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BootsnAll occasionally holds contests for our community. Find out about the latest ones here.

New Audio Copy of Rolf Potts’ Vagabonding

“Vagabonding is about gaining courage to loosen your grip on so-called certainties of this world…it’s about refusing to exile travel to some other, seemingly more appropriate, time of your life…it’s about taking control of your circumstances instead of passively waiting for them to decide your fate.” – Rolf Potts, Vagabonding

Our good friend Rolf Potts recently released an audio version of his famous book Vagabonding.

If you’re an aspiring long-term traveler, a RTW veteran, on the road now, or simply interested in learning more about what long-term travel is all about, Vagabonding is a must-read (or hear in case of the audio version).


If there’s one book we here at BootsnAll like to read over and over and over again, it’s Vagabonding. It perfectly captures the spirit of BootsnAll and encompasses the core values that we live and work by. Long-term travel is something that we believe every citizen of the world could benefit from, and reading or listening to Vagabonding can be that first step to changing your life.

We love this book so much that we are currently offering 10 free copies to you, our loyal readers. This promotion has ended, but you can still buy Rolf’s book here.

Happy travels!

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Win a 15-Day Eurail Pass: Passports with Purpose 2011

There may be more modern means of transportation in the world than taking the train, but train rides are one of the singular pleasures of traveling. BootsnAll loves taking the train, so we’re happy to donate a Eurail Pass to the prizes for this year’s Passports with Purpose fundraiser.

BootsnAll has been selling Eurail Passes for many years, and despite the proliferation of budget airlines in Europe train travel remains one of the best ways to see the continent. A Eurail Pass can save you an enormous amount of money off the regular cost of the fancier high-speed trains, and when you’ve got a Eurail Pass you usually don’t need to wait in long ticket lines, either. In other words, rail passes save time and money – two things travelers could always use more of.

Before I get to the prize details, here’s a bit of background on Passports with Purpose, how you can get involved, and how you can win awesome prizes.

What’s Passports with Purpose?

Passports with Purpose is an annual travel bloggers’ fundraiser, now in its fourth year. In previous years, with the help of a very cool community of bloggers and their readers, Passports with Purpose has raised money for Heifer International, American Assistance for Cambodia, and LAFTI International. In 2009, Passports with Purpose raised almost $30,000 to build a school in Cambodia, and last year we raised more than $64,000 to build a village in India.

The 2011 goal is to raise $80,000 for Room to Read in order to build two libraries in Zambia.

The way Passports with Purpose works is that participating bloggers (like us) procure prizes (like the one listed below). Readers (like you) buy tickets for a chance to win a prize – each ticket is a $10 donation (tax deductible) to that year’s beneficiary, and you can choose which prizes you want your tickets to be counted toward. You buy as many tickets as you like, donating money in $10 increments, and at the end of the fundraiser a winner is drawn for each prize.

This year, the fundraiser ends on December 16, and prize winners will be notified on December 23.

The list of prizes is pretty fabulous, and I encourage you to check them all out. You’ll find the list of all the prizes – including the Eurail Pass – on this page, and you can read more about Passports with Purpose here.

Eurail Global Flexi Pass: Prize Details

This prize is for one 15-day first class Eurail Global Flexi Pass. This pass is good for one traveler to have 15 days worth of first class travel within a 2-month period.

The 22 countries included on this pass are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

There are often other discounts available to holders of Eurail Passes, including reduced prices on some boat trips and on special trains, and even the occasional museum and hotel.

15-Day Eurail Global Flexi Pass: The Nitty Gritty

  • Prize is a Eurail Global Flexi Pass good for 15 days of travel within a two-month period (one adult, first class, travel days don’t have to be consecutive)
  • Eurail Pass must be ordered from BootsnAll by October 23, 2012.
  • Eurail Pass can be ordered up to six (6) months before your first travel day
  • Eurail Pass must be validated within six (6) months of the original date of issue
  • Eurail Passes can only be used by people who are not residents of Europe, the UK, Morocco, Turkey or any of the countries of the former Soviet Union*
  • Value of prize: $1,160.00

Riding the rails is BootsnAll’s favorite way to travel in Europe, hands down, and that’s why we’re so pleased to be offering a Eurail Pass to one lucky Passports with Purpose participant this year. And hey, if you don’t happen to win (or if you need another pass for your travel companion after you do win!), BootsnAll is always happy to help you figure out which pass is the right one for you.

* There are answers to these and other Eurail FAQ at the BootsnAll Eurail site, so you can make sure this pass will work for you.

Where will YOU go with your Eurail Pass?

Get over to the Passports with Purpose website and buy some tickets to win!

photos, top to bottom, by: miss_rogue, Sapphireblue, Fabio Mascarenhas

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Win a Trip to San Antonio!

For family fun and theme park adventure, San Antonio is one of the best destinations in the US. Home to SeaWorld, a Six Flags theme park, the world’s number one waterpark, and the oldest running theme park, the city offers nearly nonstop excitement for kids.

But there’s more than just theme parks and thrill rides; San Antonio has a surprisingly romantic side perfect for a couples weekend getaway as well.Visit the historic Alamo or one of the other beautiful mission churches in and around San Antonio, stroll through the tranquil Japanese Tea Garden, watch the sunset from the top of the Tower of the Americas, walk along the leafy promenades of the Riverwalk (or take a sunset cruise down the river) or settle in for a drink with the ghosts of Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders at the Menger Bar.

