Get Paid $1,000 to Take a Tech-Free Vacation in Joshua Tree

When was the last time you unplugged for a few days? Studies show that the average American spends more than 11 hours per day connected to some kind of media. That doesn’t leave much time for actually living!

It’s time to disconnect. It’s time for a digital detox. is giving one lucky person a tech-free, three-day vacation to Joshua Tree National Park along with $1,000 in cash. The prize package—valued at up to $2,300—can go only to someone who agrees to give up using any tech devices for two of the three days. (In true millennial style, you can pull out your tech on the last day to document and share your experience.)

Think you can hack it?

Where your adventure begins

You’ll be traveling miles away from the noise, Wi-Fi, and general hubbub of life. Joshua Tree is a rugged desert in Southern California filled with (you guessed it!) the iconic Joshua trees that U2 made famous in the ‘80s.

Joshua Tree image

If selected, we’ll put you up in a cozy, retro Airbnb, complete with hammocks for stargazing. Oh, and did we mention air conditioning, a hot tub, a pool, and running water? We don’t expect you to become a survival expert—we just want to give you a break from tech.

At the Airbnb, you’ll also have access to a clubhouse, showers, and an outdoor kitchen and grill. So pick up some groceries and a few bottles of wine on your way in so you can truly chillax. Once you arrive at this quaint 1970s Airbnb resort, you might never want to leave.

What to do instead of looking at your phone

Instead of hunching over your tech devices all day, you can explore nearby hiking trails, take a dip in the pool, read a book, meditate, relax in the hammock, and watch the stars.

Without your tech, you might feel a little lost. That’s okay. There’s no cellphone reception in Joshua Tree, so that will help curtail the temptation. You’ll have to use your self-control to stay off the Wi-Fi though.

It won’t be for long. After two days and nights without technology (which will include not using a cellphone, laptop, the internet, TV, or any music-playing device), you can reconnect the final day of your stay to record your experience. We’ll be waiting to hear all about it.

Prize package details

The lucky winner will snag a free three-night stay for one to two people at an Airbnb in Joshua Tree National Park, $1,000 in cash, and a stipend of up to $1,000 for travel and food expenses. In total, the prize package is valued at up to $2,300.

And don’t worry about the timing—if you’re selected, you can pick the dates that work best for your schedule sometime in the next 12 months.

How to enter

Does this sound like something you need in your life? Sweet! Submit your application telling us why you’re the perfect candidate for the Digital Detox Challenge. Maybe you’re addicted to social media. Maybe you’re a total news junkie. Or maybe you haven’t taken a true vacation in years without checking in at work. Whatever your relationship with tech, we want to hear from you.

Apply for the challenge.

We’ll select the winner after August 26, 2019. You’ll be notified by email if you’re chosen. Good luck!

Terms and Conditions digital detox challenge terms and conditions

  1. The promoter of this competition is whose principal office is located at 5202 W. Douglas Corrigan Way, Salt Lake City, Utah 84116.
  2. Employees of or their family members or anyone else connected in any way with the competition or helping to set up the competition shall not be permitted to enter the competition.
  3. Persons must be at least 18 years old, or otherwise have reached the age of majority under the laws of the state where you reside, in order to participate.
  4. Only residents of the United States are eligible to participate.
  6. There is NO ENTRY FEE AND NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER THIS COMPETITION. Any purchase or consideration otherwise given by entrants will not improve one’s chances of winning.
  7. Route to entry for the competition and details of how to enter are available via Individuals may enter to win by clicking on the participation link on’s website. Upon clicking the participation link, entrants will be asked to provide their name and contact information so that can notify the winner of the results.
  8. Closing date for entry will be August 26, 2019. After this date, no further entries to the competition will be permitted.
  9. Only one winner will be selected from the entire pool of eligible entries.
  10. The winner will be notified by email and/or letter within 7 days at the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or does not claim the prize within 10 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.
  11. The winner specifically acknowledges that the prize package shall be provided and fulfilled by, and that the contest is in no way affiliated with Airbnb.
  12. will notify the winner when and where the prize can be collected.
  13. The winner will receive the prize either mailed or hand-delivered to the winner.
  14. No cash alternative to the prize will be offered. The prize is not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and reserves the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.
  15. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current federal and state data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.
  16. will provide $1,000 in wages, as well as up to $1,000 for food and transportation. $400 will be paid upfront and the remaining $600 in wages will be paid upon completion.
  17. The selected winner must stay at the designated Airbnb for two nights without technology and one night with technology in order to be paid $1,000 in income.
  18. The winner’s name will be available 28 days after closing date by sending a stamped addressed envelope to the following address:
    5202 W. Douglas Corrigan Way
    Salt Lake City, Utah 84116
  19.’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Edited by Cara Haynes

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