If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it 1,000 times, “Angie, if you take me with you on your next trip, I’ll carry your bags!”
I’ve finally taken your kind promises to heart, folks, so drum roll please… we just might be going on a trip together!
And bonus — you don’t even have to haul my luggage! (I mean, I wouldn’t stop you if you were really keen…)
Fabulous Kirsten Alana from Aviators & a Camera and I are partnering with Intrepid Travel to give away two trips with us later this year — which means you and I might finally be travel buddies very, very soon!
Kirsten & I have not been friends for too terribly long, though what we lack in history we more than make up for in activity. We’ve explored Rome like Audrey Hepburn on classic Vespas, danced into the wee hours at TBU in Umbria and frolicked through puddles in the West Village of NYC on rainy night. In case you don’t know her, she’s good people (and a brilliant photographer & writer to boot!) and I can’t wait to travel with her again!
Sadly, I could only find one photo of the two of us… and it’s just about as flattering as a pie in the face.
At least you can tell we’re a blast to travel with =)
Now, the first step in this fun project is choosing from some 800 amazing trips Intrepid offers, and this is where we REALLY need your help.
Kirsten and I have narrowed it down to 3 to-die-for destinations – two we’ve never visited, and one we’ve both sampled but couldn’t get enough of – Morocco, Peru and Turkey. Tough call, I know!
If it was up to me, I’d never be able to choose – that’s where you come in.
You know I’m a sucker for real-life movie locations, and is there one more recognizable and classic than Casablanca? (If your name is Sam and you win the trip to Morocco, fair warning: I will tell you to play it again at least 150 times a day.)
From Intrepid: Travel to Morocco and visit the best of the country’s attractions from Casablanca to Marrakech. Travel from the snow-capped Atlas Mountains to the endless sands of the Sahara, and from the medieval old town of Fes to the spice markets of Marrakech, the rich history and natural beauty of Morocco await. Observe the vibrant collision between old and new expressed in architecture and artwork. Learn about fallen cities and cross paths with nomadic tribes. Jump in and discover the many mysteries and legends concealed within this moody, ever-changing landscape.
I went to Turkey independently last summer and visited Cappadocia and its famed fairy chimneys, but truly, 10 days was not enough. I never even made it to the coast or to Ephesus, one of the most important destinations on any Bible tourist’s hotlist.
From Intrepid: Experience Turkey from a different perspective. Abandon well-worn routes to forge a path through unexplored terrain, deep into the historical heart of Turkey. Travel from the minarets of Istanbul city, visiting Turkey’s holiest sites, cycling breathtaking Mediterranean coastlines, hiking the Lycian Way and kayaking over sunken cities. Take up the challenge and be amazed by all that this active travel adventure has to offer.
Though I’ve been to Bolivia three times on mission trips, that’s all the time I’ve spent in South America. Based on my abiding affection for the Bolivian people, I can only expect to feel the same in Peru – with the added bonus of a visit to bucket list stop: Machu Picchu!
From Intrepid: Visit South America and travel to Peru on an adventure from mountains to jungle, and seasides to great plains. Visit Peru’s incredible natural and historical highlights on this awesome adventure. Retrace the steps of the Incas to Machu Picchu, admire colonial cities, explore vibrant markets and meet the locals in this South American country with a difference. Return home with incredible memories of the panoramas and people of Peru.
So what’ll it be?
- Souks & Sahara?
- Llamas & Titicaca?
- Or a tasty slice of Turkey?
Between now and Fri., Sept. 28, 2012, we’re asking YOU to help choose our next adventure destination! Let us know in the comments on either of our sites, on our Facebook polls or on Twitter which trip YOU would most want to join us on and be sure to use the #AKAway hashtag and either #Peru, #Morocco or #Turkey.
It’s all up to you to pick our next adventure. Choose wisely because you may be joining us!
We’ll announce the winning location and will share contest details on Oct. 1, 2012 — that’s next Monday! — including everything you need to know on entering to win, so keep an eye on our social media accounts for all the news:
So tell us, is Peru, Morocco or Turkey a dream destination for you? Which one would you choose?
And how soon can you pack your bags?
The Fine Print
Anyone age 18+ can win the trip and Kirsten and I will each select a winner randomly via RaffleCopter. Airfare, visas/passport fees and any applicable taxes are not included. If the winner can’t travel during our late 2012 selected dates, that’s no problem! The trip will be valid for up to one year after the date the winner is announced. More details to come…