One of the hardest things about constantly traveling and living a nomadic life is the fact that everything you own you must carry. This really cuts down on my shopping and actually helps me save money. Every time I look at that colorful scarf, or cool new camera equipment I immediately think…but I have to carry it. One of the most challenging things about carrying everything you own on your back while traveling is the dreaded ‘Guidebook Dilemma’. I love having a real guidebook in my hands to flip through and read, not to mention the maps where I can make notes. But they come at a big cost…they are bulky and heavy…and quite frankly my shoulders and back scream out in agony at the thought of carrying yet another book.
On my recent travels in Sri Lanka, I tried to go without a physical guide book and attemped simply have a file on my iphone. But I’m old…and the iphone is small; I found the whole thing a pain in the ass and knew that it wasn’t the right solution even though it was the lighter solution. While I was on that trip a representative from Sony contacted me about a contest they were running for their new Sony Reader centered around travel. I immediately thought…this is the answer. A light electronic file, but something that actually feels like a book.
I was really excited to be chosen as one of the few travel blogs hosting the Sony Reader contest where you can win $10,000 to travel anywhere in the world…yes you read that right. You’d be crazy not to enter – you have absolutely nothing to lose! It’s really simple to enter – all you have to do is imagine you’re on your dream vacation and you’re writing a postcard to me from that dream destination. In your postcard, tell me where you are and what you brought along with you to read.
However if you are a math geek and look at the odds of this contest and think, there’s no way I can win…then consider this:
I’m also giving away a Sony Reader by handpicking my favorite entry from my website readers and giving away one Reader Pocket Edition™ and $25 gift card to Reader Store! Your odds are pretty good for this Ottsworld reader prize – there are only 10 entries so far and any statistician would tell you that these are good odds – so make sure you enter!
Entry ends on April 19th!
Starting April 20th, voting will start to take place at www.readergetawaygiveaway.com . All visitors to the site will be allowed to vote for their favorite entries and you can begin promoting your postcard to your own online audiences and friends. The person with the most votes** wins the $10,000 dream vacation and 2 Sony Reader and giftcard prizes!
**Voting runs from April 20 – 26th. Participants are encouraged to promote their postcard to obtain votes. When voting begins, entrants will receive an email notifying them to start getting votes and will be given a unique URL for their entry. Winner will be notified and entry will be displayed on the contest microsite at www.readergetawaygiveaway.com on or around April 28, 2011.Disclaimer Copy No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. & D.C., 18 & older. Begins 3:00:01 a.m. ET on 4/5/11 & ends 3:00:01 p.m. ET on 4/19/11. For official rules, visit www.readergetawaygiveaway.com. Sony® Reader ™ $10K Getaway Giveaway is sponsored by Sony Electronics Inc.