Vote For Your Favorite Travel Blog!
by Wendy Perrin
Where he gets the time, I don't know, but Mark Ashley over at Upgrade: Travel Better is running the Travvies again this year. Nominations for these awards, which honor the best in travel blogging, are now being accepted. You have until the end of this week to nominate up to 3 blogs in each of 8 different categories. Every blog that's nominated, even if only once, will be in contention -- which is great because this frees everyone up to nominate some of the underdogs and lesser-knowns that may have little chance of winning but deserve props.
In the category of Best Single-Author Blog, for instance, instead of nominating great but already wildly popular blogs such as Cheapest Destinations or View From The Wing, I nominated Rick Seaney, Don George, and Musings of the Global Traveller. Their blogs may not be the coolest thing out there, but I trust their advice. Trusting the writer is what dictated my choices for Best Informative/Practical Travel Blog too: Seat 2B from Joe Brancatelli, Flight Bliss from Matthew Bennett, and -- because of the blood, sweat, and tears I've poured into it, not to mention the huge amounts of my own money I've spent, and freebies I've turned away, so I can report to you free of conflicts of interest -- The Perrin Post.
For Best Big Media Blog (isn't that an oxymoron?), I nominated three from USA Today: Gene Sloan's The Cruise Log, Ben Mutzabaugh's Today In The Sky, and Kitty Bean Yancey's Hotel Hotsheet. Gene's the one I'm in awe of: How he manages to balance his full-time print-journalism job, travel schedule, and three kids is beyond me. Every minute I spend blogging is a minute I'm not spending with my two sons who already don't see me enough because of my full-time print-journalism job and travel schedule (which is why I'm blogging less often and have given up hope of winning the Big Media slot.)
As for the overall award for Best Travel Blog, I nominated Seat 2B (which technically may not even be a blog, but who cares? Joe Brancatelli's the best), The Gate (because any tool that points you quickly and easily to the best wisdom in FlyerTalk is doing the world an important service), and Girl Solo In Arabia (because what Carolyn McIntyre has accomplished is nothing short of amazing).
So who will YOU be nominating? Even if you don't care to vote, it's interesting to check out the lists of nominations and introduce yourself to all the travel blogs you never knew existed.