Blog Your Way Down Under Contest!

**NO LONGER ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS.  STAY TUNED FOR VOTING PERIOD!**

Calling all bloggers, writers, and scribes!  Get those pens ready, because one clever person will wordsmith their way to the ultimate South Pacific vacation in the land of adrenaline and wallabies.

Contiki launched our adventure-packed 2011-2012 Australia/New Zealand brochure today and we’re excited to bring these experiences to you.  Then we thought… who better to express the excitement than you? Rather than take our word for it, we want you to live it! After all, that is the point of travel isn’t it? You’re great with words and our brochure is loaded with amazing experiences – it’s a winning combination.  So put together your most persuasive pitch why you are the perfect choice and voice for Contiki.  Win and we send you “down under” on the trip of a lifetime to document a Contiki Australian vacation of your very own!

Now before you get too excited and send us a persuasive essay that rivals the 2,635 pages of the Twilight saga. . .we have a couple of guidelines:

  1. Choose one (1) trip from the following Contiki Australia trips. (We know – it’s tough!)  Pick the one that gets your creative juices flowing.  We’re only accepting one submission so choose wisely:

2. Tell us in no more than 500 words (equivalent to about a page), why YOU would be the perfect choice to blog your way “down under.”

3. Be sure to include your reasons for selecting the itinerary, what activities attracted you to that trip, and why you are the best writer for the job!

We then select the top three responses and invite Contiki fans to vote on which blogger has written their way to the trip of a lifetime! The winner then departs on the Australian adventure (with up to $1000 credit towards airfare), to share their experience and superior writing prowess with the rest of us via tweet, blog and Facebook.

Sound like your kind of contest?  Submit your entry to marketing@contiki.com to win and share your travels with the world by Monday, August 1, 2011. Good luck!

For official rules & regulations, click here (you must have Adobe PDF reader to view the file.)

Press Release: Contiki Holidays Sponsors Global Blogger Network’s First Blog Hop

Online Scavenger Hunt Contest Runs Through May 9

ANAHEIM, Calif., April 19, 2010 – Contiki Vacations, the leader in fun travel packages for 18-35 year olds, has partnered with the Global Blogger Network to sponsor the inaugural Blog Hop contest, an online scavenger hunt.

To participate, contestants download a play card and visit the six participating “Blogs of the Week” to discover answers to the questions on the play cards.  Contestants submit their cards for a random drawing and can enter up to three times. The prize package includes $2,000 provided by Contiki, camera equipment, hotel stays, a 16GB iPod Nano, and travel gear.

“It’s great to be a part of this unique and engaging contest open to all ages” says Michelle Murray, Director of Marketing for Contiki. “As personal and professional followers of the participating travel blogs, we are thrilled to support the passionate independent blogger community with a cash prize.”

The Blog Hop runs April 19, 2010 to May 9, 2010. The winner will be selected using Random.org and announced on May 11, 2010. For full details, visit the Global Bloggers Network website at http://www.globalbloggersnetwork.com/the-blog-hop-travel-online-to-travel-offline/.

About Contiki: Contiki has helped students and young professionals travel to the world’s most fantastic destinations for over 45 years.  The trips are hassle-free and include the perfect mix of sightseeing, culture and free time.  Choose from over 190 itineraries throughout Europe, Russia, Egypt, Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Canada & the USA. Learn more at Contiki.com.

About the Global Bloggers Network: The Global Bloggers Network is an online service that helps individual and corporate members grow their blogs. With services such as regular webinars, an “Ask the Experts” program, blog post marketing, blog mentoring and a monthly newsletter as well as the Blog Hop, the Global Bloggers Network provides value-driven education and support to its members.