Tim Leffel


Tim Leffel is an award-winning travel writer who has circled the globe three times and has dispatched articles from five continents. His stories have appeared in a wide variety of print and online publications, including Budget Travel,, USA Today, Boston Globe,, Travel + Leisure, and the South American Explorer. Awards: 2016, Gold, North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA) Awards for Handmade in Oaxaca, 2016 Gold, NATJA Awards for review of Alta Gracia Boutique Hacienda Hotel, Costa Rica, 2016, Silver, NATJA Awards for Adventures Along the Lares Route of Peru, 2015, Silver Award: NATJA Awards for The Other Side of the Yucatan 2015, Finalist: Solas Best Travel Writing Awards for “The Other Side of the Yucatan”, 2015, Gold Award: NATJA Awards for Best Online Travel Magazine (Perceptive Travel), 2015, Gold Award: NATJA Awards for Meet the New Digital Nomads, 2015, Silver Award: NATJA Awards for Panoramic Pacific Views From Pelican Eyes in San Juan del Sur, 2014, Silver Award: Solas Best Travel Writing Awards for Biking Through Castle Country in Rural Portugal, 2014, Silver, NATJA Awards for Biking Through Castle Country in Rural Portugal, 2014, Silver, NATJA Awards for Best Online Travel Magazine, 2014, Silver, NATJA Awards for No One’s Too Sexy for Miami, 2014, Bronze, NATJA Awards for this Ciragan Palace Kempinski Hotel Review, 2013, Gold, Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) Awards for Best Travel Blog, 2013, Gold, North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA) Awards for From Red to Green in Bulgaria, 2013, Gold: North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA) Awards for Southeast Asia on a Shoestring: 20 Years (and a Child) Later, 2013, Silver: NATJA Awards for Best Travel Blog, 2013, Bronze: North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA) Awards for Perceptive Travel, Best Travel Journalism Website, 2013, Silver: NATJA Awards for Bouncing Back from Terror in Budapest, 2012, Gold, Solas Best Travel Writing Awards for Side Saddle Girls at a Mexican Rodeo, 2012, Gold, Solas Best Travel Writing Awards for Surreal for Real., 2012, Gold, NATJA Awards for “Best Travel Blog”, 2012, Gold, NATJA Awards for Side Saddle Girls at a Mexican Rodeo, 2012, Silver, NATJA Awards for Best Travel Journalism Website, 2012, Silver, NATJA Awards for Touring Chile’s Wine Districts Near Santiago, 2012, Bronze, NATJA Awards for The Dreams of Man in Stone and Concrete, 2012, Most Popular Travel Bloggers, poll at consumer advocacy site, 2011, Gold, NATJA Awards for Man Vs. Man: Saving the Galapagos, 2011, Silver, NATJA Awards for Best Independent Blog for the Cheapest Destinations Blog, 2011, Silver, NATJA Awards for Untouched by Time in the Galapagos, 2011, Silver, NATJA Awards for Two Wheels, Two Drinks: Biking Through America’s Heartland, 2010, Silver, Solas Best Travel Writing Awards in the Destination category for “Unbalanced in the Sinking City”, 2010, Bronze, Solas Best Travel Writing Awards in the Doing Good or the Kindness of Strangers category for “The Collision”, 2010, Second Prize Transitions Abroad Narrative Travel Writing Contest for “The Collision.”, 2010, Gold, NATJA Awards for “Unbalanced in the Sinking City”, 2008, Guidebook of the Year, Book of the Year Awardsfor Traveler’s Tool Kit: Mexico and Central America2004-2008, Best of the Web: Forbes Travel Blogs for his Cheapest Destinations Blog, 2007, Gold, NATJA Awards for “A Spa Built for Two.”, 2007, Bronze, Solas Best Travel Writing Awards for “Shake and Bake on the Equator”., 2006, Grand Prize: North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA) Awards in the Journalist/Photographer category for Meat and Malbec at Midnight

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