SPECIAL REQUEST: Please vote for me to join the Kerala Blog Express!

After my incredible trip around Indonesia this year I’ve really caught the travel bug… it doesn’t help that I made some many amazing new travel blogger friend who know fill my feeds with their wanderlust photos and amazing adventures…

Problem is it’s kinda hard to beat a 2 week press trip to an exotic location across the globe…. Except maybe with another one!

Enter the Kerala Blog Express, an initiative by Kerala Tourism that offers travel bloggers the opportunity to take part in a two-week road trip through Kerala, India. Yes please!

I entered in a flash, never quite expecting that I would be selected as a semi-finalist. Until I was!!

How very exciting…. Except I can’t get too excited yet because I need votes. Your votes!

 

In order to be selected as one of 30 bloggers chosen to tour the province of Kerala in India, I need you to vote me to the top of the rankings. There are 50 semi-finalists so my chances are good, but I don’t want to risk falling to the bottom of the pile!

 

As someone who hates begging, I’m only going to ask once…  If you would love to make this happen for me:

 

 PLEASE CLICK THIS LINK AND THEN VOTE FOR ME TO WIN A SPOT ON THE KERALA BLOG EXPRESS!

 

The selection of finalists will be based on their blogs as well as the number of votes they receive. I’d so appreciate your vote because if every one of my loyal monthly readers voted just one I would be in with a very good chance. Right now I’m still WAAAAAY behind the leaders and stuck at around 110 votes whereas the leaders have upwards of 700! So I need at least 600 votes so please take 2 mins to click the link above and add your vote!

 

7 reasons why I want to go to Kerala

(Mainly to whet my appetite… but hopefully yours too!)

 

1.The Backwaters

Look up Kerala online and you’ll discover that the region is most well-known for it’s backwaters… these are amazing waterways lined by palm trees and surrounded by incredible natural beauty. I would love the chance to experience authentic Kerala with a stay on a houseboat!

kerala-house-boat

2.The People

For me travel is always about the people. I love meeting new people in my normal everyday life but to meet people from such completely different cultures and to observe their daily rituals and unique habits is the true gift of travel.

kerala-people

3.The Food

These days food actually inspires most people to travel and, after reading up about the destination, I’m pretty sure the Kerala cuisine will be off the charts delicious. In fact it’s usually the first thing mentioned. The food of Kerala is predominantly spicy and coconutty. I’d love to enjoy a traditional vegetarian meal of rice, curries and chutneys all served on a banana leaf and eaten with your hands!

kerala-curry

4.The Tropical Beaches

I’m all about tropical beaches and Kerala has some of the most stunning stretches of sand around including Kovalam (close to Trivandrum), Varkala and Cherai Beach (close to Kochi) that all border on the Arabian Sea. Yes please!

kerala-beach

5.The Hill Stations

Offering a respite from the heat and humidity, the Hill Stations of Kerala are the place to head for cool, fresh air and stunning views of rolling, misty hills and lush green tea plantations.

kerala-rice-paddies

6.The Photography Opportunities

As my blog has grown and developed over the past 6 years I’ve really expanded in my love for photography. I’m still no professional but I do consider myself a decent amateur and love looking for new opportunities to take interesting photographs. India would be a dream to photograph!

kerala-backwaters

7. The Experience!

My trip to Indonesia in 2016 changed me in so many ways. I came home with a much broader world view and a taste for adventure. The truth was that I was nervous as hell before I left – 2 weeks away from my kids, a whole new culture, unusal food, a media group of 30 strangers etc etc. It could have turned into a nightmare. But it didn’t. It was an absolute dream (OK aside from the 8 stitches in my head in Bali!) I loved every minute. The unique places, the amazing people, the new friends. It was all so very worth it and I came home wanting to do it again immediately. Unfortunately as a mom of 2 I can’t pack my bags at a moment’s notice and head off to explore the world like so many other travel bloggers. Due to financial and parenting obligations I only get a chance every once in a while, BUT this trip would be another amazing opportunity to not only expand my travel writing and blogging portfolio but also to expand my mind and I would LOVE to be able to experience that again!

kerala-bananas

 

Thanks so much! I so appreciate every one of my loyal readers who take the time to click the vote button! I really need every vote I can get as there are some great bloggers I’m going up against for a spot on this trip!

 

PLEASE CLICK THIS LINK AND THEN VOTE FOR ME TO WIN A SPOT ON THE KERALA BLOG EXPRESS!

 

 

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Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for almost 6 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

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