Women on Their Way by Wyndham Worldwide, the hospitality industry’s longest-running branded program dedicated entirely to female travelers, today announced 10 winners of its 2nd annual Local Nation travel writing contest. Women on Their Way encourages women to discover new places, cultures, customs, and cuisines as part of the travel experience. The Local Nation winners will travel twice in the coming year using Wyndham Rewards points and American Express Gift Cards courtesy of Women on Their Way and Wyndham Rewards, sharing their “Local Nation” experiences through blog columns and videos.
The Local Nation contest invited travelers to submit an essay and photo or video on their lifestyle, and the perspective they would share with others if selected by Women on their Way. The winners were selected based on creativity, originality, enthusiasm, articulation and relevance to travel, through a combination of open online voting and Women on Their Way judges’ scores.
The winners range from Aquila Mendez-Valdez from Forest, Indiana, who, as an adventurous world traveler has eaten grasshoppers in Nigeria and wants to show readers that they too can tackle the unknown, to April Thompson, a cobb county resident who has set a goal to travel to 30 countries by the age of 30.
April is a tech savvy marketing manager with nearly a decade of sales, marketing and technology experience in the public and private sectors. She is a social media enthusiast and self proclaimed travel addict, chronicling her travel experiences on her personal blog, Absolute Travel Addict and guest writing for other on-line publications. In addition to completing her 30 by 30 travel challenge, April aspires to build a travel and tourism marketing consultancy, improve her fluency in Spanish and Portuguese and relocate abroad.
As a Local Nation winner, each will receive 200,000 Wyndham Rewards points to be used to take a minimum of two vacations, a Women on Their Way-branded Flip SlideHD™ video camera, a McKenna Travel Folio, and American Express Gift Cards totaling $800 USD, to be used for food and fun on their vacations.
The Local Nation features blog entries, pictures and fun videos of the contest winners on their vacations at various hotels, rentals and/or timeshare properties within the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands.
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