02 Jan Announcement: My A-Z Challenge of Barbados!

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I’m really, really excited to announce I’ll be heading to Barbados this week! Having spent the last few months in chilly England, I’m looking forward to packing my bikini and heading somewhere nice and tropical. I’ve never been to Barbados before, but it’s somewhere I’ve always wanted to go and it sounds like my kind of place. I really can’t think of a better way to kick-off 2014.

This isn’t any old trip though, the folks over at Travel Supermarket have set me a challenge and well…I love a good challenge. The task is to compile an A-Z of the island in 5 days; it could be anything including landmarks, people, food, drink, restaurants etc.

Now, 26 is a LOT of letters so I’m going to be a busy bee

Barbados Beach

Turquoise blue waters?! Looks horrendous ūüėČ

I will be gallivanting around the island searching for something to represent each letter of the alphabet, then blogging about it daily. I’ll also be taking photos and videos and sharing my experiences on¬†Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Youtube. If you want to follow along, I’ll be using the hash tag¬†#AtoZofBarbados

All that work would be a lot to do by myself, so I will have a partner in crime on this trip- my best friend Elle.

What’s this all about then?

So what have Travel Supermarket got me doing? I will be flying from Manchester to Barbados on 5th January with the folks over at Thomas Cook Airlines. My hotel base during trip will be the Amaryllis Beach Resort and I will be renting a car to explore the island.

As for the A-Z, there are no rules and they can be anything I like, so I have been doing a bit of research and preparation to make sure I get all 26 letters. The choice won’t be ENTIRELY down to me though. You, dear readers, get to choose some of my activities…(be nice!)

The letters E, J, O, T and Y will be down to YOU!

Green Back Turtle Barbados

Turtles are one of the many incredible creatures you can see in Barbados

Here are the ideas I have so far! For several of the letters I had many ideas, so who knows what the letter could be!

A

Animal Flower Cave/Atlantis submarine

B

Banks beer/Bathsheba/Bajan Cuisine/Black Belly Sheep

C

Catamaran/ Concorde Experience/ Cou-Cou/ Crane Beach/Chattel Houses/Cutters (salt bread mixed with meats, fish or cheese)

D

Dominoes/Dolphin Fish/Dover Beach

E

??? READER’S CHOICE

F

Flying Fish- official national fish

G

Globe Cinema Drive-In/Government House/Gibbs Beach

H

Harrison’s Cave/ Harbour Lights Club/

I

Independence Square and Independence Arch/Island Safari

J

??? READER’S CHOICE

K

Kitesurfing/Kiting/Kensington Oval

L

Liming/Leatherback Turtles/Limegrove Lifestyle Centre/Lexy Piano Bar

M

Mount Gay Rum Distillery– an excuse to drink rum, need I say more?

N

National Heroes Square/National Dish (Cou-Cou)/Nidhe Israel Synagogue

O

??? READER’S CHOICE

P

Plantation/Punch/Parliament Buildings/ Paddleboarding/Pebbles Beach/Pudding and Souse

Q

Queen’s Park

R

Rihanna/Rum Cocktails/Rum shops

S

St. Nicholas Abbey/Sandy Lane/Snorkelling/Scuba Diving/Soup Bowl/Salt Bread/St. Lawrence Gap/Sunbury Plantation House

T

??? READER’S CHOICE

U

Underwater activities

V

Vendors- street vendors that is.

W

Windmills/Wildlife Reserve/Whistling Frog/ Wilcox Riding Stables/Waterfront Cafe/West Coast Mall/What’SUP/Worthing Beach/Wukking Up-Barbadian dance/Welchman Hall gully/

X

(Oh X, why do you have to be such a difficult letter!) X Marks the Spot- Barbados had two legendary pirates so I’m told.

Y

??? READER’S CHOICE

Z

ZR vans

Barbados Sunset

Looking forward to the Barbados sunsets!

I need your help

During the trip, @travelsupermkt¬†will be asking Twitter followers to recommend places to visit for 5 specific letters in the alphabet. I’ll also be asking for recommendations on my own account @pommietravels¬†and the hash tag will be #AtoZofBarbados.¬†

You’re in control of what I get up to!

So if there’s something you think I would enjoy, this is your chance to influence my trip.

