Goodness, look where we are right now… we are in the middle of the middle of the year! Where’d the first half of the year go?
“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.”
One of the things I love about mid-year is travel planning. I usually allot this time of the year to plan my travels for the next 6 months. And judging from the Facebook feeds I’m seeing, I don’t think I’m the only one who’s been planning their travels. Well come to think of it, travel planning anytime of the year is always a good idea!
Sometimes the most challenging part of travel planning is simply knowing and deciding where to go.
And this is when a site like TripADeal comes in very handy.
Because sometimes, not only do you need suggestions, but you also need a getaway without the headaches of building an itinerary piece by piece.
What sets TripADeal apart from other package travel deal sites is they have a live built-in calendar booking system so you can actually see what travel dates are available. I’ve had one experience in the past with another travel company where I chose dates, booked, and the website told me that they will get back to me in 24-48 hours for confirmation (yet almost giving the reassurance that all should be well). Lo and behold 48 hours later, I got a response that my travel dates were unavailable. To those who travel plan a lot, you’d know that the 48 hours wasted is eternity. Had I known, I could have used that time to look for other flights/deals.
But I’m glad that TripADeal has this live calendar feature so you can book with confidence.
The other thing I like about TripADeal is the people behind it.
This company is based in Byron Bay, NSW and the team is composed of travel-loving people who know what indulgence is all about. After all, they themselves start their day by a dip or snorkel in the beach before heading to the office!
And seriously, have you been to Bryon Bay? I spent a weekend late last year and am hooked. Byron Bay folks are masters of relaxing , so they know exactly what one needs for that kind of getaway 🙂
So needless to say, what I like most about TripADeal is the KIND of trips that they assemble and offer.
Because they’re my kind of travel!
For instance, I’m lusting over their West Coast, USA deal at the moment.
12 days in the US West Coast, visiting Los Angeles, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, Las Vegas and going to National Parks such as Arches National Park and Yellowstone National Park (just to name a couple)
If you all remember that West Coast road trip I did 2 years ago…
It’s THAT kind of trip! 🙂
The package they’re offering is AUD 3099 including international flights, accommodation, luxe coach transportation, sightseeing and National Park entrance fees.
I can tell you for sure that though our West Coast trip was done a couple of years ago, we spent much more than AU 3099.00 per person and am obviously wishing this deal existed back then.
The other package from TripADeal that caught my eye is the 19-Day European Experience with a 14-Day Mediterranean Cruise.
On board the MSC Magnifica, the cruise will be heading to Italy, Greece, Turkey, Croatia and Montenegro.
For AUD 3599.00, you get: International return flights, 14 nights on board the MSC Magnifica, all on-board meals and entertainment, 1 night pre-cruise accommodation in Venice including American breakfast, transfer from Venice hotel to terminal. (departs 30 October 2015)
A month ago, I just finished a 2-week Mediterranean cruise myself, so I’m really stoked that TripADeals offers the kinds of travels that I indulge in.
I’m quite thrilled to announce that I will be giving away:
AUD 500.00 Travel Voucher for use towards any TripADeal trip!
Terms & Conditions :
This competition is open worldwide to readers who are at least 18 years of age.
Giveaway runs from 16 -30 June 2015 23:59 AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time UTC +10:00)
Drawing the winner: One (1) winner will be drawn via Rafflecopter.
You can only enter once.
Winner will be announced on Holy Smithereens Facebook page on 01 July 2015 AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time ), and the winner will also be contacted via email.
Do note that though this giveaway is open worldwide, if the trip that you chose involves flights, they depart from Australia. If you don’t need the flights, you can choose just the land tours. The winning voucher cannot be redeemed for cash or exchanged .
The voucher will be valid up to 12 months upon receipt.
I’ve made the giveaway extremely simple! To enter:
1.) Enter your email in the Rafflecopter box below. (In doing so, your email address will also be entered on TripADeal’s newsletter.) You will also be subscribed to Holy Smithereens’ newsletter. Well really, you wouldn’t want to miss out on any exciting travel deals and juicy travel reviews and stories do you??
