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Friendly Planet Travel Winner’s Circle: Update on Peru winner

Since there is still some time before I choose the fifth Win the World Facebook Sweepstakes winner, I thought now would be a good time to catch up with one of our past winners to see how her free trip went.

Our Friendly Planet Travel blogger Caitlin first sat down with our second Win the World winner, Lillian Mayes, to interview her right after she won the all-expenses-paid trip to Peru. In this interview, Lillian explained that she was most excited about visiting Machu Picchu.

We thought we’d bring Lillian back to tell us how her trip went and hear how she liked the Inca ruins. You’ll also get the inside scoop about what it’s like to take a Friendly Planet Travel tour. Listen to this podcast below!

                                                                                                             

Thanks for speaking with us again, Lillian. I’m so happy that you had an amazing time in Peru! I hope to see you again on another Friendly Planet Travel tour.

If you’re on the go, you can also right click on this link, and select “save link as” to download it to your computer and save it to your mobile device. And be sure to scroll down to see some pictures from Lillian’s trip.

Lillian’s tour group
Lillian posing with some Peruvians
Lillian and her husband at Machu Picchu 
Going on a horseback riding adventure
Visiting Lake Titicaca

And the winner of our free trip to Turkey is …

TRIUMPHANT TURKEY: Steve Phillips has won
a free trip to Turkey!

You might think that I’ve lost some of my excitement over announcing the winners of our Win the World Facebook sweepstakes. After all, I’ve announced three winners already.

But it hasn’t gotten old yet. I was still as excited as ever to call a Friendly Planet Traveler and let that lucky Facebook fan know they’re going on our Best of Turkey tour — with a friend, for free!

This time around it was Steve Phillips from New York who picked up the phone! Here’s the kicker — Steve is going on a trip to Kenya with us next month, and his family purchased the optional extension to Istanbul!

What a coincidence! He’s going to have an opportunity to enjoy a taste of what lies ahead of him on our Best of Turkey tour. Listen in to hear Steve tell me about his upcoming Friendly Planet Travel trip, his two previous tours with us, and how excited he was to win!

                                                                                                             

Congratulations Steve! And for the rest of you, there are still more chances to win! Our next big giveaway is to Ireland. One lucky winner and a guest will get to enjoy the lush, green scenery and the friendly, outgoing Irish people that the country is known for. It’s easy to enter — just hit our Facebook page, fill out the entry form, and then refer your friends for more chances to win. Good luck!

The Friendly Planet Travel Winner’s Circle: A Taste of China

GREAT WALL WINNER: Shari Ashley liked Friendly Planet,
and now she’s going on a free trip to China

If you’re anything like me, you couldn’t help but smile at Shari Ashley’s excitement when I told her she was the third winner of our Win the World Facebook Sweepstakes. What a rush!

Once everything cooled down, I asked Friendly Planet Travel blogger Caitlin to talk to Shari a little bit more about herself, what she’s most looking forward to seeing on our Taste of China tour, and other places in the world she hopes to travel to.

What we learned from the conversation is that Shari is quite the traveler — she’s been to Costa Rica, Italy, Egypt, and more! I’m so glad that someone who finds so much passion in travel will have the opportunity to visit another wonderful destination with us.

In the podcast, Shari describes her lifelong goal to visit every continent. Her next trip will probably be to South America, though she can’t decide between Machu Picchu or Iguazu Falls as her destination. If she chooses our new Sensational South America tour, she won’t have to. It includes both destinations in one great program, and new dates and prices will be posted shortly. So, take a look Shari.

Stay tuned, because we’re kicking off the second phase of the Win the World Facebook Sweepstakes on May 1. That means that EVERYONE will have the chance to enter again for three free trips — Best of Turkey, A Taste of Ireland, and Taj Mahal Express. So starting May 1, visit the Friendly Planet Travel Facebook page, enter your information (even if you already have before!), and your name will be in the pot to win! Hopefully I’ll be calling you on June 1 to let you know that you’re going on a free trip to Turkey!

The Friendly Planet Travel Winner’s Circle: Amazing Peru

THEY LIKE FRIENDLY PLANET: Liking our Facebok
page won Lillian and her husband a free trip to Peru

We just announced the third winner of our Win the World Facebook Sweepstakes, where Shari Ashley and a guest will go on an all-expenses-paid dream vacation to China. All the excitement made me want to check in with Lillian Mayes, the winner of our Amazing Peru trip.

Friendly Planet Travel blogger Caitlin reached out to Lillian to see if she’d be interested in letting our blog community hear what winning was like, and she agreed. So we set the call up, and jumped on the phone. Lillian filled Caitlin in on where she’s traveled before, what she likes to do, and what she’s most looking forward to seeing when she travels to Peru
Listen in on their conversation below. You can also right click on this link, and select “save link as” to download it to your computer, so you can save it to your mobile device and can listen on the go.

Thanks for taking the time to speak with us Lillian. We’re looking forward to hearing about your trip to Peru when you come back!

Who is the winner of Friendly Planet Travel’s FREE trip to China?

CHINA CHAMPION: One of our 16,000 Facebook fans has won
a free trip!

Even though it’s Tuesday (I personally consider it the worst day of the week — Friday is still so far away!), it was a treat coming into the office today. You probably don’t even have to ask why, since I’m sure you’ve also been looking forward to the announcement of the third winner in our “Win the World” Facebook sweepstakes.

You entered yourself, told your friends to enter, and now it’s time. Who will be going on an all-expenses-paid dream getaway for themselves and a guest to China on our Taste of China tour?

The excitement is killing me, so I’ll just go ahead and say it. The winner of our Taste of China tour is Shari Ashley. Congrats!

