The Trip: 2014 Prizes

What does a $100,000 trip get you? Two first-class tickets to Barcelona, $25,000 spending money -- and a whole lot more.

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Revelers throw tomatoes on each other during the world's biggest tomato fight at La Tomatina Festival in Bunol, Spain. 960 1280

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Up to 45,000 people from all over the world descend on the small town near Valencia, Spain, each year. 960 1280

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Approximately 100 tons of rotten and over-ripe tomatoes are thrown in the streets. 960 1280

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The weeklong festival kicks off on the last Wednesday in August, and includes music, parades, dancing, fireworks and food (other than tomatoes). 960 1280

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No one knows why Tomatina started, but one popular theory dates its origins to a parade back in 1944 or 1945 in which young men started a brawl and armed themselves with tomatoes from a nearby vegetable stand. 960 1280

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Banned by Spanish dictator Francisco Franco for lacking religious significance, the festival returned in the 1970s, and is in honor of the town's patron saints, Luis Bertran and the Mare de Deu dels Desemparats (Mother of God of the Defenseless), a title of the Virgin Mary. 960 1280

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Around 11 a.m., the first event begins in the center of town, Plaza del Pueblo, where trucks have hauled in over 100,000 tomatoes. 960 1280

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Officially, the fight begins after the palo jabón, a 2-story greased pole with a ham at the top -- although the festivities will start whether or not a climber knocks the prized ham off the pole. 960 1280

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Shopkeepers use huge plastic covers on their storefronts in hopes of protecting them from the festival’s tomato-splashed aftermath. 960 1280

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Tomatina lasts for exactly 1 hour, signaled by the firing of water cannons. Fire trucks then spray down the streets to flush away the tomato residue. 960 1280

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Samantha Brown in Spain

Samantha Brown in Spain

"One day I would love to have you over to my vacation home in Spain where we just put in a new pool (sigh). I'm actually at an amazing resort (and I've been to a few) called Finca Cortesin." – Samantha Brown
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Anthony Melchiorri on a boat

Anthony Melchiorri on a boat

"My sailboat out to (the island of) Tagomago (off the east coast of Ibiza, Spain) ... Girl not included." – Anthony Melchiorri 960 1280

  

Don Wildman with a snake

Don Wildman with a snake

"As you enter the Marrakech souk, the snake charmers are at work." – Don Wildman 960 1280

  

Samantha Brown in a spa pool

Samantha Brown in a spa pool

"Do I have to come out? Enjoying a soak in the 'close to fantasy' spa called Aire de Sevilla. Its Arab and Roman baths allow you to swim and sweat thru the rooms of a 16th century villa." – Samantha Brown 960 1280

  

View from Mallorca, Spain

View from Mallorca, Spain

"The view from my room at La Residencia in Mallorca, Spain."- Anthony Melchiorri 960 1280

  

Don Wildman

Don Wildman

"When we land, the big puffy part on my backsides’ going to protect my sacrum, which is scary to me." – Don Wildman 960 1280

  

Don Wildman

Don Wildman

"Okay, guess what? That was a blassssssstt!!"- Don Wildman 960 1280

  

Samantha Brown in Seville

Samantha Brown in Seville

"Nothing quite so romantic as a midnight stroll in the soft warm rain in Seville."- Samantha Brown 960 1280

  

Anthony Melchiorri on Tagomago Island

Anthony Melchiorri on Tagomago Island

"My own Tagomago Island in Spain’s Balearic Islands -- Only 250,000 euros a week." - Anthony Melchiorri 960 1280

  

Don Wildman and a sports car

Don Wildman and a sports car

"Rattled but relieved to have returned the car to its owner in one solid piece. Even the transmission still worked. Me, not sure yet."- Don Wildman 960 1280

  

Samantha Brown

Samantha Brown

"One of the highlights of The Trip was checking into my hotel and finding out it had a rooftop bar overlooking the Cathedral. I had front row seats with a nice glass of Rioja." – Samantha Brown 960 1280

  

Anthony Melchiorri on a bed overlooking the ocean

Anthony Melchiorri on a bed overlooking the ocean

"I am not leaving Tagomago. As I write this I have chained myself to this bed!" – Anthony Melchiorri 960 1280

  

Don Wildman enjoys a meal in Morocco

Don Wildman enjoys a meal in Morocco

“Great meal among friends, plus we get to stretch out on carpets." – Don Wildman 960 1280

  

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