The AFAR Media “AFAR Live” Sweepstakes Official Rules


SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY PERIOD: The “AFAR Live” Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”) begins at 12:00:01 AM Pacific Time (“PT”) on April 5, 2017 and ends at 11:59:59 PM PT on April 22, 2017 (the “Sweepstakes Entry Period”). To enter using Method #2 – Facebook, participants may enter as outlined below from the time the Post goes live on Sponsor’s Facebook page on April 20, 2017 through 11:59:59 PM PT on April 22, 2017 (the “Facebook Entry Period”).

ELIGIBILITY: The Sweepstakes is open to legal residents of the 49 continental United States and the District of Columbia, age 18 or older at the time of entry. Void in Hawaii, Puerto Rico, outside the U.S., and wherever else prohibited by law. Employees of AFAR Media (the “Sponsor”) and its subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies and marketing/prize providers (collectively, “Sweepstakes Entities”), and the immediate family members of, and/or those living in the same household of each, are not eligible to enter. Sweepstakes is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations.

ENTRY: During the Sweepstakes Entry Period, Sponsor will post clues to the location of a mystery island country (the “Country”) at (the “Website”), its Facebook page at, and possibly via other media. To enter, participants must submit a guess for the Country’s name using one of the two (2) methods of entry below. Participants will receive one (1) entry into the Sweepstakes for each eligible submission of a guess, regardless of whether his/her guess was correct.

Method #1 – Online: During the Sweepstakes Entry Period, visit the Website and follow all entry instructions to complete the entry form in its entirety, including your guess for the name of the Country and providing your name, email address and zip code, and submit (“Online Entry”). Online Entries must be received between April 5, 2017 at 12:00:01 AM PT and April 22, 2017 at 11:59:59 PM PT.

Method #2 – Facebook: During the Facebook Entry Period, visit, locate one (1) or all of the three (3) video posts by Sponsor announcing a clue for or revealing the location of the Country (each, a “Post”), and post a comment to a Post (the “Facebook Entry”). Facebook Entry posts must not be deleted before May 5, 2017 to be eligible for the drawing. Facebook Entries must be received between the time the Post goes live on Sponsor’s Facebook page on April 20, 2017 and 11:59:59 PM PT on April 22, 2017.

This Sweepstakes is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Inc.

Entrants are subject to all notices posted online including but not limited to the Sponsor’s Privacy Policy.

Limit: One (1) Online Entry per person or email address and one (1) Facebook Entry for each Post during the Sweepstakes Entry Period regardless if entrant has more than one (1) email address or Facebook account, for a maximum of four (4) entries into the Sweepstakes.

 All Online and Facebook Entries (collectively referred to herein as “Entries”) must comply with the following minimum guidelines to be eligible:

  • Entrant must be a registered user of Facebook to submit a Facebook Entry and must comply with the company’s Terms of Use in order to enter the Sweepstakes.
  • Entry cannot contain content that is irrelevant to the purpose of the Sweepstakes.
  • Once a Photo has been submitted, it cannot be modified or deleted by Entrant.
  • Entry cannot be profane, pornographic, sexually explicit or suggestive or contain nudity.
  • Entry cannot be violent or promote firearms/weapons.
  • Entry cannot promote alcohol, illegal drugs or tobacco.
  • Entry cannot defame, misrepresent or contain disparaging remarks about people, brands, products or companies.
  • Entry cannot contain content that defaces or depicts any person, brand, product or company in a negative or inappropriate manner.
  • Entry cannot be obscene or offensive, endorse any form of hate or hate group or be derogatory to any ethic, racial, gender, religious, professional or age group.
  • Entry cannot reference or contain materials embodying copyrighted images, names, likenesses or other indicia identifying any brand, products, company or person, living or dead, without permission.
  • Entry cannot communicate messages or images inconsistent with the positive images and/or goodwill to which Sponsor or Facebook wish to associate.
  • Entry cannot depict illegal activity and cannot itself be in violation of any law.
  • Entry cannot in any way reference persons or organizations without written permission from any person or organization whose name or likeness is used.
  • Entry may not include images or the likeness of a known celebrity, famous or well-known person or any image which violates the right of privacy or publicity of any person.

