Summer Giveaway: Win a Free Flight or iPad 3

by Dave on August 6, 2012 · 347 comments

Where do you want to go next?

Where do you want to go next?

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Today I’m excited to announce the biggest contest in Go Backpacking history!

We’ve partnered with Skyscanner, the leading European-based flight search website, to offer one lucky reader a $600 USD (387 GBP) credit toward the flight(s) of his/her choice, OR a new iPad 3 (16 GB).

Where would you go if you had an extra $600 (387 GBP) in your pocket?

Take Dad to New York City to catch a Yankees game for his birthday. Send your brother to Las Vegas.

Always wanted to see the Eiffel Tower in Paris?  Want to check out the brand spankin’ new Olympic Village in London?

The possibilities are endless.

About Skyscanner

Skyscanner officially launched in 2001, and offers users the unique option of being able to enter the departure city, while leaving the destination blank. This feature is perfect for those people who know they want to take a trip, but can’t decide where to go.

In addition to their easy-to-use website, Skyscanner has also created free travel apps for both iPhones and iPads. These little apps allow you to search millions of flights, across 1,000 airlines, right from your iPad or iPhone. Combined, they’ve got four million downloads, and counting.

If you’re not already familiar with Skyscanner, entering this contest will be a terrific introduction. And we made it as easy as possible. Seriously, if you have 5 minutes to spare, enter this contest right now!

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How to Enter in 5 Easy Steps

Skyscanner search box on the home page

1. In a separate browser tab or window, go to Skyscanner.

2. Pretend you have $600 (387 GBP) to spend. Search for the flight(s) to a destination you’d most like to visit, or a flight you’d like to give as a gift to a family member or friend.

Tip: You can change the default language and currency atop the Skyscanner page.

Tip: Remember, with Skyscanner, you do not need to select a specific destination. Simply enter “everywhere” or leave the destination field blank to get a list of cheap flights departing from your local airport.

Tip: By choosing cheaper flights and destinations, you’ll be able to afford a ticket for a partner, family member, or friend too! Mention who you want to take in your comment/entry.

Skyscanner Search Results

3. When the results are given, click the “Details” link of your preferred flight. A pop-up box will appear.

Flight URL screenshot

4. Click the “link” icon in the upper right corner of the pop-up box, and copy the unique URL for that flight.

5. Using your real name, leave a comment on this blog post with:

  • Destination (ex: Aruba)
  • Why you want to visit (ex: lie on the beach)
  • If you want to use the $600 to buy a flight(s) for someone other than yourself, tell us who (ex: spouse)
  • URL for your flight (ex:

Any comments using keywords for a name will be immediately disqualified and deleted. Please use your real name.

Contest Begins:  8:00 am (EST), Monday, August 6, 2012

Contest Ends:  8:00 pm (EST), Friday, August 17, 2012

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The winner will be chosen at random over the weekend, and announced on Go Backpacking’s Facebook Page Monday, August 20, 2012. His/her email address will be shared with Skyscanner.

Once the winner is announced, he/she can then choose either the flight(s) mentioned in the comment OR the iPad 3.

I’m excited to see all the places $600 can get you.  Good luck!

Terms and Conditions

  1. Entrants must be 18 years of age or older.
  2. One entry per person. No multiple entries allowed.
  3. Commentators must use their real name when leaving a comment. Entries without a real name will be deleted, and disqualified from winning.
  4. Entries after the closing date will be not be considered eligible to win.
  5. The winner will be chosen at random using this WordPress plugin.
  6. The chosen flight (or flights) must be no more than $600 USD (or Euro/GBP equivalent – based on current exchange rates). If the flight(s) go up in price by the end of the competition, the winner can choose alternative dates/flights, up to the value of $600, or choose to pay the remainder.
  7. If the airfare award is chosen, and the winner wants to cover a second or third person with the $600 credit, everyone must fly together to the same destination.
  8. If the airfare award is chosen, the winner is not required to fly. As long as the flights are for a single trip, they can be given to another person as a gift.
  9. By accepting the airfare prize, the winner accepts full and complete responsibility for their own safety and welfare at all times, including familiarizing themselves with visa and other travel requirements.
  10. Any extra activities and costs beyond the specified prize are the responsibility of the winner.
  11. The iPad 3 being offered is the 16 GB, Wi-Fi version.
  12. The prizes are non-transferable and no cash alternative will be given.
  13. The winner is responsible for paying any applicable taxes on the prize.
  14. By entering this prize drawing, entrants will be deemed to have accepted and agreed to be bound by the conditions.


Contact Go Backpacking

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Zoe Bloor August 14, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Destination: Wilmington, South Carolina

I’d love to go to my friend Scotts wedding next year. I don’t have much annual leave left so would have to go for a long weekend. I would be heart broken to miss it. We have know each other since for 14 years in fact since we we were 14 and him and his two sisters are like family to me.


Lisa P August 14, 2012 at 4:01 pm

Destination: Seychelles

Why you want to visit: I want to stay in an exotic faraway place and lay by the infinity pool enjoying the lifestyle of the rich and famous. I want my husband to be by my side as well.



