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Congratulations to our three (un)lucky winners!

Thanks to all who entered and shared tales of their ill-fated trips. From the harrowing to the hilarious, your stories of missed flights, petty fights and the (oh so many) days spent on toilets had our judging team on the edge of their seats. In the end, we could only pick three of you, so please join us in congratulating Mike D., Mark B. and Sam B. for winning a destination do-over.

Between Mark’s disastrous family surfing trip, Mike’s ill-considered Scottish second date and Sam’s accidental trip into the ocean rather than to Colombia, our winners cleverly told their woeful tales to score the ultimate second-chance trip with free flights, tours, spending money and – perhaps most importantly – travel insurance.

For everyone who entered, we’re wishing you all buckets of better luck on your next adventure!

Listen to our podcast below to get the full rundown of the winners' stories.

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Each of the three winners will receive:

International flights

Round trip airfare for 2 from STA Travel

Free tours

US $2,000 towards a tour of your choice from TourRadar

Travel insurance

Travel insurance from World Nomads (of course)

Travel expenses

US $4,000 spending money


US $2,000 towards accommodation costs

Itinerary planning

Trip planning support from World Nomads