1. Make your entries count: You can only submit five Travel Journals, five photos, and five videos for consideration in the contest between September 17, 2008 and November 17, 2008. Your first five entries of each media type will be valid.
2. How we'll score it: All entries will be scored by other readers—using star ratings, views, and comments—and by our editors, according to their assessment of each submission's quality. Be sure to upload a profile photo! If you want to see examples of good submissions, see #3, below.
STEPS TO ENTER
To enter our contest, follow the simple steps listed below.
1. New users
Join Budget Travel by completing the registration form. Once you complete the registration form, click the "join" button.
2. Successfully logged-in?
How to submit a Travel Journal, photo or video
You can add a Travel Journal, photo or video from your Home Page. If you are a new member or an existing member and are logged in, this is the page you will see right after you register. To submit your Travel Journal, photo, or video, select one of the following tabs:
You can also use our top navigation, place your mouse over the my Budget Travel tab in the navigation bar on BudgetTravel.com and select:
Add a Travel Journal
Add a Photo
Add a Video
3. Invite your friends and family
Boost your rating in the community. Click on the "my friends" tab to invite your friends and family to join. Encourage them to rate, view and post a comment on your entry.
If you need more information, we've written out detailed instructions to guide you step by step.
1. How to submit a Travel Journal
From your My Journals page, click on the "write a new journal" button at the bottom of the page. To get started, type the title of your journal. Then, in the "Title Description" box, enter your Travel Journal and add any images or photos. Finally, in the "Want to Be Seen by Others? Tag It!" box, add any tags that describe your Travel Journal. Tags are words or short phrases that describe your media. Tagging your media makes it easier for other travelers to find. Separate tags with spaces, and use quotes to create multi-word tags. (e.g.: diving hotels "family travel" "Costa Rica").
2. How to submit a video
From your "my videos" page, click on the button "upload new video". To get started, click on "browse" in the upload video field and locate your video to upload from your computer. Note, videos must be in FLV, WMV, ASF, AVI, MOV, 3GP, MPG, MPEG, or MP4 format and less than 100MB in size. Next, type the title of your video. Then, in the "Title Description" box enter a description of your video. What inspired you to make the video? Why would someone want to see your video? Finally, in the "Want to Be Seen by Others? Tag It!" box, add any tags that describe your video. Tags are words or short phrases that describe your media. Tagging your media makes it easier for other travelers to find. Separate tags with spaces, and use quotes to create multi-word tags. (e.g.: diving hotels "family travel" "Costa Rica")