First place: $1,000
Second place: $500
Third place: $250
Dates to know
November 27: Submissions open
December 3, 11:59 PM EST: Submissions closed
December 8: Winners announced
About this Challenge
There's nothing like the thrill of packing your bags, scanning your passport, and flying through the skies in the comfort of a window seat. That feeling of stepping off a plane and into a new city all on your own has no comparison. Traveling alone is great for getting to know yourself without interruption and making once in a lifetime memories. While we can't wait for the first chance to travel safely again, many of us with a severe case of wanderlust are already planning our next solo journey.
We could use your help with planning this future trip. We'd like for you to create and share an ideal itinerary for the solo trip of your dreams, or a trip you're already planning to take next year when it's safer!
Enter the Solo Trip Challenge and let us know where you're visiting and why you've chosen this destination. What sights will you see, memories will you make, what food will you enjoy, and where will you stay? In addition to your itinerary, think about how this trip will impact you: what adventures will you endure by yourself, and how will you benefit from this vacation and time alone? Pack your virtual bags, and please include photos and share links to where you're going!
For your story to be eligible, it must be between 600 and 5,000 words and adhere to our Community Guidelines. Stories published on Vocal and entered into the contest up until December 3, 2020, at 11:59 PM EST will be entered for consideration. Official Rules for the Challenge can be found here. You can learn how to embed rich media into your story here.
The Solo Trip Challenge is exclusive to Vocal+ members. To learn more and upgrade to Vocal+ visit https://vocal.media/vocal-plus.
To be eligible to win the grand prize, second place, or third place prizes, you must be over the age of 13 and residing in a country where Stripe is available at the time of entry. A complete list of countries where Stripe is available can be found here—winners will need to have a Stripe account created and connected in order to receive the prizes. For this reason, entrants located outside of any of these 39 countries will not be eligible to win.
How to enter
- Create your story on Vocal.
- When submitting your story for review, select Submit to a challenge and select Solo Trip.
- When your story has been approved, it will appear under Submissions on this page.
Submit an existing story:
Black Book of Rewards & Consequences
Once upon a time in a world filled with 3 types of people, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly, and westerns are no longer the first thing to come to mind. When reality and fantasy are no longer separate and you find yourself questioning your own sanity, this is where my story begins.
The Book on the Bench
It was just sitting there, alone on the bench's wooden slats, almost invisible in the grey November afternoon. I didn't even notice it until I sat down. I recognized it at once, of course; I have had so many of those little books tucked into pockets and bags over the years, with their smooth black covers and their snappy elastics, and the page-mark peeking out one end or another. I had come there to think, but suddenly all the greater issues were brushed away by the smaller. Who had left it? Did they know they had lost it? I jerked my head up and scanned the garden, looking for someone nearby, someone searching, anyone whom the notebook might belong to. But it was a cold day in the Tuileries when only a wandering and preoccupied soul would linger, and the few people there were only shapes in the distance.
Little black book
Once upon a time there was a magic black book and grandma carried it around with her everywhere she went… Her relatives thought she was crazy; her granddaughter was enthralled by the book and she couldn’t keep her mind off it because grandma said that one day when grandma died the book could go to Trudy.