It’s finally here! The day we find out which talented writers are the 2016 WSGT Gratitude Travel Writing Award winners! They shared how travel has changed their lives and about a time where they took a risk and fought against fear and were willing to grow forward!
We’ve already opened the doors on our next Travel Writing Award. Travelers of all ages and from all countries are encouraged to participate. Entries are 500-800 words with 1 photo and you may submit multiple entries! Your article must be an original, previously unpublished piece. All posts, which meet the requirements, will be published on We Said Go Travel! We’ll be welcoming a new judge, Jason of Tea Kettle Junction, on board for our next award. Welcome Jason!
Now, thank you to everyone who participated and shared their story of inspiration! Drum roll please…
PERU: THANKFUL TO BE ALIVE IN AGUAS CALIENTES BY JON LAPIDESE
Aguas Calientes is a mountain town in Peru. It’s also Spanish for hot water – which was appropriate as that was where I found myself at the moment. It was late and our film crew was tired and hungry. I was tired, hungry and worried. The local fixer who had promised me dozens of rooms had desaparecido. Vanished.
FINDING LOST GRATITUDE IN KANAZAWA, JAPAN BY RITU PRASAD
In February, I received my first acceptance to graduate school. In March, I lost my grandfather to cancer. In April, I quit my job. By May, I had moved home, attended my first funeral, and booked a two-month-long trip around the world.
The smell of cow dung assaults my nostrils and my skin is damp in the humidity. Stares of passersby burn holes in my skin and there’s a lump in the back of my throat growing steadily bigger. This isn’t the India I’d imagined.
THE SPARK THAT SET THE FIRE IN SOUTH AFRICA by Silvia Martin
PASSIONATE RAIN FOREST DREAMS IN BRAZIL by Daniel Egan
NO SLEEP UNTIL STUNNING HONG KONG by Andrew Nash
Thank you to our esteemed judges, Alexa Meisler and Jessie Voigts! A great big thank you once again to all who participated in our Gratitude Travel Writing Award!