I’m Shortlisted in Post Office Travel Blogger Awards 2018!

It’s been almost one year since I quit my full-time job in marketing to become a full-time food and travel blogger, and I’m really proud of how far I’ve come during this time. Over the past 12 months, I’ve worked with brands such as FlyBe, Dealchecker and Icelolly; featured on BBC Radio several times, appeared in the Mail on Sunday and Sainsbury’s Magazine; been invited on food-focused press trips with the likes of Come to Hamburg, Tourism Northern Ireland, Grenada Tourism Authority, Welcome to Gouda, Visit Portugal, Visit Cardiff and Food and Drink Wales, and simply proven to myself that I can make a living from blogging. I think it’s safe to say I’ve had a pretty good year! However, I recently experienced my proudest moment of the year yet when I discovered I’ve been shortlisted in the Travel & Food category of the Post Office Travel Blogger Awards 2018!

Click here to vote for me – more details at the bottom of this post!

Tasting wine while on a vineyard tour at Llanerch Vineyard

Wine tasting while on a vineyard tour at Llanerch Vineyard, Vale of Glamorgan with Food and Drink Wales

Post Office Travel and Food Blogger of the Year 2018

Yes, that’s right! I am one of ten bloggers shortlisted in the Travel & Food Category, selected by the Post Office according to several criteria including quality of content and style. I’m in stellar company, joined by some of my favourite fellow culinary travel bloggers.

Shortlisted in the Post Office Travel Blogger Awards 2018

What is the prize?

I genuinely mean it when I say that the main reason I’m entering this competition is because I would love to be recognised for my blogging achievements. I set up my blog almost eight years ago (although I’ve only been covering food and travel for the past three years or so) and it is practically my baby. I’ve built it from the ground up, and I’ve never bought followers or traffic, or used automated bots to artificially inflate my following. Since quitting my job, I probably work more hours now than I ever did when I was working full-time, but I’m much happier and I wouldn’t change it for the world;  hopefully, that goes some way in showing you how passionate I am about what I do!

However, I’d be lying if I said I wouldn’t like to get my hands on £5,000 to spend on the trip of a lifetime, which is what the bloggers who win the Post Office Travel Blogger Awards will receive. As part of my entry, the Post Office have asked me to write about where I’d choose to go if I won the £5k, and how I would choose to spend the money.

The Rare Welsh Bit is shortlisted for Food and Travel Blogger of the Year in the Post Office Travel Blogger Awards 2018 - please vote for me! #culinarytravel #foodtravel #food #travel #postoffice #postofficetravelbloggerawards

A culinary Caribbean adventure

There’s no place I’d rather be than chilling out on a white sand beach with a rum punch in hand, tucking in to hearty Caribbean cuisine like Jamaican jerk chicken or Grenadian oil down. In fact, it was my four-month trip to Jamaica in 2014 that inspired me to begin writing about culinary travel.

Jamaican jerk platter of chicken, prawns, pork, veg and festival dumplings

Jamaican jerk platter of chicken, prawns, pork, veg and festival dumplings at Pushcart Restaurant, Negril

More recently, I went on a press trip to Grenada for Grenada Chocolate Festival (read more on the blog soon!) which has further fuelled my passion for the Caribbean.

Tucking in to Grenada's national dish, oildow washed down with Carib beer at Grenada Chocolate Company

Tucking in to Grenada’s national dish, oildown washed down with Carib beer

If I was to win this year’s Post Office Travel Blogger Awards, I’d spend the £5k on a solo culinary adventure to the eastern Caribbean, stopping off in Grenada (it’s such a beautiful country, I just can’t get enough!), Barbados and St Lucia. I’d use the prize money to pay for my flights, transport to the airport, accommodation in mid-range hotels, attraction entrance fees, local food tours, cookery classes and experiences, and to cover the cost of eating out at restaurants recommended to me by the locals. I’d like to think my photography skills have improved somewhat since I went to Jamaica, so it would be great to have the opportunity to capture some stunning shots too.

Tasting cacao beans fresh from the pod at Belmont Estate, Grenada
I’d also love to buy some Welsh cakes to take with me to give to anyone I happened to meet along the way, as people in the Caribbean are always so friendly and welcoming, and it would be lovely to be able to thank them for their hospitality by giving them a little taste of Wales!

I need your help!

In order to be in with a chance of winning the Post Office Travel Blogger Awards 2018, I need your help! The first stage of the judging process takes the form of a public vote, and the blogger with the most votes from each category will then go through to the judging panel, featuring award-winning travel blogger Emily Luxton, and freelance travel journalist, Lucy McGuire.

Voting is quick and easy. Simply enter your name and email address into the voting form and vote for one blogger per category. Voting is open until 17th July and the winners of each category will be announced on 25th July 2018. Keep your fingers crossed for me and please don’t forget to VOTE!

Click here to vote for me in the Post Office Travel Blogger Awards!

