By Budget Travel
October 3, 2012

The first 15 people who email me at "soneill at newsweek dot com" will receive a free fuchsia beer cozy emblazoned with the name of our sister magazine Girlfriend Getaways. [Editor's note: This contest is now closed. May 11, 2007.]

The fine print: Your mailing address will be used to send the beer cozy. I promise not to put you on any mailing lists. One request per person, please. Residents of Arizona can't apply because of state regulations about contests.

By the way, Girlfriend Getaways covers a lot of fun topics, such as wine country weekends, sailing schools ("Chicks Ahoy!"), and what's new in Miami. If you haven't gotten a copy yet, you can buy one by clicking here.

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