A Sri Lankan adventure
No words can describe what a magnificent adventure it was to participate in TBCAsia 2016 – a blog award aiming to celebrate the best travel bloggers in the world. It was an honor to be one of the nominees in the category of ‘Best Luxury Travel Blog’, especially when I was in such good company with two other luxury travel bloggers, namely Keith Jenkins and Jayne Gorman.
TBCAsia is currently the world’s biggest travel blogger conference and award show arranged by TBCAsia, Sri Lankan Airlines and Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts. With hundreds of people involved, both local staff, international travel bloggers and press representatives, it was 7 days full of action, adventures and nerves. And it turned out to be one of the best things I’ve done for myself and my company.
So how was it actually? 60 travel bloggers from all over the world had been invited to join a week of adventure in Sri Lanka followed by an impressive award show, which surpassed all expectations. 30 out of 60 bloggers were shortlisted, myself included, meaning that we had been nominated in 10 different categories. The Copenhagen Traveler was nominated ’Best Luxury Travel Blog’ along with two other blogs, but before the tension could be released, we all had to embark on a 6-day adventure throughout different parts of Sri Lanka.
Sharing a love for travel
With a group of 12 others, I embarked on the ‘Southern Tour’, which gave me the pleasure of not only exploring the beautiful coastal area of Sri Lanka (including a national park, long, sandy beaches perfect for surfing and some of the country’s most stunning hotels); I also got to meet a team of passionate travel bloggers from around the world, who shared my love for traveling the globe.
The actual award show was carried out at one of Colombo’s biggest hotels; Cinnamon Grand Colombo, where hundreds of bloggers and insiders from the travel industry got the chance to meet and discuss the business. Even though Sri Lanka has been welcoming tourists since the 1960’s, it’s fair to say that it’s still a rather new destination. An exciting opportunity to explore a brand new market! I ended up taking home bronze, but who knows… next time I might go for the gold 😉
Visiting Sri Lanka was a true adventure and I can’t wait to go back someday, ready to explore the rest of this stunning country. Thanks to Sri Lankan Airways and Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts for hosting me throughout the stay.