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Time is almost up to win an autographed Pauline Frommer travel guidebook

There are only few days left to win a signed copy of “Pauline Frommer’s Italy: Spend Less, See More.” The contest ends on Friday, June 24 at 11:59 EST.

If you’re planning on visiting Italy or going back to the country again, Pauline’s guidebook is the one you want in your hand as you travel the narrow city streets or open countryside.

Here’s what you have to do to enter to win. Tell me about at least one place or site you want to see in Italy in a comment on the original post.

Head back to the post now to leave your comment, and find out what Pauline will help you discover in Italy.

How to spend less in Italy: Win Pauline Frommer’s autographed travel guidebook

Guess what I found in the back of my bookshelf. More travel guidebooks autographed by Arthur and Pauline Frommer!

We got a handful of them signed after Melissa’s interview with Arthur and Pauline Frommer at The Philadelphia Inquirer Travel Show.

They turned up as we were packing for our upcoming office move. And obviously, these books aren’t guiding any travelers by just sitting in my office. Instead, I’m going to give you a chance to win one!

Pauline was not only kind enough to chat with us, but she signed a copy of “Pauline Frommer’s Italy: Spend Less, See More.” If you want to come home with money still in your wallet, it’s the best guidebook to have with you when you travel to Italy. ;-)

It gives you all the advice you’ll need to discover where to enjoy the soft Mediterranean breeze along the boardwalks, indulge in the fragrant olive and lemon groves, and experience the art, fashion, music, and architecture that flourishes in the cities.

And I can’t forget to mention the food, which has been described as heavenly. I can personally vouch for that, having been to Italy many times. Pauline’s book is really great in that she helps you find some of the best spots in the country to savor the best Italian cuisine.

Here’s what you have to do to enter to win. Leave a comment on this post telling me about at least one place or site you want to see in Italy and why. To be eligible to win, you must include your first name and an e-mail address where we can contact you if you win in the comment. The commenting contest starts today and ends on Friday, June 24 at 11:59 p.m. EST. One winner will be randomly selected from the pool of comments and announced on the blog.

Buona fortuna!

Check off ’1,000 Places To See Before You Die’ with an autographed copy

When Friendly Planet Travel was at The Philadelphia Inquirer Travel Show, Melissa got the opportunity to interview Patricia Schultz, author of “1,000 Places To See Before You Die.” After their chat, Melissa scored an autographed copy of Patricia’s book. Take a look below.

If you’re not familiar with the book, jump back to my previous post to find out how it became a milestone in travel journalism. In fact, many of Friendly Planet Travel’s destinations are featured in it. Spots such as Halong Bay, Vietnam; Phuket, Thailand; the Masai Mara, Kenya; Table Mountain, South Africa; and more. We must be on the same page as Patricia as to what destinations you should see before you die. ;)

But I’m not going to tease you with just images of Patricia’s John Hancock. I’m giving you the chance to win it! Here’s what you have to do to win a signed copy of “1,000 Places To See Before You Die” by Patricia Schultz. To enter to win, leave a comment on this post telling me about two places you want to see before you die, and why.

To be eligible to win, you must include your first name and an e-mail address where we can contact you if you win in the comment. And if you want two chances to win, you can also log in to Twitter and tweet: @FriendlyPlanet I want to win a signed copy of “1,000 Places To See Before You Die” http://bit.ly/f5N2vZ #travel.

But if you tweet, sign your comment with your Twitter handle so we know to count your submission twice. The commenting contest starts today and ends on Monday, April 25, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. EST. One winner will be randomly selected from the pool of comments and tweets, and announced on the blog and on the Friendly Planet Travel Facebook page. Good luck!

And the winners of autographed Arthur Frommer travel guidebooks are …

Before we close the book on Friendly Planet Travel’s contest to win autographed Arthur Frommer travel guidebooks, I want to tell you who won! But before I reveal the names, let me refresh your memory on what’s at stake here.

When we were at The Philadelphia Inquirer Travel Show, we got the opportunity to interview Arthur and Pauline Frommer, two of the BIGGEST names in the travel industry. They were so gracious. Not only did they give us a few minutes of their time (when everyone wanted a few minutes of their time), but they also signed a few of their travel guidebooks for us.

Instead of keeping them all for myself, I bundled “Ask Arthur Frommer” and “Frommer’s Costa Rica 2011” together to give two sets away to two lucky Friendly Planet Travel readers. You then told me why you wanted to win these great (and autographed) books by commenting on the original post, and today we randomly selected two winners.

And the winners are … Kellie Cereola and Kelvin! Congratulations! Both of you will be receiving copies of the books signed by Arthur Frommer. We’ll be contacting you shortly to confirm your address to send you books. In case you didn’t see them the first time, here are photos of Arthur’s sig.

Thanks to everyone who entered. I loved reading all the comments and I’m so happy to see that like me, Arthur Frommer not only inspired you to travel, but has given you great travel advice along the way. I’d also like to thank Arthur again for talking with Friendly Planet Travel and autographing the books.

And if you didn’t win this time, don’t fret. I’ll be telling you how you can enter to win a copy of “1,000 Places to See Before You Die,” autographed by Patricia Schultz. And if there are any other travel writers you’d like to see us to feature on the blog, let me know in a comment.

Time is running out to get autographed Arthur Frommer travel guidebooks

I’ve gotten some inspiring comments so far for our contest to win autographed Arthur Frommer travel guidebooks. In case you haven’t entered to win yet, you better do it soon! The contest ends on Wednesday, Feb. 23 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Here’s what you have to do to enter.

Flip back to our original post and leave a comment telling me why you want to win signed copies of “Ask Arthur Frommer” and “Frommer’s Costa Rica 2011.” To be eligible to win, you must include your first name and an e-mail address where we can contact you if you win in the comment. Two winners will be randomly selected from the pool of comments and announced on the blog.

If you need a little inspiration to get you typing, watch Friendly Planet Travel’s interview with Arthur and Pauline Frommer at The Philadelphia Inquirer Travel Show. Good luck!

Travel easier: How to get autographed Arthur Frommer travel guidebooks

Enter to win signed copies! Get the details below.

I just can’t get enough of the Frommers! I’m still on cloud nine about Melissa’s interview with Arthur and Pauline Frommer at The Philadelphia Inquirer Travel Show.

Today, to keep the excitement going, I’m giving two lucky readers the chance to win copies of “Ask Arthur Frommer” and “Frommer’s Costa Rica 2011,” autographed by Arthur Frommer.

As I told you in my last post, in my pursuit of an interview with the Frommers, I was able to snag a few autographed copies of Arthur’s latest books. He was kind enough to not only talk to us on camera, but autograph four books for us. Thanks Arthur!

I packaged “Ask Arthur Frommer” and “Frommer’s Costa Rica 2011″ together to give two sets away to two lucky Friendly Planet Travel readers. Both are packed with travel advice and sure to come in handy. Take a quick look at Arthur’s John Hancock.

To enter to win, leave a comment on this post telling me why you want to win Arthur’s books. Would you keep them for yourself or give them away as a gift? Or has Arthur Frommer been your travel muse? Tell me all about it!

To be eligible to win, you must include your first name and an e-mail address where we can contact you if you win in the comment. The commenting contest starts today and ends on Wednesday, Feb. 23 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Two winners will be randomly selected from the pool of comments and announced on the blog.

Put your traveling caps on and start telling me why you want to win these books. I look forward to reading your comments!

Reminder: Friendly Planet Travel is giving away a trip to China and India at The Philadelphia Inquirer Travel Show

Before the weekend officially starts, I wanted to remind you that Friendly Planet Travel is giving away an extraordinary trip for two on our Taste of China tour or the Taj Mahal Express tour at The Philadelphia Inquirer Travel Show this weekend. In addition, we’re also giving away a Nikon S8100 digital camera.

All you have to do is stop by Friendly Planet Travel’s booth, #514, on Saturday or Sunday to enter for your chance to win. On Monday, we’ll announce all three winners right here on the blog! Besides giving away amazing prizes, I will be giving two presentations.

“7 Exotic Locations for the Price of a Vegas Weekend” is slated for Saturday at 12:15 p.m. and “How to Compare Travel Offers for the Best Value” is scheduled for Sunday at 11:15 a.m. Flip back to my previous post to get all the details on our prizes and my presentations.

Friendly Planet Travel bloggers will also be on the show floor interviewing attendees and members of the media to find out the hottest trends in travel and much more. Keep your eyes peeled to the blog next week as we post videos, podcasts, and more from The Philadelphia Inquirer Travel Show.

Hope to see you at the show!

A trip to The Philadelphia Inquirer Travel Show this weekend could send you to China or India

Philly’s more fun when you win a trip to China or India! If you go to The Philadelphia Inquirer Travel Show at The Pennsylvania Convention Center this weekend, you have the chance to win an extraordinary trip for two on Friendly Planet Travel’s Taste of China tour or the Taj Mahal Express tour. And those two trips aren’t the only prizes attendees can win. We’re also giving away a Nikon S8100 digital camera.

