Adventure Giveaway Winner Announced

Congratulations to Fred Shahroooz Scampato, the winner of our recent adventure-themed giveaway!

We asked readers to submit their most adventurous travel story via our website, or on the Moon Facebook and Twitter pages. We got some great responses that ranged from giving birth in Brazil to white water rafting down the Nile, but Fred’s story really captured our attention. Here’s what he had to say:

“Years ago when I was a teenager, I went on a trip with my parents to various parts of Iran. When we arrived in Mashad, Iran, my mother wanted to go to a very famous and sacred shrine. Unfortunately, it was not safe for westerners to go there and as I was blond and blue eyed, I would especially stand out. So, I agreed to go dressed in a chador and to keep my head down so that people wouldn't see the color of my eyes. I thought was great fun and had a great time knowing that I was perhaps one of the few westerners to ever visit that site at that time. Of course, looking back on the event as an adult, I am surprised that my mother took the risk! But I'm so glad she did.”

Thank you, Fred, for sharing your story with us. Your $25 gift card to REI is in the mail.

Adventure Travel Ideas – and a Contest

[dropcap]O[/dropcap]ur webmaster recently received an email asking why we don’t offer information on travel to the moon since after all; we are called Moon Travel Guides. This got us thinking. Even though we don’t cover lunar travel per say, we do offer information of lots of adventurous destinations like Argentina, Cuba, Belize and Costa Rica—just to name a few.

Who knows, maybe one day we’ll cover travel to the moon, but until then, here are a few adventurous trip ideas to hold you over.

  • Adventure Hiking in Guatemala – Want to get off the well-trod path? Guatemala’s mountains and jungle plains make for some extraordinary hiking.
  • Explore the Brazilian Amazon – Spend 14 days exploring the world’s largest, most diverse, and most mysterious rainforest. You never know what type of creatures you’ll see on this adventure.
  • Get in an Arizona Adventure – From natural rockslides to mechanical bulls to race car driving, Arizona has plenty to offer for travelers with an eye for adventure.
  • Hike the Inca Trail in Peru – Though at times crowded, the hike to Machu Picchu is an unforgettable experience—both a backpacking trip and a religious pilgrimage.
  • Learn to Surf in Cabo – Indulge your inner need to hang ten, and learn to surf along the Cabo coast.

Now we want to hear from you. What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done on vacation? The best answer will get a $25 REI gift card to help with your next adventure. You can enter by responding in the comments below, or on our Facebook or Twitter pages. Deadline to enter is 11/16/2010 at noon CST.

Let the adventure begin!

National Parks Promotion Giveaway Winners Announced

We have two winners in our National Parks promotion giveaway. A big thank you to everyone who participated and told us all about your favorite National Parks.

Auriette Lindsey of Pensacola, FL is the winner of the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass. Auriette’s favorite park is Death Valley National Park. Here is what she had to say about it:

“Since I was 12 years old, I have loved Star Wars, and one of the most exciting moments of my life was visiting Tatooine. I stopped at the Death Valley Visitor Center, and the guide kindly and without condescension or disdain pointed me to Golden Canyon. It's where George Lucas filmed R2-D2 getting kidnapped by the Jawas…it is a favorite memory that will always hold a special place in my heart.”

Auriette plans to use the pass to visit several National Parks, including Gulf Islands National Seashore, which is near her home. We hope she gets the chance to visit Death Valley (aka Tatooine) again as well. May the force be with you, Auriette!

Our second prize winner is Amber G. of Naperville, IL. She shared her love for Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska: “It is so serene and magical, I literally feel like I am in another world,” she said about the park. Amber will receive copies of Moon Acadia National Park, Moon Yosemite, and Moon Yellowstone and Grand Teton.

Thanks again to everyone who entered. Keep reading Moon.com and our Facebook and Twitter pages for information on our future giveaways.

Win a National Parks Pass From Moon Travel Guides

The National Park Service is waiving entrance fees at more than 100 national parks for two days starting this Saturday—and we want to help our readers get out and explore.

To celebrate the beauty and wonder of the parks, Moon is giving away two National Parks-related prizes to two lucky readers. The first place prize is a National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass ($80 value), the second place prize is a gift pack of three Moon National Park guidebooks ($54 value), including Moon Acadia National Park, Moon Yosemite, and Moon Yellowstone and Grand Teton.

To enter, simply email giveaway@moon.com and tell us what your favorite National Park is—and why. Entries will be accepted thru 5pm CST on Sunday, Aug. 15th. Winners will be selected and announced on the Moon Staff Blog , and via the Moon Facebook and Twitter pages the week of Aug. 16th. Employees of the Perseus Books Group are not eligible to win.

We look forward to seeing your answers—and helping you further explore our amazing National Parks. If you’re looking for more inspiration, check out our National Parks activity ideas.

Good luck!

Cool Off With Our Ice Cream Giveaway

If you’re a regular reader of Moon.com, then you already know July is National Ice Cream Month. Since we can think of few better things to celebrate, we’ve teamed up with our friends at Carvel Ice Cream to give away some free ice cream to a few lucky readers.

There are two separate giveaways, and two ways to win. Here are the details:

1. We’ll be giving away a $25 Carvel gift certificate for a delicious ice cream cake on the Moon Travel Guides Facebook page. To enter to win, simply post in the comments section of our page and tell us your favorite ice cream flavor.

2. We also have five pairs of Carvel Be Our Guest cards (each pair is valued at $8 total) good for you and a friend to treat yourself to a scoop. To win, simply visit us on Twitter and send us a tweet using the hashtag #mooncarvel telling us your favorite ice cream flavor.

Only one entry per person is allowed and employees of the Perseus Books Group are not eligible to win. Winners will be announced later this week via Twitter, Facebook, and right here on the Moon Staff Blog.

Good luck—and a big thank you to our friends at Carvel!

We Have a Winner in Moon’s Earth Day Giveaway

Congratulations to Tom V. of Jordan, Minnesota, who is the lucky winner of the Earth Day Green Travel Pack from Moon Travel Guides.

The eco-friendly prize is perfect for Tom, who told us he loves to travel, walks a lot, and hopes to take a trip to South America sometime soon.

Thanks to all who participated—and keep reading Moon.com to keep up with our future giveaways.

Win a Green Travel Pack from Moon

With the 40th anniversary of Earth Day just around the corner, we’re giving away a green travel pack to one lucky reader. To enter, all you need to do is sign up for our monthly e-newsletter—which is filled with helpful travel tips, informative author interviews, and information about our new book releases.

The pack includes <a href="http://rei.com"REI's Urban Traveler Pack filled with five Moon guides to some of our most eco-friendly destinations, like Belize and Costa Rica. You’ll also get a Klean Kanteen stainless-steel reusable water bottle and your very own Moon baseball cap (total retail value $226).

For a chance to win, you must sign up for our monthly e-newsletter by noon CST on Friday, April 23rd. Only one entry per person is allowed. One winner will be picked at random the week of April 26th and notified via email. The name of the winner will also be announced on the Moon.com.

Good luck!