 By submitting an Entry, the Entrant understands and grants to the Sponsor an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive worldwide license to use his/her Entry, Photo, name, hometown and likeness on the Sponsor’s various websites and social media sites and in advertising and/or promotional activities worldwide without compensation, permission or notification. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole and absolute discretion to alter, change or modify any Entry.

By submitting an Entry, entrant warrants and represents that: (a) Entry does not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other legal or moral rights of any person or entity; (b) entrant owns all rights to the Sweepstakes Entry, including without limitation, copyrights; and (c) entrant will indemnify and hold harmless the Sponsor, Administrator and related entities, agents and assigns from any claims and damages (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) arising from or relating to the breach or alleged breach of your representations and warranties herein, the Entry, or entrant’s conduct in creating the Entry, the acceptance or use of any prize or otherwise in connection with this Sweepstakes.



Grand Prize: One (1) Grand Prize is available to be won. Grand Prize includes a trip for winner and one (1) guest to the Country. The Grand Prize trip includes:

  • Round-trip economy airfare for winner and guest; and
  • Four (4) nights hotel accommodations (single room, double occupancy).
  • Potential Grand Prize winner will be informed of the Country location and hotel at the time of Second or Email Notification, as applicable.

Trip must be booked in advance and completed by April 20, 2018.

Total ARV of Grand Prize: $2,400.

Odds of winning will depend upon the total number of eligible entries received.

RANDOM DRAWING: The potential winner will be selected in a random drawing on or about April 26, 2017 from among all eligible entries received, by an independent agent of the Sponsor whose decisions are final.

 WINNER NOTIFICATION: In the event a potential Grand Prize winner entered via Facebook Entry, such potential prize winner will be notified by Sponsor comment to his/her Facebook Entry post (the “Initial Notification”) on or about Wednesday, April 26, 2017. To begin the prize claim process, a potential winner must respond as instructed to the Initial Notification by following @afarmedia on Facebook and sending a private message to Sponsor’s Facebook account with his/her full name, Facebook username, and email address within 48 hours of the Initial Notification. Any potential prize winner who does not reply to the Notification with the required information and within the specified time period will be disqualified and an alternate winner may be notified. Within three (3) days of confirmation of the information received from a potential winner in response to Initial Notification, such potential winner will receive a second notification (the “Second Notification”) via email from the Sweepstakes Administrator and will be required to sign and return, within five (5) days of the Second Notification, an Affidavit of Eligibility, a Liability Waiver, an IRS W-9 Form and, where allowable, a Publicity Release (collectively, the “Releases”). The Releases will require the potential winner to furnish his/her Social Security Number for the sole purpose of tax reporting, as required by law. Travel companion of winner must be at least 21 years of age and will also be required to sign a Travel Companion Liability & Publicity Release. If the potential winner does not reply to the Initial Notification and/or the Second Notification with the required information and within the specified time period, he/she will be disqualified and an alternate potential winner may be selected in a separate random drawing.

In the event a potential Grand Prize winner entered via Online Entry, such potential prize winner will be notified by the Sweepstakes Administrator via email (the “Email Notification”) on or about Wednesday, April 26, 2017 and required to sign and return, within five (5) days of the Email Notification, the Releases.

Grand Prize will be awarded within 4-6 weeks of winner being verified.

If a winner is otherwise eligible under these Official Rules, but is nevertheless deemed a minor in his or her state of primary residence, the prize will be awarded in the name of winner’s parent or legal guardian who will be required to execute and return the Releases on minor’s behalf, as applicable, and such parent or legal guardian must accompany Grand Prize winner as his/her travel companion on the Grand Prize trip.

If an Initial Notification, Second Notification or Email Notification is returned as undeliverable, or if the selected prize winner fails to claim the prize or if selected winner cannot accept or receive the prize for any reason, or he/she is not in compliance with these Official Rules, the prize will be forfeited and an alternate winner may be selected. Only two (2) alternate winners per available prize may be determined through this process, after which any remaining prizes may remain un-awarded.

PRIZE CONDITIONS: All travel related expenses including but not limited to ground transportation, taxes, gratuities, incidentals, upgrades, insurance, service charges, airport surcharges, departure taxes, hotel, resort or property fees, food & beverage, fuel, excursions and personal expenses including but not limited to telephone/Internet charges and gift shop purchases are the sole responsibility of prize winner. Winner and travel companion must travel on same itinerary. Winner and travel companion must have valid photo ID, passport, or any other required documentation prior to departure. Trip elements and travel are subject to availability. Trip must be booked in advance and trip must be completed by April 20, 2018.

