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Away With Words Competition - announcing the finalists

By JoThursday 27th November 2014

At the beginning of the year we invited you to enter our Away With Words competition by submitting either a blog or video entry, describing your favourite travel experience. Over the past few months we’ve been inundated by so many fantastic entries, from spectacular video sing-alongs to beautifully written depictions of your time away – so it was almost impossible to pick our favourites. But, with the help of our expert judges, we managed to narrow down our favourites to our impeccable finalists; and here they are!

Candice Whittell

In Candice’s entry she relives the time she spent exploring Cambodia, from the busy streets to the darkest corners of the country’s past, under the Khmer Rouge regime. Throughout her writing Candice really brings to life her experiences, from the cheeky smiles of children playing on the street to the racing tuk-tuks she used as transport. Here’s a little of what she had to say: Candice Whittell “There'd never been a traffic jam like this one. Red-dust roads, soaked with greasy rain, lined with split sacks of rubbish, corrugated-iron shacks, wooden stalls selling live chickens in cages, pulpy paperbacks, Coke bottles filled with paraffin. Ramshackle taxis roaring past, bleating their horns. Tuk-tuks weaving through the stalled, bonnet-rusted cars, their drivers' faces intent, sweat-stained drip-dry shirts sticking to their backs. Welcome to Phnom Penh, chaotic capital of Cambodia, our introduction to the beautiful, deadly, black heart of Khmer country.”

Hayley Smart

Hayley wowed us with her very own version of Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5, in which she sings all about her first ever skiing holiday in the French Alps. From toning up her legs as she glided down the slopes, to eating a lot of delicious French cuisine, Hayley had an amazing time. Why not join her, and sing along to her inspired lyrics: https://flic.kr/p/iSenTw “Skiing in three different valleys, Les Menuires to Meribel – This snow clad land in France just made me go wow – Yes I travelled far, ended up in Courchevel…”

Caroline Picking

Forget the sights and sounds of Tokyo, Caroline just couldn’t wait to play with fluffy cute animals that can be found in the city’s adorable cat cafes. From fussing kittens and boisterous tom cats in the café, to admiring the kitsch outfits in the Harajuku district, Caroline really fell in love with the city. Here’s an extract from her entry: https://flic.kr/p/fvoxXp “Self-consciously, I sat on a couch next to a plump Persian who promptly leapt off, irritated. Across the room sat a pallid young man, dressed rather incongruously in a business suit, dangling a silver stick with pink feathers into the face of an unresponsive ginger Tom. The enormous Tom yawned, stood up imperiously and strutted over to where I was sitting, holding my breath for my first encounter.”

Humphrey Price

Humphrey took us through his amazing trek through a tropical jungle, on the island of Tiomen just off the east coast of Malaysia. Humphrey details everything about his journey, from the swathes of webs and creepy crawlies, all the way to the point he reaches the ocean, ready to cool down after braving the humid heat.  Take a little peak at what else he had to say: https://flic.kr/p/6N8fpf “The trees disappeared above our heads, with vines wrapped around their high branches dangling in front of our faces. Fronds of alien-looking plants exploded across the track, and we forced ourselves through them, hoping as we did so that any insects or spiders would sense us coming and move away.”

Selina Akhtar

From taking the plunge, to close encounters, Selina’s story has it all. During her tour of Australia, from Perth to Exmouth, she took herself outside of her comfort zone and went snorkelling with manta rays – something she never thought she’d do! She also experienced a little terror, read here to find out what happened: “I glided along observing sea life as a grey shadow slithered out from under a rock. As I stared at it, the sharp fins and black eyes came into focus. I was metres from a shark. My heart dropped. I swam to the surface and pulled off my mask to find the area around me completely deserted. People on board the boat were waving me over. After what seemed like an eternity of doggy paddle, I reached the boat and instructors pulled me up.” shark

Martin Higgins

Despite a fall that ended in a broken arm, Martin is adamant that his trip to the ancient city of Zadar, Croatia, was the best he’s ever had. From cycling along the winding Croatian roads to eating delicious grilled fish from the local fisheries, which line the charming harbours. Here’s a snippet from Martin’s fascinating entry: “I love to travel, and when I do go abroad, I try to make my trip unique - by breaking my arm on the second day. Not always of course, but that's what happened when I visited Zadar, the ancient walled city in Croatia in July ‘10 - in what can only be described as an unfortunate cycling accident with an indestructible Italian God in gym wear. Despite my injury, this is my best holiday yet.”

Kathryn Walker

In the past, Kathryn has been unsure about travelling, well, that was until her husband, Philip, booked an amazing cruise around the Mediterranean. From the stunning sights she saw to the unbelievable things she did, Kathryn had a fantastic time on her first holiday outside of the UK, and she hasn’t looked back since. “As we neared the entrance to the restaurant, our movement triggered some sliding doors to the deck, startled, and hit by the heat of the morning I looked out. WOW. What was that?  Where am I?  I had woken up in a different place, there was a whole new vista awaiting me like nothing I had ever seen before.”

Alan Guest

Alan has always been a fan of cruising, especially when he can go on three different holidays, all during one cruise! From the great staff and experiences onboard, to the bright lights of New York, Alan loved every moment of his trip. Here’s a little of what he had to say: “Why settle for one dream holiday when you can combine three in one trip? I hadn't considered it possible to combine a fantastic New York city break with a Wow! cruise experience, incorporating a trip to the Caribbean islands, in one value-for-money hassle-free package from the UK. But that's just the deal I got with Royal Caribbean.” https://flic.kr/p/9Cry2t

What’s happening next?

Our finalists were invited onboard Oasis of the Seas on 15th October, where they scribbled down everything they got up to, from their favourite food to their number one activity. They turned this into a written report which our team of judges are currently making their way through. Our final winner will be announced soon! The prize? A once in a lifetime month long trip around the Mediterranean – so, good luck finalists! Tell us about your favourite holiday in the comments below!

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