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Woot! Changes in Longitude wins a Lowell Thomas Award

by Michael on October 22, 2013

We don’t get to toot our own horns too much but we’re really excited this week because Changes in Longitude won a 2013 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Silver Award for Best Travel Blog. The awards are given out by the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation and are the most prestigious in the travel writing field. The judges are faculty members at the University of North Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Other winners in the print media categories include Rick Steves, The Los Angeles Times and writer/actor Andrew McCarthy. (Whom we met when we were fellow speakers at the Philadelphia Inquirer Travel Show in January.)

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Our trip mascot Little Rocky was so excited he couldn’t stop raising his arms.

Here’s what the judges said about Changes in Longitude:

“Changes in Longitude makes even the most daring travel seem easy, and the writers tell stories of their journeys that are intimate, accessible and fun. In a trip to North Korea — yes, you can travel there! — the writers show off postcards and other instruments of state propaganda, a fascinating glimpse into a country that is so misunderstood and isolated from the West.

In another entry, 11 of the world’s best sandwiches are honored, with mouth-watering photography and odes to the shawarma of Jerusalem, the kokorec sandwich in Istanbul and a banh mi in Vietnam that costs only 35 cents. The fantastic photos on this blog bring the color and energy of Good Friday celebrations in Malta and the Arirang Mass Games in Pyongyang to life in a way that makes you feel like you’re right there with the writers.”

We spend many, many (way too many) hours working on Changes in Longitude and are so humbled by this recognition. We’re now two years into our journey and this award provides much encouragement to keep it going and continue to write about our adventures and provide useful travel advice.

We also thank our readers who engage with our writing by sending us notes and leaving comments on our stories, so keep those cards and letters coming in.

Best Travel Blog Award Winners

Gold:, Tim Leffel, Editor, and contributors Kerry Dexter, Liz Lewis, Sheila Scarborough, Brian Spencer and Alison J. Stein

Silver:, Larissa and Michael Milne

Bronze:, Elizabeth Hansen

Here is the list of winners in all categories: 2013 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Awards.

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Cat of Sunshine and Siestas October 23, 2013 at 7:24 am

Well deserved! Sending congratulatory hugs from Spain!

Stan October 23, 2013 at 10:58 am

Way cool you two. Keep the stories coming.

John D October 23, 2013 at 1:10 pm

So proud of you. Congratulations.

Kate October 23, 2013 at 5:52 pm

Awesome!!! Well deserved folks.

John Haynes October 26, 2013 at 3:15 am

Congratulations! Continue roaming the world and inspire people to follow this life of adventure. The world is not to big so we must have the chance to roam in within our lifetime.

Marcus October 26, 2013 at 10:05 am

Congratulations! For those of us who have been following your journey, this award is not surprising and is well deserved.

Zara @ Backpack ME October 31, 2013 at 7:41 am

Congratulations! This is HUGE!
Hope this inspires you to keep writing and sharing with all of us for a long time!

Michael October 31, 2013 at 11:27 am

Thanks Cat.

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