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A giant Galapagos tortoise walks slowly along the Charles Darwin Station in Ayora Port in the Galapagos Archipelago, Ecuador.
December's a month of family get-togethers, giving ... and giveaways. Lots of giveaways. Numerous companies are handing out festive freebies in celebration of the holiday season, and travel brands are no exception. In exchange for an e-mail address or a "like" on a Facebook page, lucky globetrotters can snap up free vacations, cool travel gear, gift cards and more from their favorite blogs and travel providers. Below are seven fantastic holiday contests and giveaways that are on right now. Good luck!
Win a trip for two to the Galapagos
The prize: Red Mangrove Lodges, which has properties in the Galapagos and Ecuador, is giving away a free trip for two to the Galapagos Islands. The prize includes four nights' accommodations at Red Mangrove Lodges, guided tours, local transportation and meals. The only part of the trip that's not included is your flight to the Galapagos.
How to enter: Sign up for the Red Mangrove newsletter by Feb. 12 and you'll be automatically entered to win.
Win $500 in free hotel stays at Choice Hotels
The prize: Close your doors to visiting relatives and encourage out-of-towners to get a room at the nearest Choice Hotels property -- for free. But first, you have to get lucky. Enter the "Little White Holiday Lies" giveaway to win a $250 or $500 gift card valid for stays at Choice Hotels, which include Quality Inn, Comfort Inn, Cambria Suites, EconoLodge and other chains, in addition to a VISA gift card of $250 or $1,000.
How to enter: "Like" Cambria Suites on Facebook and you'll be automatically entered to win a $250 hotel gift card and a $150 VISA gift card. Take it a step further and share your "little white lie to avoid holiday houseguests" on the Cambria Suites Facebook page, and you could win a $500 hotel gift card and a $1,000 VISA gift card.
HostelBookers.com 24 Days of Christmas giveaway
The prize: HostelBookers.com is giving away a travel-related prize a day for 24 days in December. Each prize is revealed daily, so you'll have to come back to the site each day to see what you can win. Today's prize is an iPad2, and future prizes include InterRail tickets and an around-the-world flight.
How to enter: You must "Like" Hostelbookers.com on Facebook, and then answer a trivia question each day to get a shot at winning. New questions will be posted daily at 12 a.m. Mountain Time on the Hostelbookers.com Facebook page through Dec. 24.
Win a weekend getaway to Asheville, N.C.
The prize: The Asheville tourism board is giving away a whirlwind two-night vacation to its home town. The winner of this contest will receive accommodations at the Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa, a $100 gift card, two passes to Biltmore, a brewery tour, a gift certificate to a local restaurant and more. Transportation to Asheville is not included.
How to enter: Watch a video of a dancing Santa, then share said video on Facebook. After you've helped the groovin' Claus go viral, you need to enter your contact information on the contest page.