Southern Explorations’ ‘Trip of a Lifetime’ Story Contest

Justin Laycob with Southern Explorations guests experiencing via ferrata

Inspired by our Founder & CEO Justin Laycob’s momentous moment at Machu Picchu this year, we’ve launched our new “Trip of a Lifetime” story contest. As we prepare to celebrate our 15th anniversary in 2020, we're asking you to share stories of your very own trip of a lifetime from anywhere in the world.
Our favorite trip of a lifetime stories will then be chronicled in the lead up to our 15th anniversary and the best story will win the grand prize; the storyteller’s choice of a trip for two on an Experience Machu Picchu or Classic Patagonia fixed departure.
“In 1996, I first did the Inca Trail. No porters, no guides. Just my brother and me. That trip to Peru changed my life,” recounts Justin of his first South American travel experience. “It seemed like a place where you could accomplish anything you wanted. Ever since that moment I first saw Machu Picchu, I knew I was going to do something significant in South America, I just didn’t know what yet.”
For nearly 18 years now, the “something significant” has been Southern Explorations, however, this year he used the magic of Peru to make another major life move. While once again overlooking Machu Picchu, he took the plunge and asked his girlfriend, Lisa Richardson, to marry him. She said yes.
Of course, you don’t have to be the CEO of an award-winning travel company to experience your own momentous moments in South America and Central America, which is why Southern Explorations is inviting everyone to share their own incredible travel stories today. To enter, submit a story featuring tyour “Trip of a Lifetime.” by email to and state “Trip of  Lifetime Contest” in the subject line. All entries must be received by 11:59 PM PDT on May 1st, 2020 and the winner will be announced on May 15th, 2020.

Entries should be creative and tell your trip of a lifetime story using whichever medium you think tells it best. Write it down, record a video, or send a photo essay, it’s all up to you. The more compelling, the better! Tell the best trip of a lifetime story you can and your entry could win you your next trip of a lifetime. Ten (10) runners-up will receive a copy of 'Maps' by Aleksandra Mizielinska.
We will be collecting your trip of a lifetime stories from October 12th, 2019 to May 1st, 2020.
The Details
Eligibility: Contest is open to all US and Canadian residents, 18 years of age or older. No purchase necessary to enter and purchase does not enhance chance of winning. Southern Exploration’s employees and their family members are not eligible to win.
Submitting an entry: Contestant must submit a story featuring their “Trip of a Lifetime.” Submissions can include, but are not limited to, written stories, photos, and video. Entries must be emailed to and state “Trip of a Lifetime Contest” in the subject line. All entries must be received by 11:59 PM PDT on May 1st, 2020 and the winner will be announced on May 15th, 2020. No purchase necessary.
The prize: The winner will be able to choose from either our Classic Patagonia tour or Experience Machu Picchu tour on one of our posted group departure dates. All standard, posted inclusions and exclusions apply. Winner is responsible for purchasing their international airfare to/from Peru or Argentina and Southern Explorations will purchase their in-country airfare. Trip must be taken by May 15th, 2021.  
Winning: The winner will be selected by a panel of judges from Bannikin Travel & Tourism Ltd. Odds of winning depends on number of entries received.
Taxes/duties: The winner is responsible for any/all taxes required by their city, state, and/or country.
Publicity rights: All submitted entries may be used by Southern Explorations for marketing purposes.
Host: Contest is hosted by World Wide Explorations dba Southern Explorations. Address is 702 N 81st St, Seattle, WA, 98103.