Gnome nabs New Yorker for around-the-world adventure - McKinney

Gnome nabs New Yorker for around-the-world adventure

November 29, 2012

Travelocity and McKinney are thrilled to announce the winner of the Great Gnome Nabbing contest. Out of nearly 1,000 video submissions the Travelocity Roaming Gnome nabbed Ashley Castle from her home in New York, N.Y. to take her on an adventure of a lifetime worth $65,000. Castle has been dreaming of leaving her office job to explore the world, and the Roaming Gnome is making that dream a reality today.

“When I first heard about The Great Gnome Nabbing contest I knew I had to enter,” explains Castle. “It is a dream come true to travel around the world with the Roaming Gnome. As I leave my day job to take on this adventure, I look forward to seeing where my travels take me.”

Beginning September 30, travel enthusiasts like Castle, from across the country submitted videos to the Roaming Gnome explaining why they should be nabbed and taken on an around-the-globe trip. Castle leveraged social media to spread the word about The Great Gnome Nabbing and to ultimately earn the most consumer votes out of all Top 10 Finalists. The trip for Castle and her guest, Jeanne Grabowski, features business class flights across five continents, first-rate accommodations, unforgettable sights and the opportunity to make a difference with Travelocity Travel for Good volunteer activities.

Castle was surprised by the Roaming Gnome with a knock at her door and she is now setting out on the first leg of her around-the-globe adventure.

Consumers are invited to guess the stops on Castle and Grabowski’s adventure along the way to be entered to win $1,000 toward a trip of their own. Clues will be posted on Travelocity’s new Facebook app, Let’s Roam, and eligible participants can enter once a day, every day.

“I have the most lovely things planned for my trip with Ashley and Jeanne – fine hotels, exciting adventures, exotic destinations!” explained the Roaming Gnome.

The other nine finalists of The Great Gnome Nabbing video contest received $2,000 to be used toward a vacation of their choosing. You can view Ashley’s award winning video “Gnome…Let’s Roam—Texas Style!” by clicking on the link.