With San Antonio’s new San Antonio Vacation Experience, or SAVE program, you can do all that and more, and score discounts while you do. The program offers great rates on hotels as well as discounts on admission to several area theme parks and attractions, like the zoo, SeaWorld, and the Botanical Gardens, as well as savings on transportation, shopping and sightseeing tours. Check out the SAVE blog for more information and enter to win your own family adventure in San Antonio below.

We’ve partnered with the San Antonio SAVE program to give one lucky winner a weekend getaway to San Antonio. The winner will receive two nights at the Marriott Riverwalk and passes for four to the Children’s Museum, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, Wonder World Park and the Alamo IMAX Theater!

To enter, just “like” this page and leave a comment below! You must be 18 years of age or older and a resident of the United States to win. Contest ends July 21.

You can also enter to win on these participating blogs:

Delicious Baby
My Itchy Travel Feet
Traveling Mamas
Y Travel Blog
Pause the Moment
The Planet D
Travels with Two
Mommy Musings
The Vacation Gals
Land Lopers
Shermans Travel

Start planning your own San Antonio adventure; search for flights to San Antonio or find hotels in San Antonio.

Photo by StuSeeger

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RTW Contest by Indie Travel Media Association

This round-the-world trip contest runs for eight weeks–with eight chances to win!

Each Monday, starting May 2nd, we put up some clues to help you guess one destination our Grand Prize winner will visit. Fill in the destination and your vitals and that’s it–you’re entered! On Sunday night we pick a winner for that week. If it’s you, that week’s prize is coming your way and you’re one of the eight who will be in the running for the Grand, First, or Second Prize.

After eight weeks, everyone will know the route and we will pick our winners. The Grand Prize winner gets showered with goodies and starts making plans to travel around the world on us. It’s that easy! Click on the appropriate box to get in on the game.



The Indie Travel Media Association is giving away the ultimate traveler’s treat – an around the world trip with a plane full of prizes!

We’re giving our readers the chance to take off, big time, by putting their travel knowledge to the test and inviting them to enter our contest. The challenge? Guess the route of where the Round the World journey will take them.

The Grand Prize winner will receive the following:

* Round-the-world airfare for two from the BootsnAll Travel Network
* A Southeast Asia tour for two from All Points East

* One year of travel insurance from World Nomads

* One-week First Class Eurail passes
* Four hotel nights from Anantara
* Two BRX luggage sets from Briggs & Riley
* Head-to-toe travel clothing from ExOfficio
* One-week rental car in Europe from Auto Europe
* Shoes from Lowa Boots
* $500 in spending money from Transitions Abroad
* Two pairs of Serengeti Eyewear sunglasses with Polar PHD lenses
* A grab bag of useful apps and guidebooks

First Prize – $2000 in airfare to go anywhere in the world from 1800FlyEurope.

Second Prize – Two Full-Fare roundtrip tickets anywhereSouthwest Airlines flies.

With prizes this big, we do need some time to find the perfect travelers to win our prizes so participants have 8 weeks to enter. Here’s how it works.

Each week, participants guess the destination from the provided clues and enter online. One random winner will be chosen from the correct answers each week and awarded a weekly prize. After eight weeks—with eight chances to win—everyone will know the route and there will be eight finalists. One of those eight finalists will win the Grand Prize package for two while two more winners will receive the First and Second Prize awards!

For more information and to sign up, follow the link posted here on Monday, May 2nd.

Here are Your Hosts:

BootsnAll Travel Network is the traveler’s one-stop indie travel guide, which began publishing travel on the web in 1998. is the web home of the Consumer Travel Alliance, which fights in Washington for reform of air travel, rollback of fees and for airline passenger’s rights. provides travelers with inspiration and links to plan their trips. is the home of intrepid traveler John DiScala, who flies more than 150,000 miles a year and provides comprehensive articles about everywhere he goes.

Practical Travel Gear is the top blog for daily reviews of travel gear and travel clothing.

Perceptivel Travel webzine is the home to the best travel stories from wandering book authors. (founded in 1977 as the print magazine) provides articles, resources, and program listings for long-term travelers seeking to work, live, volunteer, or study abroad. is the go-to guide for Southeast Asia, with daily articles and iPhone apps you can download to give you details about any country in their region.

Wanderlust and Lipstick is THE destination for women’s travel including tours, guidebooks and practical information.

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12 Days of Travel Gear Giveaways

Happy Holidays! BootsnAll’s travel gear blog launched the 1st annual 12 Days of Travel Gear Giveaways today. There are some awesome giveaways coming up, starting with an ENO Double Deluxe Hammock today. So check back every day until Christmas for your daily chance at winning cool travel gear!

This week on BootsnAll

We’re taking a look a 7 Former Factories Turned Into Must-See Museums today. Later in the week, we’ll check out unusual transit systems around the world, traveling super light, and the best carry-on bags $70 can buy. Still need a few gift ideas for travelers, BootsnAll has 21 gift guides from round the world travelers to Francophiles.

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