‘Peter’s World’ Travel Story Awards 2013
Earlier this week, I nominated some of my favourite blog posts of 2013 for a HostelWorld Best Travel Story Award. Not quite big-headed enough to choose only from an assortment of my own posts, I think I broke some unspoken rule by actually nominating other people. Read on for the dazzling content I trawled my memory banks for. They will all be appearing again soon on my new ‘Recommended’ page, along with many other things.
I don’t read lots of blogs, but I’m fairly picky about what gets a gold star, so this should all pass muster. Here are the Peter’s World Best Travel Story Awards, as asked for by HostelWorld ;)
- Storyteller of the year award: A blog you’ve loved in 2013 because of its consistently great stories told by a fantastic blogger personality. Nominate wisely! This is the only award category for a blog on its own;
http://www.insidethetravellab.com/ by Abi King.
Always absorbing with such beautiful words. It was Abi’s take on South African poetry that wowed me most recently.
- Most inspiring story award: A post you think is inspiring. Eg: a personal achievement story or a ‘how to’ guide – anything that successfully encourages readers to travel or make a change;
The ever enjoyable and thought-provoking journey of Victoria and Steve – if you cut them in half you’ll find the words ‘a path less trodden’ written right through them.
- Best photo essay award: A photo post that captures a destination or travel theme in a beautiful, inspiring, challenging, interesting or innovative way;
Great reportage and stunning photos by Dustin Main, showcased well by a site geared to show them off. Also see his latest post of a performer eating fire and jumping through hoops of knives in Siem Reap. Really good!
- Best travel video award: A video that tells a great story, whether it focusses on a destination, full trip or a particular travel theme;
A lesser known video from me (well more of a vlog but I had to nominate myself for video!) with a little teamwork from Kirsten Alana and Flora Baker. I think it captures the spontaneity of travel, the fun of being in good company, with glorious colours as a nice surprise from Scotland too.
- Best positive impact story award: A post that shows how to contribute positively to the world while travelling; whether to communities, individuals or the environment;
A conscientious traveller, Shannon is leading very much by example (and blogging really well!).
- Best food story award: A post that makes readers’ mouths water most by showcasing a meal, cuisine or food theme;
Despite being a sponsored piece, the journalism here is so robust that I kept on reading, and learnt plenty about local foods and their rooibus tea (which I drink occasionally). A brilliant advert by Ishay for what seems a worthwhile place to visit, and manages to be a great ‘food story’ with only 1 food pic.
- Funniest story award: A post telling a story that’s made you laugh this year;
If Dan doesn’t make you laugh, see a doctor, you may have died.
- Best travel debate award: A post putting forth a strong opinion from a passionate and convincing point of view that invites debate;
Aside from the risky title, an incredibly difficult topic from Ash but very worthy of being written about. Good job.
- Most original story award: A post that shows a destination or aspect of travel from a new, different or unexplored point of view;
Flora gets under the skin of whether one of the holy grails of Latin American travel is tacky debauchery or a worthwhile encounter.
- Best adventure story award: A post that brings an adventure to life – either an epic trip or an extreme or out-of-the-ordinary event that happened while travelling;
Real travel. A real adventure. I could also have nominated Larissa‘s partner-in-crime Nate for the trip too. Outstanding stuff.
There were several great bloggers that narrowly missed out, particularly in the story, photography and food NOM-inations. Find them all in my Recommended page, arriving in the near future! Mental note to self, I need to read all these folks more often, they’re working their little arses off.