Win a Trip to Any National Park By Instagramming Your Travels

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If you're planning out your summer vacation, make sure to add a few national parks to your itinerary. Every time you share your travels on Instagram, you can increase your chances of winning a VIP trip for two to the national park of your choice.

The National Park Foundation is hosting its "Pic Your Park" sweepstakes now through September 28. To participate, post your selfies from visits to National Park System (NPS) properties on Instagram using the hashtag #PicYourParkContest and a geotag of the location. Making the trek to multiple parks increases your points, with less-visited parks in the system having the highest value. During certain months, the point values of some sites are doubled. You can find a list of participating properties and a schedule of boost periods here.

Following the contest run, the National Park Foundation will decide a winner based on most points earned. The grand prize is a three-day, two-night trip for the winner and a guest to any NPS property within the contiguous U.S. Round-trip airfare and hotel lodging are included. The reward also comes with a 30-day lease of a car from Subaru, the contest's sponsor.

The contest is already underway, with a leader board on the website keeping track of the competition. If you're looking to catch up, this national parks road trip route isn't a bad place to start.

You Can Wear These Travel Shoes While Swimming, Hiking, or Running

Tropicfeel
Tropicfeel

There are no fancy folding tricks that make shoes take up less space in your luggage. That means if you're going on a trip where you'll be hiking, swimming, and walking through the city, you'll need to a pack a separate pair of footwear for each activity. Or at least, for now. Tropicfeel's forthcoming Canyon shoe aims to solve this common travel problem. Available for men and women, the shoes are designed to feel just as comfortable wading through a river as they do on dry land.

Each set of Canyons is four sneakers in one: water shoes, hiking boots, running shoes, and casual footwear. They're designed to get wet, whether you're hiking through shallow streams or swimming through the ocean, and when it's time to leave the water, they dry quickly and don't smell. The shoes are also lightweight and slip-resistant, making them great for long hikes across rough terrain. On days you don't feel like adventuring, the shoes are comfortable enough to wear as running shoes and stylish enough to use as everyday sneakers.

Canyon travel shoe.
Tropicfeel

In addition to being versatile, the shoes are easy to wear. Just slip them on and adjust the fit with the elastic, knotless laces. You can wear them with or without socks, counting on the breathable, mesh material to keep your feet feeling fresh and comfortable.

Tropicfeel is currently raising money on Kickstarter for the Canyon shoe, with over $681,000 already raised, far beyond its initial $36,000 goal.

Buy a pair on Kickstarter for $77. Shipping is scheduled for August 2019.

Here’s How Much a 5-Star Hotel Will Cost You in 100 Popular Travel Destinations Around the World

The Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai
The Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai
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Sometimes, you don’t mind roughing it in a tent for the sake of a budget-friendly vacation. Other times, you might want to splurge on a nicer hotel with a buffet breakfast and room service. Enjoying the finer things in life doesn’t necessarily mean breaking the bank, though.

A chart spotted by Thrillist breaks down the cost of 5-star hotels in 100 popular destinations around the world. Travel site Asher & Lyric crunched the numbers, using data from TripAdvisor on the average cost of a weeknight stay at the five top-rated hotels in each destination. The analysis accounted for fluctuating costs from one season to the next, and the chart shows what you might expect to pay during the high season compared to other times of year.

Places like Aspen and the Cayman Islands are predictably among the areas with the priciest hotels, but other vacation spots are surprisingly affordable. Take Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, for instance. This city of skyscrapers is a popular luxury destination—it’s called the “City of Gold,” after all—but its 5-star hotels are the third- cheapest ones on the chart, preceded only by Chennai in India and Manila in the Philippines.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, you’d spend less money staying in a fancy hotel in New York City, Paris, or Rome during the high season than you’d pay to stay in Wyoming’s Jackson Hole. And if you’re looking to travel domestic, check out Las Vegas, Houston, and Atlanta. Of America's top destinations, these cities offer some of the cheapest 5-star hotels.

Scroll down to see the chart, and check out Asher & Lyric’s website for a detailed breakdown of their findings, including their top hotel picks.

How Much 5-Star Hotels Cost in the Top 100 Destinations Around the World - AsherFergusson.com - Infographic
Researched and developed by Asher & Lyric Fergusson

[h/t Thrillist]

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