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2008 Travies nominations: best single-author travel blog

BEST SINGLE-AUTHOR TRAVEL BLOG

This award celebrates the best travel blog written by an individual blogger. Again, the topic is open, as long as there is only one regular poster.

You may nominate UP TO THREE BLOGS by leaving a comment in this post. If your favorite has been nominated already, feel free to show your love and nominate it again, though a blog only needs to be nominated once to be in contention.

Note: The comment form automatically asks for name, e-mail address, website (optional), and a text field. E-mail addresses will never be shared or visible publicly, in keeping with our privacy policy. Enter all nominations in the text field. Use the “website” field only if you are linking back to your own site.

Check out this list for other nominations:

  • Best Travel Blog
  • Best Single-Author Travel Blog
  • Best Group-Written Travel Blog
  • Best Destination or Trip Narrative Blog
  • Best Informative/Practical Travel Blog
  • Best Photography on a Travel Blog
  • Best Big Media Blog
  • Best Podcast or Video Blog

2008 Travvies nominations: best informative/practical travel blog

BEST INFORMATIVE/PRACTICAL TRAVEL BLOG

This award goes to a travel blog that provides news, commentary, advice, or general insight into the workings of travel. Informative, and useful: You learn from such a blog. Unlike a destination blog or a personal narrative from a trip, this category is more practically minded.

You may nominate UP TO THREE BLOGS by leaving a comment in this post. If your favorite has been nominated already, feel free to show your love and nominate it again, though a blog only needs to be nominated once to be in contention.

Note: The comment form automatically asks for name, e-mail address, website (optional), and a text field. E-mail addresses will never be shared or visible publicly, in keeping with our privacy policy. Enter all nominations in the text field. Use the “website” field only if you are linking back to your own site.

Jump to other nominations here:

  • Best Travel Blog
  • Best Single-Author Travel Blog
  • Best Group-Written Travel Blog
  • Best Destination or Trip Narrative Blog
  • Best Informative/Practical Travel Blog
  • Best Photography on a Travel Blog
  • Best Big Media Blog
  • Best Podcast or Video Blog

2008 Travvies nominations: best big media travel blog

BEST BIG MEDIA TRAVEL BLOG

Last year’s Travvies voters asked for this change more than any other.

 

More and more media companies are launching blogs of their own, and journalists are becoming bloggers themselves. This award recognizes the leaders in the “professional” category. (Freelancers whose sites aren’t hosted on a company blog site are excluded here.)

You may nominate UP TO THREE BLOGS by leaving a comment in this post. If your favorite has been nominated already, feel free to show your love and nominate it again, though a blog only needs to be nominated once to be in contention.

Note: The comment form automatically asks for name, e-mail address, website (optional), and a text field. E-mail addresses will never be shared or visible publicly, in keeping with our privacy policy. Enter all nominations in the text field. Use the “website” field only if you are linking back to your own site.

Jump to other nominations here:

  • Best Travel Blog 
  • Best Single-Author Travel Blog
  • Best Group-Written Travel Blog
  • Best Destination or Trip Narrative Blog
  • Best Informative/Practical Travel Blog
  • Best Photography on a Travel Blog
  • Best Big Media Blog
  • Best Podcast or Video Blog

2008 Travvies nominations: best travel blog

BEST TRAVEL BLOG

This is the big one, the grand prize.

As the overall winner, this award will go to a blog whose travel-related writings have been consistently interesting, entertaining, useful, well-written, or otherwise worth spending time reading.

You may nominate UP TO THREE BLOGS by leaving a comment in this post.  f your favorite has been nominated already, feel free to show your love and nominate it again, though a blog only needs to be nominated once to be in contention.

Note: The comment form automatically asks for name, e-mail address, website (optional), and a text field. E-mail addresses will never be shared or visible publicly, in keeping with our privacy policy. Enter all nominations in the text field. Use the “website” field only if you are linking back to your own site.

Jump to other nominations here:

  • Best Travel Blog
  • Best Single-Author Travel Blog 
  • Best Group-Written Travel Blog
  • Best Destination or Trip Narrative Blog
  • Best Informative/Practical Travel Blog
  • Best Photography on a Travel Blog 
  • Best Big Media Blog
  • Best Podcast or Video Blog

2008 Travvies nominations: best group-written travel blog

BEST GROUP-WRITTEN TRAVEL BLOG

This award celebrates travel blogs consistently written by two or more authors, regardless of subtopic.

You may nominate UP TO THREE BLOGS by leaving a comment in this post. If your favorite has been nominated already, feel free to show your love and nominate it again, though a blog only needs to be nominated once to be in contention.

Note: The comment form automatically asks for name, e-mail address, website (optional), and a text field. E-mail addresses will never be shared or visible publicly, in keeping with our privacy policy. Enter all nominations in the text field. Use the “website” field only if you are linking back to your own site.

