To enter

We welcome any luxury travel brand (and the people behind them) to enter the awards: from hotels, resorts and spas, private air tours, cruises, trains and other transport buinesses; to travel designers and companies, tour operators and DMCs; to tourist boards and destination marketing organisations; to travel tech, community interest companies and charities. Basically, if you are an organisation that is related to luxury and experiential travel, you qualify to apply. We’d also welcome collaborative entries (for example, a travel company + property, cruise line + individual), so please consider how partnering up could enhance your entry. Brands are also more than welcome to enter more than one category.

We ask that you consider the OutThere traveller and their needs and wants when making your entry – diversity and inclusion being something that greatly underpins their decision – alongside a boundless sense of discovery and a high level of discernment.

Each individual entry will require a donation of GBP£125 / USD$160. If you are entering from the UK, this fee does not include VAT, which will be added on at an additional 20%. An invoice for your donation will be automatically generated and emailed to you.

This is a not-for-profit awards and proceeds from donations will go to the winner of the ‘Most OutThere initiative in community, conservation and sustainability’ category.

The entry procedure is simple. Click below to download the entry pack.

In this pack, you will see self-explanatory, standardised, individual entry forms, with strict word limits and specific entry requirements per category. Please only use the Word .doc forms provided, do not copy and replicate the form into a different format for submission.

Do not include any logos, images or try to get creative with copy point sizes (as we said, strict word limits!) on the form. The judges will make their decisions based on the strength of your written submission, not what it looks like. There will be an opportunity on the form to attach a link to further, supporting documents.

A hot tip. This edition’s judging panel (find out who judged the last edition) will be made up of a group of expert storytellers: editors, journalists and content creators. Tell a story and write your best, inspirational pitch! Get to your point quickly, tell us why you think your entry stands out above the rest and why it deserves to win. Focus on the why, rather than the what. Be imaginative and distinctive to ensure you catch our attention. Inspire us to learn more about your entry. Remember OutThere is all about ‘diversity, discovery and discernment’ and it is important that we hear how you’re leading the way in your part of the world/industry, especially concerning diversity.

Once you have completed your entry(ies), save it(them) in the file name (.doc, .docx and pdf only) and format it(them) as detailed on the form to your computer, mobile device or server. Then return to the website and load the “Submit Your Entry page“.

Then select how many entries you are submitting (how many documents you are uploading) and click ADD TO ORDER.

Complete your billing details in full (these details generate the automated invoice, so please fill them in carefully). Then, upload your entries (no more than 10Mb in total, please!).

Make your payment by credit card and PLACE ORDER.

That’s it! You will receive a confirmation of your order and an automated invoice will be attached.

Find out who won and was nominated in the last edition of the Experientialist® Awards >

Order a copy of the last Experientialist® Issue to see the editorialised winners and nominations in full >

The closing date for submissions is strictly FRIDAY 27th SEPTEMBER 2024.

The shortlist will be announced in November and the winners featured in our Experientialist Awards Issue (January/Feb 2025).

Good luck! Any questions please contact:

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