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Write a comment below and tell me which TripADeal getaway you’d like to take!
This giveaway has ended. Congratulations to Trillina Palemi for winning the voucher! Happy travels! 🙂
Good luck! 🙂
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Panfilo Hizola Jr says
It would be totally amazing to win the West Coast, USA deal as apart Las Vegas, I have never been to the other places in the itinerary… Wish me luck!!!
jim zahorian says
Heidi Slater says
I would love to visit the West Coast and see all the beauty there.
Jeanne Coulombe says
I would love to go to greece.
Kate Martin-Williams says
The euro trip looks amazing ❤️❤️
andrew llewellyn says
I fancy the Mediterranean Cruise. That would be fantastic!
Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella says
A great comp Jean! I’m sure everyone could use $500 off their trip!
The west coast would be lovely, but then I’ve been lusting for Greece?! Thank you for the chance!!!
Cathy Philipps says
I love Vegas!
Anne Burner says
Been awhile since I’ve been able to travel. This would surely help me get started again!
The Mongolia trip looks amazing.
Erin M. says
West Coast deal! Even though i live in California, I would love to see Utah and Montana!
Suze The Luxury Columnist says
That’s a cool giveaway, the winner will be very lucky. Love the fact that the TripADeal team go snorkelling before starting work – you can only dream of that in London
Suze | LuxuryColumnist
steve weber says
Anywhere with a beach- I live in Wisconsin!!
Kirstie of Venga, Vale, Vamos says
I’d love to do their “4 Day Wilderness Escape – Ultimate Kakadu Getaway” trip to see more of Australia!
Ana Lara says
I would love going to India!
Any of the trips to Bali would be great!!
west coast road trip is just perfect
Ally M says
Id love to go to Australia , Rome, Paris , anywhere in Europe. To pick one, it’d have to be the Caribbean!
Thank you for this chance
Good luck everyone!
Jessica Stott says
I would love the 14 day Mediterranean cruise, it would be amazing
Anna @ shenANNAgans says
Holy wow woman, this is fabulous. 🙂
11 Day Journey of Magical India fo shiz!
I’d love the Gold Coast Australia Getaway.
Would love to use it all in the Philippines! Thanks for the great giveaway!
Would love to do Sri Lanka tour.
Bronnie - Maid In Australia says
I’d definitely choose the European holiday, and the highlight would be the mediterrean cruise … what a dream come true that would be!
I am dreaming for that European experience !!! 🙂 🙂 🙂
Deb Jensen says
I love the west coast
Carey Hurst says
I would not know where , I would love somewhere I have never been before, so hard to pick . Euro maybe , a cruise .
We’ve been thinking about going to the US and doing the national parks next (have been holding off until our daughter got older), so that West Coast package is looking pretty good!
Melody Kay Carolino says
I would love that 12 Day USA Natural Wonders Tour!!
shawn randall says
west coast road trip
The European trip would be glorious! Thank you and good luck to all!
Maria Cristina R. Brocelo says
Euro trip on my wish list 🙂
I live on the west coast so I would love the 19 Day European Experience
Cheryl Burns says
The Mediterranean Cruise would be awesome
I would love to go to greece or other european countries.
Gricelda Castro says
I would love to you to Europe.
Doris Taylor says
I would love to experience the West Coast, USA deal. I Love the outdoors, but Have never experienced it like I want to and this would be awesome!
Rachel dodd says
I would love to go anywhere on the west coast
terrii bollin says
I have’t been on a honeymoon or vacation in over 18 years. So any location that I can win would be much appreciated.
Hideki Yamada says
Off to Vancouver, B.C. if I win!
A bed and breakfast dream getaway. Just to take out just a little “me time” for me! Quiet, relaxing…Maybe even the bahamas! 🙂 Good luck to everyone
Terri Wilson says
14 day Mediterranean cruise is on my bucket list!
I would love to travel to Europe!
Jennifer Weinberg says
West Coast USA looks amazing and would be so much fun. It would also take me to places I’ve never been!
alessandro p says
i would love to go and visit west coast..
