What is it Like to Win an Overseas Holiday?
Pretty flippin’ fantastic!
I’ve been lucky enough to have won a few holidays so far on my competitions journey. I’m hoping there will be more in the future too, they’re my favourite type of competition to win (well, maybe tied with winning cash!).
My best holiday win thus far was was a luxury trip to Thailand. I remember that it was a creative competition (definitely the type I have the most success with) where you had to answer a question in 25 words or less. I don’t remember the exact question but it was something along the lines of “Why do you need a holiday in Thailand?” so pretty standard. I also can’t remember my answer but I know it was a rhyme and had a few Thai-related puns in it.
I received a winning phone call – which I actually missed the first time! THANKFULLY they left a message so I could call back and they didn’t just move on to someone else!
I remember after the phone call that I felt weirdly numb with happiness – I didn’t quite know how to react. I sort of drifted between fits of fist pumping and ‘yahooing’ and then just staring blankly with a huge smile on my face.
I decided to take my Mother with me (the prize was for two people) and I think at first she didn’t believe that it was a legitimate prize. But once we got deeper into organising it, she became more and more excited!
The prize itself was pretty damn awesome! I believe it was about 10 days total in 3 different locations – Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Koh Samui. It also included flights, internal transportation, breakfasts, spa treatments, tours and $3000 spending money (I believe I even managed to save a bit of it afterwards!). Now THAT’S how you put together a travel prize!
The promoter was very friendly and helpful when it came to choosing dates and booking it in. This isn’t always the case with promoters so I was glad it worked out so well.
Thailand is a BEAUTIFUL country with a really interesting culture and incredibly hospitable people. We traversed the city, the bush and the beach – a really good all-round trip. The accommodation the promoter picked was brilliant in every location (and all 5 star!). I especially liked the beach villa accommodation in Koh Samui, which was at a wellness resort. They served the most amazing, healthy meals and gave revitalising massages.
The total trip was worth about $17,000. Certainly a level of holiday we wouldn’t be able to afford by ourselves. That’s the beauty of comping as a hobby, it really does allow you to experience things that you otherwise couldn’t do. I won’t be giving it up any time soon!