Saturday, October 26, 2013

Win Airline Tickets Courtesy of The Passport Party Project and JetBlue!

October 26, 2013

Calling all travelers! Calling all travelers! The Passport Party Project is giving away two (2) free roundtrip airline tickets courtesy of our friends at JetBlue! Wahooo! Who wants another passport stamp!?! 

That's right! One adult and one teen will travel to the destination of their choice via JetBlue! What makes this #traveltastic giveaway unique is The Passport Party Project gets to yet again empower a tw/een with the gift of travel - this time through an adult winner. Because while you have to be 18 years of age or older to enter, each 18+ entrant will represent a team of two: One adult and your favorite teen (11-15) will fly off into the wild blue yonder. Hollaaaaa!

All you have to do is properly execute the travel-themed tasks posted on this page every #TravelTuesday between now and December 31, 2013 and you will be entered into a random drawing being held on January 14, 2014. And yes, it's that easy! Ready to take a chance at winning? Here are the deets:

1. Adults! Find a teen you want to empower and take a creative travel-themed photo together. If you don't live in the same city or state, improvise and create a fun little avatar that best represents the two of you.
2. Come up with a creative name for your dynamic traveling duo! Keep it fun and keep it light!
3. Adults! Register by sending your new photo to and then go to the comments section of this blog post (could take up to 7 days) to look for confirmation of your entry. Only one entry allowed per team. Only one entry allowed per household.

Bookmark this blog post and come back to it every #TravelTuesday to see what's next!

#TravelTuesday Travel Tasks
All travel tasks must be completed no later than 1/17/14.

10/29/13: JetBlue flies to over 60+ destinations, some of which require that you bring your precious passport. Find your entry in the comments section below, and by clicking "reply" on your entry, list the 3 international destinations (from JetBlue's destinations, of course) that you would pick from if you were to win this contest. =)
11/5/13: Where do you want to go that you have never been before? Name just one country (because I'm sure you want to go to more than one place) and then share two interesting cultural facts about the people in that country by clicking reply on your last response in the comments section below. 
11/12/13: Based on your answer from last week, name two passport facts about the country you have never been to before. Reply by clicking on your last response in the comments section below.
11/19/13: What is the full name of the airport closest to your residence? What is the airport code? Name one interesting fact about your airport. Reply by clicking on your last response in the comments section below.
11/26/13: Whether you are going on a domestic or international journey, name five (5) items you simply cannot travel without. Reply by clicking on your last response in the comments section below.
12/3/13: In honor of #GivingTuesday, share three (3) details about your favorite voluntourism organization. Reply by clicking on your last response in the comments section below!
12/10/13: You're in a foreign country on a vacation. You realize you've lost your passport. What are the first 3 things you do? Reply by clicking on your last response in the comments section below.
12/17/13: Name five (5) JetBlue airline partners that would take you to 5 places you long to go. Reply by clicking on your last response in the comments section below. Hint:
12/24/13: Besides sampling the local cuisine, name three (3) things you like to do when you arrive in a new destination. Reply by clicking on your last response in the comments section below.
12/31/13: HAPPY NEW YEAR! Where will your travel dreams take you in 2014 and beyond? Reply by clicking on your last response in the comments section below. And thanks for playing along! HINT: There is no wrong answer. ;-)

BONUS: Did I mention that all confirmed entries will automatically be entered in a random drawing for a chance to win an Around The World board game!?! Well, yeah. #score

Travelers! Ready to have some fun?! Let's do this!