Pamela Michelle says
Thanks for the great giveaway! Fingers crossed xoxo I would love the Mediterranean Europe package!
Candice Dyer says
Definitely the West Coast trip!
Mary María says
I want to go to Australia!!
Cheryl Shields says
I have never been to the Grand Canyon…that’s where I’d go.
I would definitely go to hawaii!
JULIE TARDI says
The west coast would be wonderful love San Francisco
Mary Casillas says
The trip to National Parks and Vegas looks amazing!
I would love to spend time in the West Coast! I’m a Texas girl, but there are so many places I haven’t seen out there. Hopefully this giveaway can get me out there (:
Greece for me please! ( :
Estela Medina says
I would love beach trip (either West Coast or Hawaii)
Ann Torino says
The West Coast Package would be great! My son has never been further west than Alabama!
Debra Sabor says
Z Syafitria Sari says
I would like to win a trip to London because my two kids live there with their father and it’s been more than a year I haven’t seen them 🙁
I hope I am lucky, amen
Praga,Amsterdam, Cruise, ……..
Christy Nather says
somewhere on the west coast
Sarah Clarke says
Without a doubt, the Mediterranean Cruise!
laura saccente says
Cristina Willis says
West Coast, USA!
Nieves Manuel says
I would love to go to Greece!! Thank you for the opportunity!
Andrea Davis says
I would absolutely love to take a trip to Tahiti (Bora-Bora & Moorea).
Claudia SandovalRobles says
West Coast, USA deal looks absolutely amazing!!!!
Elizabeth McGlasson says
I would love to go to Spain!!!
Carol Moore says
DeAnna Keller says
I would love to travel to Ireland. I have tons of family there that I would LOVE to finally meet!
lovely joy merced says
The Europe trip would be perfect!
Philip Lawrence says
China’s National Treasures for me!
Jannick Madsen says
I would take the West Coast, USA deal I’ve always wanted to go to America and it would be awesome to experience some of those places.
elcane desir says
i would love to visit texas to finally taste the delicious foods
Ryan M. says
The west coast deal.
Would love to do the West Coast trip!
David Lampley says
I would to visit Las Vegas, thanks
ARSENIO ALFARO says
Denise A. says
I’d love to take the Five Star Bali Jungle Escape – 5, 7 or 10 Luxury Nights for Two People at the Award Winning Komaneka Villas vacation!
Robert G. Westberry says
I want to go to the West Coast.
Sara Theissen says
An Alaskan cruise
Jen S. says
I’d love to be able to experience Bora Bora.
Pam C. says
A Cruise anywhere would be awesome. Maybe a European one would be my first choice.
The European experience would be amazing!
Deborah Fike says
Alaska cruise would be great
I would love to visit NYC.
christina p says
wow awesome giveaway – thanks!
Laura Harrison says
I am always game to visit the West Coast. I could go every year!
Nancy Hansen says
I would love to go to Greece, but the West Coast would be great. I guess I just want to go somewhere!
kate anderson says
I would love to take a trip to Italy!!!
Kyla P says
That 19-Day European Experience with a 14-Day Mediterranean Cruise looks awesome! I would love that!
Shevon Ramirez says
Not sure….maybe Ireland.
Anita Autry says
I’ve always wanted to visit the Mediterranean.
the European trip with the Mediterranean cruise!
Missy Schutz says
SPAIN WOULD BE FABULOUS!
Oooohhhhhhhh, the Mediterranean..
Gabrielle V says
I would want to go to Thailand! Their day adventures look amazing!
I would go on the West Coast trip! I haven’t been in years and it was like a second home to me. I would love to return!
Anywhere in Europe!
milica obradović says
Grecee will be nice 🙂
Cindy Swimley says
Hi, The West Coast USA would be an amazing vacation!!( I would love to go to Europe but don’t have the extra money for transportation If that were needed.) I live on the East Coast and there’s so much to see on the West Coast. I’m Praying hard for this. Thank You and God Bless you!!
