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Submit an Essay, Win Eight Ultimate Adventure Travel Vacations with the World’s Best Travel Companies 

Seven members of the Adventure Collection, a partnership the premier adventure travel companies in the world, announced today their participation in a groundbreaking new online travel contest that leverages the growing influence of social media. To enter, adventure travelers must submit an essay of 400 words or less to Blog Your Way Around the World, then invite their friends to vote for them for a chance to win eight world-class expeditions in Africa, Canada, Central America, Europe, South America, Indonesia and the United States—provided by some of the most respected adventure travel companies on the planet.

Contest prizes include whitewater raftingbicycle touringheli-hikingpolar bear viewing, bird watching, zip-lining, snorkeling, sea kayaking, as well as two five-star expedition cruises and an African safari. In addition to winning eight of the world’s greatest adventures, the winner and one guest will also receive a total airfare credit of $8000 and a gear package provided by top suppliers. Gear sponsors for the contest include: Ex Officio, Teva, Smith Optics, Eagle Creek Travel Gear, Outdoor Photographer, AFAR Magazine and Gaiam. The total prize package, with gear, has a value of nearly $80,000.

Natural Habitat Adventures founder and contest visionary, Ben Bressler, stated from his office in Boulder, Colorado: “Travel, at its best, serves to inspire individuals, unite cultures and protect our planet. Essay submissions should express why you think you deserve to win and include the details of how you will inspire others through your writing should you be selected as the winner.”

Contest entries must be submitted by December 31, 2010, and the essay entry with the most votes wins. Contestants are encouraged to solicit votes via email and social media, including Facebook and Twitter. The winner and their guest will have until December 31st, 2014, to complete their travel, and s/he must agree to post blog entries prior to travel, throughout their travels and upon his or her return home from each adventure.

Each award-winning adventure travel company is offering a trip for two on one of their flagship experiences, including:

  • Polar bear viewing in Churchill with Natural Habitat Adventures
  • Bicycling through the Czech
  • Zip-lining, surfing and wildlife viewing in Costa Rica with Off the Beaten Path, the leader in guided small group and custom-tailored adventure travel


For complete contest details visit: http://www.blogyourwayaroundtheworld.com.


About the Adventure Collection:

Adventure Collection is a partnership of ten premier adventure travel companies: Backroads, Bushtracks Expeditions, Canadian Mountain Holidays, Geographic Expeditions, Lindblad Expeditions, Micato Safaris, Natural Habitat Adventures, NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School), O.A.R.S. (Outdoor Adventure River Specialists), and Off the Beaten Path. All are united by a common passion for and commitment to sustainable travel principles and practices; they also share industry-setting standards for trip preparation and execution, scrupulous and enthusiastic customer service, and inspired itinerary-crafting to ensure authentic off-the-beaten-path travel experiences.


Ellen Barone has been creating words and images for travel and tourism since 1998. She co-founded and publishes the group travel blog YourLifeIsATrip.com and is currently at work on her first book "I Could Live Here".