And the winner of the easyJet Holidays #InspireTravel competition is….
The easyJet Holidays Inspiration Initiative was all about inspiring travel experiences and bloggers sharing their ‘Who, What, Where and When’ that inspired them to travel – and now the competition’s over, it’s time to announce the winner.
After writing about their own travel experiences each blogger nominated five more to take part so that the number of inspiring travel tales grew bigger and bigger. I was one of the judges of the competition along with Melvin from Traveldudes and Matt from Travel with a Mate and with so many fascinating entries it was truly a tough task to choose the winner.
However, there had to be one person to enjoy the prize of an 5 star, 7 night holiday for 2 with easyJet Holidays and that winner is …. (drumroll please)
Kat from Travel with Kat
“In 1927, at the age of 23, my grandmother boarded a boat to China, following the man she loved to Shanghai”
Well, I love a bit of romance and who couldn’t be captivated by Kat’s opening for her inspiring travel experiences? Kat goes on to describe how her grandmother’s stories and carved Chinese furniture fascinated her and gave her a longing for far-off, exotic places. In India she soaked up the vivid colours and patterns of Kerala and her visits to Gambia have led her to found a choir to raise money for local Gambian schools. From a ferry trip to France alone with her sister aged 10 to a train ride through the mountains and gorges of Corsica, I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Kat’s travel inspirations.
Here’s a round up the other brilliant entries courtesy of easyJet Holidays.
Beyond Blighty – Arianwen was inspired to volunteer at a school in Tanzania.
Kids Travel Cam – Kirstie’s fond memories of a school trip to Amsterdam and enthusiastic son helped convince her to seek out any opportunity to enjoy the sun and the sea.
Emily Luxton – The RAF stories of Emily’s grandfather brought out her adventurous side and she started it all off with a backpacking trip to Malaysia.
Mum’s Gone to – A travelling Dad, a holiday romance in Tenerife and a Room with a View in Florence are travel inspirations for Trish
Emma’s Travel Tales – A lifelong fascination with traveling abroad and experiencing different cultures led Emma to an extensive tour round Europe.
Suitcases & sippy cups – Jessica is inspired by the thrill of adventure and the support of her children and family.
Spanka Demus – took inspiration from Ewan McGregor’s and Charley Boorman’s motorcycling excursions inevitably leading to a trip to Europe.
On the Luce – A passion for Thai culture and the label on a bottle of wine convinced Lucy to follow in the footsteps of her favourite travel bloggers.
The Lady in London – was inspired by her free-spirit mother to take in the big cities of Europe – and has never looked back.
Nomads on the Road – Mike knew from an early age that he was destined to travel the world, taking his inspiration from every person he meets.
Ad-lib Traveller – An unusual combination of parents, Jamaica and Eddie Murphy prompted the Adlib Traveller to venture abroad.
Bluenosegirl – won a trip to Brazil and then used a fascination with Russian culture to keep her desire for travelling strong.
Vicky Flipflop Travels – Books and blogs inspire Vicky to travel, and photos of destinations help even more.
Michael Palin’s Fault – Like the title of the blog says: it’s all Michael Palin’s fault. The legendary comedy performer and travel documentary-maker serves as a primary inspiration.
Briana Palma – Both Briana’s parents have a hand in inspired her to travel and studying abroad in Europe only added fuel to the travelling fire.
Wanderings and wonderings – Family played a big role in Ruth’s travel desires, from impressive holidays with her parents to her brother’s trip to Zambia.
Back packs and bunk beds – Neil served as his own inspiration with an excursion to South Africa.
The Travel Hack – A mother who worked in an airport and an inspirational Cambodian tour guide drives Monica’s passion for travel.
Reclaiming my future – The thoughts of home and leaving it behind have inspired Toni to explore the best that the world’s ocean has to offer.
Kids Travel 2 – Early excursions around Europe and Laurie Lee’s novel ‘As I walked Out One Midsummer Morning’ inspired Julia’s travels.
Backpackerbanter – This blog proves that a passion for surfing can be all you need to inspire you to see the best the world has to offer.
Mallory on Travel – The exploits of Sir David Attenborough and a longing for adventure inspires Mallory on Travel.
