3/18/2013 05:31:00 PM

Contest! Tell Us About Your Best Trip Ever for a Chance to Win $500

Has all this talk of travel made you want to well, go somewhere? If you don't have your next trip planned, we're here to help. In order to make funding your next vacation a little easier, we're launching a contest where you can win a $500 prepaid gift card to use toward your next adventure. You have until March 27 to log onto Gmail and submit a comment below where you describe your best trip ever in 100 words or less. After March 28, we'll choose one winner based on the best entry. You can find the rules and regulations here - get writing!

Update: Congrats to Welcome to My World for winning!

19 comments :

  1. I was riding down a mountain in Ecuador. My breaks were dodgy, the helmet too small and I couldn't see my boyfriend. Then it hit me: I completely forgot about work. I forgot about stresses and the streets of New York. I wasn’t worried about answering emails; I was just focused on Ecuador. I took my hands off the breaks and let out a scream. I was on vacation and nothing could bring me down.

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  2. My best trip ever was my vacation to Aruba this past December. What made this trip special was that on the first night we arrived my boyfriend of four years proposed to me. I was completely surprised and literally was shaking when he asked me to spend the rest of my life with him. The best part was that we now had 10 days in the Aruba sun to enjoy our time together, completely stress free. I have to say I have never had so much champagne, as every night was an engagement dinner. This was a trip to remember!!

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  3. you say 75 words or less here but the official rules say 100 words... And should the folks above post to the Zagat travel blog? It's here: http://blog.zagat.com/search/label/Travel

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    1. Sorry for the confusion. We are accepting answers that are 100 words or less.

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  4. My best trip ever (food-wise) was Chicago. Every meal I had was great! Some of the restaurants we had recommendations on, others were places we walked by and took a chance on. A delicious trip!

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  5. My best trip so far was my Parisian honeymoon. The city is gorgeous and has so much to offer between the museums, architecture, food, and overall history and culture. My next vacation is to Portland, Oregon and many beer-related activities will occur, so the $500 will go towards a good cause. ;)

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  6. My best trip ever was my first visit to the city that never sleeps Las Vegas! One of my friends from high school was lucky enough to win $1,000,000 on $20.00 scratch off ticket on his 20th birthday. A year later, I get a phone call from my buddy to pack my bags because he is taking his boys to Vegas. We spent the whole weekend living like kings; drinking champagne, riding in limos and living life with not a single worry. This was a trip that I will never forget and I would do anything to experience it again.

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  7. Best trip I ever had was in Hong Kong when I just graduated from grade school in '97. Went to HK not realizing that China was taking back HK from British rule after 100 years from the Opium War. Can't believe I was a witness of this history! There were many tears while the British flag was taken down and the China flag was being raised, but an agreement is an agreement!

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  9. Picture Stone Cold Steve Austin, but twenty years older and twenty pounds heavier. Now picture him walking around shirtless in the streets of Cuzco, Peru. That’s my dad. We went to Peru after my high school graduation and while there, my dad brought a clothes thief to justice (literally), almost laid the smackdown on a line-cutter who almost made us miss our train to Macchu Pichu, attended language school, and ate guinea pig (“quy”).

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  10. My best trip was to Kenya on a photography trip. I traveled solo a year after my divorce. My goal was to regain my confidence, and enjoy nature. One night, getting ready for bed in Masai Mara, I saw two very large, hairy spiders crawling up the wall. I immediately called my mother, halfway around the world while she was at work, hyperventilating about the spiders. I ended up staying awake all night on the porch watching warthogs, gazelles, zebras and hyenas go by in the dead of night. An experience I will never forget & laugh about often.

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  11. My partner and I drove up the PCH from Paso Robles to San Francisco. It is an awe inspiring drive. We got to see Beach Blanket Babylon. We both laughed so hard we wept! The next day we drove through Napa. Little did we know that one year later he would be dead. The memories of that trip will stay with me forever. For that brief time he was well and we could enjoy life.

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  12. In Austin, Texas there is the most beautiful unpaved parking lot. Amid the withered weeds and blown trash lives an oasis of food trucks. Kolaches stuffed with brisket, tamales lounging in plantain leaves, fresh fuzzy peaches. Heaven. I sat on the curb, my legs sprawled to hold food down to my knees, completely content with life. Unpretentious, magnificent food. And the icing on the cake? I walked away with peaches in my purse.

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  13. She was never able to overlook the horizon of that expansive gorge, the Grand Canyon. So Eric planned an elaborate 30th birthday trip with a long drive from Dallas, giving us the opportunity to ride in a hot air balloon, see some natural landmarks, and take the train into the park. As I looked over the awe that can’t be explained, tears rolling down, I realized that I fulfilled my mother’s dream.

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  14. Bright fabrics and loud sounds blended into pleasant disorientation. I’d gotten lost in the Marrakesh souks. A kind-hearted woman, speaking not my language but understanding instantly the universal human expression of confusion, guided me wordlessly back to the main square. Back at my riad, the elderly owner smiled and poured me a cup of mint tea. Afterwards, we strolled to the mosque to relish the prayer chants. Marrakesh soothed my soul like nothing ever had.

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  15. Rita S.
    My best trip ever was being reunited with my mom in New York City. It's the place I grew up in and it was the last place I remembered leaving because our mother daughter relationship got sour for 20 yrs. We have mended our ways since, but I hardly get a chance to see her unless it's on Skype.
    I miss the laughs we had, the New York atmosphere, and of course the PIZZA! I now live in Florida, and haven't been out there in quite a well. Life is just so hecktic, money too scarce, and work- demanding.

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  16. I’m not sure if studying abroad counts as a “trip,” but spending five months in New Zealand was a life changing experience. From channeling my inner hobbit while skiing down Mt. Doom to staring down 134m at the Nevis River with a bungy cord strapped to my ankle, I had quite the adventure. Two years later I still don’t know which way to look when crossing the street, but I’m more than ok with that.

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  17. After getting scammed by a craigslist weekend rental, six college girlfriends and I stood stranded and shivering in a random Munich neighborhood on the first night of Oktoberfest. There was only one thing to do. I marched up to a warmly glowing house, rang the doorbell, and babbled our story to a surprised young German. He promptly invited us in, brewed us hot chocolate, called his family-owned hostel, finagled us a room, and drove us there. The next day, in HB tent, we bought he and his friends all their beers and toasted: “Ein prosit! To the kindness of strangers!”

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  18. College graduation was around the corner and I needed something spectacular to do. A good friend of mine and I decided to drive from Coast to Coast; a road trip was born. We got out of work, jetted to the rental car and drove out of Mass. We visited Philadelphia, Chicago, Washington DC, and Atlantic City. All we did was eat. We only went half way because we got sick of each other.

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