While I wouldn’t describe myself as a comper (a person who regularly enters competitions as a hobby or career) I do love indulging in the occasional travel giveaway and I’ve won some wonderful things over the years. What’s more I enjoy running them on my blog as much as entering them and I’ve a great little giveaway of my own at the end of this post but first I’d like to introduce you to the Matthews…

Meet the Matthews family and win a voucher from Nature’s Presence

I recently visited my friends at Rickshaw Travel, a great Brighton based company offering meaningful holiday experiences, to interview the Matthews. Having won a holiday to Bali in Indonesia, travelling with Rickshaw Travel had a huge impact on the whole family, transforming them from typical package holiday makers to real travellers seeking new experiences. They found the combination of hotel and home-stay travel with time relaxing by the pool or the beach interspersed with adventures with the locals a revelation.

Kathryn Burrington, from TravelWithKat.com, interviews the Matthews family at Rickshaw Travel.

I love Rickshaw’s style of travel. On their website you can select bite-size experiences (such as local home-stays, a day out cycling with a local, unique locally run hotels and memorable excursions run by locals) and put them all together like a jigsaw to create your perfect holiday. As you can see it’s all about connecting with locals and having meaningful experiences. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting the Matthews family and chatting about their adventures in Bali. Head over here to Rickshaw Travel’s blog, take a look at the video and answer a simple question for your chance to win a £25 voucher from Nature’s Presence, who offer a range of beautiful homeware made from natural and reclaimed material. (Hint: the answer’s in the video). You have until 6th December to enter.

For more inspiration for travelling the Rickshaw Travel way with your family visit their website, RickshawTravel.co.uk.

Win £100 worth of Free WiFi Hotspot Rental with Travel With Bender

The guys at Travel With Bender have a great competition running at the moment to win £100 worth of free WiFi Hotspot Rental with unlimited internet via Tep Wireless. I love Tep and used it on my recent trip to Puglia and I’ll be using it again throughout my next trip overseas in a couple of weeks. With Tep I can scope, tweet and snapchat wherever I go.

For your chance to win one of two £100 worth of WiFi for your travels head over to Travel With Bender today. The competition runs until 1st December.

You can read my review of Tep Wireless here, Tep portable WiFi around the world.

Travel GIveaway - Tep wireless proving a WiFi Hotspot with unlimted internet on your travels

Win a Pure Potions Rescue Salve Travel Pack

One of my favourite skin care ranges is Pure Potions. They make a great selection of products with natural ingredients that haven’t been tested on animals. I particularly love their Skin Salvation Daily Moisturiser from their Dry Skin Range. It’s free from artificial chemicals, perfumes and parabens, a natural, soothing and nourishing solution to troubled skin and it really soothes my eczema.

Travel Giveaway - First aid salves rom Pure Potions

I also can’t do without these first aid mini pots on my travels and I’ve a set of four of these rescue salves to giveaway.

The Arnica Rescue Salve  is recommended for sprains, strains and bruises. It came in very handy following a little tumble down the stairs I took recently, that left my arm badly bruised. While it didn’t help heal my bruised pride, it was wonderful on my arm. The others in the range are just as useful. Calendula & Comfrey Rescue Salve is suitable for use on cuts and grazes. You can use the Lavender Rescue Salve on minor burns, sunburn, chapped skin and as a lip salve. While the Tea Tree Rescue Salve is great on cold sores, bites, stings and fungal conditions.

How to enter

You can select just one or all four of the following ways to enter. The more you do the greater your chances. And you can get extra entries by tweeting about the giveaway every day until it ends. Be sure to register each entry in the Rafflecopter app below and join my mailing list to be the first to hear about future giveaways.

    1. Leave a comment below about what essential first aid item you like to take with you on your travels and register your entry in the Rafflecopter app below.
    2. Tweet about this post and register your entry in the Rafflecopter app below.
    3. Follow @PurePotions on Twitter and register your entry in the Rafflecopter app below.
    4. Follow @TravelWithKat on Twitter and register your entry in the Rafflecopter app below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

  1. The giveaway closes on December 1st 2015 at midnight BST.
  2. The winner will be chosen at random using Rafflecopter.
  3. The prize is a set of 4 rescue salves from Pure Potions.
  4. The prize is non-refundable and no cash alternative will be offered.
  5. The winner will be contacted via email and will need to confirm their acceptance of the prize within 7 days.
  6. The winner must be a UK resident and must provide an address in the UK to post the pack to (sorry to non UK residents).

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