5 Ways to Get Your Vacation Paid For

Who doesn’t love free stuff? Travel can be expensive. That’s why we rounded up some of the best travel contests happening right now in one place. Check them out and see if one of your bucket list destinations could possibly be paid for.

Don’t think a big win ever happens for people? Read this inspiring story about a couple who took their very first vacation alone together after unexpectedly winning a trip to the Red Mountain Resort in Utah in a contest on the Kelly and Michael show.

Good things do happen to awesome people.

For the Beach Bum - Hyatt Regency Aruba

The Hyatt Regency Aruba is surrounded by lush tropical landscape. (Photo: Hyatt)

Participate in the resort’s Instagram challenge between now and July 25 for a chance to win a complimentary 3-night stay along with a $250 resort credit. All you have to do is follow @HyattAruba on Instagram and post your favorite memory from the resort with the hashtags #25Memories #25AnniversaryHyattAruba and #Entry.


You could be in one of these palapas. (Photo: Hyatt)

The two entries with the highest score determined by the judges – the 46 employees who have been working at the resort since its inception 25 years ago – will be gifted the free vacation.

Related: Watch These Adorable Flamingos Get Married in Aruba

For the Adventure Seeker - Chaa Creek:

Plenty of adventure awaits in beautiful Belize. (Photo: Chaa Creek)

Chaa Creek, an award winning eco lodge in the Belizean rainforest, has a sweepstakes running through July 30 in which the winner will receive a free 8-day holiday that includes accommodations and horseback, canoeing, biking and snorkeling excursions. The sweepstakes is open throughJuly 30 and all you have to do is enter the contest at the lodge’s website.

For the Foodie - Maille Dijon

You could win a foodie dream trip to Dijon, France. (Photo: Thinkstock)

Win a VIP trip for two to Dijon, France and receive an exclusive look into French culinary history with a private tour and tasting at the original Maille boutique with their Mustard Sommelier. The getaway includes two round-trip plane tickets from any city in the U.S. to Paris between September 15, 2015 and September 15, 2016, along with two round-trip train tickets from Paris to Dijon and a two-night stay in a luxury hotel. Enter by going to Facebook.com/mailleus or Twitter.com/mailleus between now and July 31.

For the Sailor - Windstar Cruises

Explore the crystal clear waters and lush rainforests of Tahiti all from your own luxury yacht with 9 of your closest friends. (Photo: Windstar Cruises)

Enter for a chance to win a Windstar Tahitian cruise for 10 people valued at over $25,000 on their website. There are four more days remaining in the sweepstakes, so act fast because nine of your friends are ready to experience the crystal clear waters and vibrant Polynesian culture from a luxury yacht.

Related: Hawaii or Tahiti? What is the True Tahitian Paradise?

For the Party Animal - TravelSmith

Your New Years Day hangover won’t feel half as terrible when you’re surrounded by all this beauty. (Photo: iStock)

TravelSmith is giving away daily prizes between now and July 29th with the grand prize being a trip to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for New Year’s Eve. Every time you enter to win the daily giveaway, you get one more entry for the trip for two to Rio that includes roundtrip airfare, four nights at the Copacabana Palace Hotel and VIP tickets to the Rio NYE Ball.

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