Gauger’s winning story ‘The Places Between‘ highlights the joy of travel as a journey of discovery, rather than focusing on a destination as the end goal.
“Today, a lot of travel influencing makes us feel like travel means a certain destination. But to me, it’s the actual act of traveling, of going somewhere, rather than arriving somewhere, where all the interesting things happen”, said Gauger, an amateur travel writer based in Portland, Oregon, USA.
Travel Blogger of the Year is run by Terra Incognita, a social enterprise that seeks to promote the best examples of ethical ecotourism worldwide, and sponsored by SWAROVSKI OPTIK, Tranquilo Bay, Bunica Maria, Natucate, GVI, Conservation Careers and several other organisations.
The competition seeks to raise awareness about our planet’s incredible places and people, and explore our connection with nature and each other through ethical travel.
Seventeen-year-old Rhianyon Larson won the Travel Blogger of the Year Judges’ Choice Youth competition with a story that raises climate change through the lens of a favourite national park and the familiar stages of growing up.
Gauger and Larson’s compelling messages were chosen from 155 entries from writers and bloggers around the world, by a panel of 20 judges including world-renowned travel bloggers, writers, conservationists and ethical organisations.
Travel Blogger of the Year 2020 awarded a total of 12 bloggers, in the Judges’ Choice and Readers’ Choice Adult (19 and over) and Youth (12-18) categories.
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