Irene Butler

Irene Butler is an award winning travel writer and author of “Trekking the Globe with Mostly Gentle Footsteps: Twelve Countries in Twelve Months” now on Amazon’s Kindle. She and her photographer husband Rick explore the world for six months of each year. Learning to see the world from the perspective of other cultures is a continual quest. Letting the journey unfold is her modus operandi; the rewards of minimal pre-planning outweighing the challenges. Extended travel has fine- tuned her budgeting skills, balanced with an occasional luxury resort. She is a contributing writer for Her stories have appeared in national and international publications.

Links to some recent articles:
Magical Mystical Myanmar

Iguacu Falls, Brazil

Awesome Antarctica

Sri Lanka – Elephants and Temple of the Tooth

Inside an Iceland Volcano

How to Travel with Carry-ons Only

Excerpts from her book, “Trekking the Globe with Mostly Gentle Footsteps: Twelve Countries in Twelve Months”  and other stories can be found on her website.  Her book is NOW on   Trekking the Globe Amazon Kindle



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  1. November 2018 BCATW Buzz - November 2, 2018

    […] Irene Butler’s article “Surf, Sites and Samba in Rio de Janeiro” was featured in Travel Writer Tales and published in Kamloops This Week newspaper in October. Irene and Rick’s summer in southern Italy included the outstanding ruins of Pompeii, another bucket list item complete!  They are now gearing up for their winter in Oaxaca Mexico. […]

  2. November 2017 BCATW Buzz - November 6, 2017

    […] Irene Butler’s story “Captivating Armenia” was published on Travel Writers Tales, and in their affiliated newspapers, Kamloops This Week and Vernon Morning Star. Rick and Irene have traded their previously booked winter in southern Spain for a drive through the southern USA, with sojourns from there to a few countries in the “scorching weather/sandy beach” category. […]

  3. September 2017 BCATW Buzz - September 1, 2017

    […] Irene Butler’s story “Tireless Taipei, Taiwan” was featured on Travel Writers Tales website in August, and published in the August 18th edition of affiliated newspaper Kamloops This Week. Irene and her husband Rick are into planning their yearly winter away, which so far includes the Mediterranean coastline of Spain, with jaunts over to some African countries they have not yet explored. […]

  4. June 2017 BCATW Buzz - June 3, 2017

    […] Irene Butler’s stories on Brunei, Borneo were published on What Travel Writers Say, a website with engaging videos, a slide-show of photos, and an “If you go” extravaganza.  Brunei, Abode of Peace & Monkeys!  The Brunei River – Mangroves & Water Village […]

  5. December 2015 BCATW Buzz - December 14, 2015

    […] Irene Butler and her husband Rick found Belgrade Serbia full of wonderful surprises!  Their experience is posted on What Travel Writers Say.  […]

  6. February 2015 BCATW Buzz - February 7, 2015

    […] Irene Butler and her husband Rick spent most of January in Sri Lanka – this being their 24th country of continuous travel since July 2014! In Sri Lanka they witnessed the election of a new president, and the hype for the upcoming visit by Pope Francis. They were swept into the country’s rich Buddhist history in temples, and enthralled with elephants galore! Check out Sir Lanka on their website! […]

  7. January 2015 BCATW Buzz - January 3, 2015

    […] Irene Butler and her husband Rick relived last year’s “Christmas in Cartagena – Colombia’s Seaside Haven” featured in Travel Writers Tales, and in their affiliated newspapers – The Delta Optimist, Kamloops This Week, and Vernon Morning Star. […]

  8. October 2014 BCATW Buzz - December 28, 2014

    […] Irene Butler’s “Where Gringos Roost” article on retiring in Ecuador is in the September issue of Senior Living. […]

  9. September 2014 BCATW Buzz | BC Travel Writers Assn. - September 1, 2014

    […] Irene Butler’s “Inside an Iceland Volcano” article is now published in Europe Up Close. This journey towards the centre of the earth…yes, being lowered 120m (400ft) down into a volcano was the strangest and one of her most exhilarating adventures to date!  […]

  10. BCATW - Buzz May 2013 - August 7, 2014

    […] Irene Butler had a run on “Europe Up Close” with four stories on Russia. […]

  11. Buzz June 2013 - August 7, 2014

    […] Irene Butler is gearing up for the 2013 TMAC Conference in Saskatoon – her old stomping grounds! Born and raised in Saskatchewan, some of her most relished memories until the age of 21 were in Saskatoon.  Many folks find travelling across Saskatchewan with its miles of wheat fields boring… but Irene asks, “Did you know Saskatchewan has Lake Manitou that is as salty as the dead sea?…. and …  the Great Sandhills ….. and  Badlands called The Big Muddy ? […]

  12. Buzz September 2013 - August 7, 2014

    […] Irene Butler had only to mention another visit to Canada’s Dead Sea for her husband Rick to acquiesce. Check out them bobbing like corks See how the lava churns and how they sizzle in Seattle. Do you love Grizzlies and Geysers…check this out! . Irene and Rick are presently hoisting a single malt in Scotland, and will then go onto Wales and Ireland for the whole month of September.  It will be their first time to this trio of countries. […]

  13. June 2014 BCATW BuzzBritish Columbia Association of Travel Writers - June 3, 2014

    […] Irene Butler’s article Ireland’s 50 Shades of Green is in the June issue of Senior Living Magazine. The countdown is on for Irene and her husband Rick. In early July until sometime in November 2014 they will set off on a blitz of the 22 European countries which they have not yet been to. At least this is the loose plan, as they never travel with a schedule, with the exception of their first destination. More to follow at: […]

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