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Swimming pigs and birdies

Guild member Peter Ellegard won the award for the best consumer feature in the Caribbean Travel Journalism Awards 2014. The winning piece, published in Great Golf magazine, featured the unlikely combination of swimming pigs and golf in the Bahamas.

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How to write a great travel blog post

Some of the greatest writers I know have blogs that hardly anyone reads. They may write stupendous prose, they have a unique perspective on life, they can impart words of wisdom that might change your life.  But, nobody knows. A blog can be single author or multi-author and is a frequently updated online journal that…

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Five Dogs, Two Cats and a Couple of Mugs

Former Guild chair and BBC 1 Holiday presenter Mary Johns has had her first book published. Illustrated by her artist husband Geoff Rowswell, it tells the story of the summer months they spent on a Greek island. It’s a tale of adopting two cats and trying to find homes for five stray dogs, at the same…

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Baden Baden: the naked truth

There’s a public drinking fountain in Baden-Baden called the Fettquelle. Dating from 1871, it’s a natrium-chloride-thermal spring that flows continuously into a stone basin. Writes Tina Ediss. It sounds deliciously foreign but Fettquelle translates, unappetisingly, to fat source, though the water is said to be good for you. You need to take your own drinking…

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Award for Tim Bird

International Photography Awards (IPA) has announced the winners of One Shot: One World competition. Tim Bird was Awarded an Honorable Mention in One Shot: One World Competition – One World – People category for the winning entry “Kumbh Mela.” Many congratulations to him. International Photography Awards competitions, receive nearly 18,000 submissions from 104 countries across…

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Adrian Phillips appointed MD at Bradt

Globetrotter is delighted to hear that Adrian Phillips – longstanding Guild member and long-suffering Yearbook Editor – has been appointed Managing Director of Bradt Travel Guides, following the decision by Donald Greig to step down and relocate to Scotland. The company’s founder, Hilary Bradt MBE (also a very familiar face in the Guild, of course!),…

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Hainich National Park in central Germany

It is a crisp, cold day and the sun is glistening off fields blanketed with fallen snow. About an hour’s drive from Weimar, and after a sodden winter in the UK, it is magical travelling under piercing blue skies with stinging, fresh air hurting my lungs. This pain is good. Writes Lynn Houghton. We are…

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Guild award winners

Four travel journalists recently captured top honors in the 2014 IPW Travel Writing Awards competition. The winners were announced on April 7 during a media reception at the IPW trade show in Chicago. The US Travel Association, which coordinates the awards, received nearly 200 contest entries from journalists representing more than 50 countries. Peter Ellegard captured…

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A-Maze-ing Minotaur

However sketchy our Greek mythology, most of us can remember the plot of ‘Theseus and the Minotaur’. King Minos keeps dangerous beast in an underground maze; Theseus, Prince of Athens, kills beast; hero escapes maze using Ariadne’s ball of golden thread. Classic stuff. But now Juliet Rix has combined with artist Juliet Snape to retell…

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Slow Travel: South Devon & Dartmoor

Hilary Bradt’s latest travel guide, Slow travel: South Devon & Dartmoor, arrived in my post the day before a week-long spring visit to … South Devon. Spot on! Having used her previous guide, Slow Devon and Exmoor, on a previous trip, I knew what to expect and wasn’t disappointed with the familiar mix of practical…

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The BGTW unveils its 2014 yearbook and raises £1,250 for charity

For Immediate Release The British Guild of Travel Writers launched its popular annual Yearbook and raised £1,250 for its chosen charity, Malaria No More UK, at a glamorous event held March 4 at London’s ME Hotel on the Strand. The 280-page, full-colour Yearbook, edited by Adrian Phillips, was unveiled to more than 250 travel media…