Of course, this goes without saying but I’ll say it anyway. The first thing you need to do to win a free trip abroad is to simply show up? Now you probably wondering, “Show up where?” In my case, I joined a community called Travel Massive in October of 2016 after attending an event they hosted at the TBEX conference in Manila. Being a traveler, it was only logical to remain active with the Chicago Travel Massive chapter once I returned home. A question you can ask yourself; however, is:
What can I gain from joining a group like travel massive or something similar?
Most of the Travel Massive events I’ve attended have been pretty darn awesome. Drinks, food, sometimes dancing, but always great conversation and connections made.
Well, I sort of won…
A big reason why going to the events and networking is important are the people you meet and the friendships/relationships you build. While attending the Fort Myers event, I had the opportunity to speak with several people throughout the course of the night. One person from that evening, Arnold, crossed my path once again at the Taiwan-hosted event. While I won’t go into all the conversation details, the most important exchange went kind of like this:
“Where’s your plus-one that will accompany you if you win?” I asked.
“I didn’t bring one. What about you?” he replied.
“Couldn’t make it. My sister was supposed to join me and she canceled last minute.” I followed.
“Well, how about this? If I win, you’re my plus one and if you win, I’ll be yours.” Arnold continued.
“That’s a bet. Deal!”
Imagine my surprise when the first name chosen was Arnold! And the rest, as they say, is history…
Even though my name wasn’t called, thanks to a bit of luck and perhaps divine intervention, I still managed to walk away a winner!
Travel Massive is not the end all be all when it comes to winning a free trip abroad. If you live near a major city, then be on the lookout for tourism boards that periodically come into town to promote their destination. Another option is by simply entering competitions online. Begin your search at websites like the balance, which have comprehensive listings for numerous trips and competitions you can enter for free!
Best of luck my travel friends, and remember if you’re in need of a plus one—I’m your guy!
In the comments below, let me know what the best thing you’ve ever won has been!