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Friendly Planet Travel Winner’s Circle: Taj Mahal Express

LUCKY WINNER: Stacey Foisy will go on a free trip to India!

We still have one more podcast interview to share with you from our Win the World Facebook sweepstakes. I don’t think hearing our winners tell us how it felt to get the call that they won a free trip will ever get old for me.

I asked Friendly Planet Travel blogger Caitlin to chat with Taj Mahal Express tour winner, Stacy Foisy. Stacey told us that she’s been bitten by the travel bug, and was researching other tour options on our website when she stumbled upon our Facebook giveaway. She knew she had to enter for the chance to win a free trip to India.

Listen in as Stacey describes what it was like to win, where she’s traveled to before, and what she’s most looking forward to seeing in India.

                                                                                                             

Thanks so much for sharing with us Stacey! And if you weren’t one of our six winners, I wouldn’t give up hope just yet. We might have a giveaway up our sleeves, coming soon. Stay tuned to our Friendly Planet Travel Facebook page, and you might just see a mirage in the middle of the desert!

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!

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

Friday’s Friendly Funny: How NOT to win a free trip

We promise we won’t make you scratch and sniff the screen! Just enter our Win the World Facebook Sweepstakes on our Facebook page and you’ll be entered for a chance to win a trip for yourself and a friend on our Taste of Ireland and Taj Mahal Express tours. It’s as easy as that –so be sure to enter to get your name in the drawing!

Friday’s Friendly Funny by Dave Blazek is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 United States License.
Based on a work at blog.friendlyplanet.com.
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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!

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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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