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Winning Best Travel Blog At Cosmo Blog Awards 2013

I was more concerned about entering a room full of pretty young fashion bloggers than the actual results. The Cosmo Blog Awards at the Oxo Tower had gathered the best of Britain’s fashion and beauty bloggers for a night of awards, treats and celebrations. This year, however, they had also included a category for Travel Bloggers and I was absolutely chuffed to be shortlisted for it, even if flummoxed about what to wear.

At least my hair was in good hands. Super-talented and multi award-winning hairdresser, Errol Douglas, had kindly offered to take on my untamed long bob and turn it into something chicer. Whilst I sipped my tea at the Knightsbridge salon and had a good chinwag with Errol about his travels (which are even more extensive than mine) he trimmed and tweaked my hair into a sleek yet bouncy new style. The usually rough texture of my hair was tamed by a Moroccanoil Treatment and I walked out of the salon with a lot more confidence than I went in with.

errol-douglas-salon-02Errol’s salon on Motcomb Street

There was one other person I knew in real life who would be attending this event so I arranged to meet my fellow nominee Victoria (a.k.a Pommie Travels) at the tube station so we could enter the room I feared together. The event space at the Oxo Tower was filled with gorgeous women in some girl-crush inducing outfits (just look at the hashtag #CosmoBlogAwards on Instagram to see what I mean) but all were smiling and welcoming. Victoria and I quickly found our other travel blog shortlisters – Elle, Jess and Katie (sadly Isabelle couldn’t make it) – and we huddled together for support.

Jayne GormanMy new look for the event

cosmo4With shortlisted travel bloggers Elle from The World And Then Some and Victoria from Pommie Travels

The awards were announced fairly swiftly. I’d only devoured 1 (ok, maybe 2) of the Pinky cocktails before the Editor of Cosmo, Louise Court, came on the mic to announce the results. The room was filled with excited chatter and the tap tap of bloggers on their phones so we barely heard the travel category get announced. Then we heard Victoria’s name called out and a woop came out as she looked for a place to put down her cocktail and take to the stage for her Highly Commended Award. I suddenly felt incredibly sick as they announced the overall winner. I didn’t hear my name but I could just make out the 40before30 logo on the screen. It was me!


cosmo award

A closer look at the illustration Cosmo gave the winners

The rest of the night whizzed by in a blur of manicures, false eyelashes and several dodgy photos in the photobooth. (We certainly made the most of the free activities on offer.) The goody bag was pretty exciting too – I have the contents spread across my living room floor from rummaging through it last night. Highlights, for those that are interested, include: Next accessories, Elemis face wash, AnnaLou London bracelet, Kusmi Tea, Gizzi Erskine cookbook, Tiki microphone and a PhotoDirector plus much more. Cosmopolitan and the sponsors really spoilt us – thanks to you all.

Cosmo Blog Awards 2013Having fun with Photobooth Mania

Massive congratulations to all the shortlisted bloggers and winners. To standout among the 43,000 nominations is crazy really – well done us! You can find the full list of winners here.

But I wanted to end on a thanks to you readers. To be entirely truthful the last few months have been a bit pants. Since going freelance with my blogging and social media consulting towards the end of the last year, I have questioned my decision almost daily. I try not to bore you with the details on this blog, this space is about my travels, not awkward conversations with my bank manager, but I must admit that at times it has been very hard to balance work with life and to navigate the very blurry lines I have between the two. Last night reminded me, however, how lucky I am to have something I love so much be an integral part of my career. It is so wonderful to have your passion recognised by an institution like Cosmopolitan, but even better is to have people like you come to read it. So thank you for your votes, your support, for just turning up every now and then and reading my musings on these pages. A blog is nothing without its readers; I love you for being mine.

J x

(Special thanks to Errol Douglas for my award-worthy makeover. Find out more about his recently launched range of electrical styling tools, including the first Keratin capsule system built into a hair styler available on the high street, at and in Boots stores now.)


About Author

I'm a full time blogger with a passion for travel and interiors. A travel blogger for 12+ years, I took a course on interior styling during the pandemic when travel was not an option. I now run 2 Instagram accounts - @jayneytravels, which covers authentic, affordable luxury escapes and @ourtravelhome which is all about decorating our new build home with a modern rustic style.


  • Robert Hill
    October 3, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Congratulations! Totally deserved, your blogs fantastic.

    • Jayne
      October 3, 2013 at 12:03 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  • Leah
    October 3, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Congratulations Jayne – the award is so well deserved, and wonderful to see your hard work and committment recognised. Your hair looks fab too! xx

    • Jayne
      October 3, 2013 at 1:06 pm

      Thanks Leah – it definitely feels like I’m on the right track again now. Thanks so much for your kind words xx

  • Little Red Boots
    October 3, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Congratulations!! I think your blog is great and you are a worthy winner!!
    K x

    • Jayne
      October 3, 2013 at 4:14 pm

      Thank you so much, can’t tell you how much that means xx

  • Renuka
    October 3, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    Badhai ho! (that’s ‘congratulations’ in Hindi)

    • Jayne
      October 4, 2013 at 8:29 am

      Aw dhan’yavāda (hopefully I got that right?!) 🙂

  • Elle-Rose Williams
    October 3, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Well done again Jayne! Really glad the award meant so much to you too 🙂 Was so lovely to meet you! xxxx

    • Jayne
      October 4, 2013 at 8:30 am

      Was so lovely to meet you too. Keep up the fabulous work and hopefully I’ll see you at another event soon x

  • […] This was the first year that there has been a Travel Blog category and I’m really honoured to have been given an award! The overall winner was my friend Jayne Gorman, who is author of the blog 40 Before 30. You can read her blog post about the awards party here. […]

  • Heather
    October 8, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    Congrats on the win! Very well deserved. And I love the new ‘do!

  • Micamyx|Senyorita
    October 11, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    Congratulations! 😀

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  • Brooke saward
    January 16, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    Congrats!! I’m so glad I looked this up and stumbled across your blog at the same time – amazing job 🙂


    • Jayne
      January 17, 2014 at 9:31 pm

      Thanks so much 🙂

  • Stephanie
    January 24, 2014 at 2:11 am

    Congratulations Jayne!

    • Jayne
      January 24, 2014 at 11:43 am

      Thank you 😉


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