Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that my blog would be chosen by the public as the overall Best Travel Blog in the 2018 BTL Blogger Travel Awards. But thanks to you, that’s what happened.
Having been nominated for the “Best Blog Promoting Portugal In A Foreign Language” category, I had to ask for votes in order to go from a shortlist of 4 to 3 finalists in my category.
The response was phenomenal.
Not only did you, my lovely loyal readers, cast your votes but friends, colleagues and communities around Portugal rallied round to make sure I got to this final stage. My neighbour, Luís Filipe Santos, was especially instrumental in whipping up support, for which I am extremely grateful.
On the day of the awards ceremony, I still wasn’t certain that I had even succeeded in reaching the finals. Nevertheless, I went along, feeling hopeful that I stood some chance of winning in my category. When they read out the winner, I was truly gutted not to hear my name (it went to Amass. Cook, by the way).
So when the presenter announced a 5th award for the “Best Travel Blog Chosen By The Public”, it took a few seconds for it to register that I had won it.
Instead of beating the other 3 blogs in my original category, the public voted Julie Dawn Fox in Portugal the best travel blog out of a total of 16 nominees with 22% of the total votes! It was such a shock that I had no time to ask anyone to take a photo of me receiving the award.
This achievement is all down to you and I couldn’t be happier so THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart. The award, and, much more importantly, all the encouraging and supportive messages I have received over the last couple of weeks mean a lot to me and make what I do worthwhile.
In case you’re wondering, here are the other winners from this year’s BTL travel blogging awards:
Best Professional Travel Blog: Hotelandia
Best Personal Travel Blog: O Meu Escriorio é Lá Fora (My Desk is Outside)
Best Travel Photography Blog: Uma Foto Uma Historia (One Photo, One Story)
Best Blog Promoting Portugal in a Foreign Language: Amass. Cook
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