Category: Travel sweepstakes and giveaways

Sweepstakes for Sarasota, Florida

Sarasota In Shorts sweepstakes: Now through December 5, travelers have two chances to win round-trip travel packages to Sarasota, Florida with air travel provided by JetBlue — either by sharing an Instagram photo that depicts their ideal vacation in shorts using the hashtag #SarasotaInShorts or by submitting their favorite style at

Why shorts? Area visitors are nearly unanimous in naming the top reason they enjoy Sarasota County: being able to sport a pair while doing just about everything the coastal destination offers, thanks to a relaxed, casual lifestyle and warm weather year-round. Visitors can be spotted wearing shorts at the opera, ballet and museums, as well as at shops and boutiques, award-winning eateries and while kayaking, paddleboarding and taking in musical and cultural festivals, not to mention at Sarasota’s prized Gulf Coast beaches.

Visit Sarasota County will select one winner from each method of entry who will be awarded with a vacation package for two including round-trip tickets to Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) from any airport served by JetBlue Airways, a two-night hotel stay to Helmsley Sandcastle Hotel or Hotel Indigo Sarasota and gift certificates to local attractions that reflect the winners’ favorite shorts style, which can include:

— Leisure shorts to play the day away with adventures for all ages;
— Shopping shorts for treasure hunting among eclectic boutiques, modern
art galleries and high-fashion shops;
— Culture shorts to take in “Florida’s Cultural Coast” with art-focused
— Outdoor shorts for exploring the lush Florida landscape by water or by
— Festival shorts to get event-ready; or
— Culinary shorts for a taste of Sarasota’s foodie flavors.

Here are the rules.

Win a trip to Tybee Island in Georgia

The Fall In Love With Tybee Sweepstakes offers two grand prize packages, which include two-night stays for four to six guests, portrait sessions with Belle Eden Studios, paddleboarding excursions, tickets to the Tybee Island Marine Science Center, and dining certificates from MacElwee’s Seafood Restaurant, Rock House Bar & Grill and Spanky’s Beachside.

The deadline to enter is Friday, October 26, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. EST. Winners will be notified on Monday, October 29, 2012. Limit one entry per e-mail address. I entered myself and the process was simple enough – name, address, email, phone, do you want special offers, it should take 2-3 minutes.

Press release about Tybee, Georgia

Tybee Island proudly offers five miles of sandy public beaches, endless ocean breezes and a laid-back island vibe. Located just 20 minutes east of historic Savannah, this authentic Southern beach town boasts plenty of fresh seafood, sunshine and family-friendly fun all year-round. Tybee offers a relaxed vacation experience, complete with beaches and bikes.

“We encourage visitors to experience all that Tybee Island has to offer this season, from the Tybee Island Pirate Festival to Tybee for the Holidays,” said Amy Gaster, chairman of the Tybee Island Tourism Council. “Our family-friendly atmosphere warmly welcomes visitors throughout the year. Plan a visit to Tybee Island and make memories to last a lifetime.”

Tybee is the kind of place where visitors can kick off their shoes, let their hair down and relax. It’s also the kind of place where kids can ride their bikes to a local ice cream parlor and where families can spend quality time together.

Discover quaint beach cottages, historic lighthouses and sandy beaches on this barrier island haven. Watch pelicans soaring overhead and dolphins swimming just off shore. Savor wild Georgia shrimp, brought in fresh from local shrimp boats along Lazaretto Creek, and sip a frosty beverage as the sun sets over the marsh. Dig your toes in the sand or cast a fishing line on a charter boat excursion.

Tybee has plenty of activities to fill the day, from dawn to dusk. Active vacationers can try their hand at kayaking, parasailing, jet skiing and paddle boarding.

This popular oceanfront destination was recently honored as a “Perfect Little Beach Town” by Southern Living and has been recognized as one of the “Best Family Beaches on the East Coast” by Fodor’s and one of America’s “Best Beaches for Families” by Parents magazine.

Sweepstakes for roadtrip in Sweden

VisitSweden, Volvo Cars North America, Tourism in Skåne, and the West Sweden Tourist Board are running a sweepstakes for a chance to win a one week trip for two to West Sweden and Skåne, complete with flights,
accommodation, restaurant meals, activities, and a Volvo to use during the trip.

To enter, visit and create your own vacation itinerary to West Sweden and Skåne. Choose from a selection of adventures, attractions, restaurants and hotels, then add your selections to the interactive trip planner, share your itinerary with your friends, and submit to be entered in the sweepstakes.

By the way, making your itinerary can be pretty fun – they have a a bunch of choices and you just click on the ones that seem most fun. Here’s my West Sweden travel plan.

Cruise for 2 sweepstakes

If you’re over 21 and reside in the US or Canada, then Cruise Holidays of Shelby has a cool sweepstakes. If you win, you get to pick a cruise.