Julia Batty August 14, 2012 at 4:56 pm

Destination : Crete
Why you want to visit : To visit my friend who lives there & I have not seen for 4 years!!
Link :


Sang Jeon August 14, 2012 at 5:02 pm

Destination: Santorini (Thira)

Why you want to visit: We haven’t had enough sun this year in the UK. I would like to escape from the rains and lie on a sandy beach for a week. :)

If you want to use the $600 to buy a flight(s) for someone other than yourself, tell us who: Husband

URL for your flight (


Nick Axford August 14, 2012 at 6:15 pm

Destination: Johannesberg (South Africa)
Why you want to visit: To see this beautiful country up close, travel as much as possible and experience something different!


Paul McCullagh August 14, 2012 at 6:57 pm

Destination: Toronto (Canada)
Why you want to visit: To visit a vibrant city, drink cool beer, see Niagara Falls and watch the Blue Jays Baseball.



Douglas Law August 14, 2012 at 7:17 pm

•Destination (Budapest, Hungary)
•Why you want to visit (Experience Sziget festival)
•I want to use the $600 to buy flights for myself, and my girlfriend to go to budapest, as we missed the festival this year as we couldn’t afford it. Its an amazing week in an amazing city.
•URL for your flight (ex:


Kartik Vaid August 14, 2012 at 9:38 pm

Destination: Delhi (India)
Why you want to visit: Home & Family!!
URL for your flight:


Anushree Rohatgi August 15, 2012 at 6:50 am

Destination: New Delhi (India)
Why you want to visit: Visit my Family after a longggg time..!!
URL for your flight:


Straetham Cain August 15, 2012 at 10:02 am

Paris for Christmas.


Susanne Troop August 15, 2012 at 10:51 am



Debra Simmons August 15, 2012 at 10:53 am

To see my oldest friend (56 years ago our mums met at antenatal classes while we were bumps!


Samantha Mills August 15, 2012 at 11:59 am

St Petersburg to fulfill a life long dream of seeing the history and culture of one of the worlds most northernly and most beautiful cities.


Carly Niven August 15, 2012 at 4:44 pm

Destination: Egypt

Who would go: My boyfriend and I

Why: I really want to surprise my boyfriend with a birthday trip to Egypt. To relax, explore, see one of the wonders of the world and have an unforgettable holiday.


Audrey August 15, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Destination: Dominican Republic

Who would go: My boyfriend and I

Why: My boyfriend lives in New York and I in London, we don’t see each other that often. He is graduating in November and it also happens to be my birthday. We said we would indulge in a holiday in the Caribbean to celebrate


Brenda August 15, 2012 at 7:15 pm

Destination: Vieques, Puerto Rico

Who would go: Me!

Why: When I was in college I went to Puerto Rico for spring break, and I fell in love with Vieques. It’s a quiet island and there aren’t a ton of people there, so it’s a great place to lie on an uncrowded beach and just get away.


Nicole West August 15, 2012 at 11:48 pm

Destination: New York, New York!
Why: I went to NYC once, but it was a VERY quick trip and I didn’t get to see half of what I’d like to see there!
Who Would Go: Myself and my fiance


susie walwyn August 16, 2012 at 2:25 am

Martinique in the French West Indies

Why: My sister lives there

Glorious kite surfing. Beautiful sandy long beaches. Delicious spicy french food. Exciting music to dance to. Good rum drinks, long & short. A beautiful island. Mountains to walk up. Island of flowers & sun


Alison Matalanis August 16, 2012 at 8:01 am

Destination: Quebec City, Quebec Canada
Why you want to visit: beautiful city with awesome food
If you want to use the $600 to buy a flight(s) for someone other than yourself: Flight is for me! :)
URL for your flight:


Gabriela August 16, 2012 at 10:21 am

Destination: Istanbul

Why you want to visit: Dream place, food, people

Who would go: Me, myself and I !!

URL for your flight:


Hsi May August 16, 2012 at 10:42 am

Reykjavik Iceland
Why you want to visit :
Hope it will become a reality for me to visit Iceland and witness the Northern Lights which the solar activity will peak between 2012 – 2013. This is my dream to witness both ice and fire in this beautiful land. One of the things to do before i die, to visit the Arctic and see icebergs floating with my own eyes. Dear Universe please send me there!

URL for your flight :


Cory Cheung August 16, 2012 at 11:14 am
Robert Angst August 16, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Destination London
Why you want to visit: Always wanted to go. Would visit for a couple of days then rent a car and drive up to Scotland, then back to London.
If you want to use the $600 to buy a flight(s) for someone other than yourself, tell us who: Spouse


Stuart Robinson August 16, 2012 at 12:24 pm

Orlando: FL.
Great help towards taking the kids (8) and (5) all the way from Ireland for their first Disney World vacation in 2013!


