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Submit a Taco, Win a Trip to Cabo


So, you weren’t planning on celebrating National Taco Day on October 4? Or, did you not even realize that such a holiday existed?

This year, you’re going to want to celebrate. The Los Cabos Tourism Board has parterned with foodgawker to give bloggers the chance to win a getaway to Los Cabos, Mexico.

Now through October 4, users are invited to submit their favorite taco recipes with a photo for a chance to win a 4-day/ 3-night vacation for two and round-trip airfare from any major U.S. or Canadian city.

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Win Wild South Africa Sweepstakes


Is an African safari on your travel bucket list? This is your chance to explore the bush—for free.

Friendly Planet Travel is partnering with South African Tourism and South African Airways in the Win Wild South Africa Sweepstakes, where one fan will receive a trip for two, valued at up to $5,400. 

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#LandsEndLaughs in Los Cabos, Mexico


What could be better than having a few laughs on a beach in Mexico? How about if it were a free trip?

To celebrate the first annual Cabo Comedy Festival in Los Cabos, Mexico on October 2-6, the Los Cabos Tourism Board and Cabo Comedy Festival are giving away a 3-night trip to Cabo for two, including hotel, airfare, and VIP tickets to the event.

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Get Paid to Travel Around the World


Are you capable of napping on the beach, experiencing local foods and cultures, traveling to exotic destinations, and capturing the moment a la social media? This is the dream job and it comes with a C-suite.

Jauntaroo, a new-to-the-scene vacation matchmaker, is hiring a "Chief World Explorer." The hire will receive a salary of $100,000 and will be tasked with taking a year to circle the globe and curate content from 30-50 destinations, ranging from places such as Calistoga-Napa Valley to St. Lucia and the Maldives.

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Contest Watch: Destination Hotels & Resorts' Countdown to Winter


Did you ever think that you would have a “Countdown to Winter”? Whether you’re looking for a beach getaway or a ski-break, Destination Hotels and Resorts wants to hear from you. Now through October 15, enter in their Facebook sweepstakes for a chance to win a grand prize of 5 nights’ accommodations for 2 adults and a $200 resort credit.

Find out more details and how to enter here.

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

Photo Courtesy of Destination Hotels & Resorts

Contest Watch: Iceland's Airwaves Music Festival


Iceland’s Reyka Vodka is running a contest for two lucky bands to win an all-expense paid trip to Iceland to play the stage at Iceland Airwaves October 30th through November 3rd. Reyka asks that potential bands, DJs, and musicians submit up to three of their own songs and then Airwaves will select the contest winners based solely on skill. You better move (and play) fast though, the last day for entry is August 19th. 

Find out more and how to enter here.

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

Photo by Christian Kerber

Contest Watch: W Hotels of New York’s #WJOYRIDE


Citi Bikes are one of the most buzzed about rides in New York and W Hotels of NY Union Square wants you to get in on it. Launching the Instagram #WJOYRIDE Photo Hunt Map, riders snap photos along pre-mapped locations in the Big Apple for a chance to win 10,000 Starwood Preferred Guest Points, towards a stay at any W Hotel in the world.

Find out more here.

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

Photo credit: Lars Klove / New York City Bike Share

CeeLo Green May Be Hiding in Your Renaissance Hotel Room


What do you do if you're a hotel chain that wants to grab the interest of potential Gen X and Y guests? It's obvious, isn't it? You entice young women into a hotel room where a pajama-clad CeeLo Green, the singer-songwriter behind the danceable hit, "F*** You," lies in wait, smiling seductively. And that, in fact, was the kick-off P.R. stunt for one seriously odd (and oddly cool) promotional campaign: Discovery Doors, which launches today. It's primarily an online video game on the Reniassance Hotel's website where gamers can win everything from membership in a Coffee-of-the-Month club to a trip for two around the world—500 prizes in all. Here's how it works…

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Contest: Win a Trip to Santa Barbara with Vacationist.com

Win a Trip to Santa Barbara

Missed out on a romantic getaway this past Valentine’s Day? T+L’s flash-sale site, Vacationist, will help you make up for it. From now until March 10th, Vacationist is pairing up with experts Snooth and Food & Wine magazine to bring you a seriously romantic prize: a trip for two to Santa Barbara Wine Country. Just sign up for Vacationist and you'll be entered to win.

The Prize: Round-trip airfare for you and your plus one, three nights cozying up to the fireplace in a premier bungalow suite at the recently remodeled El Encanto Hotel, complimentary breakfast, VIP winery tours, and airport transfers. 

Sound like a California dream? Join Vacationist (it's free!) and enter now for your chance to win.

Photo Courtesy of El Encanto.

Contest Watch: $7,500 Mountain Retreat, London Trip Giveaway, and More

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This month's Contest Watch asks a little bit of contest participants. Scour a beautifully drawn map for a miniscule corgi; reminisce about a bygone vacation; click a button in a split second. No matter how much effort you put in, the chance to win one of these great travel experiences is worth it.

Thanks for the Memories” Contest, Stowe, VT

Enter Now – May 31st, 2013

To celebrate the iconic mountain property’s 50th anniversiray, Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa in central Vermont is giving away a six-night $7500 return trip for four to the resort. Travelers who have visited Stoweflake can enter by sharing their memories and photos of a past Stoweflake vacation at the property website. Entries must be fewer than 100 words and will be judged on creativity and fan voting; the resort owners will choose the winners on June 15th. The grand prize includes daily breakfast and dinner, four spa treatments, and access to all of the resort amenities like pools, squash and racquetball courts, and even three par-three golf courses. Four runner-up prizes will be awarded and include two-nights of accommodations for two including breakfast, dinner, and spa treatments.

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