Go to their Facebook page.

Find the “Win a cruise” button (between photos and likes).

Click the button, like the giveaway page, and enter your name, email, phone, and zip.

Here are the rules.

Travel like a Kardashian vacation sweepstakes

Enter to Win a Vacation to Casa de Campo in Luxe La Romana, Dominican Republic.

Here’s a press release for a vacation sweepstakes that promises the winner will “vacation like a Kardashian.”

My first thought was ‘why would I want to?’ I’ve never seen a show with a Kardashian in it – one of the benefits of living in Korea I guess but I’ve only heard people talk about hating Kim Kardashian. Still she gets a TV show so she must have some fans.

Then I saw that this was a sweepstakes and the obvious answer to my question. I would want to travel like a Kardashian if I won the contest and the vacation was free.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, June 25, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism welcomes you to enter for a chance to “Vacation like a Kardashian” at the luxurious Casa de Campo in La Romana on Dominican Republic’s golden Southeast Coast. A top Caribbean destination, Dominican Republic is featured in two episodes of E!’s hit show “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” and to celebrate, the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism invites you to “Like” us on Facebook and enter for your chance to win a trip for two to indulge in a vacation that mirrors the scenes and locations the Kardashian family enjoyed.

The prizewinners will receive a 5-day/4-night stay in an Elite Balcony room at Casa de Campo, a Leading Hotel of the World. While at the 7,000-acre complete resort, the prizewinners will be able to experience an array of Casa de Campo’s exclusive offerings: delicious gourmet meals, unlimited drinks, unlimited horseback riding, non-motorized water sports at Minitas Beach, a round of 25 shots of skeet shooting, a round of golf at the famed Pete Dye-designed golf courses, and more.

The promotion will begin on June 24 and end on July 15, with a winner being selected at random on July 24. Please visit to

enter and view the official contest rules.

The first episode filmed in Dominican Republic aired Sunday, June 24 and the second will air Sunday, July 1 at 9/8C on E!. To learn more about Dominican Republic, visit

“Getaway with Vacation Pay” travel style poll & chance to win vacation

Here’s a little giveaway for you:

ATLANTA, June 7, 2012 – Today, IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) one of the world’s largest hotel companies is celebrating the summer by launching its “Getaway with Vacation Pay” sweepstakes which offers consumers the chance to win an ultimate getaway based on their personal travel style. Personal travel styles are determined via an online poll travelers take when they visit from June 8 through Sept. 3. The grand prize winner of the sweepstakes will receive a trip for two to the “Getaway with Vacation Pay” destination of their choice(*) which includes roundtrip airfare, a five-night hotel stay, roundtrip airport ground transfers and $1,000 to spend however they’d like.

I haven’t even done this one myself yet. Between hiring a professor to take my place, getting ready to move to America, giving final exams, and everything else, I’m finding time to be in short supply.

San Digo video contest

Fans of San Diego have a chance to win a family vacation to America’s Finest City with the exciting new “San Diego is Calling” Video Competition. Complementing San Diego’s “Happiness is Calling” brand campaign, the competition allows entrants to “answer the call” and share what they love most about the region in an original video. All video submissions must be 90 seconds or less, and they will be judged for creativity, originality, happiness and enthusiasm for San Diego.

The Grand Prize winner of the “San Diego is Calling” Video Competition receives:

  • round-trip, economy airfare for four to San Diego;
  • a three-night stay for four at the iconic Hotel del Coronado in family friendly Coronado,;
  • admission for four to SeaWorld San Diego on picturesque Mission Bay,;
  • admission for four to the USS Midway Museum, set along San Diego Bay,;
  • dinner for four at colorful Café Coyote in Old Town San Diego,

The First Prize winner will receive an iPad 3.

All entries must be received between 12:01 a.m. PST on April 18, 2012 and 11:59 p.m. PST on May 18, 2012.

The top five video submissions will be selected by a judging panel of the San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau (SDCVB), and the Grand Prize and First Prize winners will be determined by public vote during May 23 – 28, 2012 on the social media channels of the SDCVB. The Grand Prize will be awarded to the submission with the most votes, and the First Prize be awarded to the submission with the second most votes.

For more details, including entry details and complete official rules, please visit

Videographer contest & free entree with purchase

One videographer will be selected to document the culinary exploration of Pei Wei Chefs across Asia on all-expenses paid trip

Scottsdale, AZ (April 9, 2012)–Pei Wei Asian Diner, the fast-casual restaurant concept by P.F. Chang’s China Bistro,is excited to announce a rare opportunity for one lucky videographer. Pei Wei is looking for a talented individual to document its annual culinary innovation tour in Asia on video this June, where its chef-led team will gather inspiration for new recipes and dishes. The call for entries is open from April 9 through April 29, 2012.

