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January 09, 2013

Away.com's December Photo Contest Winner



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01/09/2013

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Dec Contest WinnerIn December, Away.com readers submitted their most inspirational travel photos of Winter Holiday Destinations. Seven finalists were selected and our followers rated the finalists' photos through the end of the month of December. With a final average rating of 3.8, the winning photo was of the world's first national park, Yellowstone National Park. Away.com reader Andrew Orr from Illinois submitted the photo. Andrew is the recipient of two round-trip flight vouchers courtesy of Away.com.

In Andrew's own words, "Yellowstone National Park is a breathtaking place to visit in the cold of winter. The hot springs of Mammoth erupts with clouds of steam making the trees that struggle to survive the harsh temperatures a beautiful and inspirational sight."

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December 10, 2012

Shan Lin, November's Exotic Destinations Photo Contest Winner



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12/10/2012

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For 13 days in November, Away.com travelers submitted their most inspirational photos of exotic destinations from around the world. Seven finalists were selected, and Away.com readers rated all seven photos, ultimately selecting the winner at the end of the month. With a final average rating of 3.9, the winning photo was of China's Wulingyuan National Geopark. The photo was submitted by Away.com reader Shan Lin from Minnesota. Shan won a $100 VISA gift card and an official Away.com T-shirt. Wulingyuan is located in the Hunan Province of China near Zhangjiajie City and Changsha. This scenic area, which contains a few national parks, is most known for its towering pillars and breathtaking formations.

 

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November 14, 2012

October Photo Contest Winner Announced!



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11/14/2012

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During October, Away.com and GORP.com readers submitted their most inspirational Fall Destination photos. Seven finalists were selected from the entries and then our readers rated the photos to select the winner. With a final average rating of 4.33, the winning photo captures a beautiful fall day on a deerted road in Wisconsin, which was sent in by Nathan Mork. Nathan won a newly released Flip Switch Wheeled Backpack from Eagle Creek (retail value of $300), courtesy of Away.com and GORP.com. Congratulations to our winner and, as always, we look forward to seeing your photos for our next month's photo contest.  

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October 29, 2012

Our Favorite Travel Signage from the Wide (and Wacky) World of Travel


We know we're lucky here at Away Blog Central to live and breathe travel, but let's face it, it's not all play and no work around here. However, today we were in need of a little mental vacation, so we let our mouse do some walking to find a handful of travel signs around the world that interest, amuse, and inspire us. We'll let the pictures do the talking (along with a bit of editorializing).

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Beautiful beach in Bermuda... but shouldn't someone tell that guy what it says on the sign? (Andrew Currie/Flickr)

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Ah, the venerable curio shop. Besides, what's wrong with a bit of antiquity looting to drum up some tourist dollars? (Asiatic League/Flickr)

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October 10, 2012

Away Announces the Winner of the European Destinations Photo Contest



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10/10/2012

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In early September, Away.com travelers submitted their most inspirational photos of European Destinations. Seven finalists were selected by Away editors and then released to our readers for their own review and ranking. With a final average rating of 4.11 (out of 5), the winning photo was of the Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, Germany, sent in by Becky Wise of South Carolina. Becky won a $100 VISA gift card toward her next dream vacation! The Neuschwanstein Castle is one of the most visited in all of Europe, with nearly 1.3 million people gawking at the massive estate per year. It was built in the 19th century by King Ludwigg II of Bavaria, but legend has it that he spent only 11 nights in his new home before his death. This medieval-style castle is the inspiration for Walt Disney's Magic Kingdom. 

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September 07, 2012

Chicago at Night: Meet August's Photo Contest Winner



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09/07/2012

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Chicago skyline at night (Goran Tripunovski)

For the first few weeks of August, Away.com asked readers to send in their favorite photos of City Destinations in competition for a $100 VISA gift card toward their next dream vacation. For the first time, Away.com readers were able to rate the finalists' photos, and by just a .02 margin, the winning photo was picked. Congrats to Floridian Goran Tripunovski and his winning photo of Chicago during the glowing hours of night. Chicago might be known for its 5,000-calorie deep-dish pizzas and its many sports teams, but the architecture throughout the city is something to stop and take in, too. Chicago was the first city to build skyscrapers, and early editions are on display through downtown. Once you tire of the artistic views outside, head into The Art Institute, one of the world’s best art museums, with exhibitions changing frequently.

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July 31, 2012

Introducing Tara Artner, the June Photo Contest Winner



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07/31/2012

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During the month of June, the readers of Away.com sent in their most inspirational photos of American destinations in hopes of winning a $100 VISA gift card to put towards their next dream vacation. Our winner, Tara Artner, submitted her photo of the bright and busy Times Square in the heart of New York City. We we're impressed. Times Square is the definition of sensory overload. There are so many lights, marques, and people to watch that it is nearly impossible to see it all, but if you have time and can find a seat on the bleachers above the TKTS office, take a moment and look around to what some call the center of the universe.

 

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June 13, 2012

Introducing the May Photo Contest Winner: Machu Picchu



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06/13/2012

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During the month of May, Away.com asked our readers to submit their inspirational photos of iconic destinations around the world, and in exchange we'd gift the best with a $100 Visa gift card. Kelli Dinnison submitted her winning photo of Machu Picchu and said, "The Inca Trail hike was well worth the destination picture!" and we quite agree. These pre-Columbian 15th-century ruins were discovered in 1911, but no one knows why this city was built or abandoned. Machu Picchu is definitely a life-list destination, and whether you hike the Inca Trail like Kelli or take the train from Aguas Calientas, you are guaranteed a moment of awe when you reach the overlook.

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June 01, 2012

Interview with National Parks Photo Contest Winner, Hernan Mojarro


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Yellowstone Lake, Yellowstone National Park (Hernan Mojarro)

Throughout the month of April, we asked readers of Away.com and GORP.com to submit their most inspirational national park photos. They responded with hundreds of amazing photos that made us want to pack our backpack and head out to catch a glimpse of these beautiful scenes.

Our first place winner was Hernan Mojarro with his amazing photo of Yellowstone Lake (above). So after seeing this photo, we decided to do a mini-interview with Hernan to learn a little more about the man behind the camera.

Away: Where you are from?
Hernan: Born, raised, and live in Los Angeles, California

Away: Favorite place you have been?
Hernan: Yellowstone National Park has been my favorite visit so far--the close encounters with wildlife, the size of Yellowstone, and the different terrain throughout the park make it feel like you are visiting many parks in one trip.

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April 18, 2012

Your Daily Dose of Armchair Daydreaming from the Shores of the Caribbean Sea



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04/18/2012

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Tulum and the Caribbean Sea on the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico (Rich Baum)

Believed by archaeologists to be a Mayan fort constructed to guard the coastline, Tulum's perch overlooking the Caribbean Sea along Mexico's easterly Yucatan Peninsula is certainly more than just eye candy. But for today's invading hordes—tourists flocking to the popular beach resorts of Cancun, the Riviera Maya, and Cozumel to the north—this may just be one of the region's defining photo ops. Snapped by Away.com reader Rich Baum of Fair Oaks, California, this evocative composition scooped the prize in our March call for your most inspirational Caribbean photographs. Thanks to everyone who shared their amazing pictures of beaches, sunsets, volcanic peaks, wildlife, and more from throughout the Caribbean region's medley of islands and mainland outposts.

Got a once-in-a-lifetime photo that captures your most inspirational national-park experience? Share it in our April photo contest for your chance to win over $1,000 in prizes, including fabulous outdoor gear and two nights at Zion National Park Lodge.

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