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We’ve seen our share of travel contests and unfortunately we’re pretty good at not winning the grand prize. Usually these contests just take a few clicks to enter, but there’s one contest now open which requires more of your time and focus.
2013 marks the 25th year for the annual National Geographic photo contest, and just like every other year it’s open to one and all. The only catch is that you have to be more than awesome when it comes to snapping travel snapshots. Like, have you seen some of the past winners and entries?! An iPhone picture probably isn’t going to cut it.
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United has been getting a bad rap lately with bucket loads of complaints from passengers and frequent flyers who are not. happy. with the 'new' United. Obviously, there will be some teething pains to get through after a major merger of 2 airlines, but United execs surely didn't think it was going to be as rocky as it turned out to be.
Well, the airline has come to the rescue with a way to tell them just how good a job they're doing and you'll find it in their smartphone app, of course. The hidden gem is in the MORE section located a few options down, where you'll spot "Outperform Recognition."
If you're a student journalists or happen to know one aspiring to become travel writers, there's no reason to wait to do slave work at an internship where you won't see the outside of a cubicle. Rough Guides and BikeHike Adventures are offering a contest that will send one one travel-hungry student to Istanbul on assignment.
You'll get to be a travel-writing assistant for Terry Richardson, author of The Rough Guide to Istanbul, who's researching a new edition of the book. But as is the case with any assistant gig, you'll be the one doing the grunt work researching and updating the guidebook. Be prepared to do some solo traveling.
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Our beloved San Diego Zoo has a knack for getting attention with interesting new media stunts, but this time they've really outdone themselves. In celebration of Panda Week, during which three of the Zoo's famous Giant Pandas have birthdays, they've launched a full-blown new media campaign for fans and visitors.
Starting today there are Zoo-sponsored activities and contests across Foursquare, Twitter, Facebook, and Flickr, all revolving around the birthday parties, the Zoo's panda exhibit, and pandas in general.
The NFL season is just around the corner, and what better way to enjoy a game than getting the opportunity to check it out in person. If you’re a fan of the Cincinnati Bengals, and we feel for you if you are, you might just get a free trip thanks to Chad Ochocinco—yes that's his name, as he changed it to match his number.
Number 85 is good at running his Twitter account, he’s got like 7,000 updates, but he needs a little help to keep the momentum during the regular season. Too bad the league frowns upon cell phones on the bench. Thus, a contest has bloomed ...
The lucky reader was Daniel Anderson, who won the contest by suggesting the creative challenge of having locals teach racers the national anthem in the country's language and then making them perform it. He chose to take his mom with him to Europe, and although they didn't win the big prize of Starwood nights and airline tickets, they did come in fourth with memories and stories to last a lifetime.
Some of Daniel's reports from the Competitours road:
With the mercury rising to almost unbearable temperatures in some parts of the country, it's nice to know that San Diego is one of those rare destinations that offers a postcard-worthy experience in a comfortable, temperate oceanside climate. Think adventure activities and the option to spend your days lounging on the beach—and that's just scratching the surface. Enter the Chill Out in San Diego contest and beat the heat with one of two robust vacation packages, depending on what your idea of an ideal getaway consists of.
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The tourism attack being put on by Volvo is two-pronged – and the first involves actually buying your own Volvo. This won't suit everyone, obviously, but if you're in the market for a new Volvo and you live in the US, you can order one direct from Sweden, save around 8 percent on the price, and then get a free vacation in Sweden.
There are three Aussie boys with sore thumbs this week, after they successfully completed the challenging task set by V Australia to tweet every minute during a whirlwind three-day trip from Australia to Los Angeles.
Kelvin, Nathan and Matt won a radio competition that got them on a V Australia flight to LA for three days of partying, sightseeing and non-stop tweeting. V Australia promised them round-the-world flights if they managed to make 4320 Twitter posts between them, averaging out at one every minute for 72 hours.
As you'd expect, sleepless tweeting didn't exactly lead to too many Twitter gems, with the general standard being more like these: "Margarita time," "My eyes feel like they are going to fall out" and "Need some inspiration." But they made it to the end and get to enjoy the next trip they take without tweeting their vacation away.
