December 6th, 2011
Like last year, I read through the winning articles of the 2010–2011 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition and wanted to post my favorites here.
“Out of the Mist” by Kim Brown Seely, Virtuoso Life – Takes the reader from a Rwanda known for genocide to a Rwanda with a growing ecotourism market.
“Loneliness the Same in Any Language” by April Orcutt, San Francisco Chronicle – This short piece reminds us that the most memorable travel moments often have nothing to do with seeing the sights.
“On the Backs of Giants” by Melanie Radzicki McManus, Star Tribune – Taking care of elephants in Thailand sounds much more interesting than just riding them.
Photo by Andrea Hale
I also ordered the winning book Zinester’s Guide to NYC: The Last Wholly Analog Guide to NYC by Ayun Halliday and will be reviewing it here soon.
December 16th, 2010
I checked out the list of winners of the 2009–2010 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition and had fun reading the award-winning articles. A few of them stood out to me, and I’ll share them here. Part of the reason I like them is that they’re not just about travel.
“A Village or a Zoo?” by Amit R. Paley, The Washington Post – This controversial article touches on the intersection of human rights and tourism. The writer only spent a day in the village and can’t come to any definite conclusions, and I like that he left it up in the air.
“The Reluctant Cruisers” by Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune – I think if I went on a cruise, I would have the same reaction. I love that one of the winners in the Marine Travel category of the competition is actually anti-cruising.
Photo by adactio
“Behind the Scenes in Monument Valley” by Tony Perrottet, Smithsonian – This piece explains the history of the first U.S. national park run by an indigenous group—an important milestone, since Native Americans were originally pushed out of many areas of the West to create parks.
I also plan to read two books on the list soon (Travel as a Political Act and Frommer’s 500 Places Where You Can Make a Difference) and review them here.