Something happened to our family last week which, simply put, was – AWESOME. We won the Escape Travel Holiday Reviewer Competition. Can you believe it? I am still a little in shock.
Five fabulous finalists, all deserved of winning the prize, were flown to Sydney for the announcement.
I didn”t think I had a chance of winning so I lapped up the overnight stay in my suite at the Pullman Quay Grand Hotel, situated at Sydney Harbour. I met one of my best mates for dinner at a gorgeous little French restaurant, drank too many wines while we chatted about all the things, before I went back to my hotel, stupidly had just one more drink and then collapsed into fresh, crisp, white hotel sheets. Nothing beats hotel sheets. The next morning I lazed around in bed. Fancy that, no child jumped on me shouting in a sing song voice: “IT”S MORNING TIME”. Followed by a leisurely breakfast of my favourite go-to – eggs benedict (with bacon, not ham), pineapple juice and fresh pastries. This is why I am not a size 12. Then, to trick myself into thinking I was working my breakfast off, I floated in the pool and watched people walking harbour side and ferries drifting in the water. To top off my hotel experience I had a bubble bath. Have I told you how much I love five star best online casino hotels? They are the best.
Seriously, by the time I found myself nervously sitting side-by-side the other finalists, while about forty strangers watched our expectant faces, I”d already felt I”d won the jackpot. Then when the crew at Escape Travel told us that all the finalists would get a free domestic holiday, I felt tears well up. How lucky were we? I was content and sat happily in anticipation of the final winner announcement. I was pretty convinced it wouldn”t be our family.
Then the words were spoken AND THE WINNER IS…Bianca Wordley.
I”d like to say I jumped up smiling, but I didn”t. Instead, I started to shake. I put my hands in my face and I sobbed. Right there in front of a room full of strangers.
I was so overwhelmed. So very grateful. I felt regret for the other contestants who would have felt the same excitement, yet I was also so friggin” happy.
When I finally looked up at the crowd, wiping the tears from my face, I could see others also crying. People I did not know who could see how much this prize means for us. Not only does it open up a new avenue for me professionally in a field I”d love to branch out into – travel writing, but it gives us so much to look forward to beyond the day-to-day. As I sat there weeping, I quickly texted Twiggy – WE WON. His response – HOLY SHIT!!!!
We”ve won $28,000 worth of prizes – luggage, two domestic holidays and one international trip. To think we might be able to take our girls to Disneyland is beyond exciting. In exchange, I”ll share our adventures here and also with my extended Escape Travel family. I”ll be writing blog posts, providing travel tips, making short videos, Twiggy will be taking beautiful photographs – what a fabulous way to document our experiences. I feel so lucky. There”s no way we could afford to take our family on so many fabulous holidays.
Thank you for your messages of congratulations. And thank you Escape Travel. You”ve given us the gift of time to explore the world. Time to spend together laughing, loving and living.
The gift of travel is the gift of love.
Congratulations B!!! How EXCITING!!! I can’t think of a more deserving winner and cant wait to hear all about the adventures you and the family will have. Just brilliant.
😀 Em x
And you thought turning 40 would be meh! Life begins etc! So pleased and so proud too . Just the best for you & hub & 3 girls xxxxx
Such a beautiful deserving lady.
I feel so happy for you and your gorgeous family.
Big joyous hugs.xx
Yeeoooowwwww Love the Twig Family, go Gal and go Twiggy, don’t under estimate yourselves guys! Your both legends in my eyes! Great Parents, great scribbler and snapper!!!! Disney Land here you come!
Thats so bloody fabulous. This year I was invited to talk at the conference in the Uk so I took my lovely man and our son and my daughter along for the ride. When we landed in Paris and drove past the Louvre I wept. As a single mum eight years ago looking at myself in the mirror with my 6 week old baby I could not have ever imagined that I would have a life where I could take her to such amazing places. Travel is the gift of love – weeping is totally recommended x
Congratulations! I’m so happy for you and your family. Enjoy!
Oh man, I am crying. B you work so hard and give of yourself and I know how much this means to you. When I say I couldn’t be happier for you I really mean it. I couldn’t. I can’t wait to read of your adventures. Xxxx
How wonderful, and well deserved! So happy for you and Famille Bigwords! I was so stoked when I found out you won! Enjoy every minute and every mile… I can’t wait to read about all your adventures xx
That’s awesome!! Congratulations – great dream.. Totally jealous, but in a good way!!
THIS IS SO BRILLIANT!
I am so happy for you and your cute family! Fantastic!!!! WOWEE!!!
Great news Bianca, how wonderful!
That is so lovely and beautiful! Congratulations!! Can’t wait to hear about what is planned and where you will be taking your tribe!!
I’m so happy to hear this… I follow your blog, and it seems like you’ve had a bit of a tough year, so it’s fantastic to hear of you winning the prize. Well done, you deserve to tell your gorgeous stories from far and wide.
PS Poor Audrey.
Congrats 🙂 sounds exciting 🙂 look forward to reading all about it 🙂
Best news ever B!! So so great!!
OMG indeed! But BB too. (Bloody brilliant). xx
So so so wonderful. Can’t wait to read of your adventures, B. x
Such great news!!! Cannot wait to read all about it. Congratulations and enjoy xx
Congratulations darling girl! Best thing EVER!
I’m so happy for you. Being a stranger to you – I was strangely hoping you would win here in my little humble abode. I love how excited you are. Enjoy.
Hooray for you! You deserved it and it was so fabulous to meet you! Can’t wait to read about your adventures. XX
Now that is awesome Monday news! Congratulations!! Travel is a gift – and what a terrific gift you have earned for your family! I found your blog when I was desperately searching for post-Mirena help, and Ive followed you ever since that day. You are the upside of my Mirena experience!
WOW! Congratulations, Bianca, so thrilled for you! And so well deserved. x
So enjoyed meeting you there Bianca, well deserved. I’m off to book myself at night at the Pullman… if only! But your description has made me drool… one to remember.
Congrats again Bianca- I couldn’t have picked a more deserving person. Your warmth and love for your family will make for a great adventure which I will be hoping to read up on in the near future. Lovely to meet you and happy travelling 🙂
BIANCA!!!!! This is so so brilliant! Congratulations, so bloody much! WOW!! That is incredible. XXXXX
Oh congratulations! How exciting for you!