Joel Balsam is a Canadian freelance journalist, guidebook author, and avid traveler. With more than a decade of experience as a freelancer, he has reported from five continents on a wide array of topics including travel, culture, language, environment, politics, technology, and business. Along with Travel + Leisure, Joel has written National Geographic Travel, Time, The Guardian, BBC Travel, Lonely Planet, Thrillist, and many more. He is also a published guidebook author.

• Contributed to three Lonely Planet guidebooks: France, Morocco, and Georgia, Armenia & Azerbaijan
• Produced a Vice Fightland documentary
• Former travel and news editor
• Polyglot who speaks French, Spanish, and Portuguese
• Traveled to more than 50 countries

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