Discounted Admission to the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC

Discount Tickets to International Spy MuseumWith so many free museums in Washington DC, it is easy to overlook those attractions that charge admission.

That’s why the International Spy Museum, which has one of the most creative marketing departments out there, has partnered with Metro to provide transit users a discount on admission.

Spy Museum Discount Admission

Just show your Metro SmarTrip® card and receive $7 off  the normal admission price of $21.

The offer is valid through March 21, 2014, and cannot be combined with other promotions.

Metro Smart Spy Twitter Contest

While you’re at it:

Every week @intlspymuseum and @wmata will tweet a clue about a cloak and dagger site on the rail system.Spy Museum Tweet Up Contest

Once you find the secret site, tweet a selfie with the photo clue and #metrosmartspy.

This will officially enter you in a contest, with a chance to win an unspecified spy prize.

Hey folks, I could not find any actual entrants into this contest.  It sounds like fun and it looks like you’d have a great chance at winning!

Win a Yoga Getaway to Hawaii and a Year of Kind Bars

Oahu Wanderlust Festival

There’s a fun sweepstakes contest that will net you and a companion a trip to Hawaii to participate in the Wanderlust O’ahu Yoga Festival.  What’s more, the winner will receive a year’s supply of Kind nutrition bars (my favorite)!

Contest entry is easy via this online form.  The deadline to enter is January 28, 2014.

The grand prize includes:

  • Round trip airfare for winner and guest to O’ahu between February 27 – March 3, 2014;
  • Two Wanderlust O’ahu Festival tickets (February 27 – March 2, 2014);
  • Four night hotel stay from February 27 – March 3, 2014, (double occupancy);
  • $600.00 in American Express® Gift Cards;
  • KIND Prize Pack of  yoga mats, water bottles, and t-Shirts; and
  • One-year supply of KIND bars. 

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Shoot for the Stars — Win a Trip to the 2014 Sundance Film Festival

Win a Trip to the 2014 Sundance Film Festival
Win a Trip to the 2014 Sundance Film Festival

This contest for a trip to the 2014 Sundance Food Festival sure got my attention!

I was in Utah last January but didn’t have the chance to check out the Sundance Film Festival in Park City.

It sure sounded like fun, though.

Enter this contest by January 7, 2014 for a chance to win a VIP trip to for you and a friend to this year’s Sundance Film Fest.

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Congrats to the Winner of Two United Club Passes!

IMG_0472Thanks to everyone who commented on their favorite travel guide.

I enjoyed reading all the suggestions and hope you did too!

The prize of two United Club passes goes to Ola, who was selected by the Random Number Generator.

Congratulations, Ola!  Please email me your snail mail address [see contact info] so I can send you the club passes.

Be on the lookout for more giveaways in 2014!!!

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Attention Travel Bloggers and Foodies: This Vacation Contest is for You!

 Travel bloggers and foodies, it’s time to take a vacation!

Freelancers Union is running a contest for a trip to San Francisco and dinner at Chez Panisse!

Chez Panisse, in Berkeley California, is foodie heaven.

Chef Alice Water’s pioneering restaurant showcases mouth-watering, organic, locally grown, fresh-from-the-farm meals.

This contest is worth entering for a meal at Chez Panisse alone — but the contest offers more:

Quick Holiday Giveaway — United Lounge Passes

New York City at Christmastime
New York City at Christmastime

It’s time to spread a little holiday cheer with a quick giveaway contest!

Up for grabs is a pair of United Club Lounge Passes, good now through June 30, 2014.

This contest is easy to enter.    

Just leave a comment below indicating your favorite travel guide.  It can be an independent guide, a series of guides, or even a travelogue.

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November Carlson Redizor Contests Launched!

Screen Shot 2013-11-02 at 7.59.08 PM“If you could imagine having just one day to explore a city, where would you go?”

Every month, Carlson Redizor runs multiple contests for a EUR 150 gift card.   The contests are designed to familiarize you with Radisson Blu and Park Inn hotel properties, and the nearby attractions.

The prize is more valuable than it may appear at first glance, because of the opportunity to stretch its value for Club Carlson Gold members.  (Anyone who holds the Club Carlson Visa card is automatically a Gold member.)

The gist of the contest is to identify the your favorite attraction at each participating hotel.  It’s kind of fun, because you can dream about where to use your Club Carlson points, and what to do when you get there!

For the month of November, you can enter the contest 14 times — at 14 different hotel websites.

This month’s contest runs from through November 30, 2013.

You can enter the contest with Radisson Blu and with Park Inn.

The prize can be used for accommodations, meals, or spa services at Radisson Blue, Park Inn, and Radisson Missoni properties in Europe and the Middle East.

I won this contest in September.  Maybe you will be lucky too!

How Do You Like Them Apples!

Apples to iPods

We are looking forward to our trip next month to southern Vermont!  Fall is my favorite season in New England.  The leaves should be spectacular, and if we are lucky, we will be able to go apple picking.

If we are really lucky, we may even pick up another kind of Apple!

This year marks the 7th annual Apple to iPods promotion by the Vermont Department of Tourism.

Specially-marked wooden apples are hidden in 15  pick-your-own apple orchards all over the state.

If you find one of the unique wooden apples, you’ll win an Apple iPod or  iPad!

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How I Won a Travel Sweepstakes

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I enter various travel sweepstakes all the time, but I never actually win anything.  So when I received this email ten days ago, I presumed it was spam:

Thank you for participating in the Top Attraction Contest for the RADISSON ROYAL HOTEL by voting for your favourite attraction. I am happy to let you know that you have voted for the winning attraction – At The Top Burj Khalifa Experience – and are the winner of a 150 EUR Rezidor Gift Card. The Rezidor Gift Card can be used in over 250 hotels in 34 countries to pay towards accommodation, dining, spa treatments and much more, at Radisson Blu, Park Inn by Radisson or Missoni hotels. The Rezidor Gift Card is valid for 2 years and has no cash equivalent.

The email was not spam!  This was a legitimate contest that I had entered and promptly forgotten about.  Each month, Radisson features about  ten of its top properties and contest entrants must select their favorite nearby attraction.  So if you have accumulated a boatload of Club Carlson points, it’s a great way to familiarize yourself with some of the redemption options.

There are several factors that contributed to my success, and which may work for you, too:

  1. Choose an obscure contest
  2. Enter early and often
  3. Avoid social media

The Radisson Top Attraction Contest certainly fits the bill.  It isn’t the most lucrative contest, but 150 Euros toward a hotel stay isn’t bad, if you have a trip coming up.  

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We Have a Winner

Southwest Airlines Drink CouponsI am pleased to announce the winner of the contest for two Southwest Airlines drink coupons:

Congratulations Sean!

His entry was:

I knew I was in Vegas  when . . .  after a night of drinking we couldn’t figure out what that bright light was and then someone explained to us it was the sunrise. — True Story.

The winner was selected by the Random Number Generator.

Random Number GeneratorThanks to all the participants!

Sean, please email your snail mail address to so I can send you the coupons.