Natalie S. says
I would love to go to Paris! I haven’t been in years! Thanks for the giveaway 🙂
Kyaw Sein says
Thailand will be my choice
I would love to see the Grand Canyon
Natalie U says
I would go to Bali or Thailand
OMG, luv to see Europe. Divine. Pick me, pick me! Your next winner!!! Show me the money!!! It would be a dream come true and means more to me than anyone else to win. 🙁 Starving artist here desperately needs the $500 gc to travel, have fun and feel alive and inspired again. A life changing experience. Top of my bucket list. Dear Santa: I’ve been nice. My X-Mas wish this year is to win this contest. Thank you for the awesomeness, the contest, and generosity. 🙂
Kelly Baker says
Bali for me!
Cheryl golden says
I would live the west coast Trip!
I would love to go to Germany
Amy Miller says
Oh, how I would love the Mediterranean trip!
Morgan Watson says
West Coast for sure, especially since we’re living in Hawaii now. See it while you can!
Christi E says
I would love the West Coast, USA!
I really want to go to Hawaii!
Shamekka Sheffield says
These all sound amazing! But if I have to choose just one the it would be the Mediterranean cruise. Thank you for the chance to win!!!!
I would love to visit the the Greek islands! What a wondweful giveaway. Thank you for the oppurtunity!
Megan Carey says
I would love to go to some National Parks back East
Michael OBrien says
I would love to take my Mom to Hawaii for two weeks..i’m the oldest of nine (six boys and three girls) she has done a tremendous amount for us and also has been thru a whole lot especially in the last four years. My dad passed away at 60 and then two years later my brother passed away at the age of 31. It’s been rough but we all have come together to help one another. Taking her to Hawaii would be awesome!!
maria willis says
anywhere but here
Megan Zuchowski says
Anywhere warm! I haven’t been on a vacation in a very long time! Would love this 🙂
cheryl roberts says
A trip to Spain would be great
i have never been further than a few hours flight away from my home in Bendigo, Vic, Australia. I would travel anywhere, but i have always dreamt of traveling to Rome, Germany or Italy.
Theresa Denler says
I would like to go to Australia!
Erik P says
The Yellowstone trip looks amazing! I’ve always wanted to go there!
I would love to go on the Mediterranean Cruise and visit Greece, Italy and Turkey – they are places that I’ve always dreamt of seeing some day and I’d love to make that a reality! Also more locally – I would also love to spend a few days relaxing in Byron Bay, it looks amazing. Thank you
Ankur Jain says
The West Coast trip sounds fun to me!
Grazie per il giveaway! Vorrei viaggiare in crociera nel Mediterraneo.
leanne robinson says
I would love to go to the grand canyon never been there and it looks beautiful
Susan D says
West coast is the best coast and I would love to take my husband to see all those amazing sights!
catherine devonport says
I would love any of the places to visit
Tina Cleveland says
I would love to go to Singapore and visit The Raffles Hotel
Christopher M says
I would love a trip down the West Coast! Been a dream of mine forever.
S Jan says
ITALY I went there for a work trip last year but barely saw anything
Dexter Uy says
I want to go to USA (New York)
Sandra Gonzales says
I’m planning to catch Taylor Swift’s concert in Sydney in November. I hope to win the voucher to defray some of the costs! 😉
Carlos Alberto Gonzales says
Planning to visit relatives soon. Have a brand new niece and nephew to see! Hope to win the voucher to possibly extend my visit 😉
Rio J says
I want to go to Bali!
Paula Weintraut says
I would love to go to Australia, one on my Bucket List, along with Bali
Brian Vent says
The Euro Trip looks fabulous!
Rene Chartier says
I would love to go on the 19 day European Experience.
Crystal K says
The U.S West Coast trip sounds incredible! I have lived in Texas most of my life and am living in Indiana now, and have always wanted to explore the west coast and one of my biggest must-dos in life is to go to the yellowstone park. That would be a dream!
M. Landry says
The 19 day European Experience sounds LOVELY!!!
Jocelyn A. says
Anything! My husband and I just need a vacation!!!
Nour Bdg says
Well Probably Anywhere x) As long as it’s Europe :3
Anywhere with a beach!
The 18 Day European Bucket List Experience looks like a dream come true!