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I want to be a Travel Writer!

Earlier this month, my brother sent me an intriguing text.

It was about this Travel Writing Scholarship to Southeast Asia organized by

Here’s the gist of the scholarship:

First off – Singapore, to go on assignment for five days under the mentorship of Rough Guides writer Richard Lim to review and update ‘The Rough Guide to Singapore’.

Next- Bali, meet up with Stuart McDonald, founder of Travelfish, the online travel guide to Southeast Asia, before heading off on six days of cultural insight and adventure in Indonesia.

Lastly – Malaysia, for a food odyssey through Kuala Lumpur and Penang with former local and cookbook author of award winning hsa*ba Burmese cookbook, Tin Cho Chaw, to explore how cuisine shapes the lives of Malaysians.

If you know me at all, you’ll know that I love Travelling and Writing, as such travel writing is the perfect career, my dream job! The opportunity to be mentored and be on assignment like a real travel writer is just something too precious to miss out on. So, what did I need to do to apply?

1. Write. Craft a 2000 character or less (this includes spaces) travel focused essay based on a personal experience around one of the following themes;

a. ‘Understanding a Culture through Food’

b. ‘A Local Encounter that Changed my Life’

c. ‘Seeing the World through Others Eyes’

d. ‘Giving Back on the Road’

2. Complete an entry form which includes contact details and a maximum 800 character essay on why you should be chosen and what the opportunity will mean for you.

So I did!

Click here to read my entry for this scholarship.

One person was only allowed one entry so may the best writer win!

I know competition is stiff,  but to be a travel writer is my destiny. The winner will be announced on May 17th – to win this would make a really really awesome birthday present!