Got Winter Blues? Three Opportunities to Win A Sunny Florida Vacation

North Miami Beach, Florida, May 2011opens IMAGE file
Can You Picture Yourself Here? ( North Miami Beach, Fla., May 2011)

I’m a Buffalo gal down to my soul yet I’ve run away from snowy winters to the warmer climes of Southwest Florida. If you have the winter blues here are a few somethin’-somethins’ to cheer you up, three Florida getaway contests! Each is offering something really special, ranging from a weekend getaway in the Sunshine State to a DECADE of Florida vacations.

Now go on get busy entering and good luck. By the way, don’t forget to send me a postcard if you win!

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Florida’s Calling!

Florida: 500 Years of Adventure Sweepstakes
In the spirit of Viva Florida 500, the year-long celebration of Spanish conquistador Juan Ponce de Leon landing in what is now the Sunshine State in 1513, opens in a new windowVISIT FLORIDA is giving away a vacation prize package once a week through 11:59 p.m. ET on Dec. 29, 2013. Yeah, that’s right, the state’s official tourism marketing corporation is giving away 50 vacation packages ranging from beach getaways to a weekend in the wilds of Old Florida with the 500 Years of Adventure Sweepstakes. Register to win every day at opens in a new  (Link to opens in a new windowOfficial Rules for 50 Years of Adventures Sweepstakes)

St. Pete/Clearwater: I Need Sun
Let’s be honest, you could use a little sunshine right now right? How about soaking up the sun on Clearwater Beach which opens in a new windowUSA Today recently named the best beach town in Florida? Thanks to the opens in a new windowVisit St. Pete/Clearwater here’s your chance to enter three different ways daily through 5 p.m. EDT on April 30, 2013, in the I Need Sun conest. The prize? One of 30, three-night stays at a St. Petersburg or Clearwater beach property. Visit opens in a new to enter. #ineedsun (Link to opens in a new windowOfficial Rules for I Need Sun)

Happiest Place on Earth - Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Fla.opens IMAGE file
Happiest Place on Earth – Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Fla.

Kissimmee: Decade of Memories
This has got to be the mother load of vacation giveaways to date. opens in a new windowExperience Kissimmee will award a grand prize winner with 10 trips to Kissimmee over the next 10 years with the Decade of Memories contest. Each trip is for seven days and six nights and includes round-trip air, accommodations with opens in a new windowWestgate Resorts, a rental car and $25,000. Get this, the winner can bring along up to five guests on each vacation! You could visit Disney World or maybe opens in a new windowpedal through treetops.

Entering and winning is a little more involved than simply filling out a sweepstakes form. Entrants need to tell a story on what they would do with a decade of Kissimmee vacations. A panel of judges will then narrow down the applicants to 25 and ask them to submit a video. From there, five finalists will have their videos displayed on the Experience Kissimmee Facebook page for public voting and then one grand prize winner will be announced.

Better hurry, submissions are being accepted through 11:59:59 a.m. ET on Feb. 28, 2013, and you can enter by visiting opens in a new #kiss10 (Link to opens in a new windowOfficial Rules for Decade of Memoriesopens PDF file )

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Palm Trees in Florida City, Florida, May 2011

Good Luck!
I’ve provided an overview of each contest and prize but please visit each website for the official rules such as who is eligible, the prizes, how to enter, etc., in which I’ve included. Again, good luck!

Have you ever vacationed in the Sunshine State? What’s your favorite Florida vacation memory? I still remember our family driving down from Buffalo and stopping at a Florida Welcome Center to get our shot of fresh orange juice.

Disclosure: I currently serve on a VISIT FLORIDA committee and am a past employee however opinions are my own.



Jennifer A. Huber is an award-winning travel and outdoor blogger and writer in Southwest Florida. Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., a hiking trail led her to a career path in the tourism industry for more than 30 years. She spent a decade with a park management company in Yellowstone, Death Valley, and Everglades National Parks. She founded the travel blog, with the goal of inspiring others to travel alone, not lonely. The unexpected death of her former husband in 2008 reminded her how short life is. His passing was a catalyst for sharing her experiences with the goal of inspiring and empowering others to travel solo. Jennifer holds a Travel Marketing Professional certification from the Southeast Tourism Society, is a certified food judge, member of the NASA Social community, and alum of the FBI Citizens Academy. When not traveling, she is either in the kitchen, practicing her photography skills, or road tripping with her dog, Radcliff.

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