Gold award: Uncornered Market
Daniel Noll and Audrey Scott, the husband and wife team who founded this blog in 2007 aim, through their travel writing, to create a 'chain of stewardship' around the world, with their stories and experiences helping to inform readers about ways in which to travel responsibly, and with respect. And with 70,000 unique visitors per month to their site, which contains a wide array of mindful musing, we say indeed... respect.
One thing that makes Uncornered Market stand out as a responsible travel blog is that people, not just place, are always at the centre of their writing. It is clear that Audrey and Dan want to give voice to people who don't always have one, particularly in far flung destinations. Or 'uncornered markets'. This is part of their aim to dispel stereotypes and fears among tourists, particularly from their predominantly American following, and thus assure readers that travel is a force for good, and not to be scared of. Not only is the writing strong and engaging, their stories about people they meet are thought provoking and, most importantly, make you want to travel to a place and meet the subjects of their stories too.
Uncornered Market is a rare thing in that it is also a sustainable blog financially, surviving through sponsorship, speaking engagements, training and affiliate sales and advertising. Consequently, they inspire other bloggers to grow and extend their travels, and indeed they are so good at what they do, they might also make others just want to give up. It's certainly hard to keep up with them. These guys have visited and written about over 90 countries. Again...respect.