Nov 10

Grantourismo Travel Blogging Competition: November

Shopping for tagine ingredients in the markets of Essaouria.

For our ninth contest in our yearlong series of monthly Grantourismo HomeAway Holiday-Rentals travel blogging competitions we want you to create a blog post on the theme of Living Like Locals.

Your post should consist of one (1) photograph* and 250 words* that gives us a taste of an experience you had when you travelled where you lived like locals. Whether you were staying in a holiday rental, house swapping or staying with a local family, whatever it was, tell us why it was special. Was it shopping at the local markets? Getting to know your neighbours? Hanging out at the local pub? Or just taking in the ebb and flow of an everyday neighbourhood? Your post should inspire our readers to want to try to live like locals when they next travel.

It’s important that your story and photograph(s) are your own, they must be original, and they should not have been published in print or on other websites. *Make sure you do not submit more than one (1) photo and no more than 250 words.

FIRST PRIZE A stay at a HomeAway Holiday-Rentals property of your choice anywhere in the world valued at UK£500/US$750, a Viator tour voucher worth £100/US$150, an Olympus FE-4040 compact camera worth £125/US$190, and a Trourist Moleskine travel notebook.

SECOND PRIZE A Context tour voucher worth US$100, a private half-day tour with a local guide in a destination of your choice anywhere in the world from Our Explorer, and a Trourist Moleskine travel notebook.

THIRD PRIZE an annual subscription to AFAR magazine and a Trourist Moleskine travel notebook.

The winning entry of our November competition will feature on GrantourismoHomeAway UK’s Facebook page, and we will tweet your success on Twitter.

To be eligible to enter
Entry submission is by posting and linking and communication is through the Comments below and Twitter, which means:
1. You must have your own blog/site, contribute to a group site, or post your blog to sites like www.matadortravel.comwww.bootsnall.com,
2. You need to subscribe to Grantourismo via email/RSS, join our community on Google Friend Connect and join HomeAway Holiday Rental’s Facebook page to enter.
3. Follow @Gran_tourismo and @HomeAwayUK on Twitter, then alert us on Twitter that you’re following us for the #GrantourismoComp and we will follow you back.

How to enter
1. Upload your original entry to your blog before end of 30 November. We’ll visit your site to read your post, tweet about your entry, and other entrants might visit your blog for inspiration.
2. Identify at the end of your post that “This post has been entered into the Grantourismo HomeAway Holiday-Rentals travel blogging competition” and link to this post’s URL (so your entry appears in the Trackbacks below) and www.homeaway.co.uk. Tag the post with ‘Grantourismo’ and ‘HomeAway Holiday-Rentals’ so the judges can easily search for it if Trackbacks don’t work.
3. Leave your name and link to your post in the Comments – this serves as your submission.
4. Use Twitter to tweet us @Gran_tourismo and @HomeAwayUK to tell us your post is up, using#GrantourismoComp in your tweet. This also makes it easy to find your entry.

Winning Entries
1.We will notify winners by Twitter or email during the first days of December.
2.The first prize winner may be required to email us a high-res photo and text for publishing.
3.The winning entry will be posted here early December.

For more details, read the fine print below. Any questions, pop them in the Comments.

The Fine Print – Terms and Conditions
1. Grantourismo monthly competitions are open to anyone aged 18 years or over, except anyone professionally associated with this competition or the sponsors.
2. All information detailing how to enter the competition forms part of these terms and conditions. It is a condition of entry that all rules are accepted as final and that the competitor agrees to abide by these rules. Submission of an entry will be taken to mean acceptance of these terms and conditions.
3. Submissions must be original, should not have been published before, should not appear on other blogs or websites, and should not infringe any copyrights.
4. Winners will be chosen by a judging panel consisting of HomeAway Holiday-Rentals staff; Scott McNeeley, Editor of the Viator blog; Context Travel staff; and Lara Dunston and Terence Carter. Judges decisions are final. The criteria used will include creativity, originality, quality of writing and photography, ability to engage an audience, and ability to inspire.
5. HomeAway Holiday-Rentals is offering a prize of £500/US$750 towards a stay in one of their properties listed on the HomeAway Holiday-Rentals website. The stay must be a minimum of 2 nights, although it can be longer. The winner must use http://www.homeaway.co.uk/ to book the property. HomeAway Holiday-Rentals will release the funds to the property owner and transfer the remainder to the winner to be used toward the trip.
6. Winners will be required to blog about their prizes, link back to GrantourismoHomeAway Holiday-Rentals, and the sponsor of the prize they’ve won, and tweet about the post, using #GrantourismoComp. We’ll visit your post and tweet about it.
7.Property stays and tours must be used within 12 months of notification.
8. While copyright of all submissions to the Competition remains with the entrants, winning entrants give permission to Grantourismo, HomeAway Holiday-Rentals, and the sponsors to feature the winning entries on their websites, blogs, or in any publications or promotional materials connected to this Competition.


