A Utah company wants to pay someone to go to Joshua Tree — if they can give up tech

By Lauren Bennett, | Posted - Aug 1st, 2019 @ 9:02am

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SALT LAKE CITY — A Salt Lake company is looking to give one lucky person $1,000 to enjoy three days at Joshua Tree National Park. The only catch? Whoever wins has to give up all technology — TV, laptop, phones, etc. — for two of the three days and afterward report about their tech-detox experience using a satellite internet connection.

In addition to the $1,000, the lucky winner will also receive up to $1,000 for transportation and food costs. The sponsoring company,, is an online resource designed to help people compare satellite internet providers in their area, according to a news release from the company.

Applications for the experience are open now and run until Aug. 26. Once a winner is chosen, that person will have one year to choose which three days works best for their schedule to take the trip.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old to enter and live in the U.S., although it is free to enter.

"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," the news release states.

While the contest isn't affiliated with Airbnb in any way, the winner will stay at one. The designated Airbnb is equipped with a hammock, air conditioning, running water, a pool and hot tub.

"We don’t expect you to become a survival expert — we just want to give you a break from tech," the news release explains.

There's also a clubhouse, showers and an outdoor kitchen and grill at the Airbnb.

"Once you arrive at this quaint 1970s Airbnb resort, you might never want to leave," the news release warns.

Those interested in applying for the trip can find more details here.


Lauren Bennett

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