I am dreaming of sunshine as I sit and write this post bundled under blankets and sweaters, waiting for the 70 degree heat the weatherman promised me today to appear. While I do love the fall I am a summer girl at heart and I am holding onto every last delicious moment of the one that is currently fading away. And what better way than to gift one of you with some of my favorite seasonal summertime goodies?
But — you knew there was a catch, right? — first I need a favor from you! As my traffic grows each month I look at all those numbers and I realize I want to know more than Google Analyics can tell me. I want to know who you guys are, what you all are into, and what keeps you coming back here. I’m also looking for how I can improve this site, and knowing which of my posts you love and which make you roll your eyes will really help (if you say all of them I might cry.)
I’ve been warned by my blogging buddies that getting people to fill out reader surveys is about as easy as making your way through JFK’s immigration line at peak arrival times. But I’m feeling a little smug here, because I really do feel like I have the greatest readers on the interwebs, and I’m hoping that my humble plea for help (along with some light bribery) will entice you all to take a moment to give you some feedback.
I can’t promise that it will only take ten seconds or that there are Aziz Anzari-level laughs awaiting you (though it won’t take long and I did make my usual pathetic attempts at humor), but I can promise you this: I am listening. I will use the feedback you give me here to make Alex in Wanderland bigger and better and brighter. I couldn’t do this without you guys, and I can’t wait to read your responses. Oh yeah, and it’s all anonymous — so if you’ve been waiting for your big chance to tell me that your sick of my selfies (I’m looking at you, little sister) this is your big shot!
Now, let’s just move right along to the fun part, shall we? Like two hundred dollars worth of some amazing travel products ($202, to be exact!) I wrote to some of my favorite travel brands to ask them for some goodies I could put together into a thank you to all my survey-takers out there. Let’s take a peek at what’s inside…
You guys know how much I love The Island Company’s signature slogan — and based on the amount of comments I get when I wear my Island Company t-shirt or likes I get when I post a shot of my Island Company luggage tag on Instagram. And now one of you can have a t-shirt and keychain of your own! Guys, this is definitely a ladies shirt — but it could make a great gift if you win.
I’ve also long sung the praises of Sunbum, the earth-friendly sunscreen brand with great principles, great packaging, and a great product. They sent me three of their delicious lipbalms (seriously, I can’t get enough of these things) as well as one of their Aloe Vera cool down sprays and a bottle of SPF 50 to send to one of you!
And finally, Hästens recently contacted me asking if I wanted to test out on of their new travel pillows and send one to my readers. I was pretty fascinated by the idea of a $110 pillow, so I said “why not?” I brought it on my recent trip to Burning Man and I loved it — it’s reversible, so I could sleep on the pillow side at night and zip it inside out during the day to keep the part I put my face on clean and dust-free! The reversibility also has the added bonus of providing a secret pouch on the inside — I think this will be great for long distance bus rides, when I can zip my valuables inside and rest easy knowing no one will be able to swipe them off me when I’m sleeping!
For a chance to win everything listed above, simply complete the survey and then enter your details below. There are extra entries for those that subscribe to my email updates, or follow me on Twitter or Instagram. I will close the giveaway one week from today.
Update: Please feel free to continue filling out my reader survey! However, the giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Chelsea in Washington!
Thank you, thank you, and thank you again for being part of Alex in Wanderland!
Note: I love my international readers too and therefore I will ship this box of goodies anywhere! However, you may have to pay duty depending on your country of residence.