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  1. Amber DeGrace

    I entered the November travel blogging competition and my entry can be see here

    1. Terence Carter

      Thanks Amber! You’re nice and early. Good Luck.

  2. Keith

    My entry is up at http://travelrat.wordpress.com/2010/11/14/living-like-a-local/

    1. Lara Dunston

      Thanks for your entry, Keith! Best of luck!

  3. Wendy Miller

    I’ve posted my entry at http://luggagetag.blogspot.com/2010/11/living-like-locals.html

    1. Terence Carter

      Excellent Wendy, good luck!

  4. Lisa Bergren

    Here’s our post for this month’s competition: The Pulse of Jerusalem! http://theworldiscalling.com/2010/11/the-pulse-of-jerusalem/

    1. Lara Dunston

      Thanks, Lisa – best of luck!

  5. Jenna Makowski

    I invite you to view my blog post for November’s competition! http://jennagmakowski.wordpress.com/2010/11/21/local-trends/

    1. Terence Carter

      Thanks Jenna, good luck!

  6. jiffer

    So early this time! here is mine .. http://smashandsniff.blogspot.com/2010/11/as-local-as-ill-never-be.html.

    The Christmas markets are opening here tomorrow – too bad you won’t make it to Germany until after the holidays!



    1. Terence Carter

      Excellent! I’m sure you’ll be spending that prize in an African cow-dung hut if you win – I’ll have to check if HomeAway have any on the books…

    2. jiffer

      actually, i was thinking of upgrading…

    3. Terence Carter

      LOL shouldn’t be a problem, although we did see a new version of the classic cow-dung digs in Kenya…

  7. Aida Hatem

    I blog about my 4-month stay in Hawaii at http://aidashawaii.blogspot.com
    My contest entry is “The Charm of the City”

    1. Aida Hatem

      Correction: the title of my entry is “I’ll Miss You, Honolulu”. Sorry for the mistake.

    2. Terence Carter

      Aida, Thanks for your entry. Good luck!
      PS: Hope you’re headed to Oahu – I’d love to experience a North Shore winter!

    3. Aida Hatem

      Yes! We are in Oahu, and in fact, we saw some surfers on the Banzai pipeline braving some 20 ft plus waves. It was so cool. There’s a little video in my “One in a Million” post (just after my entry) if you are interested.


    4. Terence Carter

      Awesome, I will check it out – I’ve always wanted to go.

  8. Nicole

    Hi Lara and Terrence,

    Here’s my entry:


    1. Lara Dunston

      Thanks, Nicole! I love your entry! Especially considering our recent Diani Beach experience ;)

  9. Agnes Trzak

    My contribution: Bill and the Beer with the Hand http://atrzak.wordpress.com/2010/11/27/antwerp/

    1. Terence Carter

      Thanks for your entry. Love the dog. Too cute. Good luck.
      PS: We have your trackback (below).

  10. Food Lover Kathy

    Here’s my entry: New Year’s Eve Dinner in Paris – Living Like a Local


    1. Lara Dunston

      Loved your entry! Now wasn’t cooking with some friends and hosting a dinner party so much more fun that spending a tonne on an expensive NYE party with strangers?! Good luck! :)

    2. Food Lover Kathy

      Lara – Thank you. Cooking at home with friends always trumps dining out (as long as they help with the dishes), especially on those overly busy nights like NYE. Thanks for hosting the competition!

  11. Liv

    Hi Lara & Terrence,
    My local experience: http://wilt.posterous.com/sunday-at-st-peters

    1. Lara Dunston

      Thank you so much for entering our competition. Can’t tell you how many times I’ve been tempted to do the same thing! Good luck!

  12. Laura

    Hi Lara and Terence! I am linking my entry to the contest (better late than never right?) about the time I spent on a farm in Brazil. Thanks for the opportunity!


