Sometimes what seems like a great idea gets shot down before it's launched. That's the case with our members-only giveaways.
While there are plenty of companies that would love to provide items for those giveaways, there are dozens of states, and even some countries, that don't want us to give them away as part of our membership package. You no doubt have read many "Void Were Prohibited" warnings, and the more you look for them the more they pop up.
The problem with our giveaways, you see, is the possibility that some states might interpret the $9.95 annual membership dues as an entry fee for being eligible for a giveaway, which was never the intention of the fee. Rather, we saw the giveaways as a benefit to those who support the Traveler for providing national park coverage.
So, until we can figure out a way to comply with the laws in all 50 states, and any foreign countries where the Traveler is read, we're going to have to take that benefit of membership off the board at this time.
We apologize for not investigating the matter more thoroughly before announcing the giveaways as a membership benefit. And while we're sure you'll understand, if anyone who has signed up wants a refund, just let us know by emailing us.
We are continuing to round up businesses willing to offer discounts off lodging, books, trips, so check that page often, as the savings can be substantial!