And the Winner Is…

Well, a few weeks ago, I decided somewhat on a whim to enter Nomadic Matt’s 12-Day Trip to Europe contest. So, I decided it would be funny/embarrassing/heartwarming to write a song about why I wanted to go. Well, as I sat in a coffee shop on campus late one night, a friend of mine suggested that I turn that song into a rap. That’s precisely what I did, and here was the resulting post/video.

And, with great elation and disbelief, I’m here announcing to you that…I WON! When I first found out, I cried. Literally, tears streaming down my face, sobbing my heart out, crying. Then I screamed, ran around, and danced. Then I called all of my friends. Then I cried again, posted a Facebook status, and now I’m here. Today Nomadic Matt posted the official announcement on his website, and the reality really struck me. This is so surreal.

So what does this mean?

Well, it means I’m going to Budapest, Prague, and Vienna this winter with my housing, transportation, and airfare included. It’s real, and it’s happening. I’m hoping to go this December, so if any of you have any suggestions or will be nearby, please let me know! I can’t believe my luck, but I just know that this will be the trip of a lifetime.

Prague —

And what does this mean for you?

I’ll be holding a small (but real!) giveaway right before I depart. The winner will receive something trip-related from me, to be determined in the future. It’s a thank-you to all of YOU who supported me, spoke kind words on my behalf, followed me through my travels this summer, and gave me great ideas for the future. It’s you fellow travelers who inspire me to do these kinds of things.

On a final note,

I’d really like to thank Nomadic MattΒ for this amazing opportunity. He’s a really genuine, intelligent guy who I greatly admire in every way. I’d love to do what he does — traveling for a living. And maybe one day I will. But right now I am thanking him profusely for giving me the gift of travel. It’s truly a blessing that can be hard to come by sometimes. He’s a wonderful blogger and writer, and I hope you’ll stop by his site if you haven’t already and give him the recognition he deserves! GO MATT! πŸ™‚

Anyway, that’s my big news for now. Look out for my Tuesday tips tomorrow! Keep it real, y’all.



  1. Hey, you DID it! Well done πŸ˜€ Look forward to enjoying your travels.

  2. CONGRATULATIONS!!! Your video was incredible, so you definitely deserve the trip. Have a fantastic time!!

  3. Amazing! Congrats, hope you have an amazing time.

  4. Congrats on winning that trip! How cool is that! Ive never won a trip anywhere and winning it from Nomadic Matt, must definitely be an experience you’ll never forget!

    Have the time of your life and post pictures when you get back! I’ll be watching for them! πŸ™‚

  5. Wow congrats to you! Looking forward to following your posts on this trip

  6. Oh my gosh, YAY!!! Congratulations! That’s such an amazing opportunity and well deserved–your entry was very original & real!

    Can’t wait to hear about your trip!

    1. Thank you so much Michelle. You are too kind. I’m extremely excited and can’t wait to share what I see with you! Thanks for stopping by and for your kind comment πŸ™‚


  7. HopeToSeeUInEuropeCongrats

  8. Good luck and congratulations! And thank you for visiting one of my websites. I’ve been to all those places you”re going to. I am right now in Paris and doing travel posts from there at this address: May I also offer you a gift copy of my ebook, Mindful Journeys for kindle. If you’re interested, all I will need is an email address to send it to.

  9. Congratulations! πŸ™‚

  10. Congrats!!!! I went to Vienna and Prague about 10 years ago and absolutely loved it! Prague especially. It’s a great place.

    1. Thanks Erin! I am definitely excited, as I’ve heard amazing things about all three cities! Any suggestions for places to go?


  11. Loving your rap and congrats! Enjoy yourself in Europe!

    1. Thank you so much! I’ll be posting on here throughout πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by my blog and for your kind words!


  12. Congratulations, Kay! i will be waiting for your posts of the three beautiful places that you are about to visit. i have been to the western part of Europe … but i guess, no one will ever have their fill of Europe’s history, culture and people! amazing opportunity for you, Kay, you are blessed! — April

    1. Thank you so much, April! I really appreciate you stopping by as well as your kind words πŸ™‚ Tell me more about your travels in Western Europe — I’m intrigued!


  13. A tiny suggestion for you – if you have some extra time when in Vienna, make the short trip to visit Bratislava also, even for a half day. It’s really near and it’s a quite charming and somewhat underappreciated city.

    But Vienna is amazing with no shortage of wonderful things to see, so I guess it makes no sense to say you’ll have “extra time” there. You’ll just have to choose!


    1. Dara,

      Thanks for the tip! I’m actually looking into train tickets now per your suggestion πŸ™‚


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