Thanks for the Lonely Planet Win!
I still can't believe it.
Not only did we win our category - Best Video Blog, but we also won the big one - the grand prize - Best Travel Blog of 2009 by Lonely Planet!
First of all, a huge thank you to YOU. All you who supported us. We are definitely feeling the love.
And thanks to Lonely Planet for this huge honor. We're just two Kentucky boys and to get recognized by one of the largest guidebook publishing companies in the world is a big deal for us.
I pour tons of hours into this site and the videos and it really feels good to get recognition for all the hard work.
But there are loads of other people who were up for nominations who put just as much hard work and love into their site like Craig and Linda with the Indie Travel Podcast. They won "Best Podcast". Congrats guys! You've got to listen to their podcasts in your car on the way to work. It'll inspire you to travel!
One of the "competitors" in our category was Amtrekker. This guy's got some pretty cool videos and I remember finding his videos on iTunes before we even started our journey. I suggest watching one of his recent videos, "Making Moonshine". Quite funny.
And then there are great sites that for whatever crazy reason didn't get nominated at all, like Nomadic Matt. I've been following his blog since the beginning of our journey and he's given us some crucial advice for South East Asia. Definitely deserves some recognition.
So we also won some pretty awesome stuff.
As the grand prize winners we won the entire 2009 Lonely Planet library - that's $10,000 worth of nearly 500 books! And I'm having them all sent to my parent's house. Sorry mom - I meant to tell you to look out for 500 books to show up on your doorstep. I'm sure you have plenty of extra storage with that whole remodeling project you're doing... or not. Sorry!
We also won a brand new Blackberry Bold! Woo hoo! We only get one - and it's mine. William already has one anyways but he still tried to claim it. Yeah right.
We also won some new Adobe software called "Visual Communicator" that has lots of cool effects and music clips to spice up our video podcasts. I swear by Adobe and already use Premiere, After Effects and Photoshop to make our video podcasts, so this one's another exciting win.
We also won a solar charger and $100 worth of international call credit and a bunch of other cool stuff.
Thanks again to all you who support us! We love you guys.