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Today’s post is a little bit different than usual, but something I am pretty excited about! Do you ever wonder about your origins? My mom has always been really into genealogy and spent years tracing our family history back – to the point where we learned that both of my parents had very distant relatives on the Mayflower. My dad’s relative was actually employed by my mom’s relative, which I think is so cool and funny! But I am a naturally very curious person and have always wondered what my DNA results would look like, so when 23andMe reached out, I jumped at the opportunity. I have a general idea of what my results will look like (mostly English/German – I think?) but I don’t know much more than that.
I just sent my DNA kit back this week and will be reporting back on the results in the coming month or two (!!!) but in the meantime, 23andMe is running an amazing sweepstakes, with prizes valued at up to $20,000! 23andMe’s Golden23SM Sweepstakes is giving 23 custom trips to 23 winners, based on the winners’ individual DNA results. You can enter two ways – Buy a 23andMe kit, or enter (here!) for a free online chance to win. The trip is all expenses paid (airfare, hotel, custom itinerary, etc)… talk about a trip of a lifetime!!!
Ends 8/3/17. No purchase necessary. Visit this page for official rules.*
23andMe is a personal genetic service that helps you understand what your 23 pairs of chromosomes (your DNA) say about your health, traits and ancestry. When you take their test you will receive a snapshot view of your DNA with more than 75 detailed reports on their health, traits and ancestry! You’ll be able to see the percentage breakdown of your ancestry from 31 different populations. Maybe you’ve always know you’re part Irish, part German, and part Japanese. But what if your DNA results told you that you were also part Finnish and part African? What would you do? (Hint: Plan a trip??)
To me, it would make such a difference knowing that a place that I’m visiting is actually a part of my own DNA/cultural history… it makes you more invested! I mean, I will pretty much use any excuse I can to travel more, but in this case, knowing your own ancestry, and planning a trip around those results will make it even more meaningful. It isn’t just about checking off tourist sites… it becomes about understanding yourself a little bit better and visiting a place that is actually a part of you.
*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A purchase will not improve your chances of winning. Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. states and D.C., 18 or older. Sweepstakes ends at 11:59 pm PT on 8/3/17. You must complete the 23andMe Personal Genetic Service™ to qualify to win. For free entry method and complete details, see Official Rules that govern this Sweepstakes. Number of travel destinations subject to Official Rules. Sponsor: 23andMe, Inc. Void where prohibited.
photography by Trent Bailey.