Contest Runs from June 6 – August 12, 2011; Weekly Prizes

Award-winning travel site iExplore has kicked off a new contest for those who love to uncover “hidden gems” when they travel. The “World’s Best Travel Secrets” grand-prize winner, as judged by ten award-winning journalists and popular vote, receives an $8,000 seven-day Marrakech, Morocco trip for two that includes a customized personal adventure with stops in the city of Marrakech, the dramatic Atlas Mountains, small Berber villages and Kasbahs together with quad biking, kayaking and trekking, and more. The second-place winner takes home Pentax 8X25 UCF X 11 Binoculars and a $500 iExplore travel voucher; weekly standout entries receive travel vouchers and guidebooks. The contest runs through August 12, 2011. No purchase is necessary for entry.

To enter the contest, register at http://www.travelsecretscontest.com/, submit your best travel secret (up to 1,000 words), upload a photograph illustrating your entry and then spread the word. Entrants can easily share their submission with friends and family via social media tools like Facebook, twitter, blogs, instant messages or word-of-mouth to encourage vote-getting. 10 finalists are chosen by popular vote (one vote per day per person) and each week one of the judges will select his or her favorite to move on as a finalist and round out the top 20. Weekly winners will also receive $100 Adventure Center travel vouchers and a copy of Patricia Schultz’s award-winning book, “1000 Places to See before You Die.” IExplore’s judges will choose the winner and runner-up based on originality, creativity and writing quality. Winners will be notified on or around August 29, 2011. Contestants can enter more than once by registering with a different e-mail address.

Anyone feeling inspired by the travel tips and photos on display can visit iExplore’s website to check out exceptional tours and guides. Although there is no purchase requirement for the contest, iExplore adventures, such as exploring India on a nine-day cultural tour ($1,879), sailing off to the White Continent (Antarctica) for 13 days ($5,690), or taking in some of the best of Brazil for 12 days ($1,748), will offer travel inspiration for both contest entry and vacation planning..

Founded in 1999, iExplore has won numerous awards for “Best Adventure Travel Website” by Forbes Magazine, Travel + Leisure and Time Magazine and is the leading North American website for adventure and experiential travel with over one million unique visitors each month. www.iexplore.com.