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“Travel Out of Your Comfort Zone” Contest!

As I pack my bags for Andhra Pradesh, Pondicherry and Punjab for the next couple of weeks, I am delighted to announce that it is (almost) raining contests on The Shooting Star! This time, it’s thanks to the kind folks at CupONation, an online retail website that offers discounts and deals for a whole range of products, including Make My Trip, Clear Trip, Expedia and Yatra in the travel category.

What do you win?

A few weeks ago, I asked you through a Facebook poll, what you would most like to win – and those of you that did vote, picked a Flipkart voucher worth INR 8,000 as your top choice. And that’s exactly what you’re winning this month!

Awesome things you could buy with an INR 8,000 Flipkart voucher:

  • A Sony Cybershot camera (of which I’m a proud owner)
  • A Wildcraft backpack for your next trip
  • A non-iPhone smart phone
  • A whole bunch of books and travel goodies

How do you win? 

  • In 300-500 words on your own blog, introduce us to a travel experience that took you completely out of your comfort zone.
  • At the end of your post, include the following to declare your contest entry:

This post is an entry for a contest by CupONation, an online retailer of discount coupons, and The Shooting Star travel blog 

  • Please leave a link to your blog post in the comments section of this post, so we have all the entries in one place.

The winner will be judged by me and the folks at Cuponation, based on how creative and inspirational your entry is.

paragliding bir, bir billing

Flying out of any comfort zones, in Bir!

Brownie Points:

The more you share this contest on your social networks and help me spread the word, the more leverage I get to source more of such awesome prizes for you!

Dates to Note:

The last date to enter the contest is 4th March, 2013 Sunday, 10th March 2013. The contest will close by midnight. THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED.

Winners will be announced through my blog. The best way to stay posted on whether you’ve won is to subscribe to my email updates (on the top right corner of the blog). The winner must contact me by email within a week of the announcement to receive the victory voucher.

So go on, put on your thinking hats, and start writing your way to victory! Good luck!


Full disclosure: Cuponation will sponsor a Flipkart voucher for me in exchange for running this contest on my blog.


UPDATE: 8th April, 2013

Contest Winner Announcement: From losing your way to a monastery in Arunachal Pradesh to skydiving in Mexico, from paragliding to discovering the boundaries of your own state, your entries for this contest have taken me out of my comfort zone; it’s been quite a task picking a single winner for this contest! And so, I have picked two, not one winner. Mini drumroll please…


Dev, whose impromptu adventure took him to the last railway station of India before Pakistan. Read his entry here.

Yash, who lost his way riding his bike in Ladakh, without connectivity or directions. Read his entry here.

Dev and Yash win a Flipkart voucher worth INR 4,000 each!


There were some posts that I wish we had additional prizes for. All I can offer this time is a special mention though, to:

Audrin, who had a close encounter with the Indian military in Tripura. Read his entry here.

Anisha, who fought her fear of heights and touched the sky, literally. Read her entry here.

Luxdeluxtravel, who lost his way to a monastery in the mountains of Arunachal Pradesh. Read his entry here.

Surya, who navigated the ocean without knowing how to swim, and despite being over age 65! Read his entry here.

Thanks everyone for participating in this contest. And join The Shooting Star on Facebook and Twitter to stay posted on future travel contests. Adios!


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  1. Hello Shivya,

    This is my entry for the contest:

    Please do let me know if this post is contest worthy.

    Man you are living the ideal life arent you. I wish I could travel as well but I am still in college and my parents will kick my ass if I did it full time.

    February 12, 2013
  2. Ola! These diaries on Pondicherry might help you when you go there :) Have fun.. would love to hear your stories from that land..

    February 12, 2013
    • Thanks! Shall check it out :)

      February 14, 2013
  3. Hello Shivya,

    Had visited the golden temple 2 years back, but the fog never allowed us to capture some good shots. Stayed in Vizaq(AP) for 10 years, but yes yet to visit Pondicherry. Avid reader of the blog(sorry dont comment often), inspired, and hence am off on my first solo trip to Kolkata for four days. Hoping to go there to just roam about and savor the awesome bengali cuisine, instead of the actual touristy stuff.

    My out of comfort travel was to the RLD in Amsterdam. This is an old post, even if it doesn’t qualify please do read. It was one great experience!

    February 13, 2013
  4. Here is my experience of out of comfort zone travel … Hope You like it….

    February 14, 2013
  5. Hi Shivya,

    About travelling out of comfort zone, this is my story.

    We were on the bikes for 4 days covered 1500 kms in monsoon, witnessed beautiful countryside of North Karnataka, beaches of Goa, explored green & wet forest in Western Ghats and long walk on railway track of Dhudhsagar.
    Most hoorible part of journey was riding bike for continously for 12 hours from 7pm to 7am. We covered more than 600 kms that night on bikes. My face took 3 days for coming in original colour after that ride.

    so here is my entry. It is in a series of Day1, 2 & 3. I am giving link of last day of journey, if u want to check out other days you can follow the links at the bottom of the post.

