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Brexit and travel – the Guild debates

It might not have caused quite the same shock as the unexpectedly comfortable Conservative election triumph – but a show of hands at this year’s joint BGTW – ANTOR debate raised an eyebrow or two. About a quarter of those gathered to pick over the impact on travel of staying in or leaving the EU indicated…

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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…

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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 &…

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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…

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#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…

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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.…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…