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Your free trip to Dubai is just two clicks away on Friendly Planet Travel’s Facebook page

WIN WITH FRIENDLY PLANET: A free trip to Dubai!You might be asking yourself: Is Friendly Planet really giving away another free trip? The answer is yes!

That’s right — we’re pleased to announce we’re giving away another tour to our loyal fans on our Facebook page to a destination that is bigger, grander, and more lavish than any other: Dazzling Dubai!

There is absolutely no place in the world quite like Dubai. Found in the middle of the desert at the crossroads of Europe, Asia, and Africa, Dubai is the world’s mecca of luxury. The city has every amenity possible and no expense is spared in showing it’s a city of unparalleled extravagance. But you don’t have to be rich and famous to enjoy this amazing destination for yourself. All you have to do is visit our Facebook page, Like us, and fill out the entry form.

In true Friendly Planet fashion, the “Be Dazzled by Dubai” giveaway includes round-trip airfare from New York (JFK) via Emirates, one of the world’s top airlines, as well as fuel surcharges, airline taxes, and fees. It also includes arrival and departure transfers; buffet breakfast daily; city tour, including the Burj Khalifa; professional, English-speaking tour director; and accommodations at the deluxe, centrally located Fairmont Hotel. Several optional tours are also available.

This VIP giveaway takes you and a friend to Dubai to explore the unparalleled luxury, superb cuisine, and outstanding architecture that define this city. For all the details on where you’ll go and what you’ll see while in Dubai, be sure to read the detailed itinerary of the trip on our website.

And for more chances to win, be sure to keep your eyes on our Facebook page. We’ll be offering additional entries for participating in surveys, answering questions, and sharing posts. Good luck to all!

Announcing the final winner of our Win the World Facebook Sweepstakes

WORLD TRAVELER: Congratulations to
Stacey, who has won a trip to India!

Giving away free trips to travelers from all over the U.S. has been one of the most entertaining and exciting things I’ve done in Friendly Planet Travel history (and I’ve done a lot things in my 30 years since starting the company!).

But before we get to the end, we still have one more winner to announce in our Win the World Facebook Sweepstakes. This lucky person will win a free trip for two to India on our Taj Mahal Express tour. So who was our last lucky winner?
It was Stacey Foisy from Oregon! Listen in as I tell her what she’s won.

                                                                                                             

Congratulations to all of our winners – Jamie, Lillian, Shari, Stephen, Laurie, and now Stacey. We’ll be speaking to each of them once they return from their trips to hear how it went, what they enjoyed most, and what exciting things they saw while abroad.

This brings our Win the World Facebook Sweepstakes to a close. Awarding six all-expenses-paid tours to exotic destinations worldwide has been a fantastic experience for all of us here at Friendly Planet Travel, and we’d like to thank everyone who participated.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page, as well as right here on our blog, for more giveaways in the coming months.

Do you have an idea for a future Friendly Planet giveaway that you’d love to see be brought to life? Leave a comment below with what you think we should give away next. 

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

WIN THE WORLD WINNER: Laurie Forrest is going to Ireland,
courtesy of Friendly Planet Travel!

A strange number calling you could be many things: a telemarketer, wrong number, or if you’re lucky it could be me calling to tell you that you’ve won a free trip as part of our Win the World Facebook Sweepstakes. That was the case for our latest winner, Laurie Forrest, who won a free trip to Ireland.

Before I get to Laurie’s story, I want to mention that we only have one more free trip to give away. So get to our Facebook page now and enter to win – it’s your last chance! And if we reach 20,000 Facebook fans by Monday, August 6 – the last day to enter our sweepstakes – every fan of our Facebook page who has entered the contest will receive a coupon for $100 off any new trip booked with Friendly Planet.*

So, to help us reach that goal (and get a coupon for yourself), share the link to our sweepstakes on your wall. For every one of your friends who enters our sweepstakes, you’ll get an extra entry into the contest for yourself. You can also encourage your friends to enter by using the “invite friends” feature on our sweepstakes app, or by sharing our Friendly Planet Travel Facebook page using the drop-down option under our cover photo.

Now back to our Taste of Ireland winner, Laurie Forrest. I asked Friendly Planet Travel blogger Caitlin to interview Laurie about what it was like to hear that she won a free trip. Going to Ireland will be Laurie’s first trip abroad, which is perfect because she’s always wanted to travel more. It warms my heart to give this experience to a deserving individual like Laurie.

Listen in as Laurie tells us about herself, what she’s looking forward to seeing in Ireland, and who she plans on taking with her.

