Back in 2009 when I launched Travel Boating Lifestyle (TBL), travel blogs were in their infancy. I’d come up with the name while sailing around Australia on our yacht. I’d fallen into travel writing without even knowing it was actually a Dream Job and highly sought after. When I created TBL I had no real clue what I was doing or where I was going with it. Travel blogs were just emerging and yet to unleash themselves on unsuspecting travellers. I just knew I wanted to have my own publishing platform to showcase the wonderful destinations, activities and people I was meeting as we sailed from Fremantle around the top of Australia.
Fast forward ten years and I’m absolutely honoured for TBL to be named as one of three Finalists for Best Travel Blog in the 2019 Travel Journalism Awards for Excellence with the Australian Society of Travel Writers (ASTW).
Fiona Harper, the developer and Managing Editor of Travel Boating Lifestyle is also a Finalist for Travel Photographer of the Year.
About the ASTW
The ASTW is the leading organisation for travel journalists and public relations people working in travel and tourism. My colleagues and peers are the best of the best in the travel media industry. Truth be known, much of the time I feel like a fraud and suffer from Imposter Syndrome. Despite 15 years in the travel writing game I still wonder when I am going to be exposed as a pretender. My fellow finalists, Christine Retschlag’s blog The Global Goddess and Aleney de Winter’s BoyEatsWorld are both incredibly worthy winners. In fact, both have bulging trophy cabinets from successful travel writing careers.
About the finalists for Best Travel Blog
Christine won the Best Travel Blog Award last year as her work stands out as a shining beacon of love, light and honest writing that sometimes brings tears to my eyes. She recently wrote about loneliness, a topic we’ve both lamented about when we’ve found ourselves on assignment in the same locale. It’s a subject that’s all too real for a single travel writer who seemingly has the world at her feet, staying in plush hotels, being wined and dined at damn fine establishments before being whisked away to yet another exotic adventure. Alone. But what I really love about Christine is her humorous take on life and the way she crafts her thoughtful words. If I was half as good a writer as the Global Goddess I’d be a happy gal.
I don’t know Aleney well except as the Vice President of the ASTW and through her high profile as an award winning writer and her well-known blog. Aleny travels the world with her son and daughter (there’s a camera-shy husband in the team too), documenting their insatiable wanderlust. With the ASTW’s annual convention and the 2019 AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE being held in Cairns this year and I can’t wait to bathe in the glow of these two stars of travel blogging.
Travel Boating Lifestyle is thrilled to be a Finalist for Best Travel Blog
To be nominated as a finalist alongside such terrific travel writers is an honour. No matter who takes out the top gong, I am thrilled to see TBL recognised for all the incredible hard work and long hours that go into keeping our readers (God Bless the two of you!) coming back for more. This past year has been tough, tossing up plenty of personal challenges on top of some life-threatening health issues. But there have also been wonderful adventures to the Solomon Islands, Tasmania, Fiji, Thailand and locally around Queensland.
I’ve been learning to fly a Mavic 2 Pro drone too and have become a Contributor to Getty Images which is pretty exciting too!
I’m extremely grateful to all the terrific colleagues, associates and peers I work with that allows me to write about travel destinations and products. I could not do this without your support. Thank you.