I'm interrupting my regularly scheduled postings (couldn't resist saying that!) to bring you something very special. I have been working with Tourism New Zealand on planning a trip there this winter. SInce they are in the middle of some very unusual promotions, they asked me to pass them along to my readers. New Zealand is a place that I can't wait to get to and I'm more than happy to help some readers have the same opportunity.
For the next 12 months, the tourism board in New Zealand is running a competition to give away trips. There's a catch, though. I go to places and write about them, but if you want this opportunity you need to do the writing first. It's called Stories Beat Stuff and the best stories win, but your stories need to be on a specific topic. They need to convince Tourism New Zealand that you really, really want this trip.
How far are you willing to go for an all expensive paid trip to New Zealand? The good part is that you don't actually have to do it, but you do have to explain what you would give up to go. Whether it's your favorite food, your dream car or even your significant other, if you want to win, you need to put it on the line in a video or a photo.
Six trips of a lifetime will be given away, one every few months. Each trip will include unique experiences, starting with the winners in December and January, when the Summer Rhythm (it's summer in New Zealand) trip is given away and the lucky winner gets a two-week roadtrip that goes along the East Coast of New Zealand and ends with the three day Rhythm and Vines festival (check it out at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mp_9zF_MrUI).
Viral video by ebuzzing The competition has begun and the opportunity for the Summer Rhythm prize ends on November 30th, with the additional contests to follow. It is open to everyone throughout the world who is 18 years of age or older. Check out the example video above and then enter at Stories Beat Stuff. Then, like New Zealand on Facebook and ready all about the country you may soon get to visit -- for free!