The Rare Welsh Bit is shortlisted for Food and Travel Blogger of the Year in the Post Office Travel Blogger Awards 2018 - please vote for me! #culinarytravel #foodtravel #food #travel #postoffice #postofficetravelbloggerawards
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I was asked to write this post as an entry requirement for the Post Office Travel Blogger Awards 2018, but I would still have shared the good news with my readers had this not been the case.

32 Comments

  1. July 5, 2018 / 10:41 am

    Ah this would be a wonderful trip!!! St Lucia is one of my favourites and I would love to see your photos from there as well as Grenada and Barbados. All the best beautiful lady xx

    • July 6, 2018 / 11:32 am

      Aww thank you Binny. I just adore the Caribbean, it’s definitely my happy place!

  2. July 6, 2018 / 5:42 pm

    wow, you looks like a fun place to visit and explore, im happy to hear that you had a lovely time and good photography <3

    • July 6, 2018 / 7:37 pm

      Thank you! Glad you like my pics 🙂 I am really working to improve my photography skills.

  3. July 6, 2018 / 10:57 pm

    Congratulations kacie. I hope that you win the contest and are able to go on your eastern Carribean culinary adventure. Sounds amazing. And kudos to you for quiting your job and deciding to fullfill your dream.

    • July 9, 2018 / 8:12 pm

      Aww thank you, that is so kind of you! I love the Caribbean, it really is my dream to explore more of it <3

  4. July 6, 2018 / 10:58 pm

    btw. I did vote for you. Don’t rememeber if I said that in my original comment.

    • July 9, 2018 / 8:12 pm

      Thank you! That’s great 🙂

  5. July 7, 2018 / 3:45 am

    That is amazing news and well deserved as well. You work really hard on your blog and it’s definitely awesome to be able to win this! I love the prize that you picked and I do hope you get it!

    • July 9, 2018 / 8:11 pm

      Thank you Alison, that’s very sweet of you. I am so glad to hear that you enjoy reading my blog!

  6. Elizabeth O
    July 7, 2018 / 8:30 pm

    Congratulations on the nomination! What a fantastic achievement indeed. I hope you smash it!

    • July 9, 2018 / 8:08 pm

      Thank you, there are some other amazing bloggers in the run too, so I am sure whoever wins will be well deserving of it 🙂

  7. July 8, 2018 / 7:58 am

    Congratulations 🙂 Photography level of yours is just amazing. Great post 🙂

    • July 9, 2018 / 8:07 pm

      Aww thank you, that is a true compliment!

  8. Nidhi Fouzdar
    July 8, 2018 / 8:28 am

    Heartly congratulations for it 🙂 Your photography level is just awesome <3

    • July 9, 2018 / 8:06 pm

      Thank you Nidhi. That is great to hear, as I have been working hard to improve my photography skills lately.

  9. July 8, 2018 / 12:00 pm

    Great! Congratulations for this achievement and even more so congratulations for your daily path towards the realization of your dream-work! it looks like you’re doing great!!

    • July 9, 2018 / 8:05 pm

      Thank you Sabrina – it is such a milestone for me 🙂

  10. July 8, 2018 / 3:11 pm

    Oh wow congratulations. I think it’s great that your in the running. It would be lovely to be recognised for your work. Good luck x Jamaican sounds like a lovely place to visit – the chocolate festival sounds great!

    • July 9, 2018 / 8:04 pm

      Thank you Melanie 🙂 Finger’s crossed!

  11. July 8, 2018 / 3:55 pm

    I’m looking forward to the hearing more about the Grenada Chocolate Festival. I love festivals, but I have never been to that type of festival before. By the way, I voted for you. Wishing the best! 🙂

    • July 9, 2018 / 8:04 pm

      Aww, thank you. I really appreciate you voting for me. My Grenada Chocolate Festival post should be out in the next 2 weeks or so 🙂

  12. July 8, 2018 / 5:07 pm

    Congratulations! I bet it would be very satisfying to see your efforts recognized so I wish you a lot of luck! It’s incredible that you’ve been blogging for 8 years now!

    • July 9, 2018 / 8:03 pm

      Thanks Samantha. It is surprising how long it’s been – it doesn’t feel like that long.

  13. July 8, 2018 / 5:41 pm

    So I got it right – this is a nomination?! Congrats, that’s really fantastic – you certainly deserve it after all the hard work. Good luck!

    • July 9, 2018 / 8:02 pm

      Yes indeed it is 🙂 Thank you!

  14. July 8, 2018 / 6:13 pm

    That sounds so very cool there. I can only imagine how nice it would be to be recognized for that. Congratulations for finding yourself on the short list. that would be amazing.

    • July 9, 2018 / 8:02 pm

      Thank you. It does feel great to have been shortlisted 🙂

  15. July 9, 2018 / 6:34 pm

    Good luck with the competition! I love your photos and your posts are giving me such wanderlust!

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