Quirky traveller Zoe wins prestigious award

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A travel writer has won a prestigious award for sharing her adventures online.

Zoë Dawes, who writes as The Quirky Traveller, is the winner of the “best culture and history blogger” category in a national award organised byferry operator DFDS Seaway.

It’s fascinating how culture fits into our rural and urban landscape, how history impacts on us today.

Zoë, of Carnforth, has won a mini cruise to Amsterdam.

Her winning blog posts included a tour of Il Duomo, Milan’s cathedral in Italy, reflections on a spring day among the ruins of Whalley Abbey in Lancashire, and the many faces of Quito in Ecuador, South America.

Her portfolio also included written top tips for coping with airports, hints for camping in Europe, and “What is cultural tourism?”

Zoë, 60, who is also a business coach, has won thousands of admiring readers with her unusual take on life and travel.

She regularly contributes articles and blog posts for tourism organisations in the UK, the USA and around the world, including Visit Britain and Laterooms.com.

In 2011 she won the title ‘Britain’s best travel blogger’ with a piece about a little known-area of Cumbria, and was recently awarded ‘Best blog feature 2014’ by Caribbean Tourism.

She said: “I love culture and history.

“Ever since I was a little girl I have been fascinated by both subjects.

“It’s fascinating how culture fits into our rural and urban landscape, how history impacts on us today.”

Read Zoë’s blog at www.thequirkytraveller.com and follow her on Twitter @quirkytraveller.