Expedia.ca Evolving the Way Canadians Think about Travel

    -- Leading Canadian online travel service introduces Canadians to
    Life-Changing Travel --

    TORONTO, Sept. 22 /CNW/ - Canadians who have always dreamed of a
life-changing travel adventure now have the opportunity to make their dream a
reality with Expedia.ca's Life Changing Travel contest. Beginning today until
October 24, Canadians can visit www.lifechangingtravel.ca to upload a short
video describing their ultimate life-changing travel experience for a chance
to take their desired trip this fall/winter, courtesy of Expedia.ca.

    What is life-changing travel?

    The basic definition of "travel" is to go from one place to another, but
travel can mean so much more and many travellers return from a trip as
different people. Whether it enables self-discovery, helps one overcome
adversity or make a difference in the world, a life-changing trip holds the
promise of opening people's eyes to a world of possibilities.
    "Travel is a powerful thing - whether it's an all-inclusive vacation on
the beach, a road trip across the country or an ocean cruise - every trip has
the potential and power to change your life," says Jamie Zeppa, award-winning
Canadian author of Beyond the Sky and the Earth: A Journey into Bhutan. The
experiences brought on by travel can alter a traveller's views on life and
change their perspective; broaden their understanding of the world and its
people while introducing them to new cultures, foods, music and beliefs.
    A panel of expert judges, including author Jamie Zeppa, will evaluate all
video submissions based on whether the proposed trip enables self-discovery,
helps to overcome adversity and/or makes a difference in the world. Three
lucky winners will be selected and contacted in late October. Visit
www.lifechangingtravel.ca for full details.

    Here are some tips from Expedia.ca for inspiring life-changing travel:

    -   Follow your gut. Plan to visit a place that you have a feeling for;
        maybe it's a country you've always felt inexplicably drawn to, a city
        that you absolutely love, or a place that you've been curious about
        since childhood. Do your research and choose a trip that feels right
        for you.

    -   Write it down. Though your experiences may seem unforgettable, even
        the best memories can fade with time. Keep a travel journal to
        capture the daily details of your trip - think about what you see,
        hear, taste and smell - so that you can reflect on your trip when you
        return home.

    -   More than words can say. Writing is not for everyone. If keeping a
        journal doesn't suit you or your trip, try something else. Instead,
        make lists of your favourite cafés or restaurants, the best spots to
        watch the sunset, or descriptions of photos you've taken. Try
        sketching too, and don't be discouraged if you're not a natural
        artist. Sometimes sketching can be the best way to record experiences
        and feelings that cannot be captured through text.

    -   Take the bad along with the good. Just remember that the challenges
        you face on a life-changing trip are part of the adventure. Sometimes
        getting lost isn't such a bad thing!

    -   Continue your journey. Your journey doesn't have to end when your
        trip does. There is so much more you can learn about yourself when
        you return home. Take the time to reflect on your experiences, gain
        new perspectives and let yourself be transformed.

    About Expedia.ca

    Expedia, Inc. operates Canada's most visited full-service online travel
service, Expedia.ca(TM). To help Canadians plan and book travel, Expedia.ca
provides the best combination of scheduled and charter flights, car and hotel
reservations, vacation packages, destination activities, cruises, trip
insurance and traveller-authored content. Expedia.ca customers are supported
by customer support agents available 24 hours a day, seven days a week via a
toll-free number and email response.

    Expedia.ca, Expedia and the Airplane logo are either registered
trademarks or trademarks of Expedia, Inc. in Canada and/or other countries.
Other logos or product and company names mentioned herein may be the property
of their respective owners.

    (C) 2008 Expedia, Inc. All rights reserved.

For further information:

For further information: or to schedule an interview with award-winning
author Jamie Zeppa, please contact: Denise Dias, Noor Marzook, Edelman, (416)
979-1120 x 334, 239, Denise.Dias@Edelman.com, Noor.Marzook@Edelman.com

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