Fort St. James grad hosts ‘Tan Your Mind 2’ travel show

Thailand beach scene. Photo submittedThailand beach scene. Photo submitted
Abra Atkison, nee Johnson/Playfair.                                Photo submittedAbra Atkison, nee Johnson/Playfair. Photo submitted
Abra’s Facebook Page for blogging about ‘Travel Tales and Foreign Feasts’. Photo submittedAbra’s Facebook Page for blogging about ‘Travel Tales and Foreign Feasts’. Photo submitted

Abra Atkison, daughter of Kevin Johnson and Mellody Playfair of Fort St James has exciting news. She’s going to be hosting a travel show in Thailand!

Outpost Magazine put out a casting call for travel hosts. She applied and won!

“I would love to have my friends, family and the entire community follow me on my journey! I will be spending two exciting weeks with a film crew in Thailand in November!”

About Abra

Abra was born in 1985 and lived in Fort St. James for 17 years. Her fondest memories are fishing on Stuart Lake and camping at her Grandfather John Johnson’s Cinnabar Resort on Tezzeron Lake.

When she was 17, she won the local Miss Caledonia Pageant just before graduating from high school. In 2003, she moved to Kamloops to attend Thompson Rivers University.

She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Tourism Management with a Major in Marketing but decided to put that on hold while she studied Paramedics and worked in the Oil and Gas Industry.

In 2015, she shifted gears to follow one of her dreams! She moved to the Okanagan to manage a winery. In November 2015 she met her husband, Brad Atkison and they were married this past May. She decided to go back to school once more to get my Diploma in Nutrition so currently she is a Health and Wellness Educator living in Red Deer, Alberta.

On Saturday Sept 30, Abra started a new Facebook page about food and travel.

“Check it out! Follow, Like, Share and be a part of my hilarious adventures!” she says.

Hosting opportunity

Earlier in September, Abra was tagged in a post on Facebook that said Outpost Magazine was looking for two Canadian girls to host a travel series in Thailand. She sent in her application video, not thinking much of it.

Last Wednesday night, Sept 27, it was announced that she was chosen as one of the hosts for Season 2 of the hit series ‘Tan Your Mind.’

“We leave in November for two weeks to travel around Thailand and show the World what it has to offer! I am so proud to be putting Fort St. James on the map and to have the support of the entire community!” says Atkison.

Outpost Magazine

Self described as “Canada’s premier travel magazine. Tan your mind—travel for real.”

Company overview according to their website: “Since our debut in March 1996, Outpost Magazine has defied the conventions that typify other travel publications, steering away from the cozy and coddled to take a more adventurous and realistic look at the world and how people travel through it.”