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Winning Travel Blogger of the Year at the British Travel Press Awards 2011

I looked at the guest list and gulped. It was full of BIG names; travel publications like Condé Nast Traveller and National Geographic, renowned PR agencies like Four BGB and Hills Balfour and tourism boards ranging from Scotland to Mauritius. And then me, from some little unknown website called 40before30.com.

The awards begun. Prizes were handed out to really talented people from Lonely Planet and to the likes of Kevin May from Tnooz. I skulked at the back and tweeted:

“What am I doing here?!”

The awards were being swiftly handed out and soon enough it was time to announce the Travel Blogger of the Year – this first time this prize had ever been awarded at the British Travel Press Awards. The judges were read out:

Joel Brandon-Bravo, Travelzoo    

Pleasance Coddington, VisitBritain

Alison Couper, Expedia Inc

Then the six nominees were announced. I raised my camera to get a picture of my face on screen as a nominee, thinking this was as good as it gets. I wasn’t really listening to what the announcer was saying, getting frustrated with my camera and it’s poor pictures in the dark. I thought I heard something that sounded like my name. My boyfriend was looking at me ecstatically.

REALLY?” I said.

I fought my way through the crowd to get to the stage. People I respect hugely were congratulating me. It seemed to take ages and the man on the mike commented about the delay. On stage I worried about straightening my dress and breathing in for the camera, completely overwhelmed by what was happening. The announcer was saying something about why I had won, mentioning the 40before30 challenge, how I share my travel adventures and misadventures along the way.

Winning Travel Blogger of the Year at the British Travel Press Awards

Stepping down from the stage there followed a moment which put the icing on the cake. Resplendent in purple silk and that famous golden tan, “Well done” said Judith Chalmers OBE – to ME!!!! If I was ever asked as a child what I wanted to be when I grew up I would invariably reply Judith Chalmers, presenter of travel show ‘Wish you were here’. I suppose, in a way, I have found my own way to present the ‘Wish you were here’ concept.  A way that fits the current approach for reading, researching and being inspired to travel; through this brand new industry we call social media.

Everyone’s a winner!

Now for the cheesy thank you bit..

So I really want to thank you guys for bothering to read these musings on travel that I enjoy sharing so much. For caring enough to respond and engage with me, for being inspired to travel to places that I have enjoyed visiting. Thanks to the other travel bloggers who have shared their tips for success with me and to the wonderful fellow nominees I shared the evening with – Abigail King and Paul Corbett. Thanks to my mum for being my first subscriber and to my boyfriend who insisted on attending the Travel Press Awards with me although I told him it would be a waste of his time. Turns out it wasn’t!

You can view a full list of the winners at the British Travel Press Awards 2011 on their website.

About Author

Travel blogger and freelancer writer who loves boutique hotels and brunching. I've been blogging for 10 years, visited 60+ countries and called London, Sydney, Melbourne and (oh so briefly) New York home at various points during the last decade. Now travelling with a baby and trying to make it as stylish and stress-free as can be!

50 Comments

  • Emiel
    November 29, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    Congratulations Jayne, that is great news! You can be (and I’m sure you are) very proud as I believe it is very hard to stand out in between all the great travel bloggers out there. Job well done!!

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    • Jayne
      November 30, 2011 at 10:59 am

      Thank you Emiel, I feel honoured more than anything, but very happy too 🙂

      Reply
  • Heather
    November 29, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Congrats Jayne, this is awesome! You’ve always been one of my fave bloggers and tweeps.

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    • Jayne
      November 30, 2011 at 10:59 am

      Thanks Heather and don’t tell anyone but you are one of my fave readers and bloggers too :p

      Reply
      • Heather
        December 1, 2011 at 5:56 pm

        Secret’s safe with me 😉 Hey, I should be returning to London once or twice in the first few months of 2012. Hoping you’re in town when I come!

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  • Alicia
    November 29, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Congrats Jayne! So happy I get to congratulate you in person next week in SFO! Weeeee!!!

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    • Jayne
      November 30, 2011 at 11:00 am

      Celebrating geek style! Yay!!!

      Reply
  • Andi of My Beautiful Adventures
    November 29, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!! Such huge news! SUPER CONGRATS!!!

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    • Jayne
      November 30, 2011 at 11:01 am

      Thanks Andi!! You are one of my inspirations 🙂

      Reply
  • Cole @ FourJandals
    November 29, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Thoroughly deserve it! Congrats.

