11/14/2011 07:52 am ET Updated Jan 14, 2012

Taking A Travel Blog Victory Lap

I have some very exciting news: This week I was honored with the "Oscar" of travel writing -- the Society of American Travel Writers' Travel Writer of the Year Award. In addition to this grand prize, my on-the-road blog posts won the gold medal for Best Travel Blog. Since I have so much fun sharing my travels with you -- and the judges singled out your thoughtful comments as one of the strengths of this blog -- this award means a great deal to me.

In celebration, I'd like to take some of my favorite posts out for a victory lap. Beginning Monday, I will run a "Best of Blog" series for one week. Over the weekend, please use the comments section below to nominate your favorite entry to be included in the lineup. Which of my blog entries have stirred your wanderlust, or caused you to think differently about travel and the world? I'll try to add one or two of your suggestions to next week's series.

How does somebody do the inglorious legwork it takes to become such a "distinguished" travel writer? This clip will give you a sense of my daily routine while I'm updating guidebooks in Europe.