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Who are the people who make you look at your ‘hood differently? Photo: Francisco Collazo

I might be envious of Lara Dunston and Terence Carter if they weren’t so nice… and if they didn’t run this sweet contest.

Lara Dunston, travel writer and guidebook author, and her husband Terence Carter, a travel photographer, lined up a pretty sweet deal for 2010.

They’re traveling the world courtesy of HomeAway Holiday-Rentals, visiting 24 destinations in 12 months and “living like locals” by staying in home rentals rather than hotels.

It’s an enviable project for many travel writers and photographers, but one of the caveats built into the agreement with HomeAway is that the Grantourismo project would provide opportunities for other people to travel, too.

Earlier this week, Lara and Terence announced the first in a series of travel writing contests sponsored by Grantourismo and HomeAway.

Each contest will have a specific theme, and the prompt for this contest is “The ‘Hood.” “Posts in this category,” they write, “explore everyday neighbourhoods and the people who live in them, the idea being to inspire people to get out of the tourist zone and off the beaten track, to get an insight into everyday life, and to interact with locals….”

You can read full details about submissions and prizes on the Grantourismo blog.

Community Connection:

Don’t forget the Nick Gallo Award, which is given for the best submission about Mexico. The deadline for that contest is March 15; full details are in this contest announcement.



About The Author

Julie Schwietert

Julie Schwietert Collazo is a writer, editor, researcher, and translator currently in New York, formerly of Mexico City and San Juan.

  • Sabina

    The prizes listed on their website are being given out once a month? This is a great contest.

  • Carlo

    I’ve just entered it –

    Would love to get some feedback.

  • Candice

    Can I write about my crackhead infested neighborhood, where I hear people screaming at each other at all hours of the night, and drunk men wander into my house randomly?

    • lara dunston

      Candice, I’m sure your neighbourhood would appeal to the most intrepid travellers among us! Go for it!

  • lara dunston


    YES! *Every* month we’re going to give away:
    * a HomeAway Holiday-Rentals stay in any one of their hundreds of thousands of rentals all around the world to the value of £500 (or $750 at today’s exchange rate). That could get you anything from 5-6 nights in this cute apartment in Paris to a week in this rustic-chic riad we stayed in at Essaouira, Morocco
    * vouchers for tours with Viator and ContextTravel
    * magazine subscription to new experiential travel magazine, AFAR
    PLUS, we have some other fantastic prizes lined up for future comps!

    Looking forward to getting your entry!

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