10 Days in Europe; 10 New Things to Try

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There’s a first time for everything. I just didn’t expect to have so many new experiences during one European vacation. Competitours intrigued me from the moment I heard about it. The tour company takes several teams of two across the pond to compete in quirky point-earning challenges over 10 days for the chance to winRead more

Far-Flung Travels’ founder honored

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Laura Watilo Blake has won seven awards in the 2012 Society of American Travel Writers’ Central States Writing and Photography Contest, including the highest writing honor given to an active member of the chapter each year. The prize, known as the Henry & Vera Bradshaw Memorial Award, is selected from a pool of First PlaceRead more

Far-Flung Travels creator wins 5 awards

The winners of the 2011 Society of American Travel Writers‘ Central States Writing and Photography Contest have been announced and yours truly won five awards, including “Photographer of the Year.” According to organizer Kelly Earnest, the contest had “a record 399 entries, including 147 writing submissions and 252 photography submissions.” The judges were Dr. ThomasRead more

Second isn’t so bad

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On Thursday morning, the scoreboard reflected what Sheila and I already suspected. We finished second in the race across Europe with Competitours. But “As Seen on TV” (Lanthy and Rad) brought their A-game and it paid off. We’re very happy for them. “We fell short of first place by 21 points, but in our mindsRead more

Competitours Day 6 in the Rhine River valley

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The incredible scenery along the Rhine River is idyllic to most people. The rolling hills. Hill-top castles overlooking the lush Rhine River Valley. But returning to Koblenz after 18 years memories long buried. Well, not really. On my first trip abroad, those many years ago, Chris and I floated down this very section of theRead more

Competitours 2009: Day 4 in Munich

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Editor’s Note: Competitours is not your  typical vacation; it’s a team-travel contest that takes place in Europe and anyone can sign up to take part in the fun.  It’s Friday, it must be Germany. We came back to Munich for a couple days-worth of challenges in this large, cosmopolitan city. We definitely saw quite aRead more

Departures from the Ordinary

Have you thought about where you’re going on vacation this summer? Yeah, I know . . . the economy. Some travel companies are trying to sweeten the deal to be more enticing to travelers, but the best offer I’ve found is with Competitours, a travel competition that offers the chance to win a worldwide travelRead more

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