November 27, 2022 – 15:30 GMT

Nomadmania Travel Awards 2022

The Travel Awards
With The Biggest Travellers

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What the NomadMania Awards are about

What the NomadMania Awards are about

The NomadMania Travel Awards are meant to celebrate travelling efforts for the past year. Our aim is not to make people travel for the award, but rather to award the ones who travel regardless of that and to inspire new generations of travellers!

This year we expanded and we are giving out 12 awards in 3 main categories:

  1. Golden awards – will be selected internally by the NomadMania Team and their aim is to thank our friends, supporters and partners;
  2. Silver awards – will be selected by our community, through initial proposals by the public. Everyone is eligible, regardless of whether they are NomadMania members or not. Our committee will then choose 5 nominations per award category and they will be eligible for votes exclusively by NomadMania Members.
  3. Special award – lifetime travel award is voted and awarded by our committee.

To be eligible for voting in the final round, voters must have registered with NomadMania until one month prior to the event and must have 35 or more NomadMania regions marked as visited on that date.

See the NomadMania Awards schedule

15:30 GMT

EVENT 1. UN Masters 2022 – travellers who finished UN 193 in 2022 + AWARD: Best NM Friend (individual) + HOST: Sam
15:50 GMT

EVENT 2. Women Travellers + AWARD: Most Positive Traveller + HOST: Sarah

16:10 GMT

EVENT 3. Travel Authors + AWARD: Against All Odds Traveller + HOST: Francisco

16:30 GMT

EVENT 4. The NomadMania Team + AWARD: Best NM Team Member + HOST: Harry (founder of NM)

16:45 GMT

EVENT 5. Politics and Travel + AWARD: Most Purposeful Traveller + HOST: Sarah

17:05 GMT

EVENT 6. Intrepid Adventurers + AWARD: Best LPI (Low Passport Index) Traveller + HOST: Sam

17:20 GMT

EVENT 7. Fixers + AWARD: Best Fixer + HOST: Francisco

17:40 GMT

EVENT 8. NM Scholarship Recipients (from Ukraine) + AWARD: Most Intrepid Traveller + HOST: Orest

18:00 GMT

EVENT 9. Special Guest + AWARD: Lifetime Achievement + HOST: Sarah

18:15 GMT

EVENT 10. Digital Nomads + AWARD: Biggest Digital Nomad + HOST: Francisco

18:30 GMT

EVENT 11. National Travel Clubs + AWARD: Best NM Friend (Organisation) + HOST: Sam

18:50 GMT

EVENT 12. Biggest Travellers + AWARD: The Biggest Traveller 2022 + HOST: All

NomadMania Awards categories

Golden Awards

Golden Awards

Biggest NomadMania Friend 2022 (Individual)

Awarded to a NomadMania member (a non-team member) whose contributions to NomadMania – in any form – have really made a difference to our platform.

Biggest NomadMania Friend 2022 (Organisation)

Awarded to an organisation of any kind whose contributions to NomadMania – in any form – have really made a difference to our platform.

Best NomadMania Team Member 2022

Awarded to a NomadMania Team member who has made outstanding contributions to the platform in the past year.

“Against All Odds” Traveller 2022

Awarded to a NomadMania member who, despite having considerable obstacles, has overcome them to become a notable traveller.

Most Trusted Local Fixer 2022

Awarded to a fixer on NomadMania who gave an admirable contribution to the travelling community and gained trust of travellers. This category will transition to voting (Silver) section next year.

Silver Awards

Silver Awards

Most Intrepid Traveller 2022

Awarded to any traveller – NomadMania member or not – whose travels in the last year have required considerable courage, risk-taking and craziness!

Most Positive Traveller 2022

Awarded to any traveller – NomadMania member or not – whose positivity while travelling in the past year renders them a role-model of behaviour In the travel community.

Purposeful Traveller 2022

Awarded to any traveller – NomadMania member or not – whose efforts to create community, help local communities and in general travel with a purpose in the past year render them much more than just a traveller.

Biggest Digital Nomad 2022

Awarded to any traveller – NomadMania member or not – whose overall contributions in the past year through digital platforms (their own blog, Instagram, YouTube, Facebook or other) make them a supreme online travel leader.

Biggest Traveller 2022

Awarded to any traveller – NomadMania member or not – whose travels in the past year, in terms of both quantity (days on the road and number of trips) AND quality (difficulty and variety of destinations), render them a truly big traveller even by the standards of the NomadMania Community.

BIGGEST LPI (Low Passport Index) TRAVELLER 2022

Awarded to any traveller – NomadMania member or not – who doesn’t let the bureaucracy and passport/nationality issues stop them in travelling. To be eligible for this, travellers have to be from one of the countries that rank the lowest on Henley Passport Index Ranking. Full list is available on the nominations page.

Special Awards

Special Awards

NomadMania Lifetime Travel Achievement 2021

This award is given to any traveller – NomadMania member or not – whose lifetime travel achievements are of an outstanding level.

The Awards Committee

The first step in nominating travellers for NomadMania Travel Awards 2022 was the nominations done online by our community between August 21st until September 21st. Members of NomadMania were free to nominate anyone they wanted in six different categories, regardless whether the nominee was our member or not.

After that we needed to make some order and to decide which of all proposed nominees were the best for this year’s Awards. We formed our Committee to help us do that job and the work started. This year we wanted to have more members and less involvement in the decision making process by our team, as our aim is to make this truly community based Awards.

The selection started by reviewing the lists and our founder placing his vetoes. This is the only involvement by him in the whole process.

Committee had worked hard in the previous weeks under guidance of our manager Milana. She did not have an active role in the voting process either, except in three cases. We had situations where either a member of our Committee or a member of their family was nominated and in such cases Milana replaced that Committee member with her votes.

Basic rules that our Committee was instructed with:

  1. Nominees must be nominated for their performance last year only, not their whole life.
  2. Biggest Travellers must be nominated based on independent travelling efforts alone.
  3. Last year’s winners cannot be nominated in any category this year.
  4. We will end up nominating only travellers that can be reached and that accept the nomination of NomadMania’s community.

So without further ado, we present to you the NomadMania Travel Awards 2022 Committee which worked to bring you the final nominees in 6 different categories.

Meet the hosts

Meet the team

Milana Bojinović

Milana Bojinović

NomadMania manager, in love with travel, scuba diving and writing. Under travelled.