Just so you know. I’ve never been a person who wins things. I’m usually the person standing next to the person holding the winning ticket. I always buy a ticket (or 5) if it’s for a good cause. But then the story always goes something like this … a moment or two of hopeful anticipation when the drum rolls and the hand goes deep into the pile of ticket stubs. Pick mine! Pick mine! Nope. Not this time.
Yet somehow I’ve managed to remain hopeful. I figure that by now, the odds must be in my favor. Someday soon my ship, or plane or train will come in.
I just discovered that there are literally hundreds of online travel contests offering a chance to win everything from deluxe hotel stays, to Eurorail passes, to airline tickets, and luxury spa weekends. I felt like I had found a gold mine of possibility. Cheap travel? Sure, but why not try my hand at winning some free travel! What the Hell? I’m way beyond over-due for a big win. This could be the ticket to even more adventure. What have I got to lose? Well, maybe a little internet privacy, but since I already spend so much time crawling the web, joining groups on Facebook and twittering sparkling bons mots and tiny brilliant thoughts in the Twittersphere, I figure I’ll pick up my skirt and wade a little deeper into the pond.
Entering all of these contests could become a full time job so I decided to test the water and start with a few from well-known sources like Travel & Leisure, Travel Sweepstakes Blogger, and Travel Onion, where they review and aggregate lots of very interesting contests on one reliable web site. You click through to the contest site and sign-up. These contests are sponsored by hotels, airlines, and various cities and countries promoting their business, but what I found interesting was the number of contests sponsored by companies like Burts Bees, Victoria’s Secret and Pottery Barn. They get my email address and I (along with about a bazillion of my closest friends) get the chance to be WINNERS. So, I set up a new travel contest only email account and I’m entering one or two a day that look interesting and don’t require purchase or multiple entries.
Heck, somebody has to win. It might just be me.
Here are a few European Travel Contests currently listed on Travel Onion ~
Burtsbees – Spot Lotto Sweepstakes & IWG – Enter by May 27th, 2014
Location: Stockholm, Sweden ( 18 or older ) – Win one of two prizes of a 5-night trip for two to Stockholm, Sweden and more, valued at $6,750. There are also Instant Win prizes of one of fifteen $250 spa gift certificates, or one of twenty-five bouquets of daisies, or one of 100 Burt’s Bees Brightening dark spot corrector, or one of 25,000 samples.
Pottery Barn – Passport to Paris – Enter by June 8th, 2014
Location: Paris, France – Win a 4-night trip for two to Paris, France and a $1,000 gift card, valued at $10,000.
Win A Trip To The Tour de France – Enter by June 20th, 2014
Location: France – Win a trip for two to the Tour de France! This prize includes round trip airfare for two to Paris, three nights in the city of Paris, two nights in the French countryside, and more! Other lucky winners will receive a Bianchi Intenso 105 Compact Road Bike, Team Belkin branded apparel, a Bell “Gage” helmet, and more.
Wine-Soak Up the Essence of Italy Sweepstakes – Enter by June 30th, 2014
Location: Venice, Italy – (21 or older – No AK or HI) – Win a trip for two to Venice, Italy, including a Cooking with Chef Anna cooking vacation, valued at $8,000, or one of nine $100 Dean & Deluca gift cards.
Win A Trip For Two To Ireland – Enter by December 31st, 2014
Location: Ireland – Win a trip for two to Ireland. This vacation includes round trip airfare to Dublin, a five night stay in a hotel, and $500 spending money. Other prizes include copies of Once on Blu-ray disc and a CD copy of Once The Musical.
See you on the road.