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A Travel Giveaway + My 2017 Travel Plans!

A Travel Giveaway + My 2017 Travel Plans!

GIVEAWAYS, LIFESTYLE

There’s no better time to give back to my fabulous readers than during the holiday season! With 2017 quickly approaching, I wanted to take a moment to thank every single person who has ever visited my website and taken the time to read, comment, and share my content over the past three years. While I wish I could send a Christmas present to each and every one of you, only one lucky reader can win this giveaway! Stick around until the end of the post to find out how to enter. It’s simple to enter and the prize is definitely worth it!

Traveling is one of my biggest passions. I love to share my adventures with all of you, but most importantly, I want to inspire you to go out and explore this beautiful world. With that being said, I’m giving away a copy of ‘Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2017’ guide!

This travel book will highlight the best places to visit right now, at this very moment in travel history. The Lonely Planet team strives to explore almost every destination on the planet in order to discover new things for travelers to see or do. This book shares with you places that are overlooked or underrated. It also offers insight into the world’s best-value destinations, the most exciting family adventures, and the most incredible places to stay.

I hope this book can help inspire someone to make 2017 their year of incredible travel experiences. To help you get started, I’m also giving away a $50 American Express Gift Card!

While we’re speaking of future travel plans, I want to share something very exciting that I’m trying to add to my own 2017 itinerary! It’s always been a dream of mine to travel to India. I’m currently in the running to join a trip to Kerala – an Indian state on the tropical Malabar Coast. It’s known for its palm-lined beaches, backwaters, a network of canals, and nearly 600 kilometers of Arabian Sea shoreline!

If I win, I’ll be traveling around Kerala with 30 other bloggers over the course of two weeks. In other words, it’s the trip of a lifetime! That also happen to be their hashtag 😉 #tripofalifetime

If you’d like to win the Lonely Planet book and $50 gift card, all I ask is for you to take one minute (or less…it’s easy) to vote for me! Please click HERE and simply press “Vote Now” with the thumbs up button. Once you do that, it will take you back to my profile page on the Kerala Blog Express website and will display the word “VOTED” with a thumbs up symbol underneath my photo. Go ahead and take a screenshot image of that page and email to carmen@carmensluxurytravel.com so I can put you in the running to win these two prizes!

And that’s it! Again, I appreciate everyone taking the time to read Carmen’s Luxury Travel and thank you ahead of time for your votes. It means the world to me.

***The last day to vote is January 20th, and the following day I will email the winner of this giveaway. The contest is only open to U.S. residents!  That gives everyone a month to vote. Good luck!***

About the author

Carmen Edelson is the Founder and Senior Editor of Carmen's Luxury Travel. Carmen has been traveling the world for over a decade. Our travels allows her the opportunity to pursuit her itch to travel to the best luxury destinations, and experience those first class tastes from around the world.

94 Comments

  1. Ticker Eats The World
    December 11, 2016 at 7:42 am
    Reply

    Wish you all the best for the competition. I’m sure India will prove to be quite a wonderful experience for you. Lovely giveaway. Lonely Planets are always perfect travel companions

    • Carmen Edelson
      December 11, 2016 at 8:55 am

      Thanks! I hope I get the opportunity to go, I need all the votes I can get. Make sure to vote for me, the link is posted above.

  2. Eric || The Bucket List Project
    December 11, 2016 at 5:26 pm
    Reply

    Voted for you, good luck, I will be in India in on December 30th for a rickshaw run race for 2 weeks long…cant wait
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    • Carmen Edelson
      December 17, 2016 at 8:26 pm

      I’m jealous, I’m sure you will have an amazing time. Thanks for voting for me!

  3. Indrani
    December 11, 2016 at 9:30 pm
    Reply

    Voted! It went to 287! All the best to you! Kerala is a beautiful state of India you will love it. 🙂
    Indrani recently posted…Faces of India – 295My Profile

    • Carmen Edelson
      December 17, 2016 at 8:26 pm

      Thanks for voting for me! I getting my fingers cross that I get selected to go.

