What a thrill to find out I had won Travel Titbits Travel Writing competition in January 2011. It was the first time I had ever entered a writing competition and I did so without any thought of winning, just decided to give it a go… The brief was:
Are you Britain’s Best Travel Blogger?
We want to find the best travel blogger in Britain and give them the opportunity to win a paid blog trip.
The Mission: “Can you have a Great British weekend on a budget?” Will you pick the big lights of Blackpool, the calm waters of the Lake District or the historic sites of Windsor? The destination is up to you…
So I chose where I know best – quirky Cumbria. There are some many lovely places to visit but I wanted to share somewhere away from the very well-known Lake District, a place tourists may not know about, and also somewhere with a variety of unusual and interesting sites to see. Oh, and I know all about ‘budget travel’! Plus the entry only had to be short, which appealed. I had recently been on a lovely day out in the beautiful Eden Valley and seen Long Meg, an ancient stone circle, so thought that would be perfect. Here’s the winning entry …
“Discover ‘a very fecund witch’ at England’s 3rd biggest Stone Circle, Long Meg … Savour a delicious organic lunch at truly quirkilious Little Salkeld Mill … Meander alongside the sinuous Eden River and explore eccentric Captain Lacey’s 18th century sandstone caves … Marvel at what the Romans did to stop the Scots coming oe’r the border at atmospheric Hadrian’s Wall …. All this, and so much more, off-the-beaten track in the Eden Valley in gloriously quirky Cumbria.”
Travel Titbits gave a great prize -a travel blogging trip anywhere to visit in the UK. I decided to revisit a favourite holiday destination from childhood – the Isle of Man; it was full of quirky and fascinating things to see and write about. You can read about my fascinating trip here.
Update January 2013: Sadly Travel Titibits ceased trading last year, another victim of this tough economic climate. With gratitude I wish Alan and his team all the very best for future endeavour .