At least they give you an opportunity to dream for awhile. Here’s a round up of some of the best competitions I’ve found online. Be very clear what you’re doing though. Companies run free competitions for two reason:
- To advertise their existence and alert you to the kind of dreams they are offering…
- to get up to date contact details of people who have already shown an interest in their products – marketing gold dust. Make no mistake, they will make use of every bit of information you give so watch what boxes you’re ticking, you do usually have a choice.
Long Weekend Adventure Break in Morocco – climb the highest mountain in North Africa
This is perhaps not quite in the spirit of At A Gentle Pace, but some time-poor readers might be in need of a quick adrenline rush and Wanderlust Magazine and Exodus are running a competition to win a trip for two on an “exciting and hassle-free long weekend” to the Atlas Mountains. Or, if you prefer, you can win £1200 in Exodus vouchers towards another of their holidays.
What you have to Do:
Reveal which of these five options you’d most like to do on a short break:
E: Northern Lights
Closing date: January 10th
Family Holiday in the South of France – perfect if you prefer rail travel to flying
National Geographic Traveller (UK) has teamed up with Sunêlia and Voyages-sncf.com to offer a week’s trip for two adults and two children to Béziers in the south of France . Travel by Eurostar from London St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Paris and then board the high-speed TGV
What you have to do: answer one question –
How fast will you travel on the TGV? (320km per hour)
Closing date Januaury 31
Child-friendly Greek island holiday
Simpson Travel, a small London based company, are offering two adults and two children a summer villa holiday that includes free car hire and free creche sessions
Which island is the resort situationed on? (Lefkada)
Closing date: January 31st
Detox in a Vietnam Villa
CN Traveller and Health and Fitness Travel, are giving away five nights for two at Fusion Maia, an “exceptionally indulgent” resort on Vietnam’s east coast. The hotel overlooks the South China Sea, where guests can break from the natural healing spa and yoga programmes to dive and snorkel or take boat trips.
The winner can choose between the Alkaline Diet, Raw Food Detox or Juice Cleansing Detox. The prize also includes return Business Class flights to Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi so it is a trip you could add on to a Vietnam holiday.
What you have to: answer this question. Vietnam is home to the world’s largest cave. What is it called?
Closing date: January 31st
Walking in Beauty…in the UK
Here’s a chance to win a three-night guided walking break for two on a full-board basis at a country house of your choice in the UK worth £600. This is thanks to HF Holidays who have been organising walking holidays for over a century. All their holidays are based in National Parks or Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
What you have to do: give your contact details
Closing date February 8
A luxury week for two on a secluded Caribbean island
Lonely Planet and Paradise Beach Nevis are offering the chance to win a week’s stay in one of seven private villas on the shores of the idyllic island of Nevis. If the idea of a private pool, four poster beds, beach bars, white sands and blue seas appeal this is for you. Nevis has a population of under 1200 and has the highest literarcy rate in the western hemisphere (says Wikipedia). Nelson was married here when a young sea captain
What you have to do: just give your details.
Closing date: February 12