    1. Lara Dunston

      Late?! Why it’s only the 29th! Our entrants are typical travel writers and usually leave entering until the last day, so relax. ;)

      Love your post! Hoping you two will be united on common soil soon. :)

  13. Meghan

    Monday greetings to both of you!

    I’ve entered your November blogging contest, and you can find my entry here:

    Happy continued travels and thanks for the opportunity,

    1. Terence Carter

      Thanks Meghan – you’re trying to get an unfair advantage with this subject! Writing about Capuchin monkeys is considered cheating as I love them so much! ;)
      Good luck!

  14. Rachel Denning

    Here’s my entry!

    Living Like Locals in Las Galeras, Dominican Republic

    1. Terence Carter

      Cool, a great entry. Cute pig! Good luck!

  15. Nikki Hodgson

    My post is up…

    “Breakfast in Nablus”

    Thanks for holding the contest!

    1. Terence Carter

      Nikki, what a lovely piece of writing. This kind of writing is why we’re holding the contest. Good luck!

  16. Tiffany Weber-Stahlbaum

    Here’s a last minute entry: http://bit.ly/hmMWeG
    Living local during Germany’s Karneval.

    1. Lara Dunston

      Well you settled in there quickly, didn’t you?! Dressing up and letting strangers use your loo?!

      Thanks for your entry! Best of luck!

  17. Aida Hatem

    Hi Terrence and Lara,

    Just checking to see if you “received” my entry since there doesn’t seem to be a trackback and there is no “reply” from either of you. Just in case, here it is again, http://aidashawaii.blogspot.com The title is “I’ll Miss You, Honolulu.”


    1. Terence Carter

      Hi Aida,
      We’re working our way through the entries now. Have your entry but can’t see the trackback anywhere, even though I see the link from your site.

    2. Aida Hatem


  18. Cathy Sweeney

    My entry for the November travel blogging competition is here: http://travelingwithsweeney.com/2010/11/29/my-manhattan-affair/


    1. Terence Carter

      Lovely post. I definitely think you haven’t seen NYC until you’ve seen it *really* covered in snow. Locals bitch about it (especially by February if they get another storm!) but there is something magical about it.
      Thanks for your entry, good luck!

  19. Prêt à Voyager

    Better late than never! ;)
    Live like a local. Go to a {Greek} wedding: http://pretavoyager.blogspot.com/2010/11/live-like-local-go-to-wedding.html


    1. Lara Dunston

      Thanks, Anne! So glad you entered. Best of luck!

  20. pam || @nerdseyeview

    Done and done!


    I loves me some vacation rentals, I REALLY REALLY do.

  21. Sabina

    Hi Lara and Terence,

    Here is my entry http://www.solofemaletraveler.com/the-sounds-of-sharjah/
    It’s right at 500 words. I see you have another sounds of the city entry. I didn’t know that when I wrote this. Oh, well. I hope you don’t tire of reading about city sounds :)

  22. John

    My entry is up at: http://ghosts.eurapart.co.uk/living-the-dream

    Thank you for running this competition.

  23. Kirsten Alana

    Hello! Thanks for hosting this great contest! You can find my entry here http://www.kirstenalana.com/archives/3031 about living like a local in San Francisco!

  24. ashley

    Hi Lara and Terence,

    Here is my entry– http://smashandsniff.blogspot.com/2010/11/south-indian-local-spice.html

    Happy judging! xo ash

    Oh, and I did take the pic with a timer (it is me on the bike). Notice the people on the bus. It is my favorite travel photo of me– classic.

  25. Larissa

    Here are my entries. I did two versions of the same story and couldn’t decide which one to submit so I did both and here they are. Cheers!



  26. Vera Marie Badertsch

    My Living Like a Local Entry, At Home in Paris, is at http://atravelerslibrary.com/2010/11/30/at-home-in-paris/

    Vera Marie Badertscher

  27. Mike Goldstein

    Before there were markets there was…



  28. nomadic dreamer

    Hey Lara and Terence,

    Sent an entry but not sure you got it since no reply tweet or can’t see here in the trackbacks. But here it is, if it can still be counted. Just trying out. :) http://thenomadicdreamer.wordpress.com/2010/11/30/living-like-a-local/

  29. Sarah

    As I said to Lara earlier…I had problems uploading my pic yesterday…it’s up now: http://bit.ly/hBo6g1

    Hope ok!

    Sarah x

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