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Kerala Blog Express 4th Edition Now Looking for 30 Bloggers for a 15 - Day All Expense Paid Trip to India

Credit to Kerala Tourism

I really wanna go to India so bad after  being part of their local events here in Manila that promote  its culture. From joining the 2nd Philippine International Day of Yoga to celebrating the Holi Festival in Manila and watching movies shot in India, I have fallen in love with this country. As a blogger, what could be much better way to see India than join a two - week all expense paid trip offered by Kerala Tourism, the official tourism organization of India. I have previously been to a 12 - day fam trip called Trip of Wonders of Ministry of Tourism of Indonesia and it was perfect! 

It's every blogger's dream to be part of a fam trip organized by a tourism body! That is why I would like to share this to those who are head over heels dreaming of travelling to India. Unlike other tourism bodies that do the search through recommendation and silent process, Kerala Tourism is a mix of everything. There's votation part but the website says there are other criteria too to be considered. 

Here's a copy pasted FAQ from the official website of Kerala Tourism.

What is Kerala Blog Express?
Kerala Blog Express is an initiative by Kerala Tourism that offers travel bloggers a never before opportunity to take part in a two-week road trip through Kerala.

Who can participate in Kerala Blog Express?
Travel, lifestyle and food bloggers, photographers and Vloggers can participate in KBE.

Should I be a blogger to participate?
Yes, you should be an active travel blogger to participate in KBE.

How do I participate in this contest?
Sign up with Facebook and complete the form for initial review
Once approved, your profile will be up for voting. Share your profile with friends and followers
A panel of judges will make the final call for the participants of Kerala Blog Express.

What is the selection process?
The number of votes you get along with your social media reach will be considered by our judges for the final selection

What are the criteria for selection
Country of origin, number of votes received, social media reach, quality of the blog and how the blog ranks in search engines will be taken into account. Voting is only one of the criteria. More votes will increase your chance of getting selected.

Can I bring my partner/spouse for this trip?
No, we do not allow partners to accompany participants for the trip.

What is the duration of the trip?
It will be a two-week trip which will cover Kerala from South to North.

Can I plan the itinerary?
You are welcome to suggest places for the trip. We will consider your suggestions while finalizing the itinerary.

How many bloggers will be selected?
The number of bloggers selected will depend on the number of seats available in the luxury coach.

What are the benefits included in this trip?
Food, accommodation and travel throughout Kerala will be borne by us.

What are the benefits excluded in this trip?
Airline tickets*, visa expenses and personal expenses. *Please see the FAQ on airline tickets for the details on reimbursement

Will I get reimbursement for airline tickets?
70% of the total airfare or 1000 USD, whichever is less, will be reimbursed by us at the end of the road trip.

Will I be provided with an Internet connection?
Wi-Fi will be provided in most places to share your experiences on the go.

What am I supposed to do during the trip?
As a travel enthusiast, you need to blog about your experiences during the Kerala Blog Express. It includes stay, activities as well as mentioning brand association etc. Online engagement through social media like Facebook, Twitter, Blog and Instagram will be required. More information will be shared during the briefing session before the start of the trip.

What is the type of accommodation provided?
Your accommodation will be arranged in top category hotels and resorts across Kerala.

What is the mode of transport?
You will be travelling in a luxury coach.

Do I get Travel Insurance?
You have to take your own insurance for the trip.

Will I be able to go back mid-way through the trip?
Although we cannot force you to stay with us, we hope you will be with us till the end of trip.

I had registered last year. Can I do it this year?
Yes; however previous winners cannot participate.

When is the trip happening?
The trip is tentatively scheduled to happen from March 14th, 2017. (Subject to change)

When will the voting end?
The voting for Kerala Blog Express will end on January 10th, 2017.

This is a worldwide search. Good luck to those who will be joining :)