A few weeks ago I was approached by Scotiabank to work on the Around the World with $20k contest. It’s a pretty incredible opportunity to win the ultimate vacation based on your travel personality. They have identified 4 keys types:

Culture Vultures who seek out culture through history, art or live concerts.
Foodies who don’t just travel to see the world, but to devour the world.
Road Trippers who only need a map, a full tank of gas, and the perfect playlist.
Adven-tourists who live for the thrill of adventure with crazy ziplines, climbing, or hiking.

While I have a touch of culture vulture. I think we can all agree I’d never be the adven-tourist.

And if you had any shred of doubt about what category I’d fall into, perhaps this video from a trip to Ecuador will help better define it.

This contest is pretty simple. Go here to identify your travel personality by answering a series of simple questions. Each answer earns you five entries toward the $20,000 grand prize for a dream trip. The grand prize winner is drawn on March 31, 2014.

Aside from winning the grand prize, there are a number of ways you can make your travel dream a reality. For starters, if you don’t have a travel credit card you should consider getting one. It makes the most expensive part – flights – so much more manageable. In Canada I now put everything on mine, including gum, because you can easily accumulate a lot of points. You can redeem for as little as 5000 points, although I’m a bit of a points saver and I’m saving for a big trip – Buuz, a local Mongolian delicacy…

With the Scotiabank®* Gold American Express® Card you can earn 4x the points at eligible gas stations, grocery stores and on dining and entertainment. There are also a bunch of travel privileges, services and insurance options – which is also important for me as I’ve not had the best luck with travel – remember the time I was stuck in Buenos Aires because of the ash cloud.

If you’re thinking about taking a big trip soon my number one planning tip would be to check out the Scotiabank Gold American Express Card. Right now they are waiving the $99 annual fee waived for the first year and you earn 15,000 bonus points with the first purchase, which actually amounts to $150 in travel.

Oh and if you’re wondering what I’d do with the 20k I’m making a list now so stay tuned.

For contest details please visit: scotiabank.com/AroundtheWorld
For product details please visit: scotiabank.com/travelfreedom


Disclosure: This is a paid programming series with Scotiabank but as with all partnerships I only choose the best – because who doesn’t need 20k toward a dream vacation. And sorry to say to everyone outside Canada, but it’s only open to Canadians.


  1. A Montrealer Abroad (@amontrealer) on the January 8, 2014 remarked #

    That contest couldn’t come at a better time. I am in the process of finding a new travel credit card and this one just might fit the bill! Thanks for a great contest, Ayngelina.
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    • Ayngelina on the April 15, 2014 remarked #


  2. Leigh on the January 8, 2014 remarked #

    Well I guess you know what category I’d fall into but when it comes right down to it I love culture, food and a long road trip as well.
    Leigh recently posted..Visiting Yosemite in Winter

  3. Mardi (eat. live. travel. write.) on the January 8, 2014 remarked #

    #foodie all the way!
    Mardi (eat. live. travel. write.) recently posted..Discovering “Sydney with Conviction” with Urban Adventures

    • Ayngelina on the April 15, 2014 remarked #

      I would have called that too!

  4. Raymond @ Man On The Lam on the January 9, 2014 remarked #

    Surprise, surprise…I’m a road-tripper. :)

    • Ayngelina on the January 9, 2014 remarked #

      Not surprised at all but you need your own category as a “weird hunter” as you always find the most peculiar things.

  5. Nancie Boulay on the January 9, 2014 remarked #

    Contest not open to Quebec residents. What else is new. :(

    • Ayngelina on the January 9, 2014 remarked #

      I know it’s sad Nancie, having worked in advertising and run a bunch of contests – it’s so complicated for companies to run them in Quebec they just opt out. It may be the only thing about Quebec I don’t like.

  6. Kristy on the January 9, 2014 remarked #

    Awww. Too bad I can’t join the contest. That’s very sad. *weep*

  7. Sylvain on the January 10, 2014 remarked #

    You forgot to mention it’s a contest opened only to Canadians… outside Québec.

  8. Adrian Tanase on the January 10, 2014 remarked #

    You’re so lucky to win such a prize.

  9. Federico on the January 13, 2014 remarked #

    Not Canadian :(

  10. Diana Edelman on the January 13, 2014 remarked #

    This is so cool!! I am a road tripper. Kinda figured that, though! Great thing to promote!
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  11. Laura on the January 14, 2014 remarked #

    We’re definitely a combo of culture vulture and foodie. So much fun!
    Laura recently posted..Dining Out at a Gourmet Gas Station

  12. giselleandcody on the January 15, 2014 remarked #

    Adven-tourists!! Wow, imagine all the travelling you could do with $20,000!! So glad we are Canadian so we can enter :)
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    • Ayngelina on the April 15, 2014 remarked #

      Good luck!

  13. Alex on the January 16, 2014 remarked #

    Maybe I was doing something wrong but I couldn’t seem to enter without authorizing the app to send tweets on my behalf, which I wasn’t excited about. Amazing prize though!

  14. Camels & Chocolate on the January 16, 2014 remarked #

    Funny, we’re opposite–I would be the adven-tourist and not at all a culture vulture! And I just used my AmEx card to book our trip to Italy this summer. Yay!
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  15. Tana B on the January 23, 2014 remarked #

    WOW! What a great contest, thanks for sharing. I have the gold american express and use it for all my purchases to accumulate points. Downfall: Haven’t been to a place yet in Guatemala that excepts AMEX.

  16. Epic Curiousity on the January 28, 2014 remarked #

    Great idea! Love the contest, and have already signed up. Now, to just hope that I get lucky.
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  17. Martine @ Chompchomp on the February 3, 2014 remarked #

    Is that burger seriously the size of your head?! Bravo!!!
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    • Ayngelina on the April 15, 2014 remarked #

      So big I could only eat half in one sitting!

  18. Vid on the February 18, 2014 remarked #


    They won’t find anyone more suitable than you for the “Foodies” type :) I wish it was open to people in Europe and we would have definitely applied for the “Road Trips” category :)

    Good luck – hope you get to devour the world. Gulp!
    Vid recently posted..Dreamy Eyed in Cambodia

    • Ayngelina on the April 15, 2014 remarked #

      I would love to do a road trip in Europe – just for the food!

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