DoubleTree's New YouTube Channel Could Land You A Free Trip Around the World
The cookie monster's favorite hotel brand, DoubleTree has just launched a new travel-themed social media site called "DTour." Why should you care? Because to promote it, they're giving away six all-inclusive trips around the globe. Yup, free!
The DTour site is like a digital scrapbook, allowing users to post their own stories, photos and videos onto an interactive Google map—thus sharing their travel tips for a particular destination, and possibly being inspired by the experiences of others.
To enter the contest, all you have to do is upload your video onto the map.
According to a promotional video posted on the site, DTour (which was developed in partnership with Google and lives on a YouTube channel) aims to "redefine the way you plan and share your travels" and offer "inspiration to help plan the trip you've always wanted to take."
Some of the travel tips are kinda useful, like a Seattle video showing a 2-acre mountain bike trail built under the I-5. Though others are a little more questionable: do we really need to be cruising the Chicago River with some schmoozy travel talk-show host? Or watching a rerun of a Lonely Planet video about music venues in Nashville? (We'll go ahead and answer that one for you: nope.)
We can't say DoubleTree is doing anything new here. Facebook and Twitter are about all the "travel sharing" social media we can handle right now, and we tend to get great tips on what to do in certain places just by asking our friends or colleagues that are familiar with the destination we're traveling to.
Still, though. If slapping a little video up onto YouTube is all we gotta do to win a free trip, then sure, count us in.
What about you? Will you be contributing to the online DTour "community"? Is this a useful trip-planning tool? Let us know in the comments below!