    February 14, 2013
  6. sumthingofeverything #

    February 14, 2013
  7. Hi shivya, Please finsd my blogspot below

    This post is an entry for a contest of CupONation, an online retailer of discount coupons and the Shooting Star Travel Blog

    February 15, 2013
    • Mayank, you need to include that message “This post is an entry for…” at the end of your blog post. Not in the comments here :)

      February 15, 2013
      • Hahaha…I guess when i saw the contest while travelling, you literally put me “out of my comfort zone” and the excitement level ensured i dont read it correctly..:P ..

        February 16, 2013
  8. Hi shivya,

    Here is another entry for the blog..Trek to Dhak Bahiri..which totally took me out of my comfort zone

    This post is an entrybfor a contest of CupONation which is an online discount for online stoees and The shooting star blog
    CupONation which oddwrs

    February 15, 2013
  9. Hi

    Please find my entry for the contest. This is the description (in 500 words) of us getting lost in Laddakh and returning (fortunately):

    February 16, 2013
  10. Hi Shivya,

    My first major full-out Himalayan trek to Roopkund left all of us, including me, totally overwhelmed with half of us not even completing it.

    Here is my entry to that story


    February 19, 2013
  11. nice click……………

    February 19, 2013
  12. hi
    this is vaisakhi and this is my entry for the contest

    came across the contest through DNA paper and loved it
    do lemme know if my post is worth as an entry for the contest

    thank you in advance.

    February 20, 2013
  13. Hi Shivya

    My entry to the competition titled “Back In One Piece”
    The link :

    February 22, 2013
  14. Hi Shivya!

    Is it okay if the word count is a little under 600? (Pretty please!)

    February 23, 2013
  15. neethu #

    hey shivya,this is the link of my entry

    February 23, 2013
  16. Hey Shivya, this is the link of my entry

    February 24, 2013
  17. This is my write up!

    Thanks so much for this competition! It made me remember a holiday from ages ago and I was really happy while writing the post.

    February 25, 2013
  18. Hey Shivya,

    Here is what I call “An Adventure in Arunachal.”

    Thanks for the opportunity.

    February 27, 2013
  19. Hi Shivya,

    This is the link to my Blog where I share my recent experience of the Maha Kumbh Mela


    February 28, 2013
  20. Hey! U must have reached Thailand by now (my dream destination- SE Asia!) Have fun.
    Here’s my entry for ur contest-

    Your deadline made me finally pen down my experiences and post it!
    You are doing an awesome job! Keep travelling, keep smiling!

    March 4, 2013
  21. Hi Shavya,
    Why does every one imagine that travel- fun is only meant for the ‘young’. After retirement and in the last 9 years (now 71 ), I have travelled alone around, Western Europe, Thailand, Singapore and Australia. This one for the competition is a short piece from one of my experiences in 7 weeks down under.

    It is titled : ” SNORKELLING BY A NON-SWIMMER” and posted on my Blogsite at:-

    The necessary entry that it is for a contest by CupONation, an online retailer of discount coupons, and The Shooting Star travel blog, has been made at the end of that Post.
    Brig Surya

    March 4, 2013
  22. kroswami #


    Typed furiously to get past the midnight deadline. Read the updated deadline after finishing the piece. Story of my life.


    March 5, 2013
  23. Hi Shivya,

    Here is my entry. Travel that took me out of my comfort zone.

    As this is first time i have wriitten about my travel experience,Please let me know any feedback if you have for me. :) Thanks :)

    March 5, 2013
  24. Hello ,

    Here is my entry ::

    I don’t use other blogging sites to write blogs , i like FB notes .So i can manage it from single site.
    Hope that will not matter.


    March 5, 2013
  25. Here’s my entry for the contest

    Hope you enjoy reading it!

    March 5, 2013
  26. Hey Shivya,

    Another entry for the contest

    I must say, that I enjoyed writing these posts.. It took me back to great memories!

    March 5, 2013
  27. Dev #

    Can we re-post (redo) an old post?

    March 6, 2013
  28. Dev #

    Hey Shivya

    Here’s my entry for the competition –

    I hope it can inspire others and me (again) to run out of my comfort zone ;-)

    March 8, 2013
    • Hey Dev,
      Wonderfully written piece. Loved the pace of the article and the eccentricities of the two guys. The realization that you both reached the LAST station of Indian soil was – heartening and intriguing :)

      March 11, 2013
  29. Hi Shivya,
    I have posted one more at my Blog site, titled: “Majesty of Mush During Travels!” at :-

    This is my second one for the competiton.
    Brig Surya

    March 10, 2013
  30. Who was finally the winner?

    April 4, 2013
  31. Winner ?

    April 7, 2013
  32. anishajayadevan #

    Thanks for the special mention!!

    Congrats to Dev and Yash.

    April 9, 2013
  33. Congratulations Dev and Yash!
    And Thanks Brig Surya for showing us that age will never be a barrier!

    April 10, 2013

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