15 November update: last five places remaining!
Back in the summer, we challenged you to come up with ideas for the most adventurous and interesting trips you can take for £250 per person, all in. The best ideas would be paid for by Wanderlust and feature in the magazine next year. We've had a brilliant response, and already 20 travellers have taken budget breaks – or are about to – paid for by us.
We now have a final five trips available, which must be taken by end January 2012. So, for absolutely the last time, we're inviting entries from anyone who has so far not been successful. (Yes, you can re-enter with a new idea if you've not heard from us so far.) It's first come, first served, so get those ideas coming fast – we'll be signing our last few cheques by the end of November 2011!
The 25 best ideas will each receive £250 to make them happen. In return, all we ask for is a souvenir from the trip (the cheaper the better), some pictures, and a report from you on the trip, so we can feature your experience in the magazine and online.
The winning trips must be taken any time before the end of January 2012.
We’re looking for ideas which will inspire other travellers to follow in your footsteps, not just demonstrate how frugally you can travel. This is not about starving yourself for a week and sleeping in bus stations; we want you to have an adventure and come home safe and healthy with a great tale to tell. We want to be surprised, too – so a city break to Paris is unlikely to score as highly as one to, say, Palermo. Check who's already won to see where we've already sent travellers.
Send us a short outline of your proposed trip, under the headings below. NB this is not a writing competition – we’re after great ideas not perfect prose. Prices will be checked so make sure your budgets are realistic.
I want to go to… [50 words max]
I’ll get there by… [50 words max]
I’ll stay in… [50 words max]
I’ll stay x nights
I plan to go in [month(s)]
I deserve £250 to do it because… [50 words max]
Here's a list of trips we've already approved. Please avoid duplicating these destinations – we're looking for variety.
Albania and Greece: five days exploring the archaeological ruins of Butrint National Park before crossing the straits to the island of Corfu.
Bulgaria: a three-day wine pilgrimage through the vineyards of the Bessa Valley, Southern Bulgaria.
Croatia: island-hopping between the beautiful islands off the coast of Croatia, via Zagreb and Split.
Gibraltar and Morocco: a journey across the strait of Gibraltar to the historical cities of Tangiers and Marrakech.
Ireland: 4 nights exploring the monastic island of Skellig Michael
Israel: four days exploring a different side to Israel - Tel Aviv’s architecture and museums.
Jordan: three nights discovering the ancient rock city of Petra on foot, sleeping under the stars.
Kosovo: six nights exploring the Peskovi mountain region of Kosovo, staying with local families and discovering 14th century architecture.
Moldova: three nights off the beaten track on a cultural discovery of Transnistria, Moldova’s breakaway territory.
Morocco: seven nights trekking through ancient Berber towns in the southerly Anti-Atlas mountains.
Poland: three nights experiencing the cultural and architectural delights of the Polish city of Krakow.
Romania: trekking from Brasov across Mount Tampa and into the Transylvanian town of Sighisoara, where the legend of Dracula was born.
Romania, Moldova, Ukraine: seven days backpacking around three of the fascinating Danubian states of Eastern Europe.
Scotland: six nights island-hopping between the remote Hebrides of Arran, Islay and Jura.
Scotland: two nights wildlife-watching on the remote Fair Isle, staying in a lighthouse.
Slovakia: five nights hiking in the High Tatras Mountains, Slovakia’s cheaper rival to the Alps, via the capital Bratislava.
Spain: seven nights cycling along the famous pilgrimage route, the Camino de Santiago.
Sweden: a boating adventure around the islands comprising the Stockholm archipelago.
Turkey: to Istanbul and on to Konya for the world famous whirling dervish festival