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  1. Inspirational story longlist

    posted by Manita Dosanjh | 0 Comments

    Nov262013

    We’ve had an overwhelming response to our Travel Story Awards 2013, with so many amazing stories out there it was almost impossible to whittle down your nominations...

    Narrowing down your entries for the Inspirational Story category was especially tough. We asked you to choose a story "that successfully encourages readers to travel or make a change" and it was awesome to find out that so many of you are inspired by what you’re reading.

    Have a look below to see who made it to the top 15 - we’ve also included the reasons behind each nomination given by the reader who entered it.

    - Voting for Inspirational Story will open on December 11th. - The top 15 nominees are below, and we’ll be announcing the final shortlist of five on the first day of voting. - The blogger with the most votes will be revealed in January, and will win a week’s free accommodation from Hostelworld.

    Inspirational Story Longlist: The Top 15 Nominations

    Jessie on a Journey

    How Solo Travel Changed My Life

    "It shows that anyone can travel solo if you just take the leap"

    Rexy Adventures

    A Personal Rexy Edventure: My Cochlear Implant Journey

    "...hilarious stories that engage with readers and inspire them to travel themselves."

    Helen in Wonderlust

    Is it Safe to Travel to Africa as a Solo Woman?

    "A post about taking risks and stepping out of your comfort zone in Zanzibar"

    The Planet D

    How I Started Living Life for Myself

    "A great guest post by A Southern Gypsy talking about how she is taking the steps to change her life."

    One Step 4 Ward

    F*ck Procrastination, 5 easy steps to kick start your life

    "5 points that resonate with anyone who wants to better themselves."

    Travel With Bender

    The Only Thing Stopping You is You

    "A hard hitting reflection on the excuses that stop us from living our dreams."

    Mapping Megan

    International Love: How to Maintain a Long Distance Relationship

    "Incredibly inspiring post which proves that long distance relationships can work."

    Fluent in 3 Months

    My Story: Deaf, Partially Sighted & Learning 5 Languages

    "This lady has travelled Europe and helped others... even though she is severely deaf and partially blind!"

    Gotta Keep Movin’

    How Volunteering Around the Globe has Changed My Style of Travel, and My Life

    No reason given. We love it anyway.

    Adventurous Kate

    How I Saved $13,000 For Travel In Just Seven Months

    "Kate is the ultimate inspiration."

    In Search of a Life Less Ordinary

    Nothing to Lose and Everything to Gain

    "It inspires people to make change because they have nothing to lose and everything to gain."

    Cheryl Howard

    What I Wish Someone Told Me When I Was 26.

    "A personal and inspiring story."

    Just One Way Ticket

    8 Steps to Freedom: How I Quit my Job and Travelled the World

    "Motivates people to travel the world."

    Backpacker Becki

    Everest Base Camp Trek - Facing The Challenge and Being on Top of The World

    "Because with determination, anyone can stand before the top of the world."

    Vagabonding Life

    Sunsets and The Machine

    "Shows the contrast between Corporate American Mondays and living freely."

    Congratulations to all nominees!

    Stay tuned for the rest of our Travel Story Award category longlists, coming soon:

    Photo Essay Award Longlist

    Best Travel Video Award Longlist

    Positive Impact Story Award Longlist

    Food Story Award Longlist

    Funny Story Award Longlist

    Debate Award Longlist

    Original Story Award Longlist

    Adventure Story Award Longlist

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