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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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If getting back into the workweek is a little hard this morning—no problem—as we’ve got some daydream destinations to get you through the day. Sure the odds aren’t exactly in your favor when it comes to winning a contest, but you can’t win if you don’t play. So here’s a couple contests going on this week, so take a few minutes and throw your name into the hat for a chance to win.
Hawaiian Airlines – Lei Day
Over in Hawaii, Lei Day—May 1—is already over, but Hawaiian Airlines is celebrating for a few more weeks. On Facebook they’re inviting you to take a little Lei Day quiz to find out which lei fits you best. It only takes a few clicks, and then your answer is revealed. However, the potential payoff is that you could enjoy 140,000 HawaiianMiles as well. The fun runs through May 22, so waste a few minutes and discover your lei—today!
Alaska Airlines - Explore Denali National Park
Thanks to Alaska Airlines there’s new nonstop flights between Fairbanks and Portland, and now they’re running a little bit of a contest to help celebrate. Along with Denali Park Resorts and the Alaska Rail Road they’re giving away a Denali National Park trip for two. You’ll get a couple nights at McKinley Chalet Resort, a pair of Tundra Wilderness Tour tickets, and roundtrip tickets to Denali from Fairbanks on the Alaska Railroad. Of course to round things out you’ll also score two roundtrip tickets on Alaska Airlines to Fairbanks, but you need to remember to enter first. Just be sure to head over to Facebook to enter your details, as the sweepstakes ends on May 24.
Have some pretty nice snaps in your Instagram account, hm? Think any are possibly National Geographic-worthy? If you're thinking yes, or even maybe, then head on over to "like" Japanese clothing store Uniqlo on Facebook and enter their newest collaboration contest with Nat Geo. If your photo of "depicting a scenic vista or other nature scene" is as good as you think, then it'll be printed onto T-shirts and you'll be a Nat Geo-published photographer.
Although there's no free tickets or actual travel included in the prize, you will get 10 of the T-shirts featuring your photograph for free and all the bragging rights that comes with being chosen by a panel of Nat Geo judges.
How to enter (3 ways!):
If getting back into the workweek is a little hard this morning—no problem—as we’ve got some daydream destinations to get you through the day. Sure the odds aren’t exactly in your favor when it comes to winning a contest, but you can’t win if you don’t play. So here’s a couple contests ending this week, so take a few minutes and throw your name into the hat for a chance to win.
Viking River Cruises
Even if you wouldn’t consider yourself a "cruise person," we’ve got to say that we certainly would have no problem boarding one of the ships in the Viking River Cruises fleet. The smaller ships wind their way through the rivers of the world, and provide an up-close and personal look at smaller ports and cities—especially over in Europe.
Hop onto Facebook, "like" Viking River Cruises, and then enter for your chance to win a free cruise for two in 2014. The Rhine Getaway itinerary also includes coach airfare, guided tours, plenty of onboard meals, and a whole bunch of other things—good luck.
The Great Gatsby doesn't hit theaters until May 10, but marketing for the movie is already in full swing with new posters, trailers, and promotional material being released on a near daily basis.
Now, publishing company Simon and Schuster has joined in on the fun with a sweepstakes that will send one lucky winner to the movie's New York City premiere.
There's no hiding that we love Fiji. That grouping of 333 islands holds a special place in our heart and every single person should get to experience those blue waters, killer sunsets and the friendliest locals we have ever encountered. It seems like perfect timing then, that the folks over at Tourism Fiji want to send a contest winner to Fiji for 2 weeks!
The contest can't get any simpler; all you have to do is head on over to the Tourism Fiji Facebook page, give it a big thumbs up (like it) and then head on to the Happiness Test. After 6 questions about how you deal with everyday life and what you would look forward to most if you made it to Fiji, you're issued a "Happiness Type."
If you’re in the market for a new suitcase we’ve got some good news for you. No need to pick one out that only fits some of your needs and only part of your style, as Samsonite is inviting you to design your very own piece of luggage. It’s all up to you, and they’re running a little bit of a contest to find the next great design.
Bust out the crayons and markers, as the contest is all about your original artwork. Basically, Samsonite is looking for aspiring artists to design some snazzy artwork to slap on the outer shell of a Samsonite suitcase like the Cosmolite or the Firelite. The only bummer is that they want real artists working on these designs—so we’re excluded—because it’s only open to registered undergraduate and graduate art and design students.
Last week Ellen DeGeneres brought one very lucky American audience to Australia and now she's giving Aussies a chance to catch her show in America.
Qantas Airways, which just named a plane after the talk show queen, is giving five people the chance to take a friend on a trip to Los Angeles and be a part of The Ellen DeGeneres Show audience.
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Yes, you read that right. American Airlines is continuing the spread of their #newAmerican agenda and embracing the newest of new social mediaVine, the Twitter-owned 6-second video sharing app. We're a little shocked, in a good way, and you will be too when you find out that not only is this contest open to those 18 and over living in the contiguous 48 states, but also to entrants from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Have a look at the new AA 777-300ER to see why they're so excited.
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Three quick questions for you: are you on Instagram? Do you like drinking tea? How about an all-expenses-paid trip for two to Kenya?
Liptonyes, the iced tea companyis looking for one outstanding Instagrammer to head over to Africa to visit the Lipton Rainforest Alliance certified tea estates in person. Yes, kinda like how Olive Garden has a real cooking school in Italy and how Sutter Home wine is a real Napa vineyard, Lipton's teas are truly made from leaves ethically harvested in Kenya and they're pretty proud of the fact.
You have until March 2 to submit to this "Liptagram Challenge," and there will be weekly prizes for photos, but it's that Grand Prize of the Kenya trip you should set your eyes onhow often does a Kenya trip come up as a prize!?
Heifer International, a nonprofit organization seeking to end hunger by partnering with farmers around the world, and Garnet Hill are giving one winner the chance to take the trip of a lifetime with their Pass on the Gift in Peru Sweepstakes.
The grand prize winner will take an all-inclusive trip for two to Cusco, where they'll spend 7 days taking part in Heifer’s local alpaca project to end poverty, in the nearby Andean region. The trip will also include guided tours exploring the local culture and a $1,000 Garnet Hill gift card.
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We love a good, easy Instagram contest where the prize will have you traveling thousands of miles away for the effort of posting a single photo. This is why you've just go to enter Cathay Pacific's "Snap & Share Your Wishes" contest to celebrate Chinese New Year.
The concept is simple: just post an Instagram (with the proper hashtags noted below) and well wishes for Chinese New Year 2013. There'll be winners for Cathay goodies every week, but a single Grand Prize will bring the lucky Instagrammer a pair of roundtrip tickets to Hong Kong for the 2014 Chinese New Year festivities, including passes to the official Cathay Pacific International Night Parade.
Here's how to enter: