Think twice about that elusive 99-cent iPhone, people. Pushy crowds, endless lines and bitter cold can make you second-guess whether that deal is really a steal once Black Friday rolls around. Don’t even get us started on the whole sales-starting-on-Thanksgiving backlash. Here’s a better idea, several in fact, that can be ordered from the comfort of your own home.
At Travel Channel, we’ve been busy rounding up the ultimate gifts for all the globetrotters on your list – check out some of the best gear, gadgets and luxe travel essentials this holiday season below. Then enter for a chance to win some of our favorites as well as $10,000 cash in our Gift of Travel Sweepstakes!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year — wherever you are in the world! And if we do say so ourselves, this year we’ve outdone ourselves, with an amazing sweepstakes giveaway, high-tech gadget prizes and awesome travel gift ideas, handpicked by leading travel experts. How can you get in on the celebration? Let us count the ways …
1. Gift of Travel: $10,000 Sweepstakes
That’s right, Santa’s elves can rest easy in the case of one lucky winner, because he or she will find $10,000 under their tree. And that’s just the grand prize! Every day between now and Dec. 31, we’re also giving away awesome travel gifts, including a Fujifilm waterproof camera, Nintendo 3DS, GoPro Hero 3, Apex HD Video Snow Goggles and a Kindle Fire HD! For more chances to win, make sure to enter on Travel Channel and again on our Facebook page!
2. Travel’s Best Travel Gifts 2013
Stumped on what to get friends and family for the holidays? Consider this roundup your holiday shopping made easy. Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift for the adventurer, techie or jetsetter in your life, you’ll find no shortage of ideas here. Travel Channel has assembled an expert panel of advisors — including adventure traveler Matthew Karsten, aka the Expert Vagabond, and our own gadget guru, Rob Pralgo — to put the “Travel’s Best” stamp of approval on the year’s top 10 travel gifts.
3. All-New Travel Channel Shows
On Sundays this December, tune in for all-new holiday specials, including Xtreme Xmas and Jingle Brawls, as well as day-long marathons featuring amazing escapes that will be sure to make any recipient shout with glee. Downside? Your travel “wish list” may grow by a mile.
Just remember, it’s better to give than to receive — but this season it’s best to win it all for free. So enter to win our Gift of Travel giveaway now!
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Let’s say you get lucky and win this month’s trip to Monte Carlo … you’re going to need a whole new wardrobe, right? Lucky for us, the jet-setting editors at L-atitude, a site that offers travel and fashion lovers a way to shop by destination, provided us with a few things to pack for a luxe vacation in Monte Carlo. Just click on the shopping icon on the image above to see L-atitude’s picks for what to wear in Monte Carlo. The good news is that even if you don’t win this month’s trip giveaway to Monte Carlo, you can look like you just got back from the French Riviera anyway with these fashion finds.
And what’s one of the top things to do in Monte Carlo? Shop, of course. L-atitude also shares their favorite places to shop in Monte Carlo, from the super-luxe mall Galérie du Métropole to the funky flea market Les Puces de Fontvieille. There’s even some shopping for the men — try Formula 1, a boutique that has everything from racing helmets to model cars among its mementos of the Monaco Grand Prix.
So if you haven’t entered the Monte Carlo sweepstakes, now is the time before September ends! And remember, you’ll need something for the beach and casino that says “glamorous globetrotter,” so you better start shopping, too.
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“Sun Catcher” by Heather Buttelmann
Well folks, that’s a wrap. As we bring our first photo contest to a close, we’re overwhelmed with the amazing travel photos you’ve shared with us (all 5,582 of them) — so thank you!
Our final grand prize winner goes to “Sun Catcher” by Heather Buttelmann. Congrats on winning a $500 Choice Hotels voucher to use at any location!
Heather says, “My daughter was trying to net fish in a tide pool. She lost her balance on the slippery surface and Voila! I got the shot!”
See the other finalists from this week below, and remember, even though the contest is now closed you can still check out all of the impressive 2013 Photo Contest submissions.
“Tuscan Paradise” by Sybil
“Mingling With the Natives” by Danielle
“Beautiful Bryce” by Casper
“Floating in Paradise” by Tiffaney
This week’s winner goes to the aptly-titled “Floating in Paradise” by Tiffaney. It’s safe to say her submission made the Travel Channel staff collectively wish were there.
Tiffaney says, “My husband took me to the beautiful island of Bora Bora on our honeymoon. Each morning, I would jump off of our balcony into the blue lagoon below. One morning my husband saw me floating and snapped my favorite shot of the trip!”
It was our favorite, too, Tiffaney! Congrats on winning a $500 Choice Hotels voucher to use at any location.
See the other finalists from this week below, and remember we only have 1 grand prize left! Upload your best vacation photos now for your last chance to win.
“Blondes Do Have More Fun” by Kimberly
“Mediterranean Marvels” by Sable’s Travels
“Emerald Lake & Cilantro Cafe”
“Bubble Cheeks” by Susan
Who could resist those “Bubble Cheeks?” Certainly, not us.
This week’s winner in the “Travel Fun for Less” category is Susan, who says “I was enjoying a fun afternoon in the pool with my 4-year-old nephew, who is learning to swim. He was showing me how to make ‘bubble cheeks.’”
Congrats, Susan, on winning a $500 Choice Hotels voucher to use at any location!
See the other finalists from this week below, and remember we have 3 grand prizes left! Upload your best vacation photos now for a chance to win.
“African Dream” by Rochi
“Midnight Sun in Iceland” by MikelDallas
“Hiking up High” by MANelson
For more information — or to size up the competition — check out our 2013 photo contest.
Have you ever dreamt of vacationing at a luxurious mountain resort, spending your days breathing in the fresh mountain air, golfing at a championship course, relaxing by the pool and taking a break from canoeing or fly-fishingto experience a top-notch spa treatment? Sounds pretty nice, right?
What if the trip was also completely, 100% paid for?
From now until the end of the month, enter daily to win an amazing Colorado experience. One lucky winner and 3 guests will be flown to Colorado Springs, where they’ll spend 4 days enjoying all the natural beauty Colorado has to offer.
First, you’ll spend 2 nights at The Broadmoor Resort — the longest consecutive winner of both the AAA 5-Diamond and Forbes Travel Guide 5-Star awards. The luxury resort also has a day spa, a 54-hole championship golf course, 6 tennis courts and 3 pools.
Then, spend a night at The Ranch at Emerald Valley, a cluster of cabins nestled within 100,000 acres of the Pike National Forest. Don’t worry, they have all the modern conveniences, plus wood-burning fireplaces and outdoor hot tubs.
If all that isn’t enough, the free trip also includes spa treatments, golf at The Broadmoor’s Championship East Course, paddleboating/canoeing, a train ride on Pikes Peak Cog Railway and complimentary access to The Broadmoor Movie Theater.
So, what are you waiting for? Enter now!
Today is your last chance to enter our Ultimate Grand Canyon RV Adventure Sweepstakes! While you’re waiting to see if you’re the lucky winner, get inspired by some of our favorite RV bloggers. From wineries to manatees, check out why they chose to ditch their neighborhoods and hit the road.
Planning to taste a few new wines? Don’t have your trip end at the Napa Valley. These two Geeky Explorers explored not only the sights but also the wineries of Walla Walla.
Get a little taste of the Grand Canyon from Fab Grandma. See firsthand adventures of driving to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, hiking the Cape Final Trail, and seeing a herd of bull bison.
Want to take a trip up North? You won’t be disappointed with the picturesque views that Canada has to offer. But first learn a thing or two about our northern neighbor from Travels With Miranda.
The excursions don’t stop at RVs — Roads Less Traveled gives you the inside scoop on resorts and tips for RV and sailboat vacations.
If you’ve ever dreamed of snorkeling with seals, swimming with manatees, or encountering crocodiles, NeverEndingRvTrip has a few things to add to your bucket list.
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We’ve teamed up with Go RVing to give away a trip for 2 to Arizona. Have you ever dreamed of touring the Grand Canyon? How about climbing aboard a luxury RV and driving out west? One lucky winner (and a guest) will get to do both. Here are the deets:
**2 round-trip flights to Phoenix
**7 days and 6 nights aboard a Class A luxury RV
**Sightseeing around the Sedona Red Stones, Oak Creek Canyon, Bell Rock and Cathedral Rock
**9-hour tour of the Grand Canyon, from Flagstaff through the Navajo Nation
**Unforgettable sunset dinner
Already sold? Learn about more adventures to be had on a trip to Arizona, including whitewater rafting on the Colorado River, hiking the Bright Angel Trail and taking a scenic train ride.
With over 1.2 million acres from the South to North Rim there’s a lot to navigate — here are 16 must-sees in Grand Canyon National Park.
So what are you waiting for? Enter every day this month for a chance to win this unforgettable trip!
$100,000. You and 3 friends. An Adriatic adventure. The stakes are high and today is your last chance to win the Trip of a Lifetime. What are you waiting for?
You have until midnight tonight to customize your dream itinerary or choose a host’s trip and enter it to win the ultimate getaway to the beautiful coasts of Italy and Croatia.
Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity or tomorrow you’ll be kicking yourself whilst daydreaming of snorkeling off Dubrovnik’s hidden beaches and sipping wine at the famous Villa Sandi. Enter to win now!