HostelBookers Travel Blogger Awards at WTM London



Country # 14- England was the 14th and final country that we visited during our 14 month career break.

Travel bloggers can party their faces off.  Then the next day we work our tails off without complaint.  That’s a major lesson we learned in early November.  Last month World Winder attended our first World Travel Market (WTM) convention in London.  It would have been all work and no par-tay if it weren’t for Dylan The Travelling Editor and Isabel from HostelBookers.

hostel bookers party

Melissa entered some twitter challenges and we won a course on MatadorU.

We originally met both Dylan and Isabel in Girona, Spain at TBEX Europe.  They each invited us to big bashes that would take place during WTM London.  The only problem was that we were planning on being in Croatia at that time.  Plans were reshuffled.  Flights were purchased.  And we decided to attend WTM, then come home to New York.  I guess we’ll do anything for a party.

Six weeks later we were eating dishes prepared by The Travelling Editor in his London flat.  Munching on recipes inspired by Dylan’s world journeys was a tasty way to begin our week at WTM.  But he wasn’t hosting the party just to fill our stomachs.  He was providing an avenue for bloggers to discuss business in anticipation for the WTM global event.

over yonderlust

Ten major awards were distributed at the HostelBookers WTM party. Erica and Shaun from Over Yonderlust won for Epic Photography. Other winners included Jodi of Legal Nomads for the Nom Nom Award for Food Reporting and G Adventures for Services to the Travel Industry.

Four nights later we rode the tube to Barrio Central in London’s Soho District for the HostelBookers WTM party and travel blogger awards ceremony.  In order to thank travel bloggers for contributions to the industry, HostelBookers threw the baddest bash I’ve attended in ages.  The night started with complimentary mojitos and the distribution of drink tickets.  Tapas included ribs, chicken wings, calamari, and jalapeno poppers.  Barrio Central was wired with wifi which came in handy for Twitter challenges (we won a MatadorU course).

The evening was highlighted by HostelBookers’ first ever travel blogger awards ceremony.  To see the winners of the HostelBookers travel blogger awards click on this link.  Highly coveted prizes were awarded in ten different categories ranging from the Epic Photography award to the Nom Nom Award for Food Reporting.  Winners were chosen by an online survey.  Once the ceremony concluded the relentless dancing began.

Thanks to Isabel, HostelBookers, and Dylan The Travelling Editor for helping us network and celebrate throughout WTM.  Our week at WTM was a great way to close out 14 months on the travel trail.

barrio central london

I met my alter ego Mats who works for HostelBookers in their London office.

bars london

Barrio Central in London’s Soho was the perfect spot for a party.













free drinks

These free drink tickets came in handy but they’re also the reason we missed the last train back to our flat after the HostelBookers party.

grand prize winner

Teresa from Independent Travel Help was the lottery prize winner. She nabbed 30 nights of free accommodations with HostelBookers.













mc party

After the blogger awards were distributed, our emcee got down to business on the dance floor.

camera man

The photographer for Hostel Bookers was fleet of foot. He managed to avoid colliding with bloggers all night long.














dylan lowe the traveling editor

Dylan the Travelling Editor just launched a new site called The Travelling Editor Eats.

off the path

Sebastian from Off The Path grabbed the Sombrero of Power and broke it down at Barrio Central.











About Neil Friedman

A Wheel of Fortune winner and former motivational speaker, Neil Friedman is a freelance writer, videographer and certified teacher of English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). He has journeyed to over 35 countries and 30 U.S. States and lived in various parts of New York, Japan, and South America. He is currently on a two-year trip to parts of South America, Asia, and Europe. Connect with Neil on  Google+ . Twitter: @WorldWinder and