Upgrade: Travel Better is a blog that mainly describes techniques about how to get a better flying deal by obtaining an upgrade.
On February 2 the author had launched in 2007 Travvies: Best Travel Blog Awards the nomination for the best travel blogs awards in several categories.
Under the nominees were several blogs you will find in my right column, including a shameless bit of self promotion by yours truly.
Today the Finalists were published:
FINALISTS: BEST TRAVEL BLOG:
Gridskipper is the well known decadent guide to the best in worldwide urban travel. Hotels, restaurants, clubs, flights, and sights all get their due, but we also pay lascivious attention to sex, entertainment, events, and insider advice on where to find the hottest local debauchery. On or off the grid, Gridskipper spotlights the upscale and the underbelly of global city culture.
One of my resources for quite some time. Although I dislike their arrogance and platitudes sometimes, I give them my vote after considering the next nominated:
- Brave New Traveler.
Weâ€™re dedicated to publishing high quality content on the nature of travel in the 21st century – everything from useful on line travel tools, entertaining and inspiring travel websites, to exploring the philosophy of travel and the blessing (or curse) of globalization.
Who Should Read Brave New Traveler?
Are you someone who loves to wake up in the morning and wonder where theyâ€™ll be in the afternoon? Do you enjoy meeting interesting characters from around the world, and learning about their diverse cultures? Do you love travel and want to keep up on the latest on line tools to make your traveling easier, and your travel writing.
- Girl Solo in Arabia
Carolyn McIntyre will travel from the Moroccan City of Tangiers through 46 countries as she attempts to recreate an epic journey made 700 years ago by the famed Islamic scholar and traveler Ibn Battuta. Arabist, Middle East political analyst and award-winning expedition creator to Asia, Carolyn has almost three decades of living, working and traveling in the Middle East. A real-life ‘Indiana Jones’ meets ‘Holly Golightly’, her own wanderlust has taken her to all parts of the globe but her specialty lies in her extensive knowledge of and unique insight into, the Arab and Islamic worlds.
It is very pity Carolyn is not nominated for the best single-author category. Would it have been I would have given her my vote.
- National Geographic Inside Traveler By Jessie Johnston and Emily King. Difficult to navigate!
NewYorkology is a guide to New York City updated daily with the latest openings, closings and reviews to help you plan your trip and know what to do if you’re already here.
It is a rich source for anything connected with NYC. Consequently it gets my vote in the destination category.
FINALISTS: BEST DESTINATION BLOG:
FINALISTS: BEST INFORMATIVE/PRACTICAL TRAVEL BLOG:
FINALISTS: BEST GROUP-WRITTEN TRAVEL BLOG:
FINALISTS: BEST SINGLE-AUTHOR TRAVEL BLOG:
- Killing Batteries. Leif Pettersenâ€™s battery-powered rise to the zenith of travel writing rapture… I love it! I vote it! (sorry Carolyn).
- AdventureGirl. The travel stories of a Flight Attendant who started in November 2004
- The Cranky Flier. See above.
- Flight Level 390. A blog of an Airline Pilot which gives the reader an insider view with photo’s added.
- Travel Sweeps. About Travel Sweepstakes. Not my cup of tea.
FINALISTS: BEST PHOTOGRAPHY ON A TRAVEL BLOG:
Also the members of the Jury were introduced.
Time to Vote which is possible until March 1, 2007.
Note: From time to time, after checking the nominees, I’ll add my findings to this post and order them according to my own preference.