Even though it doesn’t feel much like the holidays in the Malaysian heat and humidity, it’s definitely that time of the year here on the blog.
And I’m feeling particularly generous.
Today kicks off THREE weeks of giveaways of my favorite travel products. I never leave home without these babies, and I’m thrilled to be sharing them with you as well.
First up – the ultimate garment and shoe bags, by Hudson+Bleecker.
LOVE is an understatement on how I feel about these products. They’re equally roomy (I can fit 3 pairs of shoes inside a single shoe bag, and a week’s worth of business outfits in the garment bag) and stylish. Packing winners, in my book.
Hudson+Bleecker is generously gifting one lucky reader their choice of garment bag and shoe bag. All you have to do is enter using the widget below. Note – if you’re following me and H+B already on Twitter and Facebook, it still counts as an entry – just confirm it!
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If you can’t wait for the giveaway, you can snag your own Hudson+Bleecker products on their own website or Shopbop. Good luck!
It feels a bit selfish to be recounting a vacation as I’m on one. Very selfish, in fact. And for the record – I’m aware of just how lucky and blessed I am to travel so much. But I envy all of you who dug into big Thanksgiving dinners. The grass is always greener, etc.
But I wanted to wrap up the Italy experience before diving into our Asian adventures. The trip was a lovely contrast from our typical see-as-much-as-possible-go-go-go vacations. We did enjoy some tours (prosecco tasting, for one), and the other major plan for this trip was to take a cooking class. The rest of the time – we lazed around and enjoyed our apartment rental.
Our apartment in a villa, that is.
I was firm on wanting to stay in Veneto (instead of Venice, even though it’s only a 45 minute drive away). Through HomeAway (one of my favorite travel rental websites), I discovered the Barchessa Apartment in the Ca’ Marcello. The pictures are fantastic, but staying there was even better.
Your own wing in an Italian villa? It really doesn’t get much better than that. We did a lot of lounging around, and I stood outside gawking at the stunning property that we called home for a few days.
The Marcello family continues to maintain the property, and Count Jacopo (yes, a count!) helped us arrange everything – food waiting for us in our kitchen, two prepared meals for our stay (be warned – the portions are MASSIVE), and the cooking class we took in town.
Oh, the cooking class. I still can’t decide whether that or the prosecco tasting was my favorite. Let’s call it a tie.
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First and foremost, a huge THANK YOU for entering the FLIGHT 001 giveaway. I had a record number of entries, and more importantly your comments were instrumental for helping me prioritize the topics for Travel Tips – and to create more Pack Perfect guides. (P.S. – we have three more giveaways on deck this year. I meant it when I dubbed myself Santa Hitha).
Toiletries seem to be a particularly troublesome problem. Which means I’ve created a new Pack Perfect – Toiletries guide.
As you know, my newsletter subscribers get the exclusive access to these guides (as well as travel tips I don’t share anywhere else). So go ahead and SIGN UP, and you’ll get BOTH guides, completely free. And, in the coming weeks, a sneak peek of what I’m working on for you next
I’m off on holiday TOMORROW! I’ll be publishing 3 posts a week while I’m gone, but you can follow my Asia travels on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.