In less than two weeks I’ll be returning to The Gambia in West Africa. I’m very excited about this particular visit as this time, I’m taking 6 fantastic travel bloggers with me for the very first bloggers press trip to this wonderful country. As well as writing ‘Travel With Kat’ I work for The Gambia Experience, so when they asked me to organise and host a bloggers press trip to The Gambia I was delighted! Actually I was over-the-moon.
With Jenny, our PR manager, I compiled a list of bloggers we wanted to invite. We were ideally looking for bloggers from the UK (as that was where the flights are from), who write well, take fantastic photographs, have lots of comments on their blog, a ton of Twitter and Facebook followers and ranked highly on the likes of Kred and Klout, moz rank and page rank and of course weren’t going to be on the other side of the world when the trip was happening. We also considered who would work well together promoting the trip across social media networks. In the end one of the bloggers chosen was actually from Italy and we are delighted she and all the others will be joining us.
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Not all the bloggers we asked could make this trip, so some will be following on later, but here’s the final list of bloggers that will soon be joining me in The Gambia!
Iain Mallory Mallory On Travel
Iain is an ex-military man, and served as a Warrant Officer in the Army Physical Training Corps. This enabled him to become highly qualified in a large number of adventurous activities. Participating in many expeditions to many parts of the World satisfied his wanderlust.
He now works freelance as a writer and photographer and enjoys finding adventure wherever he travels. He publishes the popular website Mallory On Travel, an adventure travel guide for the everyday adventurer by a former adrenalin junkie.
“I’m always excited about visiting an exotic new destination but I cannot wait to explore The Gambia, the continent’s smallest mainland country, it promises epic adventures” Iain
Jaillan Yehia Savoir There
“When it comes to stylish travel, I know just the place.”
This site is about travel from the point of view of stylish, discerning and cultured urban folk who work hard and are short of time, so need to get the most out of their trips. Jaillan’s aim is to help them cut to the travel chase by giving them some great edited ideas for interesting, cool and unique places to go.
“I can’t tell you how excited I am to be heading off to The Gambia with The Gambia Experience. I feel as though Gambia is my ‘one that got away’ as I’ve come so close to booking holidays to the country in the past and just not quite managed it. I’m most looking forward to doing some wildlife spotting. Last year I caught the Africa bug in a big way – and I have a feeling it will stay with me for life, so I wonder if Gambia will be my latest addiction?” Jaillan
Jayne Gorman 40 before 30
Jayne is a travel blogger on a mission to visit and blog about her experiences in 40 different countries before her 30th birthday.
“This trip to The Gambia will be my first visit to this part of Africa, I am most looking forward to meeting the people, sharing their smiles and discovering the beauty of The Gambia’s coastline.” Jayne
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Monica Stott TheTravelHack
The Travel Hack is a travel blog about adventurous and stylish travels all around the world. I love a bit of luxury but also love to get my feet dirty, meet the locals and explore a new destination away from the main tourist track.
The Travel Hack began as a way to document my two year backpacking trip around Asia and Australia and continued as I returned to London to study multimedia journalism. I have a huge passion for photography and iphoneography and I aim to show that you can travel the world, even with a full-time job.
“I love everything about discovering a new country but I’m most looking forward to meeting the local families and finding out more about life in The Gambia. We’ll be presenting the families with new stoves for their homes so hopefully, they’ll be able to share some local cooking tips with me too!” Monica
Simon Falvo Wild About Travel
“I look forward to discovering an area of Africa that I’ve never visited before, to see the smiling kids, learn about the local culture and admire the scenery. It will surely be a wonderful experience, and I can’t wait to explore a little bit of The Gambia”
Tom Warburton on behalf on BaldHiker.com
Tom Warburton is part of the baldhiker.com team. Long, long ago (back in analogue days) he travelled the world extensively including a two year around the world trip. He is now rediscovering the world with a digital camera. He originally trained as an ecologist and is particularly interested in environmental and wildlife issues. Tom’s blogs can be seen on the baldhiker.com website.
Tom says “I’m really looking forward to the trip to The Gambia. I’m particularly interested in the wildlife and the bird diversity in The Gambia is astounding. The Mandina Lodges in the Makasutu Forest look perfect for exploring both the wildlife and culture of The Gambia. I can’t wait!”
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I really can’t wait to show my fellow bloggers this wonderful country, the smallest country on mainland Africa and, sadly, one of the poorest. Tourism is a great boost to the local economy so if blogging about it helps promotes the country as a tourist destination then that’s great!
I hope you will follow all the bloggers as I help them discover The Gambia. You can follow our Tweets and Instagrams with #BlogGambia.
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