Contest Rules:

1. ELIGIBILITY: The Contest is open to legal residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico who are 18 years of age or older. As a condition of entry, Contest entrants irrevocably grant The Passport Party Project, contest entities and its affiliates, legal representatives, assigns, agents and licensees a worldwide, royalty-free, non-exclusive, sublicensable, unconditional, perpetual and transferable right and license to use the Entrant’s submitted name, image, likeness, statements, biographical material in contest promotions  in any media format or medium and through any media channel. The Contest Entities shall have the right to disqualify any entries that they deem to violate the contest rules at its sole discretion.
2. HOW TO ENTER: Properly execute the prompts on this blog post during the contest period of October 29, 2013 through December 31, 2013, 11:59 p.m. PDT.  Enter the contest at any time during the contest period.  All properly executed entries will be automatically entered into contest. One winner will be selected at random. Winner will be announced in the comments section of this blog post and via various social media channels on January 14, 2014.  
3. CONTEST PRIZE:  Two (2) travel certificates good for roundtrip non-stop travel between any of JetBlue's 60+ destinations.Travel is valid through August 14, 2014, blackout dates may apply, and redeemed travel is subject to availability and seats may not be available on all flights. No substitution of prizes. Prize may not be redeemed for cash value. If the individual selected declines to accept the prize by reason of accident, illness or emergency, there will be no cash compensation.
4. PRIZE: Limit one prize per person. The Contest Entities will award prizes only upon winner confirmation, verification and final approval. No substitution, transfer of any prize or cash alternative permitted.
5. GENERAL CONDITIONS: The Contest Entities are not responsible for technical failures of any kind, including but not limited to the malfunctioning of any computer or web site. The Contest Entities are not responsible for lost, interrupted or unavailable network server or other connections, for incorrect or inaccurate entry information, howsoever caused, or other error of any kind whether human, mechanical or electronic. Entrants found tampering with or abusing any aspect of this Contest, as solely determined by the judges, will be disqualified. If disqualified for any of the above abuses, the Entities reserve the right to terminate entrant’s eligibility to participate in the Contest. Any attempt by any person to deliberately undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest may be in violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, the Contest Entities reserve the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. The Contest Entities’ failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. The Contest Entities reserve the right to terminate, cancel, suspend and/or modify the Contest if any fraud, virus or other technical problem corrupts the administration, security, or proper play of the Contest, as determined by any of the Contest Entities in its sole discretion. In such event, the Contest Entities reserve the right to award the prize to the entrant whose submission has received the highest average and most number of ratings at the time of the impairment. Only the stated number of prizes will be awarded. In no event will more prizes be awarded than those listed in Rule #3. In the event of a dispute as to the identity of an online entrant, the online entry in question will be deemed submitted by the authorized account holder of the e-mail. The authorized account holder shall be the natural person to whom the applicable email address has been assigned by the Internet access provider, service provider, or other online organization responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address. A Potential Winner may be requested to provide the Sponsor with proof that the Potential Winner is the authorized account holder of the e-mail address associated with the winning entry.
By entering the Contest and/or accepting the prize, entrants/prize winners agree to: (a) be bound by these rules; (b) release the Contest Entities, their parent companies, or organizations, subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotion partners, agents and their estate and/or family members from all liability, claims, action, or proceedings relating to the Contest and from injuries or damages arising in connection with or relating to participation in the Contest, or use or misuse of the prize; and (c) waive any right to claim ambiguity in the Contest or these Official Rules. By accepting the prize, winner further acknowledges that The Passport Party Project and any other entity involved with this Contest have neither made, nor are in any manner responsible or liable for, any warranty, representation or guarantee, express or implied in fact or in law, relative to the prize or prize suppliers or to any portion thereof, including but not limited to its quality, merchantability, mechanical condition, or fitness for a particular purpose including, without limitation, use of any equipment associated with the prize. The Passport Party Project reserves the right to modify these Official Rules for clarification purposes without materially affecting the terms and conditions of the Contest, to void suspect entries and/or cancel, terminate or suspend any portion of this Contest should a virus, bugs, non-authorized human intervention or other causes beyond the control of The Passport Party Project corrupt or impair the administration, security, fairness or proper play of the Contest and, in any such event, at its discretion, select winners from eligible, non-suspect entries received prior to the event requiring such termination, cancellation or suspension.
Contest Entities are not responsible for typographical or other errors in the offer or administration of this contest, including but not limited to errors in advertising, the Official Rules, the selection and announcement of winners, or the distribution of any prize.