  4. Nancy
    December 11, 2016 at 11:59 pm
    Reply

    Good luck, Carmen! The prizes are wonderful and perfect for travellers to use on their next adventure.

    • Carmen Edelson
      December 17, 2016 at 8:28 pm

      Thanks Nancy! Did you vote for me? I’ve heard from other bloggers that went last year that the trip was incredible. I hope I can go!

  5. Meg Jerrard
    December 12, 2016 at 4:39 am
    Reply

    Have voted for you for the trip to Kerala … would love to follow your adventures if you get a spot on the trip! Will keep our fingers crossed. Merry Christmas XX
    Meg Jerrard recently posted…5 Reasons You Should Consider Travel Insurance in the USAMy Profile

    • Carmen Edelson
      December 17, 2016 at 8:29 pm

      Thanks Meg for your vote! I’m keeping my fingers cross too that I’m selected, and remain on the top 15 on the list.

  6. Anita Hendrieka
    December 12, 2016 at 7:42 am
    Reply

    Good luck with the Kerala Blog Express! I was picked last season and had the most amazing time. Such a beautiful part of India and it’s a fantastic opportunity to meet a bunch of bloggers and make new friends. I learnt a lot from that trip!

    • Carmen Edelson
      December 17, 2016 at 8:31 pm

      Thanks Anita! I keep telling everyone to vote for me till the very end. I hope I’m one of the few that will be selected to go.

  7. Mags
    December 12, 2016 at 5:00 pm
    Reply

    That’s so cool. Best of luck with the Kerala Blog Express! That sounds like an amazing adventure.
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    • Carmen Edelson
      December 17, 2016 at 8:32 pm

      I’ve always wanted to travel to India. It’s such an interesting country. Hopefully, I get the chance to go.

  8. Carla Abanes
    December 13, 2016 at 7:30 am
    Reply

    I hope you get in and win that fabulous travel experience! Goodluck to you and happy travels!
    Carla Abanes recently posted…[Review] Richmonde Hotel Iloilo PhilippinesMy Profile

    • Carmen Edelson
      December 17, 2016 at 8:33 pm

      Thanks Carla! I hope I win too. 🙂 It looks like it will be a wonderful experience.

  9. Alyssa | Adjust Your Focus®
    December 14, 2016 at 12:34 am
    Reply

    Good luck, it sounds like an amazing adventure. I actually found this last week and am waiting for them to approve my submission. Who knows, maybe we’ll both be on it… that would be amazing! Regardless, wishing you all the best.

    • Carmen Edelson
      December 17, 2016 at 8:35 pm

      Thanks Alyssa!! I hope you get selected too. It’s going to be an amazing trip.

  10. Samantha
    December 14, 2016 at 1:53 am
    Reply

    Too bad this is only open to US residents…as it usually is 🙁

    I did vote for you though. Best of luck!

    • Carmen Edelson
      December 17, 2016 at 8:20 pm

      Thanks for voting for me Samantha! Hopefully, I get the chance to go.

  11. noel
    December 17, 2016 at 12:25 am
    Reply

    Looks like some fun prizes and hope you get to go to Kerala – I haven’t been but I’ve heard it was spectacular and the accommodations are also quite beautiful

    • Carmen Edelson
      December 17, 2016 at 8:19 pm

      I’ve heard from other fellow bloggers that went previous years that it was the trip of a lifetime. I hope I get the chance to go.

  12. Punita
    December 17, 2016 at 12:48 am
    Reply

    Kerala is truly God’s own country, as you will agree after you complete the trip. I voted for you..

    • Carmen Edelson
      December 17, 2016 at 8:17 pm

      I appreciate you taking the time to vote for me! I hope I get the chance to go and experience it first hand.

  13. SindhuMurthy
    December 17, 2016 at 12:02 pm
    Reply

    Voted ! God luck Carmen. Kerala is indeed one of the best destinations to visit in India. It sure will be an amazing experience exploring Goda own country with fellow bloggers!

    • Carmen Edelson
      December 17, 2016 at 8:13 pm

      Thanks for the vote! I’ve always wanted to travel to India and this would be such a great experience to see the country with fellow bloggers.

