Update: we have a winner! Andrew Commins from Bristol will be joining Martin Zatko in Beijing. Read his winning entry online here.

Have you ever dreamed of living the life of a travel writer? Well, we’ve teamed up with World Nomads to give one lucky reader the chance to realise that dream.

After a hugely successful 2012 program, this year we’ve decided to send our winner off on assignment to Beijing! Once there you’ll work with Rough Guides author Martin Zatko on the new edition of the Rough Guide to China. After spending two days learning the ropes, you will have a chance to explore this bustling, progressive city for two days on your own. In this time, you will research, review and update essential travel information for The Rough Guide to China, including accommodation, duck restaurants, theatres, teahouses and - best of all - the Forbidden City itself!

You will then spend three days with Kit Gillet, learning what life is like as a freelance journalist and discovering Beijing through his local perspective. For the final leg of your trip, you’ll head on a culinary odyssey, including a tea tasting safari, a night market excursion, a breakfast tour of the Sihuan market or noodle and dumpling-making classes.

All you need to do is write a 2500 character (about 500 word) or less  travel-focused essay based on a personal experience, on one of the following themes:

  1. Catching a moment
  2. Understanding a culture through food
  3. A local encounter that changed my perspective
  4. Sharing stories - a glimpse into another's life

For more information and to enter, please visit the World Nomads site.

Applications close April 19, 2013 at 2pm 

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