Over the weekend I was named Best Travel Writer at AFTA’s National Travel Industry Awards, held in Sydney, Australia. Total shock, but a great thrill and honour. So just a quick thanks to Craig Owens, of Cruise Office, for nominating me, and Quentin Long, publisher of International Traveller, for commissioning the winning story.
Respect also to Bruce Piper and the Cruise Weekly/Travel Daily team for giving me the break into cruise writing four years ago, which definitely helped pave the way to this gong. And of course, every cruise line, airline, hotel, motel, tourism board, tour operator, train, bus, ferry, kayak, zip line and hot-air balloon that has ever assisted me!
The four other finalists were Kris Madden, Robert Upe, Barry Stone and David Carroll.
Photos below by Nicola Caygill, who is launching a new company for small ship cruises: micro-cruising.com.au
Amazingly, getting a few laughs. I found it hilarious to be speaking in front of 1200 people. I rambled something to the single men in the audience to come see me at the after party, as I was the only winner with no spouse to thank! Good lordy. What a night!