Would You Accept A Free Trip To Colombia?

by Dave on August 19, 2009 · 92 comments

I’m not going to get all sentimental on you, at least not for long. By now you know how I feel about Colombia, and Medellin in particular.  Since arriving back in Virginia four weeks ago, I can’t help but compare everything here to what I left behind – the climate, the geography, the people, the pace of life, the music, the nightlife, my gym.

So imagine my surprise when I am contacted with an offer to  go on a fully paid 2-week trip back to Colombia the day after my 33rd birthday, September 26.  The purpose would be to tour the country’s best sights and blog about it.  Seriously?  I couldn’t make this kind of an offer up if I tried!  And there is more I’m not quite ready to share yet as I’m awaiting the details, but let’s just say if you liked my $25 Amazon.com giveaway, you’ll LOVE what is coming next!

This opportunity reminds me of a post I wrote back in 2007, Would You Accept A Sponsored Trip Around the World, about the Travel Channel’s then new show – 1,001 Things To See Before You Die.

Looking back at the comments on that post, both from myself and guys who’ve really blown up in the online travel world the last few years – Mike of Vagabondish, Ian MacKenzie of Brave New Traveler, and Dan at Voyagner, it is ironic to find myself actually in the situation we were debating before my RTW trip!

In case you were wondering whether I’d accept a sponsored RTW trip, here’s what I thought back in April 2007:

What would I do, you ask? I’d like to think, deep down, that I would have the strength to decline the offer, in favor of doing it myself. Now, after the first RTW trip is completed, all bets are off!

At this time, I can honestly say I feel completely congruent by accepting the opportunity before me.  And I look forward to sharing every exciting aspect of it with you!

Would you accept a sponsored trip to Colombia?

Please leave a comment, retweet this post, Digg it, or hit StumbleUpon and let’s get the debate going!

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92 Comments

Dan August 21, 2009 at 8:48 pm

Yeah I’d still take it up. Even if it was all preplanned there is bound to be more opportunity in it than in staying at home.

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Dan August 22, 2009 at 1:48 am

Yeah I’d still take it up. Even if it was all preplanned there is bound to be more opportunity in it than in staying at home.

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Dave August 22, 2009 at 9:26 pm

Thanks Erin – while it has been almost 2 years, I spent enough time in a cubicle (reading travel blogs) to know how important they can be to staying motivated and inspired.

I’m glad you’re enjoying mine. It means a lot and I hope the adventures will only get bigger and better going forward!

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Dave August 22, 2009 at 4:26 pm

Thanks Erin – while it has been almost 2 years, I spent enough time in a cubicle (reading travel blogs) to know how important they can be to staying motivated and inspired.

I’m glad you’re enjoying mine. It means a lot and I hope the adventures will only get bigger and better going forward!

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Dave August 22, 2009 at 9:27 pm

Guarran – I hadn’t heard from you in awhile but I knew I recognized that name! Glad you’ve been willing to stick with me so long.

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Dave August 22, 2009 at 4:27 pm

Guarran – I hadn’t heard from you in awhile but I knew I recognized that name! Glad you’ve been willing to stick with me so long.

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Dave August 22, 2009 at 9:29 pm

Hi Andi – great to hear from you. Hope you enjoyed NYC! I see you’re a Jeter fan. I can hear my Dad watching the NY-Red Sox game downstairs. :)

*high five* for Colombia!

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Dave August 22, 2009 at 4:29 pm

Hi Andi – great to hear from you. Hope you enjoyed NYC! I see you’re a Jeter fan. I can hear my Dad watching the NY-Red Sox game downstairs. :)

*high five* for Colombia!

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Dave August 22, 2009 at 9:33 pm

Yes, it’d definitely be a different approach to traveling, and I wouldn’t want to be close-minded about it! I’d regret the things I’ve done…. or better yet, have no regrets period.

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Dave August 22, 2009 at 4:33 pm

Yes, it’d definitely be a different approach to traveling, and I wouldn’t want to be close-minded about it! I’d regret the things I’ve done…. or better yet, have no regrets period.

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Dave August 22, 2009 at 9:34 pm

Exactly! And coming off 20-months of doing things *my way* it is not as though I can’t afford a few weeks on someone else’s itinerary. I can compromise…sometimes. :)

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Dave August 22, 2009 at 4:34 pm

Exactly! And coming off 20-months of doing things *my way* it is not as though I can’t afford a few weeks on someone else’s itinerary. I can compromise…sometimes. :)

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Dave August 22, 2009 at 9:36 pm

That’s definitely the right perspective. Wow, so far the “yes” responses far outweigh the “no’s.” I’ve even asked random strangers in bars….and the majority say YES.

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Dave August 22, 2009 at 4:36 pm

That’s definitely the right perspective. Wow, so far the “yes” responses far outweigh the “no’s.” I’ve even asked random strangers in bars….and the majority say YES.

