Travel writing contest: summer 2006 vacation plans

1,000 US dollars in prizes! See below for contest rules:

First place: 500.00

Second place: 250.00

Third place: 150.00

Honorable mention: 50.00

Honorable mention: 50.00

Prize money will be sent via PayPal or US bank check.’s summer vacation plan travel writing contest guidelines:

Submissions must be sent to and received before May 17, 2006. Winners will be announced May 31, 2006.

Each contestant may submit any number of entries.

Submissions should be vacation plans for the summer of 2006.

Vacation plans should be itineraries for trips from 5-21 days in the following format:

Day 1:

Day 2:

Day 3:


Submissions should be vacation plans for June, July, or August 2006. Vacation plans that pass an initial screening will be published on and judged on the following criteria:

1. The vacation plan includes a daily itinerary: 0-10 points

2. The vacation plan discusses possible accommodations: 0-10 points

3. The vacation itinerary includes detailed information on activities (e.g. the attractions of a museum, the best hiking trail, the best restaurants, must see architecture, etc.): 0-20 points

4. The vacation itinerary estimates the cost of activities (e.g. museum admission price, cost for dinner in a recommended restaurant, etc.): 1-5 points

5. The vacation itinerary generated discussion on (readers left comments regarding the vacation plan): 1-5 points

See 2006 summer vacation plan travel writing contest entries to date.

Browsing through previously published vacation plans may give you some ideas for the contest. I recommend reading the German sausage tour part 1 and part 2, Rio de Janeiro and the Amazon vacation, the Nepal and Tibet travel plan, 14 day vacation to Northern France, and the 14 day vacation to ‘the Capitol States’ in the US. These don’t generally give hotel and restaurant recommendations but should give you some idea of what I expect from a travel plan. Contest winners will provide more detailed information to help readers use the vacation plan as a travel guide.

Summer 2006 vacation plan travel writing contest rules and fine print:

Entries that pass the initial screening will be published on and may not be published elsewhere. Author credit will be given. Winners will be announced on on May 31, 2006 and contacted via email. Prize amounts are in US dollars and prize money will only be awarded via PayPal or a US check. Submissions should be sent to and must arrive before May 17, 2006.

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  1. James Trotta says:

    Please submit contest entries to – you may also want to add some details (such as where to stay) to improve your chances of winning.

  2. Teresa Roth says:

    we go out on our 26 fooot santana (it’s a sailboat) so we take our lodging with us

  3. James Trotta says:

    Hi Teresa – thanks for the comment. A sailboat vacation plan sounds brilliant. Instead of accommodations, you could talk about ports or docks or something (sorry, not a boat expert). You’re still welcome to enter the contest.

  4. What about home exchange vacation plans, James? That’s the only way I travel!

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