Piero Radogna August 16, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Destination: L’Avana, Cuba

Always wanted to visit Cuba, with it’s history and reality and, why not, beaches and bars!


siddhartha barua August 16, 2012 at 9:17 pm

Destination:Buenos Aires,ARGENTINA
Why you want to visit: •I want to use the $600 to buy flights for myself, I want to meet my girlfriend over there so I can prove If you love somebody from bottom of heart no matter what you can go for extra mile in your life for her/him. Yes long distance relationship is very hard to maintain but love wins at the the end.So it will be my ultimate journey of lifetime.


Paul Galloway August 17, 2012 at 3:32 am

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
To climb Sugarloaf Mountain and ask my girlfriend to marry me!


Zena Chui August 17, 2012 at 9:32 am

Destination: New York
Why you want to visit: My boyfriend and I are venturing to Canada from the UK for the first time ever for a family wedding, which is using most of our savings! As part of this amazing trip we would love to fly to New York from Toronto to see family I haven’t seen since a small child and get the chance to meet my baby second cousin. Plus we live in ‘York, UK’ (think history – vikings, romans, cathedrals, tourists) would be great to see ‘New York, USA’ and how polar opposites they are!!
$600 would easily pay for return flights for me and my wonderful boyfriend!
URL for your flight:


Muhammad Karim August 17, 2012 at 10:23 am

Destination: South Africa
Why you want to visit: I haven’t seen my family i thre years since coming to the UK because the price of the ticket is too high… I’d love to go back and spend time with them again :)
URL for your flight:


Girolamo Dininno August 17, 2012 at 11:38 am

Destination: Bogota’, Colombia
Why: I am moving there next month. My partner is going to reach me later because her job is starting only in January. The flight is for her!


Chiara Caminiti August 17, 2012 at 1:23 pm

Destination: India
Why you want to visit: Because i want discover Indian culture and of course every day more my self…and i thing india is a best place for a true and intense trip =D

URL for your flight:


dom clery August 17, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Barcelona for moi…….some people I really have to catch up with after many years…!


Mandy Moore August 17, 2012 at 1:40 pm

Destination: China

Because I’ve always been fascinated with the culture and history and I would love to walk along the Great Wall. This would be a launching pad to a whole Asia tour.

Flight Link:


Jane Baddon August 17, 2012 at 1:48 pm

I would love to surprise my husnand and take him to the place of his birth! While he and I are both fit enough to travel and enjoy the experince. It would be an ace surprise as he would not know where we would go on from Humberside to…


Lauren August 17, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Destination: Phoenix, AZ
Why you want to visit: To kick off a road trip of the southwest! Bring on the desert!
Bringing: My life and travel partner, Todd
URL for the flight:


Grace Cartwright August 17, 2012 at 2:19 pm

Destination: Berlin

It is a city that can offer so much culture at the time when I want to go (before Christmas, for the markets!). Also I was born on the eve of the fall of the wall and would love to visit some of the historical sites – plus it is supposedly one of the best party cities in Europe.

I would take both of my parents as a way to say thank you for a lot of financial support throughout my studying.


Anna Tonino August 17, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Destination: Iceland

sitting in a hot spring watching the aurora borealis with my boyfriend for his birthday


steven Moore August 17, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Destination: Iceland

Just me, exploring on a snowmobile safari


Zofia Kotowska August 17, 2012 at 3:50 pm

Destination: Amman
I really really want to see Petra. I is my long time dream. But at this moment it is unreachable for me. I’ve just bought ticket to Bangkok for next year and I’m saving money for my first Asia trip. But short trip to Petra would be so nice. I wish I could go there and if I have had chance visit Israel and see Dead Sea also…


Channel Marie Imperial August 17, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Name: Channel Marie Imperial
Destination: Shanghai, China
Why you want to visit: To explore the bustling city of Shanghai
If you want to use the $600 to buy a flight(s) for someone other than yourself, tell us who: My Boyfriend – Christopher James Ngosiok
URL for your flight:


Cornelius Aesop August 17, 2012 at 4:18 pm

Destination: Las Vegas
Why you want to visit: Vegas seems like an iconic destination, one I’ve never seen and with only 108 days left in the US it may be my last opportunity (at least for now)
Who: A two passenger flight for both my loving wife and I.
URL for your flight:


Jack Charlton August 17, 2012 at 4:33 pm


Seems like a really cool place. Im going to university for my third year so I could do with going somewhere out of the uk before i start a year of study haha


Shaila Krishnaraj August 17, 2012 at 6:02 pm

enter me please. ipod


Alexandra Kovacova August 17, 2012 at 6:14 pm

Destination: Dubai
Reason: I need to switch off my mind in between months of hard travel blogging work and go to relax at the beach doing nothing.


paul stead August 17, 2012 at 9:38 pm



Renatas August 19, 2012 at 12:51 pm

Destination: Portugal

I wanna go to the most beautiful country wiith the most wonderful girl.


Joe Griffiths August 22, 2012 at 8:41 am

Destination: Tel Aviv, Israel

Why you want to visit: to visit the Holy Land – the epicentre of civilisation, to soak up the culture, to follow in the foot steps of history, and then to relax on the beach and enjoy the Mediterranean sea.

URL for your flight:


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