Backpacker Becki – Volunteering in Madagascar gave Becki all the inspiration she needs to enjoy other countries and cultures, and the people that live in them.
Life of an Expat Parent – Uninspired by the idea of a repetitive lifestyle, The Foreigner swapped Southwest Ohio for England in search of adventure.
The Travelbunny – The lyrics of her favourite childhood songs inspired Suzanne to start travelling, and the people she met on the way inspired her to keep going.
My Postcard From – The iconic architecture of Sydney and the flavour shock of Asian street food are big motivators for Paul’s travel experience.
Mums do travel – Trips round Europe in a VW camper van as a child gave Gretta all the motivation she needed to keep on going.
Heels and Wheels – Travelling around Australia dispelled a lot of Bobbi’s fears about visiting countries as a solo female.
Landlopers – Matt was fascinated by the idea of visiting foreign cultures from a very young age, but a friendly evening in Israel changed his view of travelling forever.
Jouljet – Learning that she had a Russian name inspired Tash to visit Russia.
Culture Addict/ History Nerd – Early holidays in Florida with her parents developed Nicole’s love of travel, while Gary blames his in-laws.
The Travolution – Unexpected spontaneity and the European lifestyle are the difference-makers for Cristina.
Tales of a Brit abroad – Kate’s adventurous grandparents and teenage holidays to Spain are the unlikely source of her desire to travel.
Andalucia Explorer – The rugged aesthetic of Cornwall and a father fascinated with sampling different cultures (and wines) serve as the inspiration for Rachel.
Walkingon Travels – Mexico and Moldova might not have much in common, but they both managed to inspire Keryn.
Restless Jo – The lure of Portugal, the vibrancy of different world cultures and even the documentaries of Michael Palin are just some of the things that keep Jo travelling.
Inspiring Travellers – Andrea’s parents were a constant source of inspiration to her travelling; they took her to Europe, California and the British Virgin Islands.
Backpacker Illusions – Being robbed and left with virtually nothing on a baking desert road somewhere in the middle of Africa would be enough to put most people off travelling – but not Paz, it motivated him to do it even more.
Albany Kid – Family plays a big role in inspiring Sandra’s travels; from her mother visiting Peru to her parents sending her on a courier mission to Colombia to see the realities of the world.
Bohemian Trails – Being given a fake passport as a child, Megan collected stamps managing to simultaneously quell her desire to visit new places and strength it too.
Mo Travels – Prince Charles takes the credit for Mo’s youthful inspiration to travel, and trips to San Diego and Amsterdam have strengthened it even more.
Sparky Sees the world – A desire for adventure and curiosity for the world around her inspired Emma to travel; her experience with elephants made it worth it.
The World of Deej – Jealous of his grandfather’s adventures to China and Singapore, Deej set out to have some amazing cultural experiences of his own.
Virtual Wayfarer – As a child Alex travelled around Europe with parents, but as he got older this Star Trek fan was inspired to seek out some ‘final frontiers’ of his own.
Don’t call me Gringa – Having travelled all her life Emily as never been much in need of inspiration, but she still finds it everywhere she looks, from her parents to Croatia to her current life in Chile.
Travels of Adam – Travelling with his family was a great starting point for Adam, and then semesters abroad in Sydney and London pushed him ever further.
Cheryl Howard – Her father’s life was a motivation to Cheryl, so much so that when he died she used it as a motivation to pursue her passion to travel.
Our Oyster – An unadventurous childhood translated into a passion for travelling for Jade, but now living in Australia inspires her every day.
Leave your daily hell – A sixth birthday present of a world map led to a childhood of daydreaming about different countries and cultures for Robert.
Gone with the Family – Family plays a big role in inspiring Lisa to travel – coming for a small community in Canada made her want to see the big world.
Caroline in the City – Adventures as varied as Thailand, Croatia and the Australian outback helped cultivate and shape Caroline’s desire to travel.
Well done to all the entrants for their great articles – if I’ve left anyone out, please let me know and I’ll add you to the list.
Photo Credits: All photos are from the articles mentioned above and are credited on the Photo