Day 8: Entering Travel Sweepstakes

charley mccarthy

In hopes that excitement finds me (note to Universe: Here I am! Find me!), today I’m trying the following new activity:  entering online travel sweepstakes.

I never do this sort of thing because of a paralyzing fear of SPAM that rivals that of my fetal-position-rocking-back-and-forth terror of Charlie McCarthy ventriloquism dolls. Naturally, I assume entering any sort of contest online will immediately result in a deluge of email offers for Viagra-like meds (only 25 cents a pill!) or desperate pleas from “people I know” who are stuck in third world countries, unable to make it home until I wire them vast amounts of money.

But, a prompt from The Travel Channel popped up on my screen and gave me pause… I mean, what could it hurt for me to enter a couple of sweepstakes from reputable sites? Best case scenario, I win; everything is on the up-and-up, and I’m not saddled with “taxes” that end up being more than the cost of the trip had I planned and paid for it all myself. Worst case… well, it could all be a ruse for some serial killer to get my email address and phone number. If that’s what this is all about and I suddenly disappear, show this post to the proper authorities.  Please.

Back to positive thinking, it’s possible that this new experience of entering online sweeps could yield a trip, right? Because of these daring exploits, I might end up in Wales (hello, Dylan Thomas boathouse), Hawaii (Pro-Bowl! Yes, I like football, much to my husband’s delight), NoCal (to drink wine, which would be a nice departure from my usual w-h-i-n-e), Belize (Blue Hole, anyone?) and for my kids, Disney (I admit that I’m not much of a Disney fan, but I figure I can hang out by the salt-water infinity pool, enjoying a peeled-grapes-banana-leaf-fanning-reflexology-foot-massage-moment while the rest of the family wait in line for hours just to learn that It’s a Small World after all–as if they hadn’t figured that out by FaceTiming with family and friends in Kentucky, Puerto Rico, Seattle and Italy.

Keep your fingers crossed.  I’ll let you know if the Universe has smiled upon me for trying something new.


Each day of 2014, I’m forcing encouraging myself to have at least one new experience (and chronicling it to keep it real). If you’re interested in why–though I can’t for the life of me imagine anyone would be that bored–check out the “about” page.


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