“To travel is to live.” – Hans Christian Anderson
Sometimes taking the first step toward an international trip is the most difficult, even if you have dreamed of travel for years. I recently learned about a campaign that Vayama, an online travel agency, is rolling out to help people make their travel dreams a reality. I used the site to book many aspects of my travel in India last November because they are solely focused on international travel. The Vayama Go Somewhere Tour is traveling to 12 unique markets throughout the west coast and southwestern states, encouraging people to think about where in the world they’d like to travel and help them make that dream a reality.
The centerpiece of the tour, currently in my hometown of Austin, is an 18-foot custom-designed truck that invites visitors to experience some of the world’s most interesting cities. A fun game show allows players to compete against one another on international trivia. And a custom-created iPad app allows people to navigate an interactive map to learn compelling facts about different cities around the globe, see beautiful images and watch picturesque time-lapsed videos. If people are interested to learn more, the app allows them to easily sign up for destination-specific content on the city of their choosing.
Perhaps the most practical element of the Go Somewhere Tour experience is a passport photo booth. After all, recent statistics reveal that only 39 percent of the country’s population has a U.S. passport. For those people who dream about taking an international trip, walking away with a passport-ready photo in hand brings them one step closer to taking that trip abroad.
Over the course of the tour, people who visit the Go Somewhere Tour truck can enter the Go Somewhere Sweepstakes. The Grand Prize winner will receive an international trip for two on Emirates Airline, plus U.S. $2,000 cash spending money. Twelve lucky First Prize winners (1 winner in each market) will receive a U.S. $1,500 travel voucher, redeemable on Vayama.com.
Those who miss the tour in their area are still invited to participate in the Go Somewhere Sweepstakes. They can enter anytime before August 4, 2013 for a chance to win the Grand Prize via Vayama’s Facebook page.
To learn more about Vayama and find out where the Go Somewhere Tour truck is headed next, visit: http://vayama-go-somewhere-tour.com/
Watch the Vayama Go Somewhere Video: