I’m not one to use multiple exclamation points in a single headline, but these are desperate times. This month’s giveaways require so very little time—you could enter all three over lunch and still have time for take-out. The payoff? An all inclusive resort vacation to Hawaii (pictured above), a VIP tour around Virginia (including a sleepover inside an aquarium), and a weeklong trip to Rome. So get clicking, time’s ticking!
Think Facebook and television are for nothing more than procrastination? Be sure to plug in for this month’s Contest Watch, full of social media contests and sweepstakes . The stakes are high with a $15,000 trip on Crystal Cruises, a $4,000 vacation to South Africa, or a brush with fame during a Top Chef-inspired trip to Canada. The only hard part is choosing just one friend to take along. And if you win, be sure to tag us in the pictures!
Embrace the winter with a roundup to awesome cold-weather retreats. Ski in Lake Tahoe with a spare-no-expense getaway from Southwest Airline Vacations or take it even further with a two-week trip to Antarctica, valued at a whopping $26,000. Warm up with whiskey and a trip to the Glenrothes distillery in Scotland. Good luck and stay warm!
Vintage Moment Contest, Speyside Scotland
Enter Now – January 31st, 2012
Scotland's Glenrothes whiskey distillery is giving away a trip to Speyside to help create their Vintage 2012. To enter, select a pivotal moment in your life, visit Theglenrothes.com, and submit a 1000-character (not word) statement about your “vintage moment,” then upload a photo or video. Winners should plan to travel in May 2012.
The prolific YBA artist, Damien Hirst, is continuing his successful career at being…well, prolific. Today, the Gagosian Gallery opens "The Complete Spot Paintings 1986-2011" in all of their 11 locations. That's 3 in New York, 2 in London, 1 in Paris, Rome, Beverly Hills, Athens, Hong Kong and Geneva. If this is still not enough Damien Hirst for you, the gallery is offering people to take on "The Complete Spot Challenge." Register at their website, jet to all 11 locations, and you'll get a personally signed Spot Print from the man himself. While you're in New York, stay at Le Parker Meridien or the Gramercy Park Hotel, where you'll find his work on their walls. In London, spend the night at 45 Park Lane and eat in the lobby, at Wolfgang Puck's CUT. There, you'll be greeted by even more of his pieces. Hong Kong? No problem. W Hotel, Hong Kong often exhibits his art in their lobby as well. Just make sure you bring some extra cash. A Damien Hirst doesn't come cheap.
Where: Gagosian Gallery (Worldwide)
When: Opens January 12, 2012 (Closing dates vary)
More Information: gagosian.com
Joe Harper is a Research Assistant at Travel + Leisure.
Photo Credit: © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2011. Photography by Prudence Cuming Associates
For some, the holidays can be joyous, delicious, and restful. For everyone else, there’s Contest Watch! If you need something to look forward to during these short days and cold nights, hit up these contests for solace and excitement. Can’t get far enough away from Aunt Milly? How about the Galapagos (above)? Need a daily fix to get you through a long stay with prying in-laws? Click on ever-changing giveaways from Design Hotels. Of course, if you love your family and need more quality time, there’s always the kid-friendly ski vacation from Virginia Tourism.
This month’s contest watch is a study in contradictions. Have a romantic escape to Paris or take the family to LEGOLAND. Indulge in a escape to Mexico, or help bring fresh drinking water to communities in Rwanda. It may be hard to chose, but entering is easy.
Adventurous contestants have plenty of options with these three contests. Whether following the Travelocity gnome to Machu Pichu, jetting to Dubai, or exploring new culinary adventures abroad, these sweepstakes are not for homebodies. Procrastinators beware, each opportunity is only available for a few more days.
Quick! Make use of your lunch break today by answering four "Mutiny on the Bounty" trivia questions on the Air Tahiti Nui Facebook page. The first round of questions must be completed by Tuesday, August 9th. Then check back to finish the remaining questions by August 23rd to enter the drawing for a six-night escape for two to Tahiti.
This month’s Contest Watch has a mixture of innovation and history. Honor the Titanic’s 100th anniversary with a grand trip to Ireland or look to a social-media startup to get you to Thailand. Inspired by past, present, or future, these prizes are guaranteed to get you traveling.
This month’s Contest Watch celebrates the senses. From the romance-inspired Bachelorette giveaway to a quick jaunt to the French Riviera, there are prizes for the eyes, mouth, and soul. Celebrate good health with the luxurious Casa del Mar’s “Live Well Again” program promoting fresh food—and luxurious spa relaxation. Take in Austin’s quintessential sights and sounds in a Facebook scavenger hunt to win a Four Season’s getaway for two to any of the chain’s properties in the U.S. Lastly, share your culinary talents with shrimp and you could be off to a seafood-fueled vacation for six in Georgia. Read on for the delicious details.