Across the Northern Hemisphere, folks are preparing for that time-honored tradition known as the summer road trip.
Most of us will end up making fairly short hauls to the beach or the mountains. A few hardy souls will attempt journeys to national landmarks like the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, and the Mall of the Americas.
But what if you could take a road trip on a lush, tropical island? And what if you could do so absolutely free? In fact, what if you could do so and actually walk away $15,000 richer? That's the offer TomTom is making five lucky winners over the next few weeks.
It's all part of TomTom's Map Paradise Project. The gist of the contest is that TomTom wants to map five tropical islands for its popular dashtop navigation system -- and it needs your help to make that happen. So, between now and August 9, TomTom is giving away five trips to those islands, and the winners will spend two weeks roaming them on the company's dime.
Better still: even though these have been pitched as working vacations, a quick look at the terms and conditions of the contest reveals that there's not much "work" involved.
Entering the sweepstakes is easy: just fill in some basic contact info, answer a couple of simple questions, and tell TomTom why you want to go on that particular vacation. Drawings are held at noon (Central European Time) on Thursdays, which is when the contest shifts to the next prize destination. The sweepstakes schedule is:
- May 31 - June 14: Viti Levu, Fiji
- June 14 to June 28: St. Lucia
- June 28 - July 12: Mauritius
- July 12 - July 26: Santiago, Cape Verde
- July 26 - August 9: Mahé, the Seychelles
The contest is open to anyone 18 years of age and older in Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and the United States (though apparently Florida and New York residents can't take part). You can enter once per two-week period.