The contests this month ask just a little more from their entrants. Snapping photos, discovering kinship in Papua New Guinea – you know, just a little effort. Tap into your creativity and you could win some big prizes: a weeklong cruise, $1500 in cash, and a whopping $12,000 trip to the South Pacific.

“What Tribe Are You?” Contest, Papua New Guinea

Enter Now – December 31st, 2012

It’s always nice to feel connected to your travel destination. Papua New Guinea has launched a tourism contest for visitors to learn a little more about some of the country’s 700 tribes. Simply take a quick online quiz to see how your interests and priorities match up with one of seven highlighted indigenous populations. Quiz-takers are automatically entered to win a trip to meet their tribe-match in Papua New Guinea. Visit to enter. Prize trips are through a variety of tour operators including Travcoa and Journeys International and are worth up to $11,800.

“Snap and Pack Sweepstakes”, Norwegian Cruises

Enter Now – October 29th, 2012

Trying to harness that vacation feeling while still at home? Capture your ersatz “island time” on Instagram, and you could win the real thing: a seven-day cruise of their choice valued at about $2800. Register at follow @norwegiancruiseline on Instagram and post your photos with the hashtag #snapandpack to receive enter.

“Be Dazzled by Dubai” Sweepstakes, Dubai, UAE

Enter Now – November 18th, 2012

Facebook fans of Friendly Planet Travel can win a six-day trip for two valued at more than $5,398. Simply like their page and fill out the entry form. The trip includes stays at the Dubai Hyatt Regency or Fairmont Dubai and stops at the Dubai Museum and Burj Khalifa (

“Faces in Places in Utah” Photography Contest, Utah

Enter Now – January 18th, 2013

Have a photo from a trip (or everyday life) in Utah? Enter Utah Tourism’s Faces in Places in Utah contest to win up to $1500 in cash. Simply visit to upload your full-color photo.

Charlotte Savino is Travel + Leisure's Listings Editor