                                                                                                             

I look forward to calling our final winner next Tuesday, August 7. Good luck to all who have entered!

*Coupon for new bookings only. Expires 8/1/2013. Coupon is per booking and cannot be combined with any other coupons, discounts, or offers.

We’ve given away six international trips and now millions in discounts — Have we lost our minds?!

SHARE TO WIN: Get coupons for
helping us reach 20,000 fans on Facebook

Since January, we’ve given away five amazing trips to exotic destinations worldwide — and we’re getting ready to give away our sixth and final trip to India. Now we’re ALSO GIVING AWAY MILLIONS in discounts. We’ve set a goal to reach 20,000 fans by August 6 (we’re only 500 fans away!). If we reach our goal, every fan of our Facebook page who has entered the contest will receive a coupon for $100 off any new trip booked with Friendly Planet.*

So, how can you help us reach our goal and get a valuable $100 discount coupon for yourself? Just share the link to our sweepstakes on your wall. For every one of your friends who enters our sweepstakes, you’ll get an extra entry into the contest for yourself, and thanks to you, we’ll be another friend closer to the 20,000. Once you’ve entered the contest, you can use the “invite friends” feature or simply share our Friendly Planet Travel page using the drop down option under our cover photo.

We’d like to thank you for your help towards reaching our goal and wish you good luck in our sweepstakes. And knowing that you love travel as much as we do, we promise to bring you more exciting giveaways, special deals, and other ways to help you see the world for less. Keep traveling, friends!

P.S. We won’t fall into a deep depression if we actually exceed our goal. :-)

*Coupon for new bookings only. Expires 8/1/2013. Coupon is per booking and cannot be combined with any other coupons, discounts, or offers.

Did you win a free trip to Ireland? Find out now!

It’s been such a whirlwind to give away four free trips to four lucky winners over the past few months. And now it’s time to add another name to the winners list. July is here, which means it’s time to announce our next Win the World Facebook Sweepstakes winner. This time, a traveler and a guest will enjoy a free trip to Ireland — the Emerald Isle!

So I picked a name, dialed a number, and Laurie Forrest picked up. That means that Laurie is the winner of our Taste of Ireland tour! Listen in to Laurie’s reaction as I tell her what she’s won — she was so excited, she stopped me mid-sentence so she could tell her husband about her prize!

                                                                                                             

With our fifth trip awarded, we only have one more trip to give to one lucky winner, and our last giveaway destination is India! Make sure you go to our Facebook page, enter to win, and let your friends know that they should enter as well. The more friends you refer that enter, the more chances you’ll get for yourself to win.

Congratulations again to Laurie, and good luck to all our other travelers who are entering to win our free trip to India!

See India for free! Enter to win our final Win the World Facebook Sweepstakes giveaway

WONDER OF THE WORLD: The winner of this free trip will
get to see all India has to offer, including the Taj Mahal!

I love to explore destinations that have an exotic culture, beautiful scenery, and hospitable people. Few places capture these traits better than India, which is why I decided to offer our Taj Mahal Express tour as our sixth and final Win the World Facebook Sweepstakes trip giveaway.

One lucky traveler and a guest will have the chance to win a free nine-day excursion to India –up to a $4,800 value. To enter to win the trip of a lifetime, visit our Facebook page and fill out an entry form. If you’ve already entered to win the trip to Turkey or Ireland, then you will automatically be submitted to win this trip as well.

Looking to swing the odds in your favor? Then start spreading the word about our sweepstakes to friends and family. For every entry into our sweepstakes from one of your referrals, you’ll get an extra entry for yourself.

Our Taj Mahal Express tour explores the “golden triangle” of India, which includes the cities of Delhi, Agar, and Jaipur, all filled with vibrant sights and sounds. Travelers will also have the opportunity to visit one of the eight Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal. Experiencing the spiritual and exotic atmosphere of India will surely be an unforgettable adventure.

The prize for the winner and a guest includes round-trip airfare and all intra-India ground transportation. It also includes accommodations at superior and deluxe hotels; daily breakfasts and a farewell dinner; a comprehensive touring program, including entrance fees; a professional, English-speaking tour director; and more. If you’re interested in finding out more information about the Taj Mahal Express tour, check out the detailed itinerary online.

If you don’t believe that you can win, check out these blog posts about our last four winners, who all won a free trip for themselves and a guest!

I’m sad to see our Win the World sweepstakes come to an end, but I’m excited to offer this amazing trip to India to one last winner. This is your final chance to win a free trip with us, so don’t forget to enter on Facebook! I can’t wait to announce our final winner on August 1. Good luck to everyone who enters!

