07.19.2016Personal Tech

Follow top travel and food enthusiasts as they visit rural U.S. destinations

By: Karen Smith
You are invited to follow #VZConnectingUS and enter to win prizes
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You may rely on Verizon’s network to keep you connected at the beach, by the pool or wherever your summer travel takes you. Now, Verizon invites you to follow three top social media travel and food enthusiasts as they venture off-the-beaten path to find hidden travel gems from the icy stretches of Alaska over the mountains of Idaho to the easternmost shores of Maine.

All will stay connected and share their experiences via Verizon’s 4G LTE network and the network coverage of local companies participating in Verizon’s LTE in Rural America (LRA) program.* You can follow the trio’s adventures on social as they upload photos and videos along the way.

Share your summer photos and enter to win

You are invited to follow each influencer and share your own summer photos with them using the #VZConnectingUS hashtag for a chance to win some amazing tech gear and accessories from Verizon. No purchase is necessary to win and each influencer will run a separate sweepstakes (see details below each influencer).

Clint Johnston, TripHackr (Alaska)

This global traveler finally checks off his 50th state. While Clint has traveled globally to more than 100 countries, he had only visited 49 U.S. states – untilTripHackr today. He will be in Alaska for a ten-day adventure venturing from Anchorage to the Wrangell-St. Elias National Preserve/Park area to Fairbanks. Clint will stay connected with the wireless networks of Verizon, Copper Valley Telecom and the Matanuska Telephone Association. You can read more about Clint’s adventures and money-saving tips on his blog and social channels.

Follow Clint on Twitter @Triphackr; Instagram @Triphackr; and Facebook.

Enter to win a Drone 7/19 – 8/4: Embarking on summer travel adventures? Follow @Triphacker on Twitter or Instagram and share your summer photo with #VZConnectingUS #SweepstakesTH to be entered for a chance to win a AR.Drone 2.0 Elite Edition - Snow Version. No purchase necessary. Must be legal U.S. resident, 18 years or older. Void where prohibited. For more details on the sweepstakes and official rules, click here. Sweepstakes is open 7/19 – 8/4.

Stephen Valido, Naked Planet (Idaho)Naked Planet

Stephen will take his love of the outdoors to Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains near Stanley, after a stop in Sun Valley. Follow Stephen as he climbs the tallest peak in the state and rafts down the Salmon River, all while staying connected via Verizon and Custer Telephone Cooperative’s network. Stephen founded Naked Planet in 2012 as a way for like-minded individuals to celebrate their passion for travel and sustainability. Since then, Naked Planet has amassed more than 2.7 million followers and a trove of photography and film that captures aspects of nature, wildlife, and human culture.

Follow Stephen on Instagram @nakedplanet @StephenValido and Facebook.

Enter to win a GoPro 7/19-8/11: Taking some scenic or nature photos in your summer travels? Follow @NakedPlanet on Twitter or Instagram and share a photo with #VZConnectingUS #SweepstakesNP to be entered for a chance to win a GoPro Hero 4 Silver Edition. No purchase necessary. Must be legal U.S. resident, 18 years or older. Void where prohibited. For more details on the sweepstakes and official rules, click here. Sweepstakes is open 7/19 – 8/11.

Food52 (Maine)

Food52’s trip to “Down East” Maine will uncover some of the best local culinary spots and uniquely Maine experiences within the Wireless

Food52

Partners and Verizon network. The Food52 team shares the stories of local artisans and curate crowd-sourced recipes for an audience of more than three million. As a site that is focused on using technology to find new and better ways to connect people around their specific food interests.

Follow Food52 on Twitter @Food52; Instagram @food52; and Facebook.

Enter to win a Tablet 7/19 – 8/18: Enjoying some delicious fare in your summer travels? Follow @Food52 on Twitter or Instagram and share a photo with #VZConnectingUS #SweepstakesF52 to be entered for a chance to win a Galaxy Tab® E (8.0”). No purchase necessary. Must be legal U.S. resident, 18 years or older. Void where prohibited. For more details on the sweepstakes and official rules, click here. Sweepstakes is open 7/19 – 8/18.

*Through the Verizon LRA program, 21 local companies lease 225,000 miles of spectrum for Verizon and provide 4G LTE networks to 2.7 million people.

 

Karen Smith is a corporate communications manager for network and customer experience. She writes about Verizon’s network improvements, third-party testing and the LTE in Rural America (LRA) program.