Jump to other nominations here:

  • Best Travel Blog
  • Best Single-Author Travel Blog
  • Best Group-Written Travel Blog
  • Best Destination or Trip Narrative Blog
  • Best Informative/Practical Travel Blog
  • Best Photography on a Travel Blog
  • Best Big Media Blog
  • Best Podcast or Video Blog

2008 Travvies nominations: best destination or trip narrative blog

BEST DESTINATION OR TRIP NARRATIVE BLOG

This award celebrates the best travel blog focusing on particular destinations, either through local expertise on cities, countries, etc., or through a compelling trip narrative that documents the ins-and-outs of the author’s voyage. Quality writing and/or photography about that location that make you want to book a flight (or train, or ship) as soon as you can.

You may nominate UP TO THREE BLOGS by leaving a comment in this post. If your favorite has been nominated already, feel free to show your love and nominate it again, though a blog only needs to be nominated once to be in contention.

Note: The comment form automatically asks for name, e-mail address, website (optional), and a text field. E-mail addresses will never be shared or visible publicly, in keeping with our privacy policy. Enter all nominations in the text field. Use the “website” field only if you are linking back to your own site.

For other nominations, refer to this list here:

  • Best Travel Blog
  • Best Single-Author Travel Blog
  • Best Group-Written Travel Blog
  • Best Destination or Trip Narrative Blog
  • Best Informative/Practical Travel Blog
  • Best Photography on a Travel Blog
  • Best Big Media Blog
  • Best Podcast or Video Blog

Nominations now open for the 2008 Travvies

WELCOME TO THE 2008 TRAVVIES

As previously announced, it’s time for the 2008 Travvies, celebrating the best of the past year in travel blogging.

Things change quickly in the blogosphere, but the reasons for having the Travvies are still the same as last year: To recognize the great blogs out there devoted to travel, and to draw attention to the field of travel blogging as a whole. When I tell people that I write a travel blog, I still often get the retort, “You mean, you write about your trips?” Not exactly. There’s an ongoing misconception that all travel blogs are travel diaries — some of which are terrific — but the scope of the travel blogosphere is much larger, and the Travvies are here to expose readers to a broader array of good travel writing.

WHAT’S THE PROCESS?

1) Nominees will be solicited from the general public for two weeks, beginning today, Monday, March 24, 2008. Readers will be asked to post their nominations for each category via the comments section of the post announcing that category.

2) When the nomination process is closed, a panel of invited judges will investigate and select their top 3 selections in each category. The four blogs in each category that are most often chosen by the judges as finalists will be presented as the finalists for each respective category. Like last year, to prevent “tampering,” the judges’ names will be announced along with the finalists, not before. As I am organizing the contest, my own site, Upgrade: Travel Better, will not be eligible for any nomination.

3) Finalists will be announced after the judges’ votes are in. Thereafter, for one week, readers may cast ballots online for their favorites in each category.

4) The winner in each category will be that finalist that receives the most votes from the general public.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR NOMINATION?

  • Any travel blog that existed in 2007 and that generated at least 52 posts in 2007 is open for consideration.
  • The primary focus of the blogs should be on some aspect of travel. They should be blogs about travel, not blogs about a range of topics, with only an occasional mention of travel.
  • The content must be original, not aggregated from other sources, repurposed from another site, or (heaven forbid) a splog.
  • While quality travel blogs are written in many languages, we will unfortunately only consider English-language blogs for the Travvies.

CHANGES IN 2008

  • The “Destination” blog category has been changed to be the “Destination or Trip Narrative” category.
  • New category: Big Media Blog. Most of the Travvies categories are pro/am. This category is designated for those in the mainstream media whose blogs are an extension of their company’s website.
  • New category: Podcast/Video. Blogging isn’t just about text and pictures, after all.

Descriptions of each category are in the nomination posts. You will also be able to find the links to each category by clicking the 2008 Travvies logo on the sidebar.

Any questions or comments, don’t hesitate to leave a comment or use the contact link.

REMEMBER:
– You can nominated up to THREE blogs in each category
– Once a blog is nominated, it’ll be considered as a finalist. Multiple nominations don’t help (or hurt) that blog’s chances.
– Yes, you can nominate yourself.
– Yes, you can nominate the same blog in multiple categories. But choose sensibly.

Good luck to all bloggers!

Refer below for the nomination categories.

  • Best Travel Blog
  • Best Single-Author Travel Blog
  • Best Group-Written Travel Blog
  • Best Destination or Trip Narrative Blog
  • Best Informative/Practical Travel Blog
  • Best Photography on a Travel Blog
  • Best Big Media Blog
  • Best Podcast or Video Blog

2008 Travvies nominations: Best podcast or video blog

BEST PODCAST OR VIDEO BLOG

Who says blogging is limited to words and pictures? This multimedia award will go to the blogger with the best podcasts or video blogging (or vlogging).

