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How Nice! We Won the “Best Blog Post” (3rd Place) Award!

It’s always nice to be recognized for one’s efforts…

In our case, travel writing and blogging is our passion.

And so it was especially nice to recently receive the “Best Blog Post” (3rd Place) award in the 2018 Society of American Travel Writers (SATW), Canadian Chapter, annual competition.

Come see this snake!” kicked off our award-winning post: Oh My! See Snakes, Sloths and Spiders at Arenal Hanging Bridges.

This eyelash pit viper is one of the deadly snakes we saw up-close on our Arenal Hanging Bridges tour in Costa Rica

The Judge’s comments about our Costa Rica post:

This short piece about viewing snakes, sloths, spiders and other wildlife in the Costa Rica rainforest grabs the reader at the top with dramatic details about coming close to a deadly pit viper, and keeps you reading about the other interesting creatures seen along the way during a guided tour.

It also makes a strong case for why visitors who are unfamiliar with the area will get much more from their visit on an organized tour with a knowledgeable local guide.

Congratulations also to our fellow travel writers and bloggers who also won awards in the five categories:  Best People Photo, Best Places Photo, Best Canadian Story, Best International Story and Best Blog Post.

Here are the two top place wins in the “Best Blog Post” category:

Jody Robbins – “Best Blog Post” 1st Place: A Vacation 85-million Years in the Making: Dinosaur Provincial Park

Gary Cralle – “Best Blog Post” 2nd Place: Fun, Food and Wine in Jordan, Ontario

Thanks very much SATW for acknowledging our contribution to the world of travel media!

About the authors:

Janice and George Mucalov

Luxury travel journalists and SATW, NATJA and TMAC “Best Travel Blog” award winners, Janice and George are the publishers of Sand In My Suitcase. Between them, they’ve traveled to all 7 continents.

Find destination guides, global food-and-wine stories, luxury hotel reviews, articles on cultural explorations and soft adventure trips, cruise reviews and information, insanely useful travel tips and more!

Irene S. Levine

Tuesday 22nd of May 2018

Congrats! Love your posts and photos~

Janice and George

Tuesday 22nd of May 2018

Thank you very much :-)


Thursday 17th of May 2018

Congratulations!! Janice and George you deserved it. I read your blog "OH MY! SEE SNAKES, SLOTHS AND SPIDERS AT ARENAL HANGING BRIDGES" and saw breathtaking pictures of snakes. You are really exploring adventure. Good for you.

Janice and George

Thursday 17th of May 2018

Thank you! Delighted you enjoyed our post :-).

Maggie Espinosa

Monday 14th of May 2018

Congratulations!! Well deserved!

Janice and George

Monday 14th of May 2018

Thank you :-)


Monday 14th of May 2018

Congratulations, that's a wonderful achievement. Carry on your great work!

Janice and George

Monday 14th of May 2018

Thank you so much :-)