We have a winner!

Read the winning entry to our strange travel stories competition.

The Cwtch © Quality Unearthed

The challenge

Ever met a traveller who wasn’t an avid storyteller? Neither have we. That’s why, to celebrate Quirky Guide’s relaunch, we ran a travel stories competition. With a twist, of course.

We challenged you to tell us about the very strangest thing that ever happened to you on the road. And boy, did you come up trumps. We had dozens of spellbinding, bizarre and shocking stories rolling in.

Read about a duck the size of a house, monkey waiters, a loo trip with the world’s biggest spider and a sofa-racing granny in our (not-so-short) shortlist.


Our experienced travel-writing judges chose four stories for you all to vote on (it was meant to be three, but there was a tie!).

After five days of voting, we had a clear winner: Joshua Weinman for his refreshing tale ‘My Cusack moment.’ Well done Joshua! Meanwhile, our runner up is Claire Potter, for her wonderful telling of ‘Yat-chan and Fuku-chan.’ Well done Claire!

The prize

Joshua wins an invitation to spend a cosy weekend in the Cwtch, pictured above, as guests of our friends at Quality Unearthed. The Cwtch, which means ‘cuddle’ in Welsh, is an adorably quirky little wood cabin amid peaceful woodland and near the stunning Pembrokeshire Coast Path. It sleeps two people or a small family. Read our review here.

Vote now

Voting has now closed

  • My Cusack moment (55%, 244 Votes)
  • Yat-chan and Fuku-chan (27%, 121 Votes)
  • As if by magic… (13%, 57 Votes)
  • Basho and the spider (5%, 23 Votes)

Total Votes: 445

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Japanese masks © Peter Roan

Yat-chan and Fuku-chan

By Claire Potter

Claire Potter gets a shock in a Japanese restaurant.

Alison Roberts in Marrakech

As if by magic…

By Alison Roberts

Alison Roberts has a magical encounter in the backstreets of Marrakech.

Tubing in Laos © Basho

Basho and the spider

By Basho

A run-in with the world’s largest spider, in Laos.

Rain in Buenos Aires © Andres Pi

My Cusack moment

By Joshua Weinman

Joshua Weinman describes a wet and wonderful moment in Buenos Aires.


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