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About Bryan & Dena Haines

bryan-dena-hainesBryan and I moved to Ecuador from Canada in 2009 with our daughter, who was then eight years old.  We love to travel as a family; we’ve traveled throughout Canada, the United States, the Caribbean and South America.

Bryan writes for About.com (part of The New York Times Company) as the online business journalist. I am a freelance travel writer, and together we created and manage GringosAbroad.com a blog about travel and life in Ecuador. We also write about how to earn a living abroad on BloggerAbroad.com

Drew, who writes the Galapagos For Kids series also runs her own blog: CultureSponge.com Connect with Drew on Google+.

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9 Responses to Bryan & Dena Haines

  1. Cbow says:

    Hey you guys!  We just discovered this website while researching the places “Flat C.” is visiting!!  Imagine our surprise when we recognised you!! Beautiful pics.
    Your friends in N.S.  xo

  2. Bryan Haines says:

    Very nice – we’ve been writing for and managing the Red Mangrove blog since August of last year. We are just working out timing but we’ll be bringing Flat C to the Galapagos within the next month or so.

    For our readers who don’t know what/who Flat C. is: it is a project of a young girl in Nova Scotia based on the Flat Stanley book series – about a boy who gets flattened and then mails himself around the world. We are showing Flat C around Ecuador and the Galapagos. We are taking pictures and after the tour is finished, we’ll email all the travel photos back to Nova Scotia.

  3. Hi Bryan & Dena! I just watched your HGTV house hunters international episode. You were so brave! I have a 9 year old as well and only dream about moving and starting over like you have. Inspirational story for sure!

  4. BILL/MEMO OLIVER says:

    BRIAN & DENA ……..YOUR BLOG AND PHOTOS ARE EXCELLENT …YOU’RE DOING A SUPER JOB …….I REALLY ENJOY YOUR FORMAT …AND YOU SHOULD ENLIST ADVERTIZERS FOR THE “RIDE”.  I’M AN
    82Y OLD WIDOWER , a pretty good photographer people tell me….HOPEING TO COME DOWN TO ECUADOR OCT. 2012 FOR 6-8 WEEKS TO “NOSE” AROUND.   THE GALAPAGOS ARE IN MY “BUCKET LIST” ..SO WILL PLAN FOR THAT, AND A “LAND STAY”, MAYBE  “THE RED MANGROVE”.  ARE THERE OTHER ALTERNATIVES,  THAT ARE LESS EXPENSIVE ?  IS OCT.-NOV. A GOOD TIME, WEATHER WISE ?  WAS SO SORRY TO HEAR OF “LONESOME GEORGES’S ” DEMISE …….I’LL BE THERE SHORTLY, AS WE WILL ALL BE… .I HAVE NO REGRETS …IF I’D BEEN BORN IN 1472, I’D HAVE BEEN ON ONE OF “CRIS’S” BOATS , 20Y LATER, HEADED FOR THE NEW AMERICAS ….I DO HAVE A 100TON U.S. COAST GUARD CAPTAINS LIC.  BUT, IT NEVER SAID ANYTHING ABOUT THE WORLD BEING FLAT !    THE OLD MAN,  MEMO    from Seattle, Wa.  (billwko@msn.com)

    • Bryan Haines says:

      Thanks for your comments Bill.

      As a photographer, you’ll love the Galapagos. It is amazing. The best time of year really depends on what you like. There are benefits to each time of year.

      All the best on your plans!

      Bryan

  5. Lotika says:

    Bryan & Dena, my husband and I cant wait to visit Galapagos! We want to stay in the towns, experience local food and culture instead of spending time on a cruise boat. Do you recommend this? where would you suggest we look for lodging that can accommodate this?

  6. Kirsten says:

    Hello,
    I want to take my daughter to the Galapagos but I am finding it difficult to find good tours for reasonable rates. I was given tickets to Guayaquil as a gift but I do not want to go all that way without fulling my daughter’s dream to see the Galapagos islands.
    Do you have any recommendations? Or do you know of any vacation specials?
    We are outdoor enthusiasts (though I am sick so I can’t go hard any longer). But something that involves Kayaking, light hiking, snorkelling or cycling would be great.
    Thank you kindly for your help.

    Kirsten

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