To enter


We welcome any luxury travel brand (and the people behind them) to enter the awards: from hotels, resorts and spas, to private air tours, cruises, and trains; travel designers and companies, tour operators and DMCs; to tourist boards and destination marketing organisations. We’d also welcome collaborative entries (for example, a travel company + property, cruise line + individual), so do consider how partnering up could enhance your entry. Brands are 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£100 / USD$130. 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.

The 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.

Do not include any images or try to get creative with copy point sizes (as we said, strict word limits!) on the form. The judges will make their decision 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. The 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. Be imaginative and distinctive to ensure you catch our attention. Inspire us to learn more about your entry.

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” – which is now closed for entries.

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 Experientialist® Issue to see the editorialised winners and nominations in full >

The closing date for submissions is strictly WEDNESDAY, 11th OCTOBER 2023.

The shortlist will be announced shortly after and the winners featured in our Winter Issue (December 2023 / January 2024).

Good luck! Any questions please contact:

Featured image: photography by Charl Marais, on location in Cape Town, South Africa.