December’s a month of family get-togethers, giving … and giveaways. Lots of giveaways. A multitude of companies are handing out festive freebies in celebration of the holiday season, and travel brands are no exception. In exchange for an e-mail address or a “Like” on a Facebook page, lucky globetrotters can snap up free vacations, cool travel gear, gift cards and more from their favorite blogs and travel providers. Below are seven fantastic holiday contests and giveaways that are on right now. Good luck!
Win Tons of Cool Travel Gear & Gifts
The Prize: Okay, we had to start off with a nod to our sister sites, Family Vacation Critic and Cruise Critic, both of which are running fabulous holiday giveaways for globetrotters. Enter to win a travel prize each day through December 9 on Cruise Critic’s blog, the Lido Deck, and snag some free family-friendly travel gear each day through December 12 on the Family Vacation Critic Blog.
How to Enter: To get that kid-friendly travel loot, submit your e-mail address on the Family Vacation Critic contest page daily through December 12. If seafaring’s more your thing, subscribe to the Lido Deck Blog and you’ll be automatically entered to win a succession of cool cruise gear every day through December 9.
Win a Trip to for Two to the Galapagos
The Prize: Red Mangrove Lodges, which has properties in the Galapagos and Ecuador, is giving away a free trip for two to the Galapagos Islands. The prize includes four nights’ accommodations at Red Mangrove Lodges, guided tours, local transportation and meals. The only part of the trip that’s not included is your flight to the Galapagos.
How to Enter: Sign up for the Red Mangrove newsletter by February 12 and you’ll be automatically entered to win.
Win $500 in Free Hotel Stays at Choice Hotels
The Prize: Close your doors to visiting relatives and encourage out-of-towners to get a room at the nearest Choice Hotels property — for free. But first, you have to get lucky. Enter the “Little White Holiday Lies” giveaway to win a $250 or $500 gift card valid for stays at Choice Hotels, which include Quality Inn, Comfort Inn, Cambria Suites, EconoLodge and other chains, in addition to a VISA gift card of $250 or $1,000.
How to Enter: “Like” Cambria Suites on Facebook and you’ll be automatically entered to win a $250 hotel gift card and a $150 VISA gift card. Take it a step further and share your “little white lie to avoid holiday houseguests” on the Cambria Suites Facebook page, and you could win a $500 hotel gift card and a $1,000 VISA gift card.
Win a Family Vacation for Four on TravelingMom.com
The Prize: TravelingMom.com is partnering with Capital One to offer travelers a second chance to redo their not-so-successful travel experiences. Just share your story of a vacation that went awry on TravelingMom.com and you could win a do-over trip for four to the destination of your choice (within the continental U.S.). The grand prize includes roundtrip airfare from your local gateway and four nights’ accommodations.
How to Enter: Simply post your vacation disaster story as a comment on the TravelingMom.com contest page. You may enter once a day through December 10.
HostelBookers.com 24 Days of Christmas Giveaway
The Prize: HostelBookers.com is giving away a travel-related prize a day for 24 days in December. Each prize is revealed daily, so you’ll have to come back to the site each day to see what you can win. Today’s prize is an iPad2, and future prizes include InterRail tickets and an around-the-world flight.
How to Enter: You must “Like” Hostelbookers.com on Facebook, and then answer a trivia question each day to get a shot at winning. New questions will be posted daily at 12 a.m. Mountain Time on the Hostelbookers.com Facebook page through December 24.
Win a Weekend Getaway to Asheville
The Prize: The Asheville tourism board is giving away a whirlwind two-night vacation to its home town. The winner of this contest will receive accommodations at the Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa, a $100 gift card, two passes to Biltmore, a brewery tour, a gift certificate to a local restaurant and more. Transportation to Asheville is not included.
How to Enter: Watch a video of a dancing Santa, then share said video on Facebook. After you’ve helped the groovin’ Claus go viral, you need to enter your contact information on the contest page.
Know of any holiday travel giveaways not listed here? Share them in the comments!
— written by Caroline Costello