These are the days I’ll be doing each one:

6th¬†January 2014 ‚ÄstE¬†

7th¬†January 2014 –¬†J

8th¬†January 2014 –¬†O

9th¬†January 2014 ‚ÄstT

10th¬†January 2014 –¬†Y

We will start asking for suggestions 24 hours before each of the dates above. At 3pm GMT (11am Barbados time) on the day, I will choose one of the suggestions and let you know via Twitter if I have picked your recommendation!

The whole trip will wrap up on the 12th January and I’ll be jetting back to Manchester with Thomas Cook Airlines. It’s going to be an action-packed adventure and I can’t wait to discover what Barbados has to offer.

Have you been to Barbados? Do you have some suggestions for me? Leave your comments below!

Barbados photos by Berit Watkin, Tarik Browne and Greg McMullin on flickr

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Victoria Brewood
victoria@pommietravels.com

Hi I'm Victoria, a British girl from Manchester. After graduating from university I decided there was more to life than the hours between 9 and 5, so I packed my journalism degree into my suitcase to travel the world and find a way to make money at the same time. I now call London home, although I still travel whenever I can. I hope to inspire you to be your own boss, live life and see the world.

8 Comments
  • Charli | Wanderlusters
    Posted at 12:32h, 02 January Reply

    Oh sounds like HEAVEN! You’ve landed on your feet here!! looking forward to finding out if ou complete your challenge!!!

  • Hogga
    Posted at 15:55h, 02 January Reply

    fun! happy new year!

  • The A-Z of Barbados - introducing the challenge | The travelsupermarket.com blog
    Posted at 14:38h, 03 January Reply

    […] routes from Manchester Airport, we are sending renowned travel blogger Victoria Brewood, author of Pommie Travels¬†to beautiful Barbados from January 5th-12th. However, she won‚Äôt be lounging on beaches enjoying […]

  • Oman
    Posted at 23:43h, 03 January Reply

    Happy New Year Victoria!

    I am a avid reader of your blog and I am planning to post SELFIE SUNDAY on my blog featuring Travel Blogger’s Favorite Shot of a Place that include him/her on a photo. This is my way of getting to know (or re-knowing) fellow travelers who share the same passion I have. Please send your photo and a short description of the photo (where it was taken/why is it your favorite) with your blog’s address at oman_serapio@yahoo.com. Each SELFIE SUNDAY shall be posted every, erm, Sunday so please share if you have time. Thanks a lot and your fans in the Philippines (me included) shall be very pleased if you participate. MABUHAY!

  • Abigail
    Posted at 19:31h, 06 January Reply

    J for Barbados – Jolly Rodger Booze Cruise!

  • Charlotte salt
    Posted at 21:36h, 06 January Reply

    I am also a) girl from manc b) in barbados blasting away the Christmas blues! U must go to ‘Lonestar’ great for lunch on the beach or evening cocktails..it’s pricey but sooooo worth it, a little slice of Shoreditch house right on there on the beach…my finance and I are heading out exploring tomorrow – caves and secret beaches….and will definitely be checking out lobster alive famous for live lobsters and jazz! Random but somehow perfect …I. Sorry those two places aren’t the letters u were looking for but I’ll keep thinking!

  • Vincent
    Posted at 09:35h, 12 January Reply

    This is a fantastic idea for a holiday! Giving yourself challenges and goals to achieve just to keep you on top of your toes. As a fellow traveller I will take this into account in my next journal across the world. I’ll also be sure to record it on my website (http://yolodiary.com) just like you have!

  • Anne Jones
    Posted at 23:54h, 01 January Reply

    Victoria:

    I love that you choose Barbados know as Isle of paradise – Little England. You will find the Island has some European cultures. The people are very friendly mostly. The water is enchanting the sand is beautiful. The food to die for.

    O – eat some seafood and get in some dancing at night at OISTINS FISH MARKET-CHRIST CHURCH

    ENJOY A BUS RIDE THROUGH THE COUNTRY
    Take a ride to The Crane – St Philip for breakfast and of course Sandy Lane- St James

    The Submarine

    The Cave

    Cove Bay

    East Coast

    Hilton Hotel

    Cheffette

    Boardwalk

    Sunsets – Unbelievable

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