10 Creative Travel Opportunities to Apply for Now

Worldwide, 18+: Win a 2-week sustainable “No Worries” adventure for 2 to Australia from World Nomads + YHA Australia. Grand prize: a 7-day travel itinerary each in Queensland + Adelaide with $2,000 toward international flights + $500 toward ground transport, up to 12 nights’ accommodation at YHA Cairns Central + YHA Adelaide Central. Total prize value: $10,000 AUD. Free to enter by September 22, 2023.

US, 18+: Enter to win a brand-new, customized Mercedes Sprinter van with all-terrain tires, 200 watts rooftop solar + a 400-amp/hour Victron smart battery system from OneCountry. AMOE free entry here by October 31, 2023.

US, 21+: Is your traveling furry friend the cutest in the land? Pet-friendly Baymont by Wyndham is conducting a nationwide search for its 2nd Baymont Buddy of the Year. “One lucky dog will become our newest brand ambassador, starring in an upcoming pet-friendly digital marketing campaign while its fur-parents receive a $5,000 cash prize, weekend getaway for 2 to Albuquerque, New Mexico for a photo shoot + $5,000 travel stipend.” Free to submit by October 17, 2023.

US, 18+: Win a trip to see Depeche Mode‘s European tour in 2024 – your choice of shows in UK (Glasgow, London, Manchester, Birmingham), Dublin, Antwerp, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Berlin or Hamburg. Grand prize for 2 guests includes: international airfare, 2-night hotel stay, premium tickets to Memento Mori Tour, VIP Ultimate Lounge Package Access for pre-show, includes onstage group photo, merch + more. Free to enter (daily) by September 10, 2023.

Greenlaw, Berwickshire, Scotland: Marchmont House, a “‘Grade A’ listed Palladian mansion” built in 1750, has an open call for two 4-week funded writer’s residencies. Each residency “includes a Writers’ Weekend event, which will be open to the public. The resident will be asked to take part in the Writers Weekend by hosting a workshop or talk as part of the programme. The successful candidate receives a weekly stipend of £350 + fully funded studio + accommodation. Starting date of the residency October 27, 2023. Our second writers’ residency opportunity, will also take place in the atmospheric Tower Studio using one of our Hobbit Pods for accommodation. For this residency we encourage established or mid-career writers of fiction to become inspired by the peaceful rural surroundings of the Marchmont Estate and the vibrant multi-disciplinary artist community onsite.” Free to apply, no deadline given, so submit soon!

Atlantic City, New Jersey: 25+ Writer’s Scholarships available to attend the Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway, January 12-15, 2024. Free to apply by October 1, 2024.

Dayton, Ohio: The Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop is offering 2 emerging humor writers the opportunity to compete for an all-expenses-paid trip, where two winners will be “robed in plush bathrobes and given free registration to the April 4-6, 2024 workshop. Winners will spend 2 blissful weeks at the University of Dayton Marriott to work on their writing projects — and order free room service. It’s the ultimate gift for any writer — the luxury of time to write. Cash prizes for finalists and honorable mentions.” $25 entry fee; deadline: October 5, 2023.

Monson, Maine: Applications open for Artist, Writer + Photographer Residencies at Monson Arts, January-March 2024. “Monson Arts’ residency program supports emerging + established artists and writers…to immerse themselves in small town life at the edge of Maine’s North Woods and focus intensely on their work within a creative and inspiring environment. They receive a private studio, private bedroom in shared housing, all meals + $1,000 stipend for 4-week programs or $500 for 2-week programs. $25 to apply by September 15, 2023.

Worldwide, 21+: Go2Africa is giving away 25th anniversary celebration 10-day luxury Go2Africa African safari vacation worth $25,000 (USD) for two, trip must be taken by August 2025. Prize includes international airfare to Cape Town + road transfers, as well as “exceptional accommodation in Cape Town, the Cape Winelands + Kruger National Park. Five-star cuisine + service. Exclusive, private locations. Classic Big 5 game viewing during twice-daily drives. Guided safari walks.” Free to enter by September 30, 2023.

US, 21+: One grand prize winner will receive 2-night stay at Field Station Moab, travel stipend up to $2,000, 5-day adventure vehicle rental from Outdoorsy, annual National Parks Pass, Anacapa 2 GTX Hiking Boots + Trail Runners for 2 from Hoka, Hydration pack + Capa Hybrid Jacket for 2 from Cotopaxi, 1 AWD Electric Motorcycle from UBCO + 2-night stay at AutoCamp Zion. Free to enter by September 11, 2023.

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