Now in their fourth year, the awards recognise excellence and achievement within the fields of travel writing and this year’s awards will be presented at a prestigious event at the Royal Institute of British Architects on Wednesday 21 November 21.
“I’ve had such a good response from my travel blog this year so to be shortlisted at the British Travel Press Awards is the icing on the cake,” says Gavin.
“This is the first time I have entered these awards so I’m delighted to have been shortlisted.”
Gavin submitted three blogs into the competition, which were filed from as far afield as Mongolia, Cuba and Dubai.
“The first post, Pit-stop at the Mongolian Border, is about my experience crossing the border between Mongolia and China; they actually jack up the train and change the wheels to suit China’s different track gauge,” says Gavin.
“The other two posts, The Rusty Wheels of Communism and Crime and Punishment, are about my experiences in Cuba and Dubai – both these blogs have a political flavour.”
Although Gavin posts a weekly travel blog on http://www.gavinhaines.com, by trade he is a freelance journalist specialising in travel and environmental reporting.
“There is nothing quite like seeing your words and photos published in a magazine, but there’s something amazing about blogging,” says the London based writer.
“I like the immediacy and I love the feedback I get from readers, who are the inspiration for me to keep writing. Without them I wouldn’t be able to do what I do.”
To read Gavin’s blogs or to see some of his published articles, visit http://www.gavinhaines.com.