Contiki and Matador team up to give travel and conservation enthusiasts the chance to win a trip of a lifetime to Costa Rica

Fancy yourself as a budding travel writer? World leading youth travel company, Contiki Holidays, have teamed up with The Matador Network to track down three travel journalists with a passion for conservation of tomorrow and send them on a once in a lifetime trip to Costa Rica. Not only this but winners will also receive a scholarship to the MatadorU online journalism programme, become a Matador correspondent and get the chance to learn first-hand about ocean conservation from activist and Contiki ambassador Céline Cousteau on the tropical shores of Costa Rica. So if you have a passion for writing and protecting the planet then here is the ultimate chance to showcase your skills.

Contiki are asking travel enthusiasts who are keen conservationists to submit their stories about where they feel closest to nature and the 3 winning entrants will travel on a 6-day Costa Rica Unplugged trip with celebrated documentary film maker, adventurer and storyteller, Céline Cousteau this Earth Month (April 2014).

Together with Céline and a respected storyteller from the Matador Network, the winners will visit Contiki Cares latest partnership – the Sea Turtle Conservancy Foundation – and discover how the work they do is instrumental in saving sea turtles from extinction. The three lucky winners will need to have demonstrated their passion, creativity, and skills in photography, film or travel journalism on the competition page (www.contikistorytellers/tumblr.com), to secure a spot on the trip. The competition opens 1st Feb & closes 28th Feb. The winners will be selected by a panel of judges from Contiki, Matador Network & Céline Cousteau.

Contiki has an insatiable appetite for discovering new things in every nook and cranny of the world and with that comes the desire to share those stories with young travellers for decades to come. The three lucky winners will receive a scholarship to the MatadorU online journalism programme, a chance to travel to Costa Rica with Contiki & learn first-hand about ocean conservation from activist & Contiki ambassador Céline Cousteau. Having explored the amazing country that is Costa Rica – from the jungles and rainforests, to the beaches, oceans and working with the Sea Turtle Conservancy – it will be a trip that’s truly about discovery. Through their incredible travel experience & new found journalism skills the winners will be in good stead to become correspondents for the Matador Network, helping spread the word about ocean conservation through authentic travel storytelling.

Your trip of a lifetime is just a story away. Visit www.contikistorytellers.tumblr.com to enter.

For more information on Contiki Care’s sustainability efforts and exciting new projects, please visit contiki.com/contikicares