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See Turkey for free!

May 1 marked the beginning of the second round of our Win the World Sweepstakes. This time, one of the three trips we’re giving away is an amazing trip for two to Turkey on our 14-day Best of Turkey tour (a $4,000 value)! Today’s the last day to enter, so be sure to check out our Facebook page for your chance to win!

Turkey offers the best of the Middle East and Europe, and boasts a rich and long-standing history. Whether you’ve traveled there before or just visited in your dreams, our Best of Turkey tour is sure to amaze.

Don’t believe me? Maybe some of the pictures below will help exhibit all that Turkey has to offer.

The Sultan Ahmed Mosque, more commonly called the Blue Mosque, is one of the most popular attractions in Istanbul. The blue tiles that adorn the walls of its interior are what give the mosque its name. This sight is not to be missed when visiting Turkey’s capital city.

Also located in Istanbul, Hagia Sofia was first an Orthodox basilica, then a mosque, and became a museum in 1935. It is said to be the epitome of Byzantine architecture, and many say that it inspired the design of the Blue Mosque.


Image courtesy of Istanbul.com

The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in history. Shoppers can find jewelry, furniture, carpets, leather goods, clothing, and more while walking through this beautiful market. 

Kusadasi is a beautiful shore town on Turkey’s Aegean coast, and has long been a center of art and culture. Travelers will soak up the sun and fun in this sunny resort location.

One of the most famous sights in Cappadocia are the huge rock formations. The people who lived there carved out houses, churches, and monasteries from the rocks, and they’re a wonder to walk through. 

Pamukkale, located in Southwestern Turkey, is a natural site made up of hot springs and travertines. Travelers come from all over to bathe in the pools of water, and have done so for thousands of years. 
Troy is best known as the city from the Trojan War, around which the Illiad by Homer was based. Travelers will see beautiful ancient ruins, and feel like they’re stepping back in time. 
Ephesus was first a Greek city, then a Roman city, and now stands in modern-day Turkey. The Theater in Ephesus, shown here, has seating for 25,000 people and was used for concerts, plays, religious and philosophical discussions, and gladiator and animal fights.

This symbolic Trojan horse at Canakkale stands in commemoration of the fallen Turkish soldiers from World War I.
If you want to see more, you can … for free! Just visit our Facebook page to enter to win a free trip for two to Turkey. And don’t forget to refer your friends for more chances to win. Good luck to all our travelers!

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!

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!

Win a free trip for 2 to China with Friendly Planet Travel!

Two trips to fantastic destinations given away, four more free tours to go. If you haven’t won a trip yet, then this is for you.

You might have seen that we’re giving away a trip for two to China on our Taste of China tour, and you might have already entered our sweepstakes. If you haven’t, there’s still time.

A Friendly Planet traveler and a guest will be on their way to see Beijing, China’s capital and host of the 2008 Summer Olympics; Shanghai, often called the “Paris of the East;” and Xi’an, where one of the most fascinating archeological finds in the world, the Terracotta army, is found.

Don’t wait to visit our Facebook page and fill out the entry form. If you entered to win the Best of South Africa tour or Amazing Peru tour, then your name is already in the pool and you don’t have to enter again. But referring your friends to enter will get you more chances to win!

Who would you take with you to China? Invite that person to enter, and that’s two more chances to win! I like those odds!

And if you’re still not convinced, I have lots to say about the fascinating country of China. It’s a beautiful place, full of fast-paced cities, ancient history, lots and lots of people, plenty of great shopping, and cultural experiences everywhere. I recently went to China, and it was one of the best trips I’ve ever taken. You simply have to see it to believe it. I’ll be sharing my experiences on my trip in the future, so stay tuned.

The winner of our Taste of China tour and a guest will win round-trip flights from Los Angeles via Air China, including fuel surcharges, taxes, and fees; all intra-China flights and ground transportation; and deluxe and first-class hotels with a private bathroom.

Also included are 12 meals, including eight buffet breakfasts, three lunches, and one dinner; comprehensive touring programs, including entrance fees; and a professional, English-speaking tour director and local guides.

What are you waiting for? Hop over to our Facebook page and enter to win this fantastic trip!

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 an all-expenses-paid trip to Peru on Friendly Planet Travel’s “Win the World” Facebook giveaway

I can’t tell you how excited I was to make the call to Jamie Bartlett, the first winner in our “Win the World” Facebook giveaway. Hearing the excitement in his voice as I told him that he’ll be going on a 14-day trip to Cape Town and Johannesburg was a highlight of my year (even if the year is only six weeks old).

Jamie and a friend will be on their way to South Africa, all expenses paid, but we have five more tours to give away until July. The next one up? Peru, a $6,500 value! Wouldn’t it be nice if, instead of Jamie, it was you this time?

It can be! All you have to do to enter is hit our Facebook page and fill out the entry form. If you entered to win the Best of South Africa tour, don’t fret — your name is still in the running to be picked for Peru and our next destination, China. But if you haven’t invited all your friends to enter, you’re missing out on extra chances to win.

For every friend you refer that enters, your name gets added to the list again. You can increase your chances to win exponentially by telling your significant other, family, and everyone you know (over the age of 21, that is) to enter. It can’t get much easier than that!

Our Amazing Peru tour is one of our most visually beautiful and fascinating destinations. The winner of this trip will get to savor the sites, including Lima, Peru’s capital city; the Paracas National Reserve in Paracas; and Cuzco, capital of the ancient Inca Empire. The winner will be able to shop in local Peruvian markets for homemade goods; see ancient sights like Machu Picchu, a mystical stone courtyard thought to be the country retreat for Incan nobility; and plenty more, all while interacting with the locals and taking in the culture of Peru.

The winner of the tour, along with a guest, will get round-trip flights from Miami via LAN Airlines, including fuel surcharges, taxes, and fees; all ground transportation and transfers within Peru; and a deluxe hotel stay with a private bath. The prize package also includes 11 buffet breakfasts, two lunches, and two dinners; comprehensive touring, including entrance fees; a Ballestas Islands boat excursion (weather permitting); and English-speaking tour guides and directors.

There’s more where that came from! The full itinerary is available on our website, so you can start dreaming of the exact things you’ll do and people you’ll meet while traveling in Peru. But you have to enter on our Facebook page to qualify!

So what are you waiting for? Hop over to our Facebook page to enter to win a fantastic tour to Peru! Maybe I’ll be calling you in a month to tell you what you’ve won. :-)

“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!

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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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