Lonely Planet's Best in Europe Competition 2019

The winners of this competition have now been selected.

Europe winner:

Donny, UK

Winning response: Wildlife watching in Finland - in search of the bear necessities of life!

Rest of the world winner:

Vincente, US

Winning response: I would take my daughter to visit Bari and see where part of our family immigrated from.

Here are the terms and conditions which will apply to your entry. Please read them carefully as they contain important information you need to know!

1.    Lonely Planet Publications Inc of 124 Linden Street, Oakland, California, 94607, United States of America (“Lonely Planet”) is the promotor. Our friends over at easyJet Airline Company Limited, Hangar 89, London Luton Airport, Luton, Bedfordshire LU2 9PF (“easyJet”) is the promotional partner. 

2.   You can enter between 21 May 2019 at 00:01 GMT, (“Opening Date”) and 21 June 2019 at 00:01 GMT (“Closing Date”).

3.   This competition is open globally to people aged 18 or over, except if you (or your immediate family or housemates) are employees or contractors of Lonely Planet, its promotional partners, or subsidiaries or parent or affiliated companies. The laws in some places don’t allow Lonely Planet to run this promotion, so the competition and these terms and conditions are void in those places.

4.   Information about the prizes and how to enter form part of these conditions of entry.

5.    Any notifications and changes to these terms and conditions will be published on the competition entry page: https://www.lonelyplanet.com/best-in-europe#competition, so you should check this page regularly

6.   These terms are governed by the laws of the state of Tennessee, USA.

7.   This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You understand that you are providing your information to Lonely Planet and not to Facebook, and you completely release Facebook from any claims in relation to this competition.

You must comply with all applicable laws and regulations including the Twitter Rules. Anyone found to use multiple accounts to enter will be ineligible to win. Multiple entries in a single day will not be accepted.

This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram. You understand that you are providing your information to Lonely Planet and not to Instagram, and you completely release Instagram from any claims in relation to this competition.


How to enter and prize details

8.   To enter, visit https://www.lonelyplanet.com/best-in-europe#competition and complete the entry form and tell us in 25 words or less what's the top sight you'd like to see in Europe on holiday.

9.   You don’t have to buy anything to enter. By entering, you agree that all of your entry is your own work.

10. You can only enter once ‑ we’ll make confetti out of any extra entries you submit. Your entry is received at the time Lonely Planet receives it. Incomplete and invalid entries will not be accepted. If your entry gets lost in cyberspace or doesn’t arrive for any other reason, that’s not Lonely Planet’s fault.

11. One first prize winner will be selected from each of the following two regions:

a)   Europe (for clarity “Europe” means entrants residing in: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the UK); and

b)   Rest of world (for clarity “rest of world” means entrants residing in any country other than as set out in clause 11(a)).

12. Prizes:

a)   The first prize winner from “Europe” will receive (1) one easyJet voucher up to the maximum retail value £500.00 GBP towards return economy flights to/from a European destination of the winner's choice (provided by easyJet). The easyJet voucher is valid for travel not less than 4 weeks from date of booking. The winner must spend the voucher in one transaction on flights within Europe, by 31st December 2019. For clarity, the winner can use the easyJet voucher to book multiple flights in one transaction. The easyJet voucher only applies to flights and ancillary flight purchases such as hold luggage, sports equipment and seat selection. It does not apply elsewhere including hotels, travel insurance, transfers, easyJet Holidays or easyJet Worldwide flights. At the time of booking, if the total booking amount exceeds £500, the Winner will need to pay the outstanding amount by credit or debit card via easyJet’s customer services team. If the total booking amount is less than £500, the remaining value will be lost and no refund or further credit will be offered. Bookings and any changes to bookings are subject to standard terms and conditions (https://www.easyjet.com/en/terms-and-conditions) at easyJet.com including the privacy policy .

b)   The first prize winner from “rest of world” will receive: (1) one FlightGiftCard code, up to the maximum value of £500.00 GBP towards return economy flights to/from a European destination of the winner's choice (provided by Lonely Planet). The Flightgiftcard code is valid for two (2) years from the date of issue and is only redeemable for flights available on the www.flightgiftcard.com website.

