungalow, Beenleigh, Bondi, Brisbane, Brunswick Heads, Burliegh Heads, Byron Bay, Caloundra, Collangatta, Coolum, Currumbin, Gympie, Iluka, Kingscliff, Maleny, Manly, Maroochydore, Melbourne, Miami, Nerang, Noosa, Redcliffe, Surfers Paradise, Sydney, Toowong, Tugun, Tweed Heads, Yamba, Tumby Bay.
Israel and West Bank
Where I'm Goin'.
When I get the time and money-- Spain, Morocco, India and Italy. And I eventually want to hit Egypt, Sudan, Madagascar and South Africa. I figure if I live long enough I have about 25 more years to fit these in before it gets uncomfortable.