We’re almost at the end of announcing our top bloggers for each category of the Travel Story Awards 2013, and with voting beginning next week, things are starting to get exciting…
Next up is the longlist for Most Original Story. We asked you to nominate “A post that shows a destination or aspect of travel from a new, different or unexplored point of view” and it was amazing to see so many refreshing new posts. It was difficult, but we had to narrow them down, so have a look below to see who’s made the list and why.
- Voting for Most Original Story will open on December 11th.
- A shortlist of ten bloggers, drawn from the 25 top nominees below, will be revealed on the day voting begins.
- The winning blogger will be announced in January, and will receive a week’s free accommodation from Hostelworld
Most Original Story Longlist: the Top 15 Nominations
“Travelers see history everywhere but are they seeing the truth. This post uses Monument Valley, well-known as a backdrop in hundreds of films, to encourage travellers to think critically about the history they learn on the road.”
“It highlights the challenges of solo female travel in India.”
The Shooting Star
“Mauritius from the lens of a fisherman.”
Flora the Explorer
“Getting under the skin of whether one of the holy grails of travel is tacky debauchery or a worthwhile encounter.”
The Most Alive
“This post highlights the incredible experiences that can be had when venturing into places/countries less travelled.”
Fluent in 3 Months
“The Pyramids are famous and the Nile is famous, but what about the real Egypt between the two? This travel blogger walks the path and speaks to people on the way in Arabic.”
This World Rocks
“A very original destination with a very local, non-touristy, angle.
Travelling for Fun
“Dog sledding at the Arctic Circle just isn’t the same unless you do it properly.”
“Colombian tourism is booming and some are turning Narco Terrorism into Narco Tourism.”
Not a Ballerina
"There's probably no other blog post in the world focussing on Vienna's garbage.”
Breathe, Dream, Go
“Combo of travel writing with personal search for family roots”
“There's a lot of posts about Christiania, Copenhagen's freetown, as a place of freedom and rebellion. But how does it really fit into the rest of Copenhagen and how is it affected by society?”
“Traveling from Athens to Hong Kong on a container ship is an incredibly unique way of traveling! Not your average form of transportation!”
Rear View Mirror
“Visiting a lawless village in Albania which few tourists get to enter.”
Time Travel Turtle
“It seems odd to get a train just for the sake of getting a train - especially one that leaves you where you started. But in Yangon, it's a perfect way to see some real life.”
Congratulations to all nominees!
Stay tuned for the rest of our Travel Story Award category longlists, coming soon:
Adventure Story Award Longlist
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