 Photo identification and credit card or cash deposit may be required at any time for incidental charges (e.g., room service, use of telephone/IT services, laundry and all other optional extra services not provided in the Grand Prize). If Grand Prize winner elects to travel or partake in the Grand Prize with no guest, no additional compensation will be awarded. Actual retail value of Grand Prize may vary depending on travel dates and fare/rate fluctuations; any difference in the value of the prize as stated herein and value at time of prize notification or awarding, if any, will not be awarded. All reservations will be made by an agent of the Sponsor. All hotel reservations are based on availability and all holidays may be excluded. Accommodations are subject to availability at time of reservation. Blackout dates, advance booking requirements and travel restrictions may apply. Availability is subject to factors such as weather, seasonality and space availability. Reservations are subject to availability. If weather affects the ability for winner and his/her guest to redeem any portion of prize during the scheduled date and time, then the Sponsor shall have no further obligation to the winner and/or guest other than to supply the remaining elements of the prize package minus the unused portion of prize. If for any reason whatsoever, winner and/or guest are unable to travel after arrangements have been made and paid for, the Sponsor shall have no further obligation to the winner. If Grand Prize is forfeited prior to Sponsor finalizing and paying for travel, and there is sufficient time to notify an alternate winner, the prize may be awarded to an alternate winner in a separate random drawing from among all non-winning eligible entries. Winner and guest are responsible for obtaining the proper travel documentation (e.g., valid photo ID and/or passport) prior to travel. Winner’s guest must be a legal U.S. resident, 21 years or older and must complete and return a Travel Companion Liability Release prior to travel as noted above.

In the event a winner or his/her travel companion engages in behavior that, as determined by the Sponsor in its sole discretion, is obnoxious or threatening, illegal or that is intended to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person, Sponsor reserves the right to terminate the trip early, in whole or in part, and send the winner and his/her guest home with no further obligation. In the event a winner engages in behavior during travel that (as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion) is illegal, tortious, or subjects winner to arrest or detention, Sponsor shall have no obligation to pay any damages, fees, fines, judgments or other costs or expenses of any kind whatsoever incurred by winner as a result of such conduct. SPONSOR AND SWEEPSTAKES ENTITIES SHALL HAVE NO LIABILITY FOR ANY PERSONAL INJURIES, DEATH, PROPERTY DAMAGE, OR OTHER DAMAGES OR EXPENSES RESULTING FROM OR ARISING OUT OF ANY TRAVEL RELATED TO THE PRIZE OR ANY OTHER ASPECT OF GRAND PRIZE WINNER’S ACCEPTANCE OR USE OF THE PRIZE.

Prize is not redeemable for cash. Prizes are non-assignable or transferable. No substitution is permitted except if prize is unavailable, in which case a prize of equal or greater value will be awarded. No cash in lieu of prizes and no exchange or substitution of prizes, except at the sole discretion of the Sponsor. Any other incidental expenses on prize not specified herein are the winner’s sole responsibility.

Winner is responsible for all federal, state, local and income taxes associated with winning the prize. Winner will be required to furnish his/her social security number for the sole purpose of preparation of any tax forms as required by law. Except where prohibited by law, entry and acceptance of prize constitute permission to use winner’s name, prize won, hometown, likeness, video tape, photographs, and statements for purposes of advertising, promotion and publicity (including online posting) in any and all media now or hereafter known throughout the world in perpetuity, without additional compensation, notification or permission.

Winner acknowledges that the Sponsor, the Sweepstakes Entities, and all other businesses involved with this Sweepstakes and their agents do not make, nor are in any manner responsible for any warranty, representations, expressed or implied, in fact or in law, relative the quality, conditions, fitness or merchantability of any aspect of the prize being offered, except that each merchandise prize shall be subject to its manufacturer’s standard warranty (if any).