See Ireland for free in our Win the World Facebook Sweepstakes

Anyone who knows me knows I can’t pick a favorite destination to visit — every city and country is just as entrancing as the next. But I can safely say that a favorite destination among my travelers for its lush countryside, friendly and wonderful people, and the array of things to do and see, is Ireland.

WIN A FREE TRIP: See the Cliffs of Moher (and more!) on a
free trip to Ireland, courtesy of Friendly Planet Travel

That’s why we chose our A Taste of Ireland tour as the next giveaway in our Win the World Facebook Sweepstakes. One lucky traveler and guest will see Ireland for free on a trip that’s worth $3,600! To enter, flip to our Facebook page and fill our the entry form. If you already entered your name in our Turkey drawing, it’s automatically entered for this trip too!

As before, you can earn extra entries into our sweepstakes by spreading the word to your family, friends, coworkers, Facebook friends, and anyone else who would love to win a free trip. For every entry into our sweepstakes from your referrals, you’ll get an extra entry for yourself.

This seven-day tour to Ireland will hit all the major stops — Dublin, Kerry, Killarney, Kilkenny, and Limerick. Travelers will see some of the castles that make Ireland famous, along with old-fashioned houses and sprawling meadows. They’ll see the Cliffs of Moher, the most majestic cliffs in Ireland, and much much more. It’s no surprise that this picturesque island is referred to as the Emerald Isle.

The prize for the winner and a guest includes round-trip airfare, including fuel surcharges and all ground transportation and transfers. It also includes accommodations in superior and deluxe hotels; daily Irish breakfasts and two dinners; a comprehensive touring program, including entrance fees; a professional, English-speaking driver and guide; and more.

There’s so much more to Ireland, so be sure to check out the detailed itinerary of the trip. Our Ireland trip is one of our best-selling tours, and I’m so glad a lucky traveler will get to experience it for free. So remember to enter on Facebook, and help us spread the word by referring your friends for more entries to win. I can’t wait to announce the winner of this one on July 1!

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!

Like Friendly Planet Travel on Facebook to enter to win a free trip to Turkey!

LIKE US AND WIN: Enter our Facebook sweepstakes for
a chance to win three amazing trips!

In the first three months of 2012, we gave away three amazing trips through our Win the World Facebook Sweepstakes — one to South Africa, one to Peru, and one to China. After the excitement of Phase I, and a one-month hiatus to catch our breath, we’re ready to launch Phase II of this amazing program!

Yes, that means the Friendly Planet Travel Win the World Facebook Sweepstakes is back on with three more trips for a winner and the guest of his or her choice over the next three months. The first trip up for grabs? A getaway for two to the crossroads of Europe and Asia — Turkey — on our Best of Turkey program, valued at more than $5,000.

So how can you win? Since it’s the start of Phase II, we’re wiping the slate clean. If you entered your information between the months of January and March, you must enter your information again to be entered in Phase II. The good news is that once you’ve submitted your name, you’re in the running for all three giveaways!

As in Phase I, you can earn extra entries into our sweepstakes by inviting your family, friends, coworkers, Facebook friends, and anyone else who would love to win a free trip to enter. For every entry into our sweepstakes from your referrals, you’ll get an extra entry for yourself.

Our Win the World Sweepstakes will give travel aficionados a chance to escape to an exotic destination with included flights, great hotels, some meals, and plenty of escorted touring, all the great features travelers expect from Friendly Planet. The winner will experience visits to Istanbul, Cappadocia, Antalya, Pamukkale, and Ephesus. Check out the detailed itinerary for our amazing Best of Turkey tour on our website to learn more about all that the winner will see.

I’ve written in detail about what travelers should expect while visiting Turkey, so if you want to further explore the facets of this destination, check that out. After the Best of Turkey tour, we’ll be giving away our A Taste of Ireland tour on July 1, and our Taj Mahal Express tour on August 1.

But if you don’t enter, you won’t win. And if you don’t help us spread the word by referring your friends, you won’t get extra chances to win. What are you waiting for? Visit our Facebook page, like us, and fill out the form to win one of three marvelous trips.

Oh, and here’s an important tip. If you already like our page, just be sure to fill out the form again to enter Phase II. Refer your friends for more chances to win, and then be ready on June 1 when the next drawing will take place. Maybe I’ll be calling you to tell you that you’ve won!

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!

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Peggy Goldman is a specialty tour operator and travel expert, who owns and operates Friendly Planet Travel, a full-service company that specializes in tour packages to exotic worldwide destinations at affordable prices.   More about Peggy

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