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Contest Watch: Is it Spring Break Yet?

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Seems like everyone’s midwinter morale is down. What better way to usher in spring (maybe prematurely) than with the promise of free getaways ? Here, a compilation of this month’s contests, enter now—the hot toddy can wait.

Frommer’s “Cover Photo Contest”
In honor of the reputable guide series' new full-color editions (launched in September 2009), Frommer’s is giving away $5,000 and the opportunity to have a photo featured on the cover of one of their forthcoming guidebooks.

From now through March 31st, contestants  can visit www.frommers.com/go/photocontest to enter and upload their best travel photos. A panel of travel  and photography experts will judge the entries. Four runners-up will receive guide books and Lug travel accessories worth $300. The winner is responsible for all taxes associated with prizes.

Netherlands Board of Tourism “Just Be in Holland” Contest
As part of a new Holland marketing campaign, the Netherlands Board of Tourism unveiled a fulled wrapped subway train (the shuttle from Times Square to Grand Central Station) in New York City and a cool contest to boot.


Each week in February (there are still 2 left!) participants can win Netherlands-centric prizes like a Batavus bicycles (on Feb 18) or a Carbon chair designed by Marcel Wanders and Berjan Pot (Feb 25). In addition, the tourism board is giving away the Grand Prize: two round-trip business class tickets on KLM Royal Dutch Airlines to Amsterdam and four-night accommodations at Sofitel Amsterdam the Grand.

To enter the February drawings, visit www.holland.com and fill out an entry form. To be considered for the grand prize drawing upload a photo showing how you’d “just be____in Holland” between now and  March 4th. (We recommend you don’t say “stoned,” “bored,” or “lazy.”)

Gap Adventures “Create Your Own Adventure” Contest
In honor of their 20th anniversary (seems to be a big year for anniversaries), sustainable adventure outfitters, Gap Adventures, unveils its "Create Your Own Adventure" contest going on now through March 31st.

The contest has two parts. Contestants log onto createyourownadventure.com to sign up and build their dream trip. Trips are judged by both a select panel as well as popular vote (weighted evenly). The winner will receive their dream trip for free, and can bring two friends along for the ride. For those who aren’t creative, opt for the Mystery Tour drawing to tag along on the winning free trip (valued at $4,000). Five randomly selected winners will join the trip creator and guests on the 16-day adventure. Who knows, it could be a dream vacation and awesome blind date all-in-one!

Little Debbie  “The Great American Getaway” Contest
Little Debbie is no longer so little. The snack company celebrates its 50th anniversary by giving away 50 vacation packages. The mini vacations include roundtrip airfare for two within the continental U.S. on Airtran Airways (#8 best airline), two nights in a Holiday Inn, a two-day car rental from Avis, and $200 in cash.  Sure the prizes may be on the low end, but isn’t Little Debbie the every-man’s snack?

To enter, visit getaway.littledebbie.com and sign up  by March 31st—that’s it. It’s a cakewalk. Easy as pie! (I could go on.)


Charlotte Savino is the online listings editor at Travel + Leisure.

Photo courtesy of Frommers

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