Paws up to The Jet Set Pets Founder Kelly E. Carter, a winner in the 2014 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition. The New York Times bestselling author and pet travel expert won silver in the Best Guidebook category for her well-received book The Dog Lover’s Guide to Travel.
The awards are named for Lowell Thomas, acclaimed broadcast journalist, prolific author and world explorer during five decades in journalism. He’s also credited for making Lawrence of Arabia famous. This marks the 30th annual competition sponsored by the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation. Winners of the awards, the most prestigious in the field of travel journalism, were announced Sept. 16 at the annual SATW convention, held in Iceland.
The competition drew 1,177 entries and was judged by members of the faculty at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communication. This year, the SATW Foundation presented 90 awards in 25 categories and nearly $20,000 in prize money to journalists. Since the first competition for work in 1984, the SATW Foundation has presented more than 2,100 awards and $420,000-plus in recognition of outstanding travel journalism.
Released by National Geographic Books in April, The Dog Lover’s Guide to Travel features 75 great destinations in the U.S. and Canada to vacation with a dog and has become the bible for people who like to travel with their pets. It was one of 30 entries in its Lowell Thomas award category.
In honoring The Dog Lover’s Guide to Travel, the Lowell Thomas award judges said:
This Natural Geographic volume is for those travelers who can’t imagine a vacation without their furry children. It provides well-sourced practical and up-to-date advice for having fun with your dogs — with an emphasis on keeping them safe (such as phone numbers for emergency veterinarians in each recommended location). It’s organized by region of the country (with an added section on Canada), with a great opening chapter that helps the reader choose the most appropriate mode of transportation (car, train, plane), strategically select a pet carrier and manage pets’ needs in airports and hotels. It provides information about the best places to stay and eat with pets, with great suggestions for outdoor activities that people and dogs can enjoy together. Some of the most useful information comes from the Insider Tip boxes scattered throughout the book that feature recommendations contributed by readers.
In the Lowell Thomas award category of Best Guidebook, the Gold went to Jason Cochran for his book Frommer’s EasyGuide to Walt Disney World & Orlando and Bronze was awarded to Shelly Rivoli for Travels with Baby: The Ultimate Guide for Planning Travel with Your Baby, Toddler, and Preschooler.
Among other Lowell Thomas award winners, Jill Schensul, senior writer for The Record of northern New Jersey, earned the title of Lowell Thomas Travel Journalist of the Year for a portfolio of her work in the past year. It is the third top title for Schensul, who over the years has won 29 Lowell Thomas awards for herself, and The Record travel section has taken 39 in total. National Geographic Traveler, Islands, Travel + Leisure and AFAR magazines are top media winners in 2014. Kelly’s book contributed to National Geographic’s 10 Lowell Thomas awards.
For more information about the Lowell Thomas awards, including a full list of winners and judges’ comments, and SATW, visit www.satwf.com and www.satw.org. The Dog Lover’s Guide to Travel may be purchased on Amazon. The book has been featured heavily in the media, including a segment on Good Morning America (see below). Over the next three months, Kelly will be signing copies of The Dog Lover’s Guide to Travel in San Francisco, Scottsdale, Palm Springs and Carmel, Calif. For more information, visit kellyecarter.com/events.