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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?

Endless Summer Giveaway

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 Meihoukai 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…

Endless Summer Giveaway

/ $40
/ $10
/ $110
/ $18
/ $12
/ $12

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 . 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,  recently ed 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 Meihoukai 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.

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30 Comments...
  • Caty
    September 9 2013

    Wow that would be the perfect goodie bag for my upcoming trip to Portugal.The sunbum stuff is sooo freakin cute with the little monkey on it and I always love your island company T-shirt. *fingerscrossed* Thanks so much for offering a chance for everyone to win!and thank you, thank you, thank you for writing such a terrific blog!

    • Meihoukai
      September 11 2013

      You are welcome Caty! Gotta show my overseas readers some love too… and really international shipping isn’t so bad 🙂

  • Rika | Cubicle Throwdown
    September 9 2013

    Ha – cutest survey ever. Hope you get some helpful comments!
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    • Meihoukai
      September 11 2013

      Thank you so much Rika! Glad I’m not the only one laughing at my own lame jokes. Ha.

  • Must for Wanderlust
    September 9 2013

    Aw, I hope any of my input can be at all helpful! I admire your blog for sure, so completing the survey was a given 🙂 x

    • Meihoukai
      September 11 2013

      Thank you for this sweet compliment! I really appreciate you taking the time!

  • Teresa from Portugal
    September 9 2013

    Meihoukai,
    Hello there, this is my first comment on your blog, methinks. So, hi! 🙂

    I really like your blog and I happen to be a researcher (though before I travelled a lot, I somewhat try to satisfy my avid traveller self through your blog, I guess :b) – And I really think you should add a “Have no Idea/never read one of those posts” option, on the scaled question. I myself had never read some of the posts and ended up guessing whether I would like it or not – If everyone has this issue, you’ll compromise the validity of your results! Thought I should mention it. Take care!

    • Meihoukai
      September 11 2013

      Hi Teresa, thank you for commenting! This was my first time making a survey and I actually realize now a few mistakes that I made! Oh well, always learning I suppose 🙂 Thank you very much for the feedback!

  • Sarah Somewhere
    September 9 2013

    I want that pillow!!! And the T!! Oh hell, I want it all!!! 🙂
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    • Meihoukai
      September 11 2013

      Haha, I know how you feel! WEll I have my own version of the pillow and the t-shirt, but I was tempted to take the rest and run…

  • Lindsey
    September 9 2013

    Haha, loved the survey. Definitely a terrible attempt at humour in the early questions 😉
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    • Meihoukai
      September 11 2013

      What can I say, it’s a gift 🙂 Oh and thank you for including me in your new Travel Costs page! Great resource!

  • CarlaZ
    September 9 2013

    I wrote so much. I hope that helps!

    • Meihoukai
      September 11 2013

      Carla I’m sure it will! Thank you so, so much for your feedback and for all your wonderful comments.

  • TammyOnTheMove
    September 10 2013

    Ohhh I love that T-Shirt! And the pillow. And the 50+ sun protection (I thought I was the only one who uses 50+ protection. 🙂
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    • Meihoukai
      September 11 2013

      I alternate between 30 and 50… basically if I’ve been to the dermatologist lately I’m scared straight and use the 50 🙂

  • Rey
    September 10 2013

    LOVE the tshirt! Survey was great!

    • Meihoukai
      September 11 2013

      Thanks Rey 🙂 Glad you liked it!

  • Katherine
    September 10 2013

    Oh I filled out and submitted the survey before I noticed I should have signed in first! I really don’t mind about the giveaway, but I’d love for your to know which are my comments!!!

    I’m the one who lives in Hong Kong and was looking for info on Koh Tao!

    • Meihoukai
      September 11 2013

      Actually the giveaway and the survey are totally separate! I wanted people to feel free to be totally open, so the survey is totally anonymous 🙂 Thank you so much for completing it though!

  • Helois
    September 11 2013

    I filled out the survey =) hope it helps, but I gotta say that I love your site. Hope to win so that I can gift it to my neice who plans on traveling the world once she is finished with college.

    • Meihoukai
      September 11 2013

      Your niece sounds awesome 🙂 And what a nice aunt! Thanks for taking the time to fill that out!

  • Yasemin
    September 11 2013

    Realised I made a mistake in the survey.. I have travelled somewhere because of your blog; Iceland, I was initially reluctant to go on a family holiday there but reading your posts made it look like it would be a fun place to go.. especially as a young person. I also chose to snorkel Silfra with Scuba Iceland partly because of your recommendation. Thanks for all the bloginspiration!

    • Meihoukai
      September 11 2013

      I’m so glad to hear that! I am one of Iceland’s biggest fans. You sound like me mom, she was not into the idea but ended up loving it 🙂

  • Emily
    September 14 2013

    Those goodies look great – we’re planning our trip so it would all be useful!
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    • Meihoukai
      September 16 2013

      Best of luck with all your trip prep! It really does feel like a full time job sometimes, as I’m sure you know!

  • megan
    September 15 2013

    Filled out the survey. Hope it helps! 🙂

    • Meihoukai
      September 16 2013

      Thank you so much Megan! It ABSOLUTELY will!

  • Jessica
    September 16 2013

    Was a pleasure to fill out! I’ve got my eye on that pillow perfect for India! xx

    • Meihoukai
      September 16 2013

      I really appreciate it Jessica! Thank you!