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WIN VIRGINIA VACATION: Win one of 10 vacation packages to the Old Dominion by entering the "Follow Your Heart to Virginia" sweepstakes at

You must be at least 21 to enter; you must enter before Aug. 25. No purchase is necessary.

The grand prize winner will create a dream vacation by choosing components of any of the nine first-place prizes for a vacation.

The grand prize trip is good for two to four people and for two to five nights, based on winner's choice.

The nine first-place prizes include tours, admissions, lodgings, etc., based around attractions and activities in these geographic areas: northern Virginia, Blue Ridge Highlands, southern Virginia, central Virginia, Shenandoah Valley, HaMpton Roads, Eastern Shore, Appalachia and Chesapeake Bay.

WIN SCHOLARSHIP TO TURKEY: Journalism students, emerging and non-professional writers or even lovers of travel looking for a career change can compete for a scholarship trip - all expenses paid - to Istanbul to work with Terry Richardson, author of "The Rough Guide to Istanbul," as he researches a new edition of his book.

The contest is co-sponsored by travel services company in partnership with Rough Guides' "The Rough Guide" and the active-travel company BikeHike Adventures.

Prior to meeting and working with Richardson, the winner will enjoy immersion into Turkish culture. BikeHike Adventures will provide a sampling of multi-sport activities on their 12-Day Turkish Delight tour highlighting many iconic gems: exploring the landscape of Cappadocia by mountain bike, foot and horseback; strolling through Istanbul with stops at the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, the Grand Bazaar and Palace; and sea kayaking on the Mediterranean past ancient ruins.

Entrants must have a high degree of proficiency in written English, be comfortable doing some travel on their own, be at least 18 years old, have a current passport and be an exceptional writer with burning desires for adventure travel as a professional travel writer.

To apply: Write a maximum 500-word travel-focused essay based on a personal experience around one of the following themes: Responsible Travel, Journey in an Unknown Culture or My Big Adventure.

Applications will be accepted until March 28. You need to be available to travel June 7-28.

The winner of the scholarship contest, along with the best entries received will be published on the website on April 28.

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WIN TRIP-FOR-TWO TO FIJI: CheapOair, an online travel booking site, is playing cupid and giving away a free trip to Fiji to the couple who submit the most creative video demonstrating how "Crazy in Love" they are. The deadline is Feb. 11. The winner will be announced Feb. 14 - St. Valentine's Day - on the CheapOair blog.

The winning couple will win roundtrip tickets from Los Angeles to the exotic island of Fiji, courtesy of Air Pacific, and a five-night stay at the five-star Radisson Resort Fiji Denarau Island.

And if they're ready to tie the knot, Paradise Brides will even set them up with a wedding coordinator, license certificate and everything they'll need for their big day.

Lovebirds are asked to send in a 30-second video that answers the question "What makes you and your significant other unique?" It could be a hobby or a special talent or anything that shows how the couple is exciting and distinctive. The winning video will also be featured on CheapOair's Facebook and Twitter pages.

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