  1. Confirmed Entrant No. 1 > Melissa C. + 1 > Team: Carefree & Growing Up

    1. 1. Aruba
      2. Santiago, DR
      3. Turks and Caicos Islands

    2. Africa
      • Cape Town’s City Hall was built in 1905. On 11 February 1990 Nelson Mandela made his first public speech after his release from Robben Island, on the balcony of the City Hall.
      • Egoli, or the "City of Gold" is South Africa's most populated city, and the cosmopolitan business centre of the country. The hub of South Africa's most densely populated province, Gauteng, Johannesburg, or Jozi, was built along the gold-bearing reefs of the Witwatersrand, and is the home of South Africa's Constitutional Court.

    3. Cross-Cultural Solutions is a non-profit international volunteer organization that operates volunteer programs in Ghana. Volunteers work in schools or clinics or spend time in less formal settings, working with local business owners or recording oral histories. Many volunteers use this program as a starting point for research opportunities.

    4. 1. Go to the Consulate.
      2. Stay there until you get some legal ID.
      3. Notify the US Government that your passport has been lost.

    5. • JetBlue/Aer Lingus Partnership
      • JetBlue/Cape Air Partnership
      • JetBlue/Silver Airways Partnership
      • JetBlue/Egyptair Partnership
      • JetBlue/Etihad Airways Partnership

    6. 11/12/13: Based on your answer from last week, name two passport facts about the country you have never been to before. Reply by clicking on your last response in the comments section below.
      Most nationalities don't need a visa to enter South Africa as a tourist as long as your stay doesn't exceed 30-90 days. You need a valid passport that doesn't expire within 6 months and with at least one empty page for endorsements.

      11/19/13: What is the full name of the airport closest to your residence? What is the airport code? Name one interesting fact about your airport. Reply by clicking on your last response in the comments section below.
      DIA is the closest airport to my residence. DEN is the 3 letter airport code. Denver International Airport, often referred to as DIA, is an airport in Denver, Colorado. At 140 square kilometres it is the largest airport in the United States by total area. Runway 16R/34L is the longest public use runway in the United States.

      11/26/13: Whether you are going on a domestic or international journey, name five (5) items you simply cannot travel without. Reply by clicking on your last response in the comments section below.
      1. Lavender oil.
      2. A journal and pencil with sharpener.
      3. Dried fruit, like apricots or bananas.
      4. Slouchy hat and sunglasses.
      5. Mini-makeup bag with lip balm and sunscreen.

    7. 12/24/13:
      1. Take pictures, particularly: people, architecture, signs, fauna, and flora.
      2. Learn more about favorite local sport, music, and/or custom.
      3. Take a walk around town and communicate for no other reason than just to be in communication.

    8. My travel dreams in 2014 include leaving the USA for travel to the Caribbean and Central America. To expect the unexpected, and learn how to navigate the unfamiliar with ease and grace, bolding crossing that line that turns you from a "one of them" into a "one of us."

  2. Confirmed Entry No. 2 > Sue M. + 1 > Team: Historical Dilettantes

    1. St. Maarten
      Turks and Caicos Islands

    2. Italy
      -When meeting someone new in a social situation, many Italians use calling cards, which are a little bit bigger than business cards and include name, address, title (e.g. Dr.) and phone number. These are not the same as business cards and should not be used as such; these are for social situations.
      -It is rude to give someone red or yellow flowers or to wrap gifts in purple because it indicates secrecy, jealousy, and bad luck respectively.

    3. (1) Passports are required by all visitors to Italy, except for citizens of the following countries who may enter the country with a National Identity Card: EU countries, Switzerland, Monaco, and San Marino. (2) In Italy hotels are required to report details of their guests to the police, so they will always ask to see your passport and will likely make a photo copy; some ask to keep it overnight but they have no legal right to do so.

    4. Pittsburgh International Airport, PIT.

      Our airport was recently ranked 4th in the nation on a recent USAToday reader poll about Best Airports for Art; the magnificent mobile by Pennsylvania-born artist Alexander Calder and works by native son Andy Warhol are must-sees when passing through!