I called Shari to let her know that she was our winner. Listen in to her excitement! And click here to download the audio to listen on the go!

So who is Shari taking with her on her trip, what does she want to see, and what is she most looking forward to in China? We’ll be posting a podcast that Friendly Planet Travel blogger Caitlin conducted with her soon, so stay tuned for those details and more.

Our “Win the World” Facebook sweepstakes will be kicking off for a second round on May 1. We’re wiping the slate clean, and starting fresh. Starting in May, every Facebook fan will have the opportunity to enter again, whether they’ve already submitted their name yet or not. So it will be a whole new ball game — fans will enter again, and of course, refer their friends for more chances to win.

I’m looking forward to giving away three more amazing trips to our loyal fans. Congratulations to Shari and I’ll be back at the beginning of June to announce the next “Win the World” Facebook sweepstakes winner! I already can’t wait!

Announcing the winner of Friendly Planet Travel’s FREE trip to Peru

Here we are at the second drawing of our “Win the World” Facebook sweepstakes. If you’ve been following the blog, you heard our interview with Jamie Bartlett, winner of the South Africa giveaway. So you know what it sounds like to win one of these trips.

This time, the winner of our Amazing Peru tour will get an all-expenses-paid trip for themselves and a guest to see all the wonders Peru has to offer. We randomly selected our winner on March 1 from over 13,000 entries and just got in touch with her.

That’s right, Lillian Mayes from Colorado is the winner of our Amazing Peru tour. Congratulations!

Want to be our next winner of a free trip for two to China? Enter on the Friendly Planet Travel Facebook page. We’re giving away a trip per month until the end of June! If you put your name in the running in January or February, your name is automatically entered for our next giveaway to China. But you can increase your chances of winning by referring your friends on Facebook. For every friend you refer who enters, your name gets entered again — you could have your name in there 100 times, or more! So what are you waiting for? Good luck travelers!

The Friendly Planet Travel Winner’s Circle: South Africa

If you ever need a pick-me-up, try telling someone they’ve won a trip to their dream destination. The excitement is contagious!

Jamie and Kaye in Taormina, Sicily a few years back

Before we launched our Win the World sweepstakes, I could only imagine the excitement that came with telling someone they were the lucky winner. That excitement came true when I got to make the call on Feb. 1 to tell someone they won a free trip to South Africa.

And Jamie Barlett, the first winner of our Win the World sweepstakes, didn’t let me down. When I made the call to Jamie to tell him that he and a guest were headed to South Africa on an all-expenses-paid vacation, it was impossible not to join him in his excitement. After things calmed down, we got to talking, and I found out that Jamie and his life partner Kaye are no strangers to adventure. In fact, they’re seasoned travelers.

I asked a member of the blogging team, Caitlin, to make a call to Pelham, Ala., to catch up with Jamie and Kaye to hear about their plans for their visit to South Africa in October. Listen in on their conversation below. You can also right click on the link above and select “save link as” to download it to your computer, and save it to your mobile device so you can listen on the go.

We picked Jamie from a pool of over 9,600 entrants. So if you’re one of the travelers who entered and didn’t win, don’t worry — we’re only 10 days away from announcing the next winner. This time, we’re giving away a trip to Peru for a getaway that’s valued at $6,500! Go to our Facebook page, like us, and enter. And don’t forget to refer your friends for more chances to win. Stay tuned — my next call could be to you!

“Win the World” sweepstakes winner for the Best of South Africa tour revealed

Over 9,000 of you entered the “Win of World” sweepstakes on our Facebook page. We’re giving away six trips for two on six different Friendly Planet Travel tours. The first was our Best of South Africa tour. Time has run out to enter, and now we’ve picked a winner!

I know you’re dying to know, so here it goes …

The winner is Jamie Bartlett from Pelham, Alabama!

Congratulations to Jamie, who will go on a trip for two to South Africa for free, courtesy of Friendly Planet Travel. Look out for an email from me soon!

Didn’t win? Don’t worry! We’re giving away a trip a month for the next five months! One entry covers you for the next two trips, so if you entered for Best of South Africa, you’re automatically entered for the next two — Peru and China. If you want to increase your chances of winning, refer your friends on Facebook. For every friend you refer who enters, your name gets entered again. Good luck travelers!

Drum roll please! The winner of the autographed copy of ’1,000 Places To See Before You Die’ is …

Patricia Schultz’s signature

Our contest to win a signed copy of “1,000 Places To See Before You Die” by Patricia Schultz has come to an end. That means it’s time to pick a winner!

We asked you to leave a comment on the original blog post telling me what places you want to see before you die, and why, to be entered to win.

It was a joy reading the destinations people wanted to visit. I wish I could give every one of you who entered a signed copy of the book, but I only have one. So let’s get to the winner.

The winner of the autographed copy of “1,000 Places To See Before You Die” by Patricia Schultz is SerenityLife! Congrats! We’ll be e-mailing you shortly to confirm your address to ship you your book. Thank you to everyone who entered!

Queue the music: We announce the winner of our free trip to India

Attendees entering to win our free trips at the Travel Show

My blog post asking you to check your e-mails and voicemails to see if you were the winner of Friendly Planet Travel’s free trip for two on the Taj Mahal Express worked.

Marybeth Kelman of New Jersey claimed the free trip she entered to win at The New York Times Travel show. Congrats Marybeth!

The Taj Mahal Express is one of the most amazing cultural experiences of a lifetime. Its sights, sounds, and smells are among the most phenomenal in the world. Marybeth, I hope you enjoy every second of your trip!

Head back to my previous post to find out more details about the free trip Marybeth won. And in case you missed the Travel Show, read my recap or bookmark “The New York Times Travel Show” tag to see the latest videos we’ll be posting from the show.

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