World Guide Awards

The in­cred­i­ble, un­sung, kind he­roes of travel – that’s who the Wan­der­lust World Guide Awards cel­e­brates. Lyn Hughes in­tro­duces 2018’s de­serv­ing win­ners…

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The 2018 Wan­der­lust World Guide Awards are here – meet the win­ners

Judg­ing the Wan­der­lust World Guide Awards is a bit­ter­sweet chal­lenge. It’s a joy be­cause the judges and I are al­ways blown away by the won­der­ful tes­ti­mo­ni­als sent in by you and the guides’ col­leagues. But it’s also very dif­fi­cult be­cause choos­ing win­ners from that star-stud­ded shortlist is al­most im­pos­si­ble. I spend hours read­ing your im­pas­sioned, in­spi­ra­tional anec­dotes – of­ten with a tear in my eye.

Even now, in the 13th year of the awards, the job never gets eas­ier, but it is al­ways a priv­i­lege to hon­our the peo­ple who go out of their way to make your ad­ven­tures un­for­get­table. In ad­di­tion to the Bronze, Sil­ver and Gold awards, we have in­tro­duced three ‘Spe­cial Awards’ to mark the 25th an­niver­sary of Wan­der­lust: a com­men­da­tion for the top sa­fari guide, con­ser­va­tion guide and UK guide. I es­tab­lished the World Guide Awards af­ter the death of

Wan­der­lust co-founder (and my late hus­band) Paul Mor­ri­son in 2004. He cham­pi­oned the im­por­tance of great guides, so I wanted to cre­ate some­thing fit­ting in his mem­ory – and I am sure that he would have been as en­thu­si­as­tic about this year’s fi­nal­ists as we are.

We an­nounced the re­sults at Lon­don’s Royal Ge­o­graph­i­cal So­ci­ety on 4 Oc­to­ber, joined by the guides them­selves as well as hun­dreds of their sup­port­ers. It was, as al­ways, a joy­ous and emo­tional evening – but if you couldn’t make it on the night, you can meet all of the win­ners right here on these pages. We think they’re amaz­ing, and we’re sure you will too.

How the win­ners were cho­sen…

We asked you to nom­i­nate your favourite guides, and you sent over 4,000 rec­om­men­da­tions – a record-break­ing year. We nar­rowed down these nom­i­na­tions to a shortlist of ten be­fore invit­ing fur­ther tes­ti­mo­ni­als from their clients and col­leagues.

The judg­ing panel then de­cided who’d win Gold, a £5,000 bur­sary; Sil­ver, £2,500; and Bronze, £1,000. The bur­saries were kindly do­nated by Craghop­pers (craghop­pers.com).

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