    5. Five things we cannot travel without (these are besides all the routine necessaries like ID, money, contacts/glasses, et cetera):

      1. Scarves
      2. Picture of loved ones
      3. Little stuffed dog named Scrufty
      4. Power bars (for when there are so many things to see we don't want to slow down to eat)
      5. Travel journal

    6. There are so many wonderful humanitarian voluntourism opportunities! Trips that incorporate working on ancient archaeological/historical discovery sites fascinate me, though. The French group La Sabranenque was founded in 1969 to restore medieval buildings in St. Victor La Coste, a rural village in Provence near Avignon. The group brilliantly succeeded in its work, having restored the fortified castle and the old village itself. It now invites vacationing volunteers to stay in the medieval village's restored homes and join in more time-limited restoration activities such as wall building, path construction, and garden maintenance.

    7. Lost passport?
      1. Retrace steps to look for it, file police report if missing/stolen
      2. Gather up needed documents (photocopies, extra photos I always bring just in case, ID, travel documents)
      3. Contact consulate or embassy to obtain replacement

    8. Five JetBlue airline partners that would take us to 5 places we long to go:

      British Airways : Britain and Scotland
      Egyptair: Cairo
      Icelandair: Reykjavik
      Hawaiian Airlines: Honolulu
      Transaero: Saint Petersburg

    9. When we arrive in a new destination, the first thing we like to do is take a walk or historical sightseeing tour. We also like to visit the local history museum to learn more about the area. If time permits, we like to check out local musicians.

    10. As I head into a new decade of life, our family trips for the next 4 years are (hopefully) NYC, various places in France, Quebec and Italy. Along the way I'd like to visit Morocco, St Petersburg, Cuba, Belgium and so many more. Happy travels!

  3. Confirmed Entry No. 3 > Juilia M. + 1 > Team: Ladies with Luggage

    1. 1. Aruba
      2. Montego Bay, Jamaica
      3. Barbados

    2. France
      The people of France, when giving flowers, always give them in an odd amount, but never thirteen. It is also suggested that trees be planted in odd numbers.
      The French always shake hands when meeting, even people who are there to service something in their house, such as the plumber. It is rude to not do so.

    3. 1. U.S. citizens may enter France and Monaco for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa. France is a party to the Schengen Agreement, which allows for visa-free travel between member countries. Monaco has an open border with France and constitutes a de facto part of the Schengen area for short visits.

      2. If you are traveling for reasons other than business or tourism – such as employment, study, or internship – you must obtain a French or Monegasque visa for that purpose before you leave the United States. You should be aware that it is nearly impossible to obtain or change visa status while in France.

    4. Five things that we can't travel without:
      1. travel journal
      2. reading material
      3. list of places/things that I want to see or do
      4. Camera with extra memory cards
      5. reusable water bottle

    5. Facts about Go Voluntouring
      1. Their goal is to turn one million travelers into one million volunteers
      2. They describe each volunteer opportunity in plain language. You can even fundraise for the trip by clicking a link on each opportunity's page.
      3. You can search for volunteer opportunities by something such as the country, length of stay, ideal age for the volunteer, and the cost! Perfect for a first timer or someone who has done it many times in the past but may want to try something different.

    6. What to do if I lose my passport in a foreign country
      1. Search for it. Retrace your steps, search your luggage, ask travel companions if they have seen it.
      2. Contact the Embassy or Consulate to report it lost or stolen (be sure to take the copies of your passport that you made before you left home so that you can verify your identity). Call friend or family member who is in the US and and ask them to contact the Overseas Citizens Services in Washington D.C. and provide them with as much information as possible about you so they can help locate your passport information to relay to the U.S. Embassy to have you cleared for re-entry into the U.S.
      3. Apply for a new passport at the US Embassy in the country that you are in (don't forget to take your copies with you again to this meeting!)

