The Solo Travel Awards are presented to companies that excel in
serving solo travelers in the following categories.
Travel companies are invited to nominate themselves
by completing an application demonstrating
how they meet the award criteria for their category or categories.
Winners will receive a badge similar to this one to use in all promotional materials.
Meet Our Judges
Andrew McCarthy is a director, an award winning travel writer, and—of course—an actor. He made his professional début at 19 in Class, and has appeared in dozens of films, including such iconic movies as Pretty in Pink, St. Elmo’s Fire, Less Then Zero, and cult favorites Weekend At Bernie’s and Mannequin. Read more...
Oneika Raymond is the voice behind “Oneika the Traveller”, an award-winning travel blog dedicated to inspiring, encouraging, and empowering women and people of color to see the world. Oneika has written for and been featured in major publications such as Condé Nast Traveler, The BBC, The Wall Street Journal, Essence, Ebony, National Geographic Traveler, New York Magazine, and CNN. She also regularly appears on television as the in-house travel expert for CTV Canada’s nationally broadcast breakfast news program “Your Morning”. Read more.
Keith Jenkins left his ten-year investment banking career to travel the world and carve out a new career as a travel blogger and social media advocate. He is the Founder and Publisher of the Velvet Escape luxury travel blog and Founder and CEO of iambassador, an Amsterdam based social media and marketing services firm that harnesses the strengths of a global network of elite travel influencers to offer innovative digital marketing campaigns and compelling content. Read more.
Spud Hilton is the travel editor of The San Francisco Chronicle, where since 2000 he has written about (and been hopelessly lost in) destinations on six continents. His attempts to defy the expectations of places -- from Havana's back alleys to Kyoto's shrines to a hippie bus in Modesto -- have earned 11 Lowell Thomas Awards, the standard for travel journalism. Spud also writes a biweekly column at SFChronicle.com, and his travel tip videos and #CarryOnShame campaign have been featured by Peter Greenberg, Rudy Maxa, “GMA,” “The Today Show” and “Quest Means Business” on CNN International.
Tracey Nesbitt is the Editor of Solo Traveler, the leading solo travel website, and a writer with a passion for discovering destinations through food and wine. An ardent solo traveler, she loves to write about her discoveries (and sometimes, misadventures) as she explores the world. As Moderator of the Solo Travel Society on Facebook, Tracey facilitates the sharing of tips, advice, and encouragement among the 215,000 community members and has developed a keen understanding of the wants and needs of those who choose to travel alone. Read more.
The Solo Travel Awards are Sponsored by:
World Nomads is a fast-growing online travel company that provides inspiration, advice, safety tips and specialized travel insurance for independent, volunteer and student travelers traveling and studying most anywhere in the world. Our online global travel insurance allows covers travelers from more than 150 countries and allows you to buy and claim online, 24/7, even while already traveling. While we are not a healthcare provider, our insurance focuses on what is really important to the traveler: emergency medical and evacuation costs, baggage, trip cancellation costs, dental and personal liability (depending on the customer’s country of residence ... please read the policy wording for full details on what is covered). We also cover more than 200 adventure activities and tech gear. Our policies are underwritten by a global suite of premier-tier insurers and emergency assistance providers making us the No. 1 choice for many of the world's leading adventure and youth travel brands.
Solo Traveler is a website and community where people who share a passion and/or desire for traveling alone go for tips, advice, and encouragement. Founded in 2009 it currently enjoys a monthly readership of over 120,000 and a Facebook community called the Solo Travel Society with 215,000 avid travelers. New content is published five days per week offering recommendations for solo-friendly destinations, tips on how to travel solo and do it safely, musings on what it means to travel solo, and how to save money while traveling alone. The three pillars of the site's mission are inspiration, information, and advocacy. To that end, both Janice Waugh, founder and publisher, and Tracey Nesbitt, editor and contributor, travel solo and write about their experiences, sharing with readers the possibilities and opportunities that solo travel presents. Further advocating for solo travelers, a monthly Solo Traveler Advisory of Deals email and a Deals page on the site are published focusing exclusively on trips with no or very low single supplements.