Words by Nik Taylor
What an amazingly creative and well-travelled bunch you are!


Nikon 1 J3 camera travel-writing competition
When we kicked off our travel-writing competition at the beginning of May, we knew we would see some exciting and inspirational articles being added to the Your Adventures section of the wiki.


But we were absolutely blown away by the quality of what you came up with.

That gave us one problem - it made it incredibly difficult to choose a winner. Each of the 45 entries was a captivating read: you can see for yourself by browsing through them here.


To highlight just a few of our very favourites: we were thrilled by Stephanie Loke's vibrant account of her time in the hustle, bustle and smog of China, we were intrigued by Cesca42's tale of a journey to the ancient heart of Jordan and we were carried away by the evocative descriptions of Malaysian Borneo by Itsannaconda.


But we had to pick just one winner of the competition's big prize - a Nikon 1 J3 camera - and that honour goes to brabzzz for his piece called South America - Places to stop a while (volunteering).


Any great travel writing should transport you to the place being written about, and this account of volunteering at a wildlife conservation centre in Borneo and staying with a permaculture community in Quito does just that. But not only does brabzzz's winning entry tell a vivid and interesting story that perfectly captures the adventurous feeling of travelling, it's also packed with great advice for anyone wishing to embark on a similar trip.

When we told brabzzz that he had won the competition, he had this to say: "I'm absolutely chuffed and grinning like a Cheshire cat! The competition was tough - there were a lot of inspirational entries. Norway and Borneo are now on my list, it was fun to read accounts of adventures closer to home in this green and pleasant land...and of course all those in between."

As soon as he heard he had won the competition, Brabzzz returned to his article to make further updates and he hopes TSR's legion of travel bloggers will keep adding to the Your Adventures section.

"I hope the My Adventures section grows and inspires more people to hit the road," he said. "Travel is life-enhancing and is the only thing that you spend money on that makes you richer....especially when a camera comes flying your way!

"My last camera I bought on the 'black market' in Quito and it is on its last legs - though it always sucked! I'm heading back to South America this winter with my girlfriend and can't wait to get some decent photos of my favourite continent, especially of the views up in the mountains."

Once again - a huge thanks to everyone who entered this competition for your brilliant articles. Keep your eyes peeled for another wiki competition very soon - and keep adding those travel features!