WIN A GOPRO FROM TRAFALGAR
To celebrate its 70th anniversary, travel company Trafalgar has launched a newly designed website and is running a contest to give away GoPro cameras.
To enter, participants must submit a photo featuring a "love travel" moment - any imagery related to a heart while one is travelling - through its website by Oct 18.
A GoPro will be given out every week to the participant with the most original heart-inspired photo.
On Friday and Oct 14, a GoPro Hero worth US$210 (S$286) will be given out. On Oct 21, the prize is a GoPro Hero 4 Silver, valued at US$399.
Multiple entries are allowed, subject to a maximum of one entry a person a day. However, each participant can win only one GoPro.
For more information, go to www.trafalgar.com/lovetravel
FREE SIM CARD AND LONELY PLANET E-BOOK AT STA TRAVEL
Customers who buy Eurail passes from STA Travel before Nov 15 will get a free SIM card, which can be used in Europe and includes a £5 (S$8.85) credit upon activation. It can be used for data, calls and SMSes.
They will also receive a free Lonely Planet e-book featuring a European destination of their choice.
Eurail is a cooperation among 26 European railway companies to hook people up with discounted rail travel across Europe, and a Eurail pass allows one to travel across Europe by train.
If you plan on visiting multiple European countries or exploring one country in depth, a rail pass is likely to be cheaper and more flexible than buying individual tickets.
There are different types of Eurail passes. For example, a five- day adult Eurail Global Pass in first class - which allows one unlimited rail travel in up to 28 European countries - costs about €450 (S$680). A three-day adult Eurail one-country pass for travel in second class within Italy costs €156.
For more information, go to www.statravel.com.sg/eurail
MANTA RAY EXPERIENCE IN THE MALDIVES
A resort in the Maldives - Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas - has launched a manta ray experience, which allows guests the rare opportunity to free-dive with the gentle giants in the protected site of Hanifaru Bay, billed as the world's largest natural manta ray feeding destination.
During their annual migration across the Indian Ocean, more than 100 rays visit the bay around the time of the full moon. Guests can witness the spectacle before the end of November or plan ahead for the next season which starts in May next year.
The Anantara team works closely with the rangers who protect the bay and are familiar with the rays' movements. This maximises the chances of spotting them.
Scuba diving is not permitted so guests have to snorkel or free-dive. The experience, which lasts 21/2 to three hours, costs from US$170 (S$230) a person and a minimum of four people is needed to run the excursion.
For more information, go to kihavah-maldives.anantara.com.
BINTAN PACKAGE WITH CLUB MED
Club Med has launched a two-day, one-night package to Bintan Island for those seeking a short retreat.
Customers will stay at Club Med Bintan Island, which has a rejuvenating Hilltop Spa located on the rocks and a private beach reserved for guests.
Its popular flying trapeze highlight is available as a night activity, allowing guests to glide through the air under the moonlight.
The package includes two-way ferry and terminal transfers, early check-in at no extra cost, a free stay for children below four years old, kids' clubs for those aged four to 17, land and water sports and all-day dining with local and international cuisine.
While it is valued at $410 an adult and $282 a child, customers who travel before Oct 31 pay from $329 an adult and $233 a child.
For more information, go to www.clubmed.com.sg