The Vacation Gals Won the GOLD Lowell Thomas Award for Travel Blog!

We are so thrilled to announce that The Vacation Gals earned the GOLD in the Travel Blog category in the 28th annual Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition. To say we’re delighted is an understatement! There were quite a few “Woot, woot!” emails among Beth, Jen and me when we found out. What an honor!

Overseen by the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation, the awards are recognized as the most prestigious in travel journalism. The 2012 winners were announced at the annual conference of the Society of American Travel Writers in Indianapolis this afternoon.

The competition for work from spring 2011 to spring 2012 drew 1,163 entries in 25 categories and was judged by the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Judges of the Travel Blog category said of The Vacation Gals: This delightful blog has a lot to offer, with a wealth of advice on topics such as family destinations and romantic getaways. It also provides inside information on air travel, courtesy of one of the three bloggers who works as a flight attendant.* The writing is engaging and often witty, and the blog is organized well, making it easy for readers to dive into certain topic areas. A real winner.

Earning a Silver in the Best Travel Blog category was the wonderful National Geographic Traveler Digital team; Bronze went to Scott Tharler’s great tech blog at

Here’s the comprehensive list of all winners across all categories. We truly are among some very impressive company!

This wonderful award is right on the heels of our win for Best Family Travel Blog in the Travel Bloggers Unite Destinology Awards. We were nominated by the travel blogging community in the family travel category, and then from five finalists in each category (others were Best Adventure Blog and Best Luxury Travel Blog, for example),  a team of judges picked the winners. What a wonderful honor to receive such kudos from our peers!

Truly, we’re so delighted to be recognized for our writing and online contributions. Thanks to all of our friends, family and loyal readers who have supported us here at The Vacation Gals in the past three years. We count ourselves blessed to be part of such a wonderfully supportive community around the world. Thanks for helping us celebrate our Lowell Thomas Award for travel blog.

*This contest was judged when Beth was working as a flight attendant; she no longer flies the friendly skies, but she continues to cover the airline industry and plane travel tips for our blog!

15 Comments on "The Vacation Gals Won the GOLD Lowell Thomas Award for Travel Blog!"

  1. Congrats ladies! I hope you have a big shelf for all your awards… 🙂

  2. Congratulations! It’s well deserved.

  3. Congratulations! Keep up the wonderful work.

  4. Nice going gals! Glad to see it.

  5. Great job, and being a UNC grad, you had some GREAT judges.

  6. Congrats!

  7. Congratulations!! So well deserved : )

  8. Not unexpected at all 🙂

    Your posts have always been insightful and a knowledge pool for fellow travel enthusiasts like me.

    Keep up the good work!

  9. Congratulations!.Awesome work.

  10. Congratulations. I love to find new sites that show different places and things to do. Will definetly be checking out Vacation Gals. If you are every in my state be sure to check out

  11. Congrats. How can I participate with my Around the World Blog

  12. Much thanks! It is an wonderful online site!.

  13. Wow, congratulation for the GOLD Lowell Thomas Award for Travel Blog

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