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.

“Top Quipster in America” Contest
Enter now – August 15th, 2011

To kick off the launch of the newest version of the Quipster app – a location-based mobile app through which users “quip” tips and comments linked with Facebook and Twitter – the company is giving away a six-night trip for two to Thailand (worth $10,000!) along with an iPad for the runners up and $100 Starbucks gift cards for 4th through 10th place winners.

Quipster users will earn one point every time another user "likes" one of their Quips. The top 10 who earn the most points during the contest period will go on to the final round where they will be judged by the Quipster CEO and a representative from the Tourism Authority of Thailand, based on their creative use of Quipster and the overall usefulness of their Quips. To download the mobile app, or to view full contest details and rules visit“Back to Titanic 100th Year ‘Tour Ireland’ Sweepstakes”
Enter now – February 1st, 2012

Don’t worry – there’s no drowning-reenactment in this Titanic-inspired contest and prize package. The Titanic museums in Branson, MO and Pigeon Forge, TN are giving away six 11-day trips to Ireland where the ocean liner was built. The six winners and their guests will visit Belfast (site of the Titanic’s construction), Dublin, Cobh, and Kilkenny.To enter, visit and click on the sweepstakes banner. Participants can enter once a day.

“Up Up & Get (Away)” Photo Contest

Enter now – August 10th, 2011

Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa hosted a hot air balloon festival a few weeks ago July 8th – 10th. You missed some picturesque balloons that time, but if you’ve ever snapped a hot air balloon photo anywhere, this is your contest. [Psst, have you seen our photos contest?]

The winner will enjoy a five-night stay for two, valued at $2,500. The prize includes: five nights accommodations, two spa packages, two dinners at one of the resort’s restaurants, a Stowe Mountain Resort Summer Attractions package (Trampoline, Alpine Slide, Climbing Wall, Obstacle Course, & Gondola Skyride) for up to six people.

To enter, become a fan of Stoweflake on Facebook and upload your photo. The public will vote on their favorite photo from Aug. 11 – 24, 2011 to narrow the entries to the top five. A Stoweflake jury will review the top five entries and select a winner on Aug. 30, 2011.

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