We Have a Winner!

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I’m excited to announce that the winner of our fifth annual Road Warrior Search … has not been chosen yet. In fact, our search isn’t even over. But I had you worried, didn’t I? Did you notice that twinge of regret in your belly­ when you read this? Did you think to yourself, Aw, man, why didn’t I just enter a month ago? I thought I had more time. Well, the truth is, you do have more time. But you have fewer than 14 days — and depending on when you’re reading this, way fewer than 14 days. The contest is o.v.e.r. on August 31. The end. No more chances. No extensions. Nada.

And I know there are lots of you out there who haven’t entered yet, because every time I run into you, you say, “Oh, I’ve been meaning to enter the Road Warrior contest! I have so many good stories to tell.”

So quit meaning to and take care of it tonight by going to www.americanwaymag.com. I’ve heard all of your awesome stories, and now I want you to share them with my coworkers and the world at large.

And this year, it’s not just about the essay. We’ve added some fun elements like a travel montage to test your recollection of some of the most famous places around the globe, and a Mad Lib that doesn’t take any hard thinking at all — just a sense of humor.

Flip back to page 6, and you can get a sneak peek at the montage, as well as at all of the fine-print details on the contest.

If you enter, you may win one of the following prizes.

The grand-prize winner will receive two million Hilton HHonors Bonus Points, good at participating Hilton family hotels around the world, as well as a million American Airlines AAdvantage miles.

The second-place winner will receive a Bose Lifestyle 48 home entertainment system, a Bose SoundDock, and a pair of Bose QuietComfort 2 Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphones.

Three third-place winners will each receive a five-day, four-night vacation for two at the Hilton Waikoloa Village in Hawaii from AmericanAirlines Vacations, as well as a two-year subscription to T-Mobile HotSpot Wi-Fi Internet service.

Additionally, all five winners will each receive a Toughbook CF-74 laptop computer, courtesy of Panasonic.

And if you don’t enter, well, you’ll miss out on these prizes, as well as on me writing about your winning qualities. Who would want to pass that up?

So this is it. My final words on this subject (something I’m sure we can all be happy about) till later next year.

The next time you hear from me about this contest, it will be to ask you to help us pick our winners. Then you’ll feel that twinge of regret again, because you never carved out a small part of your time to show us your stuff.

If you’d like some inspiration on where you could spend all of those miles and points you could potentially win, turn to page 50 and read Lisa Sonne’s story on a fascinating cathedral in Barcelona, and then to page 74 to read a fabulous story by Robert Draper on the super-­relaxing hot springs in Japan.

Or, turn to page 36 and read John Gonzalez’s hilarious attempt to spend some quality time on his couch — which might just be your consolation prize if you don’t go enter our fifth annual Road Warrior Search now!

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