All flights are subject to availability.

Total prize value is approximately £1,000 GBP. These prize values are accurate at the start of the competition. 


How is the winner chosen?

13. Rather than consulting tea leaves, a winner from each of the two (2) regions will be selected by a panel of three (3) judges, who will review all the eligible entries from each region and then decide, by a majority vote, the best overall entry from each region that most inspire others to take a European holiday.

14. The task of selecting the winners will happen in a small, dark room at 230 Franklin Road, Building 2B, Franklin, TN 37064, on 26th June 2019. No correspondence will be entered into.

15. We’ll give the winner(s) the good news by email and their names will be published on the Lonely Planet website within 2 days after selection. If you’re riddled with curiosity, send an email to competitions@lonelyplanet.com (including the name of the promotion) within 3 months of the Closing Date, and we’ll respond and tell you who won.

16. Lonely Planet will do its best to find the winners. But if we can’t, or if a winner hasn’t accepted the prize by 26th September 2019, the next best entry will be declared winner. Where there is a compelling technical or administrative reason out of Lonely Planet’s control, the winners will be selected from all eligible entries received at that time.


If you do win

17. We may ask you to provide proof of identity, residency and age, so that we are sure you are who you say you are, and are eligible to receive the prize.

18. You can’t exchange the prize for cash, or ask us to give it to someone else (not that you’d want to!). We will use reasonable efforts to award the prize as described but if due to unforeseen circumstances we are unable to do that, we’ll substitute it for another prize of comparable value.

19. You’ll be responsible for all taxes, insurance, and any other expenses, fees and costs connected with that prize that are not included in the prize description. Winners are required to complete and submit a W-9 form to Lonely Planet prior to delivery of a prize.

20. If, in order to take the prize, you’re lucky enough to need a valid passport and/or other necessary travel documentation and visas, you’ll need to sort those out for yourself.

21. You are responsible for your use of the prize, including complying with any applicable terms and conditions of use including https://www.easyjet.com/en/terms-and-conditions and https://www.flightgiftcard.com/terms-conditions/. Of course, if you win a prize, you’ll be good and comply with all relevant laws, rules and regulations. Lonely Planet reserves the right to disqualify any entrant who has engaged in unlawful or improper conduct.

22. You agree that if you have a dispute with Lonely Planet in relation to this sweepstake or any prize awarded: (1) it will be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; (2) any claim will be limited to an action at law for damages and you will not be permitted to obtain attorneys’ fees or other legal costs; and (3) you waive all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased and your right to claim indirect, punitive, incidental and consequential damages.

23. The nature of the prize may be such that it poses health or safety risks, or risks normally associated with travel to you (and if applicable, to your guest). You should consider any health, safety and travel risks and take appropriate precautions (including arrange insurances) to guard against those risks. Lonely Planet and easyJet are not responsible for use of the prize which results in:

a)   loss that was not reasonably foreseeable;

b)   loss that was not caused by our breach of this deed or by our negligence;

c)   business losses (such as lost data, lost profits or business interruptions) or loss suffered by non-consumers;

d)   losses caused by factors which could reasonably be considered to be outside our control (such as faults in third party equipment, or delayed or cancelled flights); and

e)   any loss caused, or contributed to, by your breach of conditions of entry or your negligence.

What happens to my entry? 


24. You give Lonely Planet a worldwide, irrevocable licence to reproduce, publish, adapt, communicate and broadcast all or part of it in any form and media, in relation to the Best in Europe competition. You also consent to us editing, re-using, storing, reproducing and communicating your entry in any medium. We will, to the extent practicable, attribute you as the author.

25. Lonely Planet and its promotional partners will only use the personal information contained in your entry to conduct the promotion and award the prize (but if you’ve told Lonely Planet that you want to receive stuff from us and/or our promotional partners, we’ll use your personal information for that too). If you win a prize, Lonely Planet can use your name and photograph for future marketing purposes unless you tell us not to.

26. We will keep your personal information in accordance with Lonely Planet’s privacy policy at http://www.lonelyplanet.com/legal/privacy-policy and https://www.easyjet.com/en/policy/privacy-promise