In August 2016, Up&AtEm Travel won the Best Travel Blog Award from BonAppetour. The competition entry,  “Travelling in South Korea: An Experience with the Korean Police Force,” came out on top in the “Most Unique Travel Experience” category. The winning post details my rather unconventional  and charming experience in South Korea’s capital, Seoul.

This experience with the police was completely different from the interactions with the slightly crooked law enforcement in Bali! From the kind strangers that helped me along my way to the dee-licious, semi-addictive green tea hotteok pancakes, I loved it all. What was sweeter – the sweet locals or my new favorite sweet treat? I can’t decide! You can read the full post here.

Winning the Best Travel Blog Award encouraged me to begin blogging on my own domain, and although I shared on my social media accounts, this is a brand new announcement on the Up&AtEm Travel blog. I am incredibly proud, and I will continue to enter travel writing contests and improve this site with interesting and useful travel stories, tips and reviews.

But now that I think about it… It seems I’ve had a few experiences with the police while abroad. Maybe that’s not normal? Either way, I would love to hear your thoughts and stories in the comments below!