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52 Ways to Win a Trip to Australia

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Someday, is today. Rather than always saying that one day you’ll make it to Australia, Delta, Virgin Australia, and Tourism Australia have teamed up to give travelers the chance to take it off their bucket list with its new "52 Somedays" program. 

From a “Grape Escape” to spending a week snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef or riding a camel across ivory white sands, there are 52 experiences to choose from, and enter into here.

The beautiful visual experience of signing up is enticing enough to want to enter your name in for all of the experiences (which you can!). Place a “pin” on the map of Australia at the location and enter for a chance to win that “Someday” trip.

Australia is a must-visit destination on many Americans bucket lists to visit someday. If anything, this campaign not only encourages travelers to pack their bags—but gives them a free excuse to do so faster.

Gabrielle Blitz is Associate Social Media Editor at Travel + Leisure. 

Photo by Tourism Australia

Travel Bucket List Experiences for Auction

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Gavel&Grand, sister site of online auction house Paddle8, offers auctions of curated experiences and luxury items in support of philanthropic organizations. Most recently, they’re launching an auction featuring travel bucket list experiences found online here, that are available to bid on now through March 26th.

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Win a Trip to Seattle

Win a Trip to Seattle

What makes a weekend getaway even better than just spending a few days out of town? When it's free, first-class, and involves Pike Place Market.

Delta is giving fans a chance to win a trip to Seattle, including two First Class tickets, accommodations, and more by visting their Facebook page here.

Enter now till March 31 and you could be spending a future weekend in the Emerald City.

Gabrielle Blitz is Associate Social Media Editor at Travel + Leisure.

Photo: iStockphoto

Win a Two-Night Stay at South Africa's Le Quartier Francais

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If you’re the kind of traveling foodie who also likes to cook, then the name Le Creuset may get your attention. Le Quartier Francais, the luxury boutique hotel in the heart of Franschhoek Village in South Africa, has cooked up a contest with Le Creuset. Prizing includes a two-night stay in a Le Quartier suite, which is inclusive of breakfast, a surprise tasting menu with wine pairings, and a Le Creuset voucher. 

What do you have to do to win a stay at this Relais & Châteaux auberge? Tweet an inventive and clever slogan for an apron and include the hashtag, #MyApron. This would look like:

@lequaf @leCreusetSA – Have cake pan, will travel (i.e. your slogan) – #MyApron.

You have now till February 24th to enter, so get creative with your foodie terminology. Find out more details here

Gabrielle Blitz is the Associate Social Media Editor at Travel + Leisure. 

Photo credit: Anthony Friend

Stand Above the Grand Canyon with #AerialAmerica

What’s it like to stand above Mount Rushmore or fly through some of the biggest cities in the world? Aerial America is returning to the Smithsonian Channel with breathtaking views of the nation’s most diverse landmarks. 

New York City’s Times Square is being transformed today until 5 p.m., and tomorrow from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., thanks to Aerial America. Fans will have a chance to experience what it’s like to stand above the Grand Canyon with 3D pavement artist, Kurt Wenner. If you’re enjoying the sun on the West Coast, head to The Grove in Los Angeles on February 22 & 23 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. for the same experience.

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The Godfrey Hotel Chicago Challenges You to Name an Element

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The Godfrey Hotel Chicago knows a thing or two about the elements. Resembling large stacking blocks made out of modern steel, the luxury boutique hotel features nods to the elements throughout its property. 

This past year, scientists discovered element 139, which has yet to have an official name. Ever a fan of the periodic table, the Godfrey is offering the following for the wittiest name suggestions:

  • First place: Discounted rate of $139 throughout the entire year of 2014, one night complimentary stay, and a $25 gift card to I|O Urban Roofscape

  • Second place: Complimentary one-night stay

  • Third place: $25 gift card to I|O Urban Roofscape

Enter now through January 21 on the Godfrey Hotel Facebook page here

Gabrielle Blitz is the Associate Social Media Editor at Travel + Leisure

Photo credit: Papdakis Photography

Is Your Photo Worth $100,000? Let The Instagramers Gallery Decide

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A picture is supposedly worth a thousand words. But when it comes to an Instagram photo, the worth may be more like 100,000 (dollars, not words).

The Instagramers Gallery is an initiative that is not only creating the world’s biggest online photo gallery, but the largest photography prize in history. There will be a $100,000 Grand Prize for the best Instagram photo in the world and a daily prize of $1,000 for the best photo of the day.

The online gallery is becoming a thriving art community that is supported by a physical gallery in Miami and soon one in Madrid.

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Radisson Hotels' New Mobile Game Lets You Run the Hotel

What’s it like to work in a hotel? If you’re a gamer who likes to travel, now you can find out. Radisson is launching the hotel industry’s first mobile game to simulate real-life hotel management, with Rad Hotel by Radisson.

The interactive game challenges players to design hotels and slip into a hotel operator's shoes—you’ll face challenges such as room placement for arriving guests, filling guests requests with efficiency, and expanding the hotel by creating additional rooms.

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Delta Gives Away First-Class Flight Tickets for Staying Powered ON #below10kfeet

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It was just last week that the days of hearing “Please turn off all your electronic devices” on the loudspeaker before flight takeoffs and landings came to an end.

Of course, as with any big change, there has to be a trending hashtag and contest, right?

Delta has rolled out its first contest to award photos taken below 10,000 feet, appropriately using the hashtag: #below10kfeet. They’re encouraging flyers to “take that picture you’ve always wanted during takeoff and submit using Wi-Fi once enabled.” They’ll be putting two First-Class tickets to anywhere in the U.S. up as a prize for the best low-altitude photo taken on a domestic Delta flight.

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Sweepstakes: Win a Trip to Borneo and Bangkok

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Friendly Planet Travel in partnership with Tourism Malaysia and the Tourism Authority of Thailand are giving away an 11-day tour for two to Borneo and Bangkok when you enter to win on Facebook.

The tour introduces travelers to the lush beauty, landscapes, and diversity of Thailand and Malaysia.

“Thailand is a beautiful country that’s flush with exotic wildlife, spectacular islands, and fascinating history—it’s one of the most visited destinations we offer,” says President of Friendly Planet Travel, Peggy Goldman.

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