Categories
News

Cruise awards for Guild members

Sue Bryant, who won recognition for her contribution to cruise journalism, was among a trio of Guild winners in this year’s CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) awards. Other awards went to Mike Unwin (best “off the beaten track” cruise feature) and Pol O’Conghaile (best use of digital media). This was the fifth year if the…

Categories
News

Busy April for Guild Bloggers

Geoff Moore – a blogging virgin – reports on the changing face of travel media:  My blogging baptism took place in April at the Traverse 16 blogger conference* in Cardiff – an international gathering of 200 travel bloggers who filled the football stadium venue (Cardiff City) with accents, not just from Wales, but France, Italy, Australia, USA &…

Categories
Events (past) News

A night in the pub

Neil Taylor reports on the Guild’s March social evening: Staying in a pub seems such an obvious thing to do that it is amazing, as Guild members discovered at our function on March 16, that the website www.stayinapub.co.uk was only registered two years ago when the Company started. We were hosted that evening at The…

Categories
News

#100DaysWild: A Summer of British Wildlife

Given that you are flicking through the British Guild of Travel Writers’ website, I wager that you already appreciate how intoxicating travel can be. So too living in and exploring foreign climes. For the final half of the Noughties, I was fortunate to live in Argentina, courtesy of my-then diplomat wife (then-diplomat, you understand; she…

Categories
News

Guild members finalists at the British Annual Canada Tourism Awards

Two members of the British Guild of Travel Writers were recently shortlisted for the British Annual Canada Tourism Awards for work published in 2015. Stuart Forster and Rupert Parker were both finalists in the Best Canada Online Coverage category of the prestigious BACTAs. The awards ceremony was held at Canada House, in London, on 3rd March.…

Categories
News

Stuart Forster named Journalist of the Year at the 2016 Holland Press Awards

Stuart Forster was named Journalist of the Year at the Holland Press Awards, whose 2016 awards ceremony held on 1 March at the Hoxton Hotel at Holborn, London. Stuart became the first person to retain the prestigious title, which is awarded for a body of work published over the course of a year. His work was shortlisted in…

Categories
News

New Bradt Basque Country Guidebook by Murray Stewart

In this, the most complete guidebook to the Spanish and French Basque Country and Navarre, BGTW member Murray Stewart covers the principal cities – rejuvenated Bilbao, beautiful San Sebastián, verdant Vitoria and lively Pamplona —- and also delves deeper into the region’s interior, capturing the quirkiness that makes it so special. With 35 maps, 16…

Categories
News

Isla Baja

Our bus journey to Isla Baja was spiced with scandalous tales of nocturnal visits from German gentlemen and pre-marital trips to volcano-top hotels (did the earth move? No one dared ask). Fie, strumpet, get thee to a nunnery! Luckily, our first stop, Garachico, had no fewer than four convents. Three were closed, however, and the…

Categories
News

Paragliding: getting your second wind

Lindsay Sutton takes to the air. NEVER mind ‘The Wrong Kind of Trousers.’ We had ‘The Wrong Kind of Wind,’ if you’ll pardon the expression. No, not related to tummy trouble. Or to a Wallace and Gromit caper, even though our adventure might have put the wind up the much-loved cartoon characters. The truth of…

Categories
News

Walking Amongst Volcanoes in Tenerife

Last night we squinted through the dusk to follow the rocky, uneven path that led us back from a fiery sunset looking down into the gaping mouth of Pico Viejo, and descended Mount Teide, the moon shadow of our cable car racing down the slope beside us. This morning we squint into the light as our…

Categories
News

Mount Teide

They say the altitude might affect you. Hardly surprising. The Teleferico Teide cable car shoots up to the upper station at 29kmh in a matter of minutes and suddenly you’re at 3,555 metres. A glass of bubbly or mug of hot chocolate awaits, the latter recommended if the altitude has made you feel ‘merry’. Teide National…

Categories
News

Bradt Travel Guides scoop Gold Award

Bradt Travel Guides – founded by Guild member Hilary Bradt – scooped the Gold Award at this year’s Wanderlust Travel Awards in the Top Guidebook Series category, beating DK Eyewitness and Lonely Planet into second and third places respectively. It’s been a good few months for Bradt, this accolade coming hot on the heels of the BGTW Best Guidebook of the…

Categories
News

Whale Trail

Liz Gill spots pilot whales and bottle-nosed dolphins off the coast of Tenerife I’m not much of a betting person but a 99 per cent chance should be good enough for anyone so I’m quietly confident as our catamaran pulls away from the quayside that we are going to see pilot whales on this trip. The…

Categories
News

Aquatic Fly Over

Most of us like to remain in our comfort zones. My comfort zone is avoiding anything with more than a modicum of risk. Your idea of a modicum of risk may be paragliding, bungee jumping or Formula 1 motor racing. Mine are things like walking in muddy conditions without sensible shoes, visiting Harrods Food Hall…

Categories
News

Awards for Isabel

Isabel Conway has been named Travel Writer of the Year  (2015) in the awards organised by Travel Extra, the leading Irish print and online trade publication. She was voted overall winner by an independent panel of journalists. Latest of a string of awards won by Isabel, who is based in County Cork, it was for work published in…