Soultravelers3 Won 2 Lonely Planet Travel Awards!! Thank YOU!
April 07, 2009
For those who haven't heard, we just won TWO Lonely Planet Travel Awards and want to thank all of you for your support and votes. We won all three in the voting part which counted for 50% of the score and then the Lonely Planet judges count for 50% of the score. There was some really stiff competition, so we are really thrilled with these results.
We won BEST Microblog for our Soutravelers3 Twitter account and Best Themed for our blog here!
The day before they announced the winners they notified us and asked us to send an acceptance speech via video to the big party in San Francisco. We dropped everything and pulled together two videos which we hear were very popular that night and brought a few chuckles. We figured we would let the cutest one in the family do the speaking for us!
So now it is your turn to share in the joy and receive our tremendous gratitude for your support. They are just 30 seconds of fun and a way to thank you!
It was really late in Spain, in the middle of the night, but I could not sleep, so got up and it felt like we were all gathered in the same room together. There is really a wonderful connection and collaboration in the travel community that has been so rewarding and enriching as we all share our passion for travel.
We certainly are getting much more popular than we ever expected. The only tricky part of this great news is that we are still learning how to keep up with all that comes with this. Sometimes unexpected success is overwhelming at moments.
Most travel journalists and bloggers are not doing constant travel and many have large groups of people contributing. Trying to document travel and share all that we are learning as we go and keep up with all the mail, interviews, other writing requests, homeschooling, research, our weekly volunteer work with the disadvantaged school kids that come with us virtually, social media and more is a challenge.
We haven't gotten half the things done that we thought we would during our winter time in Spain and now it is almost time to start moving again. All I can do is keep plugging away at it the best I can and perhaps give up my unrealistic expectations. We could stay in one place for ten years and we would never run out of material ( videos, pictures and written content) that we have already gathered and learned. We are not ready to stop though, so dear readers you will just have to bear with us getting up what we can, when we can.
I still have so much to share from last season's journey, yet I am trying to get us to Jordan, Egypt and Jerusalem soon before it gets too hot, so extra time is needed for research and booking. Mozart has loved taking her first online class through John Hopkin's University's CTY program, but it also takes up some time and energy from the whole family, just like her piano lessons and homeschool. We can't be plugged in all the time, or then what is the sense of traveling?
We do have some exciting videos coming soon and we will keep getting up as much as we can. We also hope to be going slower this year so that we can hopefully do more work on the blog as we go. Finding that perfect work/play/education balance is as important for world travelers who document their travels as it is for you at home. We thought we retired early and here we have a blossoming business that keeps growing by leaps and bounds, but does not make us enough money to hire help.
We are still looking for interns/volunteers. We would really love to find people that would be interested in archiving our photos and also someone to do detailed archiving of our site.
If you have any ideas or things that you are really interested in seeing, please let us know!