  14. anna
    December 17, 2016 at 9:52 pm
    Reply

    Good luck!! The trip sounds amazing. Voted! x
    anna recently posted…Best Places to Stay in Yangon | Top Hotels & HostelsMy Profile

    • Carmen Edelson
      December 27, 2016 at 5:52 pm

      Thank you!!

  15. Venkat Ganesh
    December 17, 2016 at 10:17 pm
    Reply

    Voted for you! Kerala is a great place to visit and I’m sure you’ll agree after your ride through the state.

    • Carmen Edelson
      December 27, 2016 at 5:54 pm

      I appreciate it, I hope I get to visit!

  16. Nathan
    December 18, 2016 at 2:08 am
    Reply

    Good luck! I’m also hoping to win the trip so maybe I’ll see you there! That would be so cool!

    • Carmen Edelson
      December 28, 2016 at 8:31 am

      Thanks Nathan! I hope I win too! It’s such a great opportunity that I don’t want to miss out on it.

  17. Tracy McConnachie Collins
    December 18, 2016 at 5:37 am
    Reply

    Hi good luck! I have voted and it looks like an amazing opportunity!
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    • Carmen Edelson
      December 28, 2016 at 8:32 am

      Thanks Tracy! It’s a tight race, and we have another 13 days to go before they announce who the winners are.

  18. Himanshu
    December 18, 2016 at 6:06 am
    Reply

    All the best. Would vote for you. Welcome to India.

    • Carmen Edelson
      December 28, 2016 at 8:34 am

      Please tell all your friends to vote for me. I really want to go to India. 🙂

  19. Lynne
    December 18, 2016 at 12:43 pm
    Reply

    I voted for you! This is such an amazing opportunity for 30 bloggers to visit India. I hope you win so I can read all about it. And so generous of you to reward those voting for you! Best of luck and happy holidays!

    • Carmen Edelson
      December 28, 2016 at 8:35 am

      Thanks for the vote Lynne! I hope I win too! I’ll find out soon enough, another 13 more days to go.

  20. JEM
    December 18, 2016 at 2:48 pm
    Reply

    Voted! Wishing you all the best.
    JEM recently posted…My thoughts on Ryanair free flightsMy Profile

    • Carmen Edelson
      December 28, 2016 at 8:35 am

      Thanks Jem for the vote!

  21. mark
    December 18, 2016 at 3:15 pm
    Reply

    Once again an American competition ah well bad luck for the rest of the world. Good luck with your quest to go to Kerala. I love lonely planet they have great basic information that all travellers need

    • Carmen Edelson
      December 28, 2016 at 8:37 am

      Maybe, next time I’ll open it up to everyone. I hope you voted for me regardless. 🙂

  22. Mike
    December 19, 2016 at 1:43 am
    Reply

    Good Luck Carmen! I just voted for you and I hope you win. I love reading your blog and you’d be great in the Kerala Blog Express. I was thinking of entering but I already planned a trip to India for the Rickshaw Run that starts just after the Express which means that’s one less blogger you’re competing with 😉
    Mike recently posted…A brand new look and winning a Liebster Award!My Profile

    • Carmen Edelson
      December 28, 2016 at 8:38 am

      Thanks Mike for the vote! I’m trying to stay on the Top 30 list, and hopefully I’ll win.

  23. Jordan
    December 19, 2016 at 10:02 am
    Reply

    Hope you win – Would be amazing to explore India. And awesome plans for 2017…I look forward to seeing them come true!
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    • Carmen Edelson
      December 28, 2016 at 8:38 am

      Thanks Jordan! Another 13 more days to go before I find out.

  24. Lydia@LifeUntraveled
    December 19, 2016 at 1:35 pm
    Reply

    Voted – good luck! India is such an incredible country and Kerala is a beautiful region. Hope you win!

    • Carmen Edelson
      December 28, 2016 at 8:39 am

      Thanks Lydia! I’ve never been to India, and am looking forward to the trip. Hopefully, I get the chance to go.