    7. Air China (Beijing)
      British Airways (London)
      EgyptAir (Cairo)
      Silver Airways (Bahamas)
      Seaborne (St Thomas)

    8. 3 Things to do in a foreign country
      1. Take pictures
      2. Talk to locals to learn about the culture
      3. Visit local places that aren't "made for tourists"

    9. In 2014 and beyond, we hope to travel to the Bahamas and Europe. China would be a great destination as well. France is pretty high on both of our lists to visit.

    10. The airport closest to our residence is Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
      The airport code is AUS
      Interesting fact: ABIA, as it is known locally, is located on the old site of Bergstrom Air Force Base, and it replaced Mueller Municipal Airport.

  4. Confirmed Entry No. 4 > Patricia + 1 > Team: Oh, The Places We'll Go!

    1. 1. Turks and Caicos
      2. Santo Domingo, DR
      3. Bahamas

    2. Indonesia.

      1.The arrival, in the last few decades, of tourists, export industries and technology, have had many easily observed effects. The Balinese usually dress in Western cloths, they send faxes, roar down the streets on motorbikes and watch TV. But such changes can be misleading.

      2. Indonesia's wealth in spices, precious stones, gold and other exotic items have attracted traders for centuries. The Balinese were never an active seafaring people. It was the Chinese, Indians, Arabs, Malays, Javanese and Bunganese who plied the trade routes. Later came the Portuguese, English and Dutch.

    3. Two passport Facts:
      **The Director General of Immigration may fully authorize the Visa Officer to issue or reject applications for Transit Visas or Visit Visas.The Visa Officer shall have the full authority to grant a visa to a foreign national who is in possession of a national passport or other valid travel document.The Visa Officer, upon the approval of the Director General of Immigration, shall grant a visa to an individual not in possession of a national passport or other travel document (a stateless person).

      *Admission to Indonesia remains under the authority of the Immigration Officer at the port of entry.

    4. Denver International Airport, DIA.

      Denver International airport was one of the first airports in the United States to integrate art into public spaces. During construction, artists worked with architects to integrate art into the airport.

    5. 5 Items We can not travel without are:
      1. Camera
      2. Sunglasses
      3. Snacks (Gummy Bears, GUM, chocolate:)
      4. Fun reads. Magazines, current book being read.
      5. Lip gloss/ Burt's Bees chap stick!

    6. GoVoluntouring
      3 details are:
      1. They have connected over 10,000 "new" volunteers to projects in 102 countries!
      2. Offer programs in over 100 countries around the world, and have been featured in USAToday, ABC news, TgecCBC, The Globe and Mail, etc., as well as dozens of other traditional and online publications.
      3. They have created a simple fundraising tool to let users create a 'campaign' and crowdfund against the expenses of travel, projects, and insurance. It also allows you to browse campaigns and donate to volunteers that share in their values of compassion and conservation.

  5. 1. Lima
    2. Turks and Caicos
    3. Aruba

  6. Confirmed Entry No. 5 > Celena G. + 1 > Team: The Travelistic Duo

  7. Confirmed Entry No. 6 > Bianca V. + 1 > Team: Sisters With A Dream

    1. 1. Lima
      2. Turks and Caicos Islands
      3. The Bahamas

    2. Spaniards are the most enthusiastic radio listeners in Europe.

      he Spanish often use gestures with, or to substitute for, words. Flicking the teeth with the thumbnail, wiggling fingers from the nose, and grabbing the left arm with the right while making a left-handed fist are all thought to be offensive. Tapping the left elbow with the right hand is a sign that someone is a penny pincher. Pulling down the lower eyelid while someone is talking means that the listener doubts what the speaker is saying

  8. Confirmed Entry No. 7 > Sandra A. + 1 > Team: Le Donne Mobile

    1. Sandra! I accidentally deleted your entries when trying to delete your first answer. Oops! Please re-post and pardon the error. ;-(

  9. Out of the 7 entries, there were 3 completed.


    TEAM NUMBER 1!!!! *and the crowd goes wild*

    Melissa C. + 1 > Team: Carefree & Growing Up << CONGRATULATIONS!!!!