Imagine how you’d feel if all of your numbers came up in the lottery. Elated, excited, emotional; eager to jump on the next plane to a faraway tropical island, where you’ll be waited on hand and foot by your own personal butler?
I play the lottery most weeks and if I ever won, I’d love to go island-hopping in the Caribbean or take on some of the fearless travel experiences that are on my bucket list at the moment. Unfortunately I’ve never won more than a tenner, but recently, I’ve been trying my luck with lotto betting. Some people believe that Lotto betting can up your chances of winning because it enables you to play the lottery in different countries across the world, instead of being confined to your home country.
You choose your numbers in exactly the same way as you would do when buying a ticket for the national lottery in your home country – but you’re not buying a ticket for the official draw. Instead, lotto betting is carried out via an independent company like Lottoland, which has no ties with any of the lottery operators it works with. Any winnings will also be paid out by Lottoland, as opposed to the lottery operator themselves. So, if you chose to bet on the American Powerball jackpot via Lottoland and you won a cash prize, the pay-out would come from Lottoland, not from the Powerball.
It may sound complicated, but the Lottoland website does a great job of simplifying things, enabling you to place bets on different global lotteries in a matter of minutes. If you set up a subscription, it will even remind you when you need to put your bet on, so you never need to worry about forgetting to buy a ticket again, meaning you can spend more time focusing on where you’d go if you were lucky enough to get your hands on the winning jackpot. If you’re a bingo enthusiast, Lottoland also offers a number of different bingo games. It’s a great idea to consult an online bingo review site to help you make an informed decision about which bingo provider to use.
I asked some fellow travel bloggers where they’d go on holiday if they won the lottery, and here’s what they said:
1) Galápagos Islands, Equador
“One of the most beautiful, one of the most fascinating, but also one of the most expensive places to visit on this planet is the Galápagos Islands. To preserve the stunning wildlife & nature, access to the Islands is severely restricted. These days, it is only feasible to see Galápagos on a cruise. But tickets sell for as much as 5,000 US-Dollar a week and more. If you ever win the lottery, you really should not miss the opportunity to snorkel with turtles, sea lions and manta rays AT THE SAME TIME. I’ve been there, and believe me, it will be more than worth the money spent.”
– Norman Pèlerinage , Années de Pèlerinage luxury and culture travel blog
2) The Maldives
“Once a site of prehistoric underwater volcanoes, the Maldives of today is a high-end luxury destination built upon tropical reefs and island sandbanks. Travelling to the tiny island nation of Maldives is a once in a lifetime dream. Located remotely in the Indian Ocean, there’s simply no destination more romantic for honeymooners and couples. Think postcard perfect beaches, palm tree-fringed shorelines and ocean water that changes tone in every speck of light. Stay in an overwater thatched roof bungalow, swim directly off your ocean-water villa, prepare to indulge and enjoy being pampered like never before. Take pleasure in the endless luxuries that come with an all-inclusive stay. Depending on the location of your luxurious resort, you may even need to be swept up into the tropical skies above to reach island fantasy via an exotic seaplane ride.”
– Kristie Murray,you.theworld.wandering luxury travel and surf blog
“Without a doubt or even a second thought, if I ever bought a lottery ticket and happened to win, I’d be on the next plane back to Mongolia. Yes, that’s right; I would go back and revisit a country. The mere three weeks that I spent in Mongolia was nowhere near enough. Mongolia is a beautifully vast land. Filled with natural beauty, raw rugged landscapes, vast emotions and a nomadic culture that thrives on truly wonderful people. Mongolia has been on the hot spot list of places to travel to in recent years.”
— Jeanette Cheney, Travelling Honey Bird Australian coffee-fuelled adventure travel blog
“Antarctica is my top pick for a destination any lottery winner should visit. The White Continent consistently shows up on many travel wish lists and rightfully so. I dreamt about traveling to Antarctica for years. When it finally happened, it was even better than I had imagined. With a landscape full of glaciers and icebergs, Antarctica is beautiful, stunning, breathtaking and magnificent beyond what any words can describe. Although remote and off the beaten path, there is no shortage of things to do in Antarctica. Lucky visitors have numerous opportunities to view the scenery and the unique wildlife including seabirds, seals, whales and various species of penguins. Antarctica is often described as a once-in-a-lifetime trip, but I’m hoping that wasn’t really the case for me…I would love to travel to Antarctica again.”
— Patti and Matilda, the Travel Sisters cost-savvy travel blog written by two sisters
5) Lake Como, Italy
“Lake Como was one of those destinations I dreamt about when I was younger and never expected to actually see in real life. The lush gardens, green lakes and surrounding forests all seemed to good to be true. While on a weekend trip in Milan I decided to splurge and take a day trip tour to Lake Como, just over an hour away, and it ended up being one of the best decisions ever. There is so much to do in Lake Como and the surrounding area, you could even take an optional tour to Switzerland which is just minutes away.”
— Valerie Orsulak, My One Big Planet global travel and lifestyle blog
6) Colonial Trinidad, Cuba
“Trinidad, in central Cuba, is a beautifully preserved colonial town. Wake up in a local guesthouse or “casa” to the sound of roosters crowing, a tropical breakfast and the aroma of strong Cuban coffee brewing; or chill out at Playa Ancon beach with a local Crystal beer or a smooth Cuban rum poured into a chilled coconut. Then, rent a Hobie Cat and snorkel to the untouched reefs – some of the most pristine in the world – or explore surrounding, uninhabited islands.”
— Talek Nantes, Travels With Talek inspirational culture travel blog (strictly no all-inclusive resorts!)
This post is in partnership with Lottoland.
Which destinations would be on your travel wish list if you won the lottery?