Hotel Hell Vacation Story Contest on HomeAway

I grew up with the Griswolds Vacation movies. In fact I sometimes thought we were the Griswolds, especially when we set off on our annual family vacation. Now that I’m a parent, I see the humor in travel with kids as we’ve even had our own travel mishaps, just like the recent Hotel Hell Vacation by

I’ve been to Grand Bahama Island on a family vacation where we ended up in an ant filled hotel room. In fact, that one particular trip set me on the travel writing path so that I could help other families avoid these types of situations.

My husband and I purchased one of those travel agent specials for a romantic getaway to Cancun. You know the trip I’m referring to – the last-minute too-good-to-be-true-because-you-can-actually-afford-it package. I even once traveled on a comped media press trip that turned out to be the worst hotel in St. Louis, MO. In fact, a fellow writer threatened to take an early flight out because the lodging was so unacceptable.

Do you have a similar “hotel hell” story to share?

HomeAway – the world’s leading online vacation rental marketplace – is asking travelers to share their stories of hotel horrors in the form of a text, photo or video entry between now and March 2 for the chance to win one of four $10,000 family vacations at a private, spacious HomeAway vacation rental.

Contest entries will be voted on by the general public, and finalists will be judged by the king and queen of travel mishaps – Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo, who recently reprised their roles as Clark and Ellen Griswold from “National Lampoon’s Vacation” for a new HomeAway advertising campaign. Watch the full episode below.

Be sure to visit to enter your travel mishap story.

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  1. I am glad to hear i am not the only one with a horrible story. I have a few stories to tell but I am still building my website using When it is done you won’t belive the horror I had twice!

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