Shhh – Don’t Spoil the Surprise… Confessions of a Barcelona Holiday Prize Winner

James Morris (Jim to his friends – and we hope BOOM! Holidays might now fall into that category) took a cheeky punt when he purchased his tickets for our very first luxury Barcelona holiday – our second ever live BOOM! Holidays draw.

And… He didn’t tell the Mrs! In similarity to everyone who enters any of our amazing trip-of-a-lifetime competition, Jim knew exactly who he would take, should the numbers fall in his favour.

After all… Who doesn’t hanker to surprise their loved ones by whisking them away on an all-expenses-paid luxury trip to a dream destination?

So, he bought his tickets – and promptly forgot about them

Savvy Jim took full advantage of one of the special ticket offers at the time of entry – a special 2 for 1 purchase. In fact, as he told Jamie after he won, he ended up buying double by mistake – spending a total of £28.00 (and getting a BOGOFF into the bargain). Well, he might have spent more than he intended, but it was certainly a mistake that came good – as he found out when BOOM! called him live on air after his number came up trumps on the 23rd of July 2023.

Jim is obviously a pretty laid-back person. While we know that a huge amount of ticket holders join us for our live Facebook draw (that always takes place at 7.30 pm on the relevant Sunday) – our Jim was totally oblivious to the excitement. However, this made it all the more unforgettable when we called him, because we totally blew him away.

He told us during the call that he’d yet to tell his partner, Lynn. That was certainly going to be a fab conversation and one that Jim was keen to do off air.

The surprise announcement certainly had the desired effect. Lynn was both delighted and amazed when he broke the news and, naturally, the all-important planning discussions began straight away.

Prizeshark was soon in contact.

As always, Prizeshark was on the phone within 48 hours. At BOOM! Holidays, we know that our winners want to get started on the pre-trip prep straight away. This stage is a huge part of every holiday build-up. When to go, where to fly from, what to pack…? The excitement builds from the outset and only gets more intense as departure day draws closer.

As with all of our incredible holiday prizes, Jim and Lynn’s Barcelona trip included the following:

  • Return flights from their chosen airport.
  • All transfers – they’ll be picked up from home, taken to the airport and transferred on arrival to their hotel. (And the same on the way home, naturally).
  • 4-star hotel accommodation. For this Barcelona trip, they were staying at the INNsIDE Barcelona Apolo Hotel – slap bang in the cultural epicentre of the city and just a few minutes’ walk from the famous Las Ramblas.
  • £1000 spending money – in cash, to spend as they liked.

Choosing the perfect time to travel

As the only dedicated holiday giveaway website in the UK, BOOM! Holidays is keen to offer something that makes our already awesome prizes even more unique. From the ‘no-restrictions’ cash spending money to the ‘choose your own travel dates from any time in the 12 months after the draw,’ we make sure our prizes let winners get the most out of their trips without having to find the funds for hard-to-afford extras.

Jim and Lynn had been to the Catalan capital once before. In fact, this was the very reason that Jim entered the draw – he was keen to revisit fond memories of wandering down Las Ramblas, sampling delicious Spanish cuisine and simply soaking up the unique and eclectic architecture of Gaudi’s city.

They decided to wait until the intense heat of the summer was over before taking their trip.
After settling on a departure date of the 26th of September 2023, they had only weeks to wait.

In our humble opinion, the end of September is an ideal time for a Barcelona city break. They would still enjoy balmy summer days, the temperature would be comfortable, and the city would be buzzing but not packed.

They were also delighted to hear that their hotel was right in the heart of the action. The INNsiDE Barcelona Apolo was hand-chosen by us as for its combination of comfort and location:

  • 4-star luxury.
  • An easy stroll to Las Ramblas, the port, the Fira and all the restaurants, shops, museums and art galleries that the city is renowned for.
  • Art exhibition rooms within the hotel.
  • A charming restaurant with terrace for al fresco dining, breakfast coffee or a pre-dinner cocktail.
  • Modern rooms with flat screen TV, private facilities and complimentary toiletries.
  • Fully equipped fitness room.

The BOOM! Holiday difference

Whether you’re a couple going to Barcelona or a family heading to the delights of Disney in Orlando, we include virtually everything you need to have the best time – without dipping into your own savings.

Our city breaks, such as Barcelona, New York and Disneyland Paris, include all the added extras in the price of the ticket. With the BOOM! Big 5 (that’s Orlando, California, the Maldives, Australia and the Caribbean), these uber-trips include all your travel and accommodation, and you can choose to spend a few pounds more to get tens of thousands of pounds of added extras. For example, Emily – one of our Disney winners who bagged an incredible family trip to Orlando – was so glad she spent the mere £3.50 that meant they got every upgrade under the sun. This included swimming with dolphins. Kennedy Space Centre (and a real live rocket launch), unlimited 14-day passes to all the Disney parks and other Orlando must-visit theme parks, £4,000 spending money, car hire and more.

As Emily said,

“I’m so glad I spent that extra £3.50 – I’d never have been able to afford all those extras myself”.

But we digress…

Barcelona… Here we come!

Nothing compares to the excitement that builds as departure date draws near. Jim and Lynn were soon adding to their packing pile, deciding what to take (and – always a hard one – what to leave out!), checking passports and printing off boarding passes.

The 26th of September came fast – and before they knew it their private transfer had rolled up at their front door and they were off…

What happened on tour is a whole other story – and one that you can read here – complete with photos and videos from their incredible BOOM! Holidays Barcelona trip.

And while you’re in the holiday mood…

How do you fancy being in with a chance to be one of our next holiday winners?

Of course, you do… Who doesn’t want to join our ever-growing list of happy BOOM! Holiday winners, such as:

Emily – who won a family holiday to Orlando.
Clive – winner of an amazing trip to New York.
Jo-Anne – the ecstatic winner of a family trip to Disneyland Paris.
And, as the weeks roll by, many, many more…

Whether you want to try your luck for a particular trip or you want to take advantage of the amazing BOOM! Bundle, the easiest way to buy multiple ticket draws to all of our dream destinations, it’s so easy to do.

Simply head over to our Live Draw page and enter in just a couple of clicks. Plus, don’t forget to take full advantage of the many special saver offers, such as the Disney Bundle, 3 for 2, Stack & Save and more…

And then we’ll see you live on Facebook for the draw (or drawers) that you’ve entered. Or, if you can’t make it – don’t worry. Because we might end up surprising you in the same way that we did Jim, with a phone call to tell you that you’re the latest lucky BOOM! Holidays winner.

Whichever way you play it, we wish you the very best of luck…