You may nominate UP TO THREE BLOGS by leaving a comment in this post. If your favorite has been nominated already, feel free to show your love and nominate it again, though a blog only needs to be nominated once to be in contention.

Note: The comment form automatically asks for name, e-mail address, website (optional), and a text field. E-mail addresses will never be shared or visible publicly, in keeping with our privacy policy. Enter all nominations in the text field. Use the “website” field only if you are linking back to your own site.

For other nominations, refer to this list:

  • Best Travel Blog
  • Best Single-Author Travel Blog
  • Best Group-Written Travel Blog
  • Best Destination or Trip Narrative Blog
  • Best Informative/Practical Travel Blog
  • Best Photography on a Travel Blog
  • Best Big Media Blog
  • Best Podcast or Video Blog

2008 Travvies nominations: Best photography on a travel blog

BEST PHOTOGRAPHY ON A TRAVEL BLOG

Some blogs focus as much — or more — on the visuals as on the writing. This award celebrates the best in visual media on a travel blog.

You may nominate UP TO THREE BLOGS by leaving a comment in this post. If your favorite has been nominated already, feel free to show your love and nominate it again, though a blog only needs to be nominated once to be in contention.

Note: The comment form automatically asks for name, e-mail address, website (optional), and a text field. E-mail addresses will never be shared or visible publicly, in keeping with our privacy policy. Enter all nominations in the text field. Use the “website” field only if you are linking back to your own blog.

For other nominations, check this list:

  • Best Travel Blog
  • Best Single-Author Travel Blog
  • Best Group-Written Travel Blog
  • Best Destination or Trip Narrative Blog
  • Best Informative/Practical Travel Blog
  • Best Photography on a Travel Blog
  • Best Big Media Blog
  • Best Podcast or Video Blog

2007 Travvies: The Winners

The results are in!

It is with great pleasure that I announce the winners of the first annual Travvies, celebrating the best in travel blogging.

 

First off, thanks to everyone for participating, from nominations to voting. The response has been fantastic, and many people wrote in to say that they appreciated the awards for pointing them to new and interesting blogs. 

I’d also like to thank the judges once again for their hard work in narrowing down the list of nominations to a tight group of finalists. Thanks to John Brownlee, Matthew Daimler, Henry Harteveldt, Darryl Jenkins, Michele McDonald, and Michael Miller. 

A final note: If you’d like to be added to a (spam-free!) mailing list devoted solely to announcements for next year’s Travvies, please use the contact form.

To the results: A grand total of 2306 ballots were cast. In some categories, the competition was truly fierce, with the winner separated from the runner-up by single digits. Proving that every vote counts!

Today, it’s my pleasure to present the winners.

Best Photography on a Travel Blog
Exposed Planet 

Based in the Netherlands, Harry Kikstra, a self-described “climber / expedition leader / photographer / filmmaker / producer / writer / public speaker / cycler and many other things” proffers up a beautiful portfolio of images from his travels around the world. His photos portray both people and places — a reminder that the beauty of travel is not just found in vistas we see, but in the cultures we visit.

Best Single-Author Travel Blog:
The Cranky Filler

Self-described airline dork Brett Snyder serves up commentary on the aviation industry with insight, humor, and a penchant for Photoshopped stock imagery. If it’s about air travel, he’s likely to have an opinion, though in reality it’s not always as curmudgeonly as his blog title implies.

Best Group-Written Travel Blog:
The Lost Girls

Three New York women faced burnout in a “quarterlife” crisis, put their media careers on hold, and took a year to travel the world as a group. The blog is their collection of dispatches from the field, as they explore South America, Africa, and (most recently) Asia. Jealous readers, living vicariously, can pick up locally-specific travel tips as they watch these women living the dream.

Best Informative/Practical Travel Blog:
The Cranky Flier 

Cranky, again! Though other blogs were nominated in multiple categories, the Cranky Flier is the only one to actually win multiple awards. As mentioned above, Brett Snyder’s focus on airline news and opinion, with a humorous touch, has won him many fans.

Best Destination Blog:
Newyorkology

Amy Langfield helps her readers get a lay of the land in the City That Never Sleeps, with news and event listings for tourists and locals alike. For visitors hoping to hit the ground running, the site is a goldmine of up-to-the-minute information that traditional travel guides might only get around to putting in print 12 months from now.

Best Travel Blog:
National Geographic Inside Traveler

Finally, the big one: Best Travel Blog. Emily King, National Geographic Traveler’s assistant to the editor, and researcher Jessie Johnston round up stories and links from (quite literally) all over the map. Sometimes practical, sometimes destination-specific, but always about exploration and travel. The 2007 award for best travel blog goes to them.

Congratulations to all the winners! And thanks again to everyone for voting!