This year’s trip, called InspirAsia , will explore the marketplaces, local restaurants and signature cuisine of Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore. The selected videographer will spend 10 days capturing the journey and earn $5,000 for the once-in-a-lifetime assignment.

“Traveling abroad and immersing our Innovation Team in local culture and cuisine is the best way to inspire menu ideas,” said Chef Mark Miller. “To capture this dynamic process, we’re looking for a gifted videographer to document our exploration. We can’t wait to find the right talent to join our adventure.”

The culinary team at Pei Wei is proud to take fans along on the innovation journey and act as guides throughout the research and development process, illustrating the inspiration behind each dish and how it’s brought back to the restaurant. This year’s trip will be brought to life online for our fans to follow and share their reactions to the discoveries real-time.

Pei Wei is looking for applicants with a distinctive shooting style, an insatiable curiosity about travel, food and cultural discovery, and the ability to tell a compelling story through video. The selected videographer will be required to shoot footage on-the-fly while the team tastes everything from street food to five-star cuisine, interview local influential chefs, and capture the sights, sounds and flavors of the three countries. Candidates must have the ability to edit short clips daily to upload across Pei Wei’s social media channels.

The official call for entries launches April 9 and candidates have until April 29 to apply. As part of the submission process, Pei Wei will ask videographers to show off their talent while completing a specific assignment. For more details or to submit a video application for consideration, please visit

Travel Along Online

Even if you aren’t a videographer, fans can follow the culinary journey to Asia online. Learn more about the videographer applicants on Facebook, get real-time updates from Asia throughTwitter, and watch the trip unfold at

“As a chef and member of our Innovation Team, it’s my job to share my culinary experiences with our guests, and take fans along the journey with Pei Wei,” said Chef Phil Butler. “The goal of is to share our travels and reveal the culinary and cultural traditions that inspire Pei Wei’s menu, and encourage our fans to explore with us.”

Special Offer

To celebrate InspirAsia, Pei Wei invites fans to visit, create a Pei Wei Passport (or log in to their existing account) to earn a free Diner Select entrée, with the purchase of a Diner Select. Fans must act fast-this offer is available between April 9 and April 19.

Win tickets to Tokyo and vote for the coolest thing in Japan

The Japanese airline is hosting the “COOL CAMPAIGN!” sweepstakes on the website, offering a pair of airline tickets to Tokyo to one lucky winner among those who enter the campaign. So far, nearly 30,000 entries (125,000 page views) have been received from across the world. The campaign ends soon on March 31, 2012.

You can enter the campaign by visiting the Is Japan Cool? website. Here you also get to vote for what you think is and is not cool in Japan. I voted for Harujuku girls myself but I don’t think I entered the sweepstakes so you might have to do something extra to actually enter.

Anyway, my favorite is currently #8. The top 7 are:




“Mt. FUJI”




What’s your favorite thing about Japan?

Select Registry Gives Away ‘Vacation Of A Lifetime’

Travelers Can Win 300-Plus Free Nights At Leading B&Bs

Travelers can win a “vacation of a lifetime” with a new contest from Select Registry Distinguished Inns of North America. The grand prize winner will be entitled to a free night stay at each of the nearly 350 inns and B&B’s in the Select Registryâ„¢ portfolio for a full year.

“It’s a dream vacation – an opportunity to explore exciting new places and visit family and friends, with complimentary accommodations at the most celebrated inns and bed and breakfasts throughout the U.S. and Canada,” says Will Carlson, executive director, Select Registry.

To enter the Vacation Of A Lifetime Contest, you must register with the Select Registry Golden Quill Loyalty Program at After that, each of your qualified Golden Quill nights throughout 2012 will count as an additional entry. It’s that easy.

One grand prize winner will be entitled to a free night’s lodging at each of the nearly 350 Select Registry inns, B&Bs and boutique hotels throughout North America, redeemable for a full year. Additionally, three first-place winners each will get a $500 Select Registry Gift Certificate good at all the portfolio’s properties. Five second-place winners will each receive a $250 Select Registry Gift Certificate.

Select Registry’s Vacation Of A Lifetime Contest is open to travelers ages 18 years of age and older in the U.S. and Canada. The promotion ends midnight EST, Dec. 31, 2012, and winners will be announced in early 2013.

I think I’ve entered. All I did was register but apparently that’s worth 1 entry. If I happen to stay at one of their B&Bs or inns I could get more entries.

Who is Select Registry?

Select Registry is a collection of North America’s premier inns. Member properties must pass rigorous, unannounced quality inspections to gain and maintain admission to this elite portfolio. Many of the inns are recipients of coveted industry awards for both service and ambiance, including: Best Small Hotels in the U.S., Top Ten Romantic Inns, Best Breakfast in America, Best Places To Watch the Sun Set, and World’s Best Adventure Lodges. Only 350 of the 20,000 inns and bed and breakfasts in North America have qualified to join this “best-of-the-best” collection.