  25. Karla at GlobalETA
    December 19, 2016 at 7:19 pm
    Reply

    That really does look like the trip of a lifetime! It’s always been a dream of mine to visit India as well. Best of luck.

    • Carmen Edelson
      December 28, 2016 at 8:40 am

      Thanks Karla! India has always been on my bucket list.

  26. Sandy N Vyjay
    December 20, 2016 at 12:54 am
    Reply

    Best wishes for the competition. Kerala is a beautiful state , you will definitely have great time here. It will be an amazing experience to travel with fellow bloggers.
    May you travel more , blog more and share your experiences. Voted for you.

    • Carmen Edelson
      December 28, 2016 at 8:41 am

      Thanks Sandy for the vote! It’s a great opportunity not only to explore the Kerala region of India, but to not do it alone.

  27. Alessandra
    December 20, 2016 at 7:28 am
    Reply

    I just voted for you. Good luck darling! 🙂

    • Carmen Edelson
      December 28, 2016 at 8:41 am

      Thanks Alessandra for the vote! I hope I win. 🙂

  28. Chris
    December 20, 2016 at 8:08 am
    Reply

    Best of luck to you! India seems like the place to be

    • Carmen Edelson
      December 28, 2016 at 8:42 am

      Thanks Chris! My neighbors went this year to India and they said it was one of the best trips they have ever been on.

  29. Elena
    December 22, 2016 at 4:12 am
    Reply

    Voted! Best of luck and Merry Christmas! 🙂

    Elena | http://www.inspiredtoexplore.com

    • Carmen Edelson
      December 28, 2016 at 8:43 am

      Thanks Elena for your vote! Happy New Year!!

  30. Vishal Vashisht
    December 23, 2016 at 5:55 pm
    Reply

    I’m in Canada. Can I win? Whether I win or not my best wishes to you. Good luck

    • Carmen Edelson
      December 28, 2016 at 8:43 am

      Sure you can win. Thanks for voting for me.

  31. Faith
    December 24, 2016 at 5:46 am
    Reply

    Fingers are crossed for you to win – I voted and shared…

    • Carmen Edelson
      December 28, 2016 at 8:44 am

      Thanks Faith for the vote! I keeping my fingers crossed as well. 🙂

  32. Sara Broers
    December 24, 2016 at 10:23 am
    Reply

    Congratulations and I wish you the best of luck!

    • Carmen Edelson
      December 28, 2016 at 8:45 am

      Thanks Sara for your vote! I need all the luck I can get.

  33. Kenny
    December 25, 2016 at 9:56 pm
    Reply

    That’s exciting and it’s also exciting to start thinking about my travel plans in the year of 2017 🙂 @ knycx.journeying
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    • Carmen Edelson
      December 28, 2016 at 8:46 am

      Thanks Kenny for the vote! I’m looking forward to see what 2017 brings too.

  34. Alice Teacake
    December 28, 2016 at 6:27 am
    Reply

    Good luck Carmen! I’m also running for this competition so fingers crossed we both get there! I’ve heard nothing but excellent things about Kerala 🙂
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    • Carmen Edelson
      December 28, 2016 at 4:33 pm

      Thank you, Alice! Good luck to you, and here’s hoping I see you in Kerala.

  35. sarah ricks
    December 31, 2016 at 4:54 pm
    Reply

    Good luck in the competition! I haven’t visited India since I was a kid, and hoping to get back one day.

    • Carmen Edelson
      January 3, 2017 at 9:06 pm

      Thanks Sarah! I’ve never been to India and I’m looking forward to going. I hope I get selected.

  36. ROSHNI
    December 31, 2016 at 6:12 pm
    Reply

    You will definitely love India and Kerala is a beautiful place 🙂

    • Carmen Edelson
      January 3, 2017 at 9:07 pm

      I hear it’s a fascinating place to visit, and I hope I get the chance to go.

  37. Lara Dunning
    December 31, 2016 at 8:11 pm
    Reply

    Great idea for a giveaway! I’ve been thinking about doing some myself. I’ve voted and I hope you are chosen to go. Good luck!
    Lara Dunning recently posted…16 Favorite Foods From 2016My Profile

    • Carmen Edelson
      January 3, 2017 at 9:08 pm

      Thanks Lara! I hope I get chosen as well.

