Where to Next? Win a Trip with Me & @Intrepid_Travel

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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.

The best sort of travel partners you could ask for – gladiators!

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.

Image courtesy of Intrepid Travel

Best of Morocco 

15 days

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.

Image courtesy of Intrepid Travel

Turkey Active

12 days 

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.

Image courtesy of Intrepid Travel

Classic Peru

9 days  

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:


Angie Away

Kirsten Alana Travels

Intrepid Travel






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… 

Update: Contest details are up. Click here to enter to win! 

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67 thoughts on “Where to Next? Win a Trip with Me & @Intrepid_Travel

  1. Amy Moore

    I think Kirsten’s photography style + Morocco = Awesomeness and it would also allow you to write a Moroccan food vs. Chick-fil-a post. I would totally read that. :) Good luck wherever you go!

  2. Samantha

    You have it in writing — I would NOT get tired of you or Kirsten telling me to “Play it Again” in Morocco! This destination would give me permission to embrace my inner Jasmine and Indiana Jones all at the same time. Standing by more details on how to enter.

  3. JenniferU

    Decisions, decisions! I was in Morocco in May and Turkey in 2010 so I’m going to vote for Peru… BUT I would also return to and recommend the former two. Really can’t go wrong.

  4. lauren

    these all look incredible! after much debate…i am voting Turkey, even though you have already been Ange. Here’s what sold me on the Intrepid website – kayaking excursion over a sunken city. that sounds very awesome. and will make for some very awesome blog stories.

    i would also like to formally enter myself as a travel companion. or is it too early to begin my campaign? :)

  5. Lisa Charles

    I’m down for an adventure in Morocco and all its beauty (although the other locations are just as beautiful)….and as a wannabe photographer, I promise not to take or post any unflattering photos of you! :-)

  6. Erin Denniston

    My feelings would best be described in a monologue.

    Hike the Machu Picchu trail…
    Because at 30, you’re not at all frail…
    I’ve decided I actually like kale…
    Pick me, I’ll be the Katniss to your Gale.

    Super Star!

  7. Nuala

    My bucket list is steadily growing, two of my top ten (I kid u not..) are to make it to Machu Picchu, one of the most breath-taking places on earth! And to meet the infamous Angie! You’re living my dream and you Rock it!!

  8. Kristi Eaton

    I, too, will have to vote for Morocco. I have had a fascination with it for a few years now. Plus, I have never been to that part of the world!

  9. Kate

    Such a fantastic contest idea! I’ve just recently started following both of you ladies, and it would be a blast to travel with you! But it’s a tough pick….would love them all! Think I’ll have to vote for MOROCCO! (Because it’s on my travel-must list, AND it’s the longest one of the three!)

  10. Tash

    Wow, that is a massively tough choice! Morocco, Morocco, Morocco would be my vote!
    The full 15 days would be amazing, and the food and sights has always been a high travel dream for me!

    Peru and Turkey would also be amazing trips…..but I would love to come to Morocco with you, so go there! Ha!

  11. Alouise

    I love questions like this that have no wrong answer, but picking just one I’m going with Morocco. It’s a country that’s fascinated me, in a very strange and unexplainable way, ever since I was a kid.

  12. Amanda

    Out of the 3, I’ve only been to Turkey (briefly). But, having traveled with Intrepid before, I’m sure they would all be amazing!

    My vote is for Morocco, though. That trip sounds awesome!

  13. Rachel

    Wow, this is a difficult decision. They’re amazing destinations and I hope to see all of them one day! But I’m going to go with my heart and vote for Morocco. It’s been at the top of my to-see list for a loooong time.

    You ladies sound like a blast to travel with, I look forward to hearing more about the competition.

  14. Candace

    Peru!! I don’t see nearly enough love for the central & south americanas, and would love to not only follow only online….but in person as well!! #AKAway #Peru !!!

  15. Imperator

    I’ve been to Peru (2001), Morocco (1999 and 2009) and Turkey (quite often, but only to Istanbul)… Peru is amazing and I will never forget the clouds dance, lifting from the valleys to the sky at Macchu Picchu. The Moroccan desert is quite a site, while Marrakech’s Jemaa el Fnaa is a middle ages Carnival in the middle of the 21st century. A sunset in Istanbul in Eminonu, listening the muezzins singing from countless minarets is unforgetable. I would still go for Peru… long time, no see :(

  16. Hannah Kimbrell

    Morocco, it is soo beautiful and I heard the food is amazing. I have never got to travel out of the country so it all 3 places would be great either way!

  17. Dina Duchene

    This old girl chooses Morocco! God bless to the winner. What a wonderful opportunity for who ever wins. I’ve travelled abroud once and thas to France when I was 16. So, so many years ago but I would definitely go again:)

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