The Best U.S. Travel Destination Article award at IPW 2016 went to a press trip I organised.
Inspired by the classic travel story A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson, Wanderlust magazine’s editor-in-chief Phoebe Smith wanted to hike the Appalachian Trailer – to her own “A Walk in the Woods” story.
I made all the arrangements for Phoebe to part-walk, part-drive the same seven-state trail from Georgia to Maine as Bill Bryson covered in his book.
Along the entire 2,180-mile length of the Appalachian Trail over a two-week period, I worked with Phoebe to cherry-pick the highlights to explore.
The resulting story, published in the October 2015 issue of Wanderlust, is chock-full of great information for would-be hikers, as well as descriptions of the colorful personalities Smith met along the way.
In May 2016, Phoebe was awarded Best U.S. Travel Destination Article at national tourism conference IPW for her ‘walk in the woods’ article.