To celebrate the launch of our travel inspiration site, we asked you to describe your dream holiday destination for the chance to win a seven night trip to the spellbinding Whitsunday Islands.
We were overwhelmed with the response we received, and by the creativity of those who entered. After much deliberation we have narrowed the entries down to a top ten, with a winner and runner up.
Congratulations to our winner Kae Yen Wong, to our runner-up Emily Banks, and to those who make up our top ten (in no specific order). And thank you to everyone who entered.
Out of this World
By Kae Yen Wong
I dream of visiting The Pinnacles in Western Australia, and immersing myself in its lunar-landscape. Wandering through the limestone spires, I imagine it’s like being transported to another planet. It’s a place so unique it puts ordinary back in its box.
Our runner up
Don't let your dreams be dreams
By Emily Banks
The Copper Canyons in Mexico. Hiking through some of the steepest and treacherous terrain in the world, deep chasms, rivers and the gentle Tarahumara people who live in this wild country. I'd like to learn from them and share their beautiful wilderness.
Rounding out our top ten...
By Karen Vonovono
Fiji is the most beautiful country in the world, filled with beautiful people, amazing scenery and great food. Fijians welcome you into their homes and are very humble people. It is a great lesson in life to experience Fijian hospitality!
Futuristic, yet Traditional in Tokyo
By Sophia Mu
Tokyo for its polite culture that welcomes you in every way, fine cuisine that is both delicious and artistic, and last but not least, technology that offers insight into our future.
My Coffee Ritual at Cafe Florian
By Libby Bailey
My dream is to walk to Cafe Florian in St. Mark’s Square in Venice every morning. I want to sit under the arcades while sipping a latte, envisaging Casanova chatting up women with sticky fruit buns, hundreds of years ago. What a dream!
Cinque Terre, Italy
By Fiona Guest
Through mountains arriving by train, this place is heaven on earth. The people, food and ocean are all components that mould the relaxation that this place has to offer. Culture embraces you and keeps you nurtured, until you board the train to leave… reluctantly.
Dancing Tour in South America
By Estelle Baldry
Tango in Argentina, samba in Brazil and salsa in Cuba. South America ignites the passion and unleashes the rhythm in all of us. My dream holiday destination is an unforgettable dancing tour that awakens the soul.
By Mike Laanen
My dream holiday destination is the beautiful island of Tasmania. Rich with history, exciting culture, unspoiled nature, white-sand beaches, lots wildlife, enjoyable culinary highlights and the friendliest people you can imagine!
By Stephen Thomas
Take the warmest of welcomes, add wine from the richest soils, mix through with the fruits of the land, flavour with perfumes and oils, toss in rich culture, history and arts, and sit back and savour the beauty of France.