I am absolutely blown away! A while back I entered a contest being hosted by Travel Wonders of the World, one of my all-time favorite travel blogs. Travel Wonders had partnered with IHG Rewards Club, the program that allows members to accrue award points for stays at Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Staybridge Suites, Candlewood Suites, Hotel Indigo, Crowne Plaza, IHG, or Intercontinental Hotels, offering readers an opportunity to win a night at one of 4,300 five star hotels located in more than 100 countries.


View of Holiday Inn Miami Beach Miami from the oceanfront boardwalk

To be eligible to win, I needed to do the following:

  1. Open a free Priority Club account and begin earning reward points (easy, I was already a member)


    Priority Club Rewards

  2. Sign up to receive emails whenever a new post was available at Travel Wonders (piece of cake, I  had signed up for that long ago), and
  3. Leave a comment on the blog, stating which hotel in the world I would choose for a special stay and my reason why.

Ahh, the beach

That last one took me all of two nanoseconds to decide. Here’s what I wrote: “What is it they say about never seeing the things closest to home? Strange as it may seem, although I am a travel writer who lives in Florida, I have never visited Miami. Maybe this is my opportunity – luscious sand, aquamarine water, art deco buildings and neon lights, here I come (I hope)! My choice would be the Holiday Inn Miami Beach Oceanfront, right on the beach.

The contest closed on October 9th and I just learned that the folks at Priority Club Rewards chose my comment above all the others. And so, I am Miami  bound. I’m thinking maybe Thanksgiving woud be a good time…..thank you Mark at Travel Wonders and Priority Club!