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Skyscanner travel writing competition

Skyscanner travel writing competition

Are you a budding travel writer or travel tweeter? Can you tell a good story or type a good tweet?

Then enter Skyscanner’s travel writing competition! We’re giving away an Apple iPad for the best travel feature, and £100 every

month for the best Trip_Tease tweets!

There are two separate categories:


1. Feature Travel Writing

Write us your best 600 word travel article that fits in to any one (or more) of these themes:

Friendships – it’s said that a journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles, and it’s often the people we meet on our adventures that really make a trip.

Did you enjoy the kindness of strangers, make friends for life, or perhaps find that someone special whilst on your travels?

Or were you travelling with friends or inspired by their travel stories?

Travel on a Shoestring – you don’t have to stay in five star hotels to enjoy travel. The best travel stories are often the result of hardship and journeys on a meagre budget. Do you have a story of a rough, but rewarding trip?

My Travel Nightmare – remember you said, ‘one day we’ll look back on this and laugh?’ well now’s the time! When things go wrong on the road it tends to lead to the best stories. As much as you hated it at the time, once you get home, that awful travel experience becomes your best material.

Adventures Off Road – the more remote, bizarre and ‘off the beaten track’ a destination is, the more interesting it becomes. Do you have a tale to tell from a distant land? Or do you know the side of a big tourist destination that other tourists don’t see?

Family – travelling with kids in tow is never easy, but sharing the joys of a journey as a family can also be very rewarding. Or perhaps you travelled far to meet long lost relatives who welcomed you in and showed you the sights?

Prize: iPad + your story will be published on Skyscanner and in our Airmail newsletter

How to enter:
Email your story as a word doc attachment to:

Remember, your feature travel story must:

  • Be a maximum of 600 words long
  • Not have been previously published anywhere on the net or in print

Closing date for entries: 12 midnight, Friday 18th March 2011

2. Twitter Travel Writing – Trip_Tease

Tempt us in to visiting somewhere with a @Trip_Tease tweet.

Tell us about a place you’ve been in 140 characters or less – and make us want to go there!

Prize: win £100 every month!

How to enter:
1. Log on to
2. Follow @Trip_Tease
3. Tweet @Trip_Tease followed by the name of your destination and your mini-review
4. Wait and see if you win one our monthly £100 cash prize! You can enter as many different Trip Teasers as you like

Trip_Tease Examples
@Trip_Tease Beirut: bombsites, bullet holes and bling! Chic microbars and clubs host Lebanon’s party people – who welcome visitors warmly!

@Trip_Tease Paris: You can’t beat a stroll around in the autumn – beautiful streets, chic fashionable locals and delicious food everywhere

Terms and Conditions

Entrants must hold copyright for all material submitted and must be the work of the individual submitting them. Entries must not have been published elsewhere or have won a prize in any other competition. It is the responsibility of each entrant to ensure that no element of their entry infringes the copyright of any third party or any laws.

A shortlist of entries will be selected by a panel of travel writers and editors from Skyscanner and guest judges from The Times and 101Holidays, with attention given to the most original, interesting and entertaining writing. A shortlist will then be published on the Skyscanner Facebook page for users to cast their votes.

Entries must be in English.

Skyscanner reserves the right to publish entries on its website and newsletters – copyright remains with author.

Feature Travel Writing entries must not have been previously published elsewhere on the net or in print

It is a condition of entry that all rules are accepted as final and that the competitor agrees to abide by these rules. Submission of an entry will be taken to mean acceptance of these terms and conditions

Entries to the Feature Travel Writing competition should include an email address, the entrant’s full address and a telephone number.