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marleneaffeld September 25, 2009 at 5:13 pm

Pick me – I will go!

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Dave September 26, 2009 at 9:59 am

Marlene – there was a contest which just wrapped up. All the winners have been chosen!

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kandihart October 13, 2009 at 5:14 pm

I just stumbled across this and saw that I'm too late, as a retired, mother of 4, grandmother of 6, can you keep me as a stand in for any that have to back out at the last min. ha,ha you never know… and I'm more than ready.

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Dave October 13, 2009 at 7:36 pm

Hi, thanks for stopping by. Unfortunately, the best I can do is publicize any future contests I become aware of.

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tobecontinued October 17, 2009 at 10:31 am

of course i'd take it. a free trip anywhere sounds good to me :]

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Kate October 28, 2009 at 10:47 am

I want to travel for my own experiences and I want to tell people about those experiences in a personal and honest way. I worry that a sponsored trip wouldn't allow me any of those things. Reading any number of other sponsored travel blogs, particularly where there are numerous sponsors, they often read like classified columns and I'm left wondering what benefit their experience gave to anyone except themselves. If you think carefully about what your sponsor represents and what they want from you it might be possible to create something worthwhile to share with the world. On the other hand it's a free trip so what the hey.

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Deimante November 22, 2009 at 11:45 am

It is funny that I found this post. Because I want to go to Colombia soooo badly (particularly Medellin) for at least couple months, but I couldn't afford even a trip, not even talking about place to live, transportation, food etc. And I am desperatelly looking for alternatives to get there. I was looking for scholarships, internships, but everything turned out to be hopeless.
So I guess I don't even need to answer the question…
Of course I would take a trip and I would be the most excited and happy person in a whole world!

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Dave November 23, 2009 at 8:57 am

Hi Deimante, thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. Medellin is a beautiful city – I lived there for almost 6 months this year, and well worth the effort to visit if you can manage it.

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marta December 3, 2009 at 1:40 pm

I would never turn down a free travel wherever it might takes me I am up for it! The world is too big to be stuck in one place.

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Dave December 4, 2009 at 10:15 am

Hi Marta –

I agree….though I realized in following the people who did eventually go on the Colombia Trip that you might not have the same degree of freedom you are use to. It's a tradeoff I'd be willing to take!

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maya December 6, 2009 at 5:54 pm

of course i'd accept it. can i have one, please?

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Dave April 12, 2010 at 3:04 am

I'd definitely do the free trip. No questions there. Luckily for me (in that aspect, if not in others) I'm still single, so no one would be left behind. Sign me up!

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Dave April 12, 2010 at 8:04 am

I'd definitely do the free trip. No questions there. Luckily for me (in that aspect, if not in others) I'm still single, so no one would be left behind. Sign me up!

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tim whitlow June 27, 2010 at 4:47 am

a free trip to columbia in september, would be great, but I will be there in July… Maybe next time!!!

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TID Promotion Code July 22, 2010 at 3:29 pm

I would of started packing my bags as soon as I read the email.

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James el Gringo August 26, 2010 at 2:59 am

medellin has such beautiful skies on sundays and holidays, its really spectacular on these days!

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magie September 2, 2010 at 11:45 am

a free trip? why not? i mean who shouldn’t? Columbia’s panoramic views are awesome I would definitely visit for a second time.

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globodave September 2, 2010 at 3:03 pm

Without a shadow of latino doubt!

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balanced scorecard September 27, 2010 at 9:19 am

Great what is the travel cost??

And if possible please give us some information about newjarcy.

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Amanda March 8, 2011 at 3:38 pm

YES definitely! backpacking in South America is on the bucket list.

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Dave March 8, 2011 at 9:05 pm

Amanda – which South American country do you want to see most?

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Angela Henderson March 11, 2011 at 8:40 am

I would leave first thing in the morning

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Brady Stump April 16, 2011 at 3:36 am

Enjoyed the blog post!

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Gerald Harris May 11, 2011 at 12:56 pm

Just completed a RTW trip which included stays in Bogota, Cartagena and Barranquilla for the Carnival in early March. Made lots of iphone notes when I had downtime at airports but never thought of blogging apart from Facebooking friends. I am a photographer so I tend to tell my stories via pictures.

Free trip…? Where do I sign? (huh, as if)

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Dave May 11, 2011 at 3:07 pm

Hola Gerald, congrats on your big trip, though if you get the chance to come back to Colombia, be sure to give Medellin a few nights. It’s a wonderful city.

You might be surprised to find that photography plays a big role in travel blogging these days. There are more than a few photography bloggers, in addition to travel bloggers who take their photography (or videomaking) seriously.

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Yash_mann May 14, 2011 at 9:45 pm

yes i would love to go for sponsored trip but what do i ve to do next for it??? please e-mail yash_mann@hotmail.com

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