Nov 4, 2008

Travel Like Bond With Orbitz

This contest has been running for quite a while already, and it's my own fault that I hadn't fully explored it earlier. But Orbitz's "Travel Like Bond" sweepstakes is pretty awesome! We're now in the fifth week of seven, and the travel site is giving away a different fantastic Bondian travel package each week. For example, the first week's prize was a From Russia With Love-inspired Istanbul getaway which included such 007-style activities as a Bosphorus cruise aboard a private motorboat and a helicopter tour of the city, as well as meals at restaurants that would make Ian Fleming himself salivate. (I'm really sorry I missed out on entering for that one.) This week's giveaway is a London adventure package that includes a jet boat experience for two, luxury car rental and various tastes of Bondian nightlife. Next week is Ecuador (and paragliding) and the final week is Chile (with skiing). You don't need to make a purchase from the site to enter the contests. Additionally, there are daily Instant Win prizes like free airfare or Bond Blu-Rays or videogames. To get these, you must complete a short "assignment." The one I did took the form of a game that tested your typing skills--and turned out to be surprisingly addictive. I kept playing for additional chances at the week's grand prize. This is really one of the best thought-out Bond giveaways of recent years, and fans who appreciate the exotic locations and thrilling cities of spy movies as much as I do should definitely check it out. Be sure to let me know if you win!

The site is also offering some Bond coupons. "Save 10% on hotel stays with promotion code BOND10 plus up to 40% with special offers in select destinations. Or save $75 off 3+ night vacation packages with BOND75." And they've got a pretty good guide to Bondian travel up here.

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