Write about your travels; win a trip to Vietnam and Cambodia!

The declaration: WIN a 10-day cultural tour for two of Vietnam and Cambodia with Buffalo Tours! grabbed my attention immediately. But not for the reasons you might think. I won't submit a travel story to this contest, this year. I haven't yet done the kind of travel that would capture the judges' attention. But do you know how many good writers are in my circle of influence? And do you know how many of these writers also love travel? Turns out more than you might think. I can think of about 10 friends right now, for whom this contest was created.

Wanderlust and Lipstick where I learned about the contest, is a blog I recently discovered while considering the specific challenges women face as solo travelers. It's packed with a remarkable range of information for newbie travelers as well as the seasoned ones. Maybe you'd like to check it out!

You should also look into this travel writing contest! And if you do, and the excitement of your win is tempered by not having anyone to join you? Just call me. I'll be your travel buddy...

Back to the contest. Here's what you do:

  1. Choose a category.

  2. Write a nonfiction travel story for that category.

  3. Submit it before December 31, 2010

Categories Include:

  • Adventure

  • Family Fun

  • Food & Drink

  • Off the Beaten Path

  • Spiritual

Winners Receive Prizes!

Grand Prize – 10-day tour for two of Vietnam’s Majestic Mekong and Amazing Cambodia with Buffalo Tours

5 Best in Category prizes will be awarded. These winners will each receive a Briggs & Riley BRX Explore 22″ Upright carry-on bag (value $290).

Winners will be announced no later than February 15, 2011.

As far as I can tell, the only down-side to this contest is that it's only for women. However it's being held by a website that was founded by Beth Whitman, the author of The Essential Guide for Women Traveling Solo. And so that should clear up any confusion about why our men friends can't participate. But I'll be keeping an eye out for other contests to share here at Wayfarin' Vagabond. If you hear of any, you're invited to let me know, too.