Good news! I’ve just been named Journalist of the Year by the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA). It’s the first time ASTA has recognized a consumer advocate and non-trade journalist.
I’m honored. But the award doesn’t really belong to me — it belongs to you.
Without your support and encouragement, I wouldn’t be here receiving a prestigious industry award. Your comments, suggestions, advice and feedback have made me the consumer advocate I am today.
And where, exactly, is “here”? I’m in Washington, D.C. I’m here to pick up the plaque and to also show my kids some of the museums before we head back to Florida early next week. (If you see a somewhat dazed-looking guy with three kids wandering the streets of the nation’s capital, please say “hi.”)
If you know me personally, you probably also know that I don’t submit my work for any awards or fellowships. Long ago, I concluded that consumer advocates don’t get awards. Their recognition — and truthfully, the only kind that matters — is helping people.
Maybe I was wrong about that. But knowing that I helped is still the most important thing to me.
This week, I have a lot of great stories to share with you. Since technical problems prevented me from sending last week’s update, I have bonus material, so let me get right to it.
Thanks for reading my columns and being a part of the advocacy work I do every day. And congratulations, again, on your award.