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    • Jayne
      November 30, 2011 at 11:01 am

      Thanks mate!

      Reply
  • Marie-Eve Vallieres (@eurotriptips)
    November 29, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Big congratulations, you absolutely deserve it 😉

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    • Jayne
      November 30, 2011 at 11:01 am

      You are very kind 🙂

      Reply
  • Wayfaring Wanderer
    November 29, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    Woot! Woot!

    That’s awesome! Congratulations 😀

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    • Jayne
      November 30, 2011 at 11:01 am

      Thank you!!

      Reply
  • Jen
    November 29, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    Yesss!!! Well done Jane you totally deserve it xxxx

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    • Jayne
      November 30, 2011 at 11:01 am

      Thanks Jen. You are very kind xx

      Reply
  • Micamyx|Senyorita
    November 29, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS! 😀

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    • Jayne
      November 30, 2011 at 11:02 am

      Cheers!

      Reply
  • Gerard ~ GQ trippin
    November 29, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Congrats Jane. Well done! Quite the accomplishment!

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    • Jayne
      November 30, 2011 at 11:02 am

      Ah thank you

      Reply
  • quirkytraveller
    November 29, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    Quirkilicious congratulations Jayne – couldn’t happen to a lovelier lady – and great travel blogger x

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    • Jayne
      November 30, 2011 at 11:03 am

      Thank you Zoe for your kind words and generous support. I feel very grateful xx

      Reply
  • Family Affairs
    November 29, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    Congratulations – well done indeed – I was on the list of nominations but didn’t get to the finals….SO big huge respect! Lx

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    • Jayne
      November 30, 2011 at 11:03 am

      Thank you so much – and well done to you too! I look forward to checking out your blog xx

      Reply
  • Suzanne Corbett
    November 29, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    Congratulations, even though you did beat my big brother Paul, having read your blog for 5 minutes I am already hooked. I will now be an avid reader of your adventures x

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    • Jayne
      November 30, 2011 at 11:05 am

      Thank you Suzanne, I couldn’t have been up against a nicer man than your brother. It was great to share the evening with him and he deserves many congrats too! Wonderful to have found a new reader in you though. Hope you enjoy x

      Reply
  • Kieron
    November 29, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    Congrats Jayne! 😀

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    • Jayne
      December 1, 2011 at 1:12 pm

      Cheers guys 🙂

      Reply
  • Nadia
    November 30, 2011 at 6:52 am

    Congrats!!

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  • Carlo+Geneva
    November 30, 2011 at 7:35 am

    Congrats!!

    Reply
  • scorpiogenius
    November 30, 2011 at 8:35 am

    Congrats Jayney. Befitting accolade, considering how passionate you are on travel. Give us more! 🙂

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    • Jayne
      December 1, 2011 at 1:13 pm

      Thank you and I certainly will 🙂

      Reply
  • Deborah Klaassen
    November 30, 2011 at 11:12 am

    I read it on twitter, but it wouldn’t be right not to congratulate you here as well. Well done, Jane! Congratulations!

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    • Jayne
      December 1, 2011 at 1:14 pm

      Thank you so much Deborah – so kind!

      Reply
  • Emily in Chile
    November 30, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    Congrats! I can’t imagine how excited you must be 🙂

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    • Jayne
      December 1, 2011 at 1:14 pm

      Incredibly Emily haha

      Reply
  • Sam's Playground
    November 30, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    Well done! I’ve just found your blog but I’ll be following your travels on RSS.

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    • Jayne
      December 1, 2011 at 1:15 pm

      thanks and welcome!!

      Reply
  • monica
    November 30, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    Well done jayney, I’m so pleased for you 🙂

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    • Jayne
      December 1, 2011 at 1:15 pm

      That is so sweet! Thank you!

      Reply
  • Dad
    December 1, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    Well done Jayne.
    Dad.

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    • Jayne
      December 10, 2011 at 9:54 pm

      haha thanks Dad! Now where is my present?! :p

      Reply
  • Travelbunny
    December 1, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Well done – congratulations!

    Reply
  • TheWorldOrBust
    December 2, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    Killin’ it!

    Reply
  • Abi
    December 5, 2011 at 8:37 am

    Congratulations – and thank you for the shout-out! Was good to catch up with you both again x

    Reply
  • Tushar
    December 14, 2011 at 3:04 am

    Congratulations & Celebrations.
    Wishing Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year. Party Party Party.

    Reply
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