Lonely Planet Writer

Lonely Planet's new iPad app

iPad_1You’ve heard the buzz: the Apple iPad is a revolutionary new way to view content. Is this just hype or is it for real? See for yourself with a brand new application, 1000 Ultimate Experiences, developed by Lonely Planet specifically for the launch of the iPad — we think you'll see what the excitement is all about.

Our 1000 Ultimate Experiences app allows you to explore Lonely Planet's top 1000 recommended travel experiences around the world through beautiful images, captivating video and insights from our best travel authors. It’s like flipping through your favorite coffee table book — but imagine if that book could play video and interact with you in a whole new way. And right now we’re giving you a chance to win an iPad and the new Lonely Planet app for yourself!

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Screenshots from the 1000 Ultimate Experiences app

To take advantage of the iPad’s amazing capabilities we’ve built 1000 Ultimate Experiences from the ground up. By swiping, flicking and thumbing your way through this app, you can explore a deck of 1000 virtual cards bringing together the top ideas, places and activities around the world. Armchair travel has never been so much fun. How about journeying to the world’s most surreal landscapes? Or retrace the steps of the greatest historical journeys? Want to know where to discover the world's best boat trips? For fans of the peculiar, you can find the world's weirdest dining experiences or even the best places to have a midlife crisis.

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Get the popcorn ready. 1000 Ultimate Experiences is packed with stunning video.

And because we want you to be in the know, we’ll give you a heads-up of what’s to come. Lonely Planet’s Discover guide series, our new full-color series highlighting must-see attractions and unbeatable experiences in destination countries, is currently in development for iPad in iBook format. Launch titles for the iPad will include: Great Britain, Italy, Spain, France and Ireland.

The 1000 Ultimate Experiences App for iPad is available now from the App Store on iPad or on the iTunes Store (*purchase by April 15 and receive a free Lonely Planet t-shirt - see details below).

Twitter Competition [now closed]

The iPad competition has ended - many thanks to all who entered the competition via Twitter and email!

The winner of the competition is @EAFrederick521 from Los Angeles - Congratulations and we hope you enjoy your new iPad!

Terms & Conditions of Entry:

Welcome to the Lonely Planet iPad Launch competition! The promoter is Lonely Planet Publications Inc. of 150 Linden Street, Oakland, CA, 94607, USA (A Californian Company). For the full details, read what our lawyers make us say below.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER THIS COMPETITION.

The competition commences at 9am EDT on April 3rd, 2010 and closes at 9am EDT on April 10th, 2010 and is open to US residents only. You can’t enter this promotion if you (or your immediate families or housemates) are employed by Lonely Planet or their subsidiaries and affiliated companies. Maximum of one entry per person per day; Twitter accounts must have been active for at least one week prior to competition start date.

To enter, simply follow @LPUSAStaff on Twitter and either retweet our announcement of the 1000 Ultimate Experiences app (“I want a shiny new #iPad & the 1000 Ultimate Experiences #travel app from @LonelyPlanet http://bit.ly/bTjtQR Retweet to enter! #LP_iPad”) or tweet a link to an original review of the app with the hashtag #LP_iPad. If you are not a member of Twitter, you can still enter the competition by sending an email to ipad@lonelyplanet.com with the subject “iPad Competition Entry”. Twitter accounts must have been active for at least one week prior to competition start date. One winner will be selected at random.

The winner will receive a Wi-Fi 16GB iPad valued at $499 plus a promo code to download the 1000 Ultimate Experiences app valued at $9.99. Odds of winning are 1 in 10000. Prize winners will be notified via their Twitter account or by reply email. You’ll be responsible for all taxes, insurance, internet connection fees and any other expenses, fees and costs connected with the prize that are not included in the prize description above. Before we can give you your prize, you’ll have to sign a “release”, which says that if anything goes wrong with your prize once it’s been awarded, you agree that Lonely Planet won’t be responsible (unless the law says otherwise).

Your entry must be your own work and must not infringe on any rights of third parties. By submitting your entry, you agree that these conditions of entry apply to your entry. You give us a non-exclusive, worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free licence to reproduce, communicate, publish, edit, adapt or otherwise use your tweet on Lonelyplanet.com, Facebook and Twitter. Lonely Planet respects the privacy of others, and your personal information will only be used to tell you if you’ve won. See our privacy policy at www.lonelyplanet.com/privacy/.

Lonely Planet might have to change the dates of the promotion, but only if it’s totally unavoidable. Also, if there are compelling technical or administrative reasons which we cannot control, Lonely Planet can cancel or modify the promotion. If a modification means that some entries become ineligible, Lonely Planet may conduct the draw from all eligible entries received. If there are any modifications to the promotion Lonely Planet will update these terms and conditions with the relevant details.

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*Buy Lonely Planet’s 1000 Ultimate Experiences app, and get a free Lonely Planet t-shirt (US customers only). From April 3 – 15, 2010 we will send you a complimentary Lonely Planet t-shirt when you purchase our new app. Please email your receipt or other proof of purchase to promotions@lonelyplanet.com, and include your mailing address and preferred size. T-shirt available in any color you desire as long as the color is dark bluish black. One t-shirt per customer.