  38. Nathan
    January 1, 2017 at 2:23 am
    Reply

    I’m competing for the same competition! Hope to see you there! It would be great if we both got to explore the area. You have so many votes! That’s great.
    Nathan recently posted…Best Meals of 2016My Profile

    • Carmen Edelson
      January 3, 2017 at 9:09 pm

      That’s wonderful that you are competing with me. It would be great to have a few bloggers that I know go on the trip. Good Luck!!

  39. Hra
    January 1, 2017 at 8:32 am
    Reply

    Great experience!! Its a great contest and i am a participant too! Good luck! Happy New Year

    • Carmen Edelson
      January 3, 2017 at 9:10 pm

      Thanks Hra! Good luck to you too! Hopefully, we get selected and can experience it first hand.

  40. Amy
    January 1, 2017 at 11:47 am
    Reply

    What an experience and opportunity! Happy to vote and support you on your journey, wishing you the best of luck, and a fabulous travel year in 2017!

    • Carmen Edelson
      January 3, 2017 at 9:11 pm

      Thanks Amy! Hopefully, I have the opportunity to go to India. It’s been on my bucket list for a while.

  41. Tamara
    January 1, 2017 at 1:24 pm
    Reply

    Good luck Carmen! Kerala is on my list of places to see too 🙂

    • Carmen Edelson
      January 3, 2017 at 9:13 pm

      Thanks Tamara! I hope you get the chance to go to one day to Kerala.

  42. Mar Pages
    January 2, 2017 at 10:52 am
    Reply

    Have voted for you. Looks like you have a good chance of winning. Looking forward to reading your journeys if you make it 😉 Good Luck!

    • Carmen Edelson
      January 3, 2017 at 9:17 pm

      Thanks Mar for the vote! It’s a very close race, and I’m trying very hard to stay on the Top 20.

  43. Helena
    January 2, 2017 at 5:29 pm
    Reply

    Good luck! I have voted for you. I am also trying to get on this trip (but quite far behind you!). Hope to see you there!
    Helena recently posted…2016 in ReviewMy Profile

    • Carmen Edelson
      January 3, 2017 at 9:18 pm

      Thanks Helena! You still have a few days to get as many votes as possible. Good luck and hope to see you on the trip.

  44. Joan Torres
    January 3, 2017 at 5:28 am
    Reply

    I wish you the best luck! Kerala is an amazing state of India, adaptable to any kind of traveler (either luxury or backpacker). You’ll love the coconut curries and the apam. All the best 😉
    Joan Torres recently posted…Is it safe to travel to Lebanon? Need to knowMy Profile

    • Carmen Edelson
      January 3, 2017 at 9:23 pm

      Thanks Joan! Kerala is such a wonderful part of India with so much to see. I can’t wait to see it all.

  45. Gokul Raj
    January 3, 2017 at 2:05 pm
    Reply

    Can not participate in the Giveaway as am not a US resident but have voted anyway. All the best !!!
    PS : I am from Kerala 🙂

    • Carmen Edelson
      January 3, 2017 at 9:25 pm

      Thanks for the vote! If you have any tips or recommendations on Kerala, I would love to hear them.

  46. Chrysoula
    January 3, 2017 at 5:28 pm
    Reply

    Unfortunately not from the USA and I love the lonely planet books. Good luck!

    • Carmen Edelson
      January 3, 2017 at 9:31 pm

      The Lonely Planet books have always been a great travel tool for me. I’ve referred back to them on several occasions.

  47. Rezmin
    January 4, 2017 at 8:08 am
    Reply

    Voted and Good Luck Carmen.
    Waiting for your amazing experiences with the trip to Kerala.
    Rezmin recently posted…15 Best Things to do in PutrajayaMy Profile

    • Carmen Edelson
      January 4, 2017 at 3:39 pm

      Thanks Rezmin for your vote! It will definitely be an amazing experience if I get to go. I’ll find out soon. 🙂

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