10 Sep 2016 Part 3: Grateful for talented WSGT contributing writers!

plantsWe are very lucky at WSGT to have talented individuals participate in our contests and most recently, the Travel Writing Award. To say thanks, we will be featuring five contributing writers each week who are currently displaying the WSGT Travel Badge. Our next Gratitude Travel Writing Award opens tomorrow September 11, 2016. We hope you will share your story in our next competition.

Cristina Puscas

“I have participated in the contests because I love to write. I also know that such opportunities do allow me to grow as a writer and be part of a larger community.”

Favorite place: I am forever in love with Athens and London, very hard to choose between them. The Acropolis in Athens was exactly what I hoped it would be and more.

Cristina’s writing

Cristina Puscas

Cristina Puscas

Annas Ghafoor

“What I hope to achieve as a writer: I hope to inform people of the endeavor of my life, hoping to portray the individuality, variety, and remarkability of beinghood. Ultimately, I wish to leave an imprint on the vast desert of the literary timeline.”

Favorite place: Yalova, Turkey. Truly a hidden gem.

Annas’ writing

Annas Ghafoor

Annas Ghafoor

Rosemary McKinley

“I responded to the travel award on wesaidgotravel because I had a transforming experience in Padua, Italy, titled, “Thank You Saint Anthony.” It was published on the website in 2015. I enjoy reading other writers’ impressions of places they have visited.”

Favorite place: I am a beach person. Just sitting on the shore and listening to the water rejuvenates me. I am refreshed and can come back home and write. Fortunately for me, I live near several beaches so I can go there anytime and any season.

Rosemary’s writing

Rosemary McKinley

Rosemary McKinley

Laura Elliott

“Faith adventurer. Lives on prayer, popcorn and sky miles. I hope to uplift the hearts of my readers by inspiring the discovery and pursuit of their dreams.”

Favorite place: I’d been researching a writing project on the island of Java, Indonesia when I received an email from a friend asking me if I’d like to volunteer for Global Dental Relief in Kathmandu. A non-medical relief volunteer got injured in a ski accident and they needed a last-minute replacement. There were a million reasons to say “no,” but I said “yes.” What followed was one of the greatest adventures of my life. I ended up trekking the Everest Base Camp trail, never imagining I’d see Mt. Everest in person in my lifetime. The gift of assisting hygienists and dentists to bring dental care to hundreds of children gave me an unexpected joy of knowing the unique energy of the Himalayas and the Himalayan people.

Laura’s clips

Laura Elliott

Laura Elliott

Ana Betancourt

“I hope to inspire other’s people lives through my experiences. I also hope that my writing will always be transparent and motivational. The idea is to keep writing about my journeys without losing the purity of the moment, and hoping that I make a positive impact in somebody’s life.”

Favorite place: The beach and my favorite traveled spot is The Great Wall of China, Beijing, China.

Ana’s writing

Ana Betancourt

Ana Betancourt

Thank you to all of our talented participants! WSGT wouldn’t be the same with you! Check back next week for another group of writer profiles! Read Part 1 and 2 here.

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Caitlyn O'Brien

Caitlyn is a 26-year-old Canadian with a passion for travel, futbol, and more recently kayaking in her new Patagonian home: Futaleufú. She teaches English at a local school and loves turning her daily experiences into stories.

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