V Australia is talking up a "second half" of the contest for August. Not sure if that means another three tweeting victims or some other crazy Twitter challenge, but we'll keep you informed, minute by minute.
· 4320LA [Official Site]
· Tweet Very Minute For 3 Days in LA To Win A Round-The-World Trip [Jaunted]
· V Australia Coverage [Jaunted]
Look out London - the kangaroos have invaded. In a neat campaign to promote Kangaroo Island in South Australia, the South Oz tourism gang are letting twenty brightly-painted kangaroos loose in London.
Fortunately these roos don't look like the kind that will wreak havoc on the city – they just look pretty, rather than doing much jumping or boxing. But if you're in London and spot some of these animals, take good note of where they are and you could win a trip to Kangaroo Island for four.
Go to their website for entry and if you don't win the big trip you automatically get a £100 Flight Centre voucher. But we'd definitely have our eye on the big prize, because Kangaroo Island is by far one of the most beautiful spots in South Australia – incredible scenery, great food and more than a couple live, hoppin' kangaroos.
· Kangaroo Island Hunt [Official Site]
· Movie Set Travel: December Boys on Kangaroo Island [Jaunted]
· South Australia Travel Guide [Jaunted]
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The Competitours Contest ended last week and we had a ball looking through all of your suggestions. There were so many good ones to choose from and we highly suspect that producers of the next season of Amazing Race might be cribbing from some of the challenges you all submitted.
But alas, we can only choose one winner. Our panel of judges has ruled that Daniel Andersen with his National Anthem Challenge had the best Competitours challenge idea. Here's what he submitted:
The objectives of the challenge would be for the team to find a local who was willing to teach them that particular countries national anthem in that countries language. Once they've got a grasp on it, along with their local, they must find a flag from that country and perform underneath it for the people passing by. This could be done in any country and would be hilarious.
Daniel and a travel partner will now be on their way to Europe on July 28 to compete in the next Competitours adventure throughout Western and Central Europe where he compete against Amazing Race Season 9 Winner Tyler MacNiven and his Mom. The grand prize? Up to 40 Starwood Hotel Nights, airfare for up to four people and up to $6500 spending money.
The itinerary is still a secret at this moment, but Daniel and other Competitours teams will be exploring major European cities as they accomplish a series of fun, quirky and surprise challenges. Good luck Daniel and make sure to keep us updated on the trip!
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We warned you that we were heading into the final countdown for The Competitours Contest this week. And now, there are just a few hours left to enter to win a free trip to Europe, departing on July 28, and a chance to compete against Amazing Race alum, Tyler MacNiven.
You must submit your challenge for The Competitours contest TONIGHT BY 11:59PM EST. All other entries posted after this time will be automatically discounted. Trust us, you want to enter this contest. Have you seen the airfare prices to Europe lately?
If you're still confused about The Competitours contest, here's the 411. Competitours, a team travel competition dubbed by the Chicago Tribune as 'The Amazing Race For The Rest Of Us’, has agreed to send one team of two Jaunted readers to compete in travel to Western and Central Europe on a secret itinerary while accomplishing a series of fun, quirky and surprise challenges that are based on creativity and resourcefulness--not speed.
Teams will document challenges via portable videocam for judging, while vying for a worldwide travel spree grand prize, featuring Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide.
That's right, after years of watching Amazing Race and checking in on our weekly Amazing Race maps, it is your turn to compete in the July 28th - August 6th Competitours challenge.
HOW TO WIN
Leave a comment on this story describing the perfect "Competitours" challenge. Remember, these challenges are far more "Mole" than "MTV's Gauntlet." Meaning your entry will be judged based on originality, practicality, and intelligence. Some challenges include rounding 15 strangers up to the top of the Eiffel Tower to do the can-can, searching for obscure objects in an open-air market or thinking up new uses for torture items on display in a torture museum.
Just try to be resourceful and creative as you come up with these challenges, and remember, everything is put on digital video, so your challenge should have a visual component. For more sample Competitours challenges, go here.