Friendly Planet Travel will be exhibiting at the show at booth #514 where attendees can register to win. It’s that simple. The winners will be randomly selected and announced right here on the blog on Monday.

If you do make it to the show, please stop by booth #514 and say hello! I’ll be there all weekend. I’ll also be giving two presentations. “7 Exotic Locations for the Price of a Vegas Weekend” will reveal the exotic spots on the globe that offer your family an unforgettable experience of a lifetime for the cost of the typical week down the shore or a long weekend in Vegas. That’s slated for Saturday at 12:15 p.m. on the entertainment stage.

And “How to Compare Travel Offers for the Best Value” will teach you how to compare different packages and uncover hidden fees to slim down your cost without slimming down your experience. That’s scheduled for Sunday at 11:15 a.m. And I’ll be answering your travel questions after each presentation.

If you haven’t bought your tickets yet, you can still do so online. Adults are $10 and kids under 18 are free. So for just $10, you could win a trip to China, India, or a pretty snazzy camera. Not a bad deal, right? And that’s in addition to the abundance of travel information and fun planned for show visitors.

There are 63 booths in addition to Friendly Planet Travel’s, although I personally have a preference for booth #514! We will have lots of material, an international slide show with amazing images of the many places around the world we visit, and special, show-only discount coupons valid for many of our tours.

Here are more details on our prizes. The Nikon S8100 features a 3-inch, high-resolution clear color display. It has 12.1 megapixals with a 10X wide Zoom-NIKKOR ED glass lens, covering 30-300 mm. It also comes with Optical VR Image Stabilzation, high ISO sensitivity to 3200, and a new flash control system. Plus, you can record full 1080p HD movies with stereo sound.

The winner of the Taste of China tour visits three of China’s most dynamic and culturally awe-inspiring cities: Beijing, Xi’an, and Shanghai. Included are roundtrip airfare from Los Angeles via Air China including fuel surcharges; all ground transfers; all intra-China flights; deluxe and first class hotel accommodations with private bath; many meals; comprehensive sightseeing with a local, English-speaking expert guide; and more. Jump back to my previous posts on the tour find out all the sights you’ll see in each city.

The Taj Mahal Express tour includes roundtrip airfare from New York on Emirates; superior first-class hotels; daily buffet breakfasts; an authentic Indian farewell dinner in Delhi; expert guides throughout the journey; fuel surcharges, transfers, and much more.

While in India, we take you on expert-guided tours of the Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikhri, Jaipur (known as the “pink city”), and the Amber Fort, with an ascent on elephant or a Jeep. You also get a one-day tour in Delhi that takes you to its most important sites, such as the Laxmi Narayan Temple, Raj Ghat, the Red Fort, and more. Your tour concludes with a rickshaw tour through Old Delhi’s most popular street market, Chandni Chowk. There’s so much more, but you can read about it in my recent posts.

I hope to see you this weekend! If you can’t make it, you’ll have another chance to see us at The New York Times Travel Show where we’ll be exhibiting on Feb. 25 to 27. But more to come on that in a future post.

Update: SCOTTEVEST Travel Vest giveaway extended!

A few days ago I reminded you that the deadline to enter to win a free SCOTTEVEST Travel Vest was today, Wednesday, Nov. 10. Well we’ve extended the deadline to Friday, Nov. 19 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Now you have more time to leave a comment on the original giveaway post answering these two questions:

  • Which Friendly Planet Travel tour would be best suited for wearing the SCOTTEVEST Travel Vest on?
  • How would using a SCOTTEVEST Travel Vest on that tour change your trip?

Can’t decide between our 53 tours? Well you don’t have to. You can leave as many comments as you want! Find out all the contest details in the original post.

Reminder: Post a comment, win a free SCOTTEVEST Travel Vest

The clock is a tickin’ folks. I wanted to remind everyone that the deadline to enter to win a free SCOTTEVEST Travel Vest is Wednesday, Nov. 10 at 11:59 p.m. EST Friday, Nov. 19 at 11:59 EST. To enter, answer these two questions in a comment on our original giveaway post:

  • Which Friendly Planet Travel tour would be best suited for wearing the SCOTTEVEST Travel Vest on?
  • How would using a SCOTTEVEST Travel Vest on that tour change your trip?

You can find out all the contest details in the original post. There’s only one vest to give away, so enter to win before time runs out!

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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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