GENERAL: Participating entrants agree to these Official Rules and the decisions of US Sweepstakes & Fulfillment Company and the Sponsor, and release the Sweepstakes Entities, Facebook, their affiliated companies, and all other businesses involved in this Sweepstakes, as well as the employees, officers, directors and agents of each, from all claims and liability relating to their participation in the Sweepstakes, and the acceptance and use/misuse of the prize offered. Winner assumes all liability for any injury or damage caused or claimed to be caused, by participation in this Sweepstakes or use/misuse or redemption of the prize. Sponsor is not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing of the offer, administration of the Sweepstakes or in the announcement of the prize.

Although subsequent attempts to enter may be received, only the first complete entry received from a particular entrant will be eligible; subsequent attempts by the same person to enter, including entries submitted with an alternate email address, will be disqualified.

If for any reason this Sweepstakes is not capable of running as planned due to an infection by a computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of the Sponsor which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Sweepstakes, the Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process, and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes, at which time, Sponsor will conduct a random drawing from among all eligible entries received at the time of the Sweepstakes termination. The Sponsor assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries. The Sponsor is not responsible for any problems or technical malfunctions of any telephone network or telephone lines, computer on-line systems, servers, or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail or entry to be received by the Sponsor due to technical problems, human error or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any Web site, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to participant’s or any other person’s computer relating to or resulting from participating in this Sweepstakes or downloading any materials in this Sweepstakes. Sponsor is not responsible for incompatibility of entrant’s hardware, software or browser technology.

In the event of a dispute over the identity of an online entrant, entry will be deemed submitted by the “Authorized Account Holder” of the e-mail address submitted by the entrant or the Facebook account from which the entry is submitted. Authorized Account Holder means the natural person to whom the e-mail address or Facebook account is registered. Any entrant or potential winner may be required to provide Sponsor with proof, to Sponsor’s satisfaction, of being the authorized account holder. Entry materials/data that have been tampered with or altered, or mass entries or entries generated by a script, macro or use of automated devices are void. The Sweepstakes Entities are not responsible for: (i) error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operations or transmission, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to or alterations of entry materials, or for technical, network, telephone equipment, electronic, computer, hardware or software malfunctions of any kind, or inaccurate transmission of or failure to receive entry information by Sponsor on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any web site or any combination thereof; or (ii) any injury or damage to entrant’s or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participating in the Sweepstakes. By participating in the Sweepstakes, you (i) agree to be bound by these official rules, including all eligibility requirements, and (ii) agree to be bound by the decisions of Sponsor and the independent sweepstakes administrator, which are final and binding in all matters relating to the Sweepstakes. Failure to comply with these official rules may result in disqualification from the Sweepstakes. Sponsor reserves the right to: (i) permanently disqualify from any Sweepstakes it sponsors any person it believes has intentionally violated these official rules; and (ii) withdraw the online method of entry if it becomes technically corrupted (including if a computer virus or system malfunction inalterably impairs its ability to conduct the Sweepstakes), and to select winner from among all eligible entries received prior to withdrawal.


 DISPUTES: Except where prohibited, entrant agrees that any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of, or connected with, the Sweepstakes or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate court located in the state of California. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, entrant’s rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of the Sponsor in connection with the Sweepstakes, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the state of California without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the State of California or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the state of California. The remedy for any claim shall be limited to actual damages, and in no event shall any party be entitled to recover punitive, exemplary, consequential, or incidental damages, including attorney’s fees or other such related costs of bringing a claim, or to rescind this agreement or seek injunctive or any other equitable relief.


PRIVACY: By entering and providing the required entry information, Entrants acknowledge that the Sponsor may also send information, samples or special offers it believes may be of interest to Entrant, or other information or goods offered by its marketing partners. Personal information collected from online entrants is subject to the Sponsor’s privacy policy, which can be found at

OFFICIAL RULES REQUEST: To request a copy of the Official Rules, see or send a self-addressed, stamped envelope by April 22, 2017, to: AFAR Live Sweepstakes Official Rules Request, PO Box 24566, Rochester, NY 14625-0466.

WINNER CONFIRMATION: For a written confirmation of the winner (available after 04/26/17), send a stamped, self-addressed envelope (no later than 05/24/17), to: AFAR Live Sweepstakes Winner Confirmation Request, PO Box 24566, Rochester, NY 14625-0466.

SPONSOR: AFAR Media, 130 Battery St, San Francisco, CA 94111.

VOID in Hawaii, Puerto Rico and wherever else prohibited.