Disclaimer: This post is for informational purposes only. I assume no responsibility or liability for any action you choose to take or not take because of this post. Aside from winning one charity raffle all contests I’ve entered have been free to enter. If you have to “pay to enter” or buy something do some research. Check that the contest is legitimate and not a scam. A legit contest should always have the option of entering without a purchase.
Am I Just Lucky?
Although I’ve won a few contests I am not luckier than anyone else. My name was randomly drawn for some of the contests I entered. In a few cases I won a contest because the contest evaluated me on a skill (usually writing). In those cases someone judged my contest entry as the strongest one. In a couple circumstances I won something because I was the first person to comment on a blog post. Yes, sometimes winning is that easy. Here are my tips to help you win travel contests (winning not guaranteed).
Actually Enter Contests
This might sound silly and obvious, but sometimes we overlook these simple things. Some people might have a defeatist attitude when it comes to contests. Why bother trying ? I’ll never win. They don’t enter the contest, which means they won’t win the contest. Don’t have that attitude. Actually go ahead and have that attitude if you want. The fewer contests you enter the better chance I have of winning, right?
I do believe in having a positive attitude. You can call it the law of attraction or whatnot, but I think what you put out is what you get back. When you enter a contest don’t put out a negative “I’ll never win attitude.” Be positive and hopeful. You’re entering a contest. You’re not getting a root canal. This should be fun. For my fellow Canadians Contest Canada has a good selection of contests to enter.
Enter Contests With Better Odds of Winning
Enter Contests You Want To Win
Take Time Entering Contest When Necessary
Some contests you fill out a form with your basic information (name, age, etc). You might need to enter a skill-testing question (in Canada at least). Other contests you might also have to write a story, submit a photo, or a video or show some other skill/talent. If the odds of winning depends on a skill then take the time to submit the best entry you can.
Use Social Media When Needed
Some contests will give you entries for sharing your entry on social media. Be careful not to bombard your followers with contest information. I only share contests with people who will want the prize. My 80 year old grandmother won’t want to win a trip to Las Vegas, but my 30 year old cousin might be.
Make sure to check the terms and conditions to see if sharing will increase you odds of winning. Sometimes a sharing Facebook or Twitter sharing box will pop up after you submit a contest entry. Often, if you check the rules, sharing the contest won’t increase your chances of winning. If that’s the case I’ll only share that contest if the prize is something I know someone will want.
Keep Track Of The Contests You Enter
Read The Rules
- Can you enter the contest? Is it open to people in your country/state/province?
- Do you need to be a specific age to enter (over 18 or 21). If you are underage and can enter do you need a parent’s permission
- How often can you enter the contest?
- Are there other limits to entering? Some contests are one entry per household, not per person.
- When is the draw date for the prize?
- How are winners contacted (by phone, email)?
- How long do prize winners have to claim their prize? If you’re selected as a winner you may have to respond within a certain time period. If not the contest might have to pick another winner.
- Are there conditions are the prize? Do you need to pay taxes or fees on the prize? Are travel dates (for travel prizes) restricted to a specific period?
A Short Story on Why You Should Read The Fine Print for Contests
This post is not sponsored or endorsed by any particular organisation or brand. All views and opinions in this post are my own.
The hotel my friend and I stayed at in New Orleans was The Blake Hotel in the Central Business District. As it was part of the New Orleans prize I won the stay was free. The hotel was quite nice in a good central location.
Have you won any travel contests?