Afternoon Tea Giveaway

There to seem to be more than a few blog giveaways going on right now (Don’t Read This; It’s Boring and One Hundred Dollars a Month just announced giveaways this week, for example) so here’s one more you can enter!

This Afternoon Tea giveaway includes a lovely blue and white porcelain heritage mug from Oxford and some Scottish shortbread from Edinburgh as well as a box of PG Tips tea bags. The mug is decorated with images of some of the famous buildings at Oxford University and is rimmed with gold; the shortbread is handmade from a traditional melt-in-your-mouth butter recipe.

To enter, please comment on this post only, with one entry per day permitted. Leave at least one comment telling me about one of your favorite travel tips. Another one-time extra entry can be earned if you’re already a follower of The Occasional Nomads, or if you become a follower of the blog – leave a comment and let me know. One more one-time entry can be earned if you mention the giveaway in your own blog; again, let me know in a comment.

The giveaway will be open through midnight PST Friday, November 29 (the day after Thanksgiving), with the winner chosen by a random name selector and announced on Sunday, December 1. I will contact the winner to get your address and mail your package out a couple of days later. I can only accept entries from the U.S. and Canada as overseas postage is prohibitive.

Thanks for entering!

85 thoughts on “Afternoon Tea Giveaway

  1. Travel tip daily entry 1: travel light. back pack style carry on and one small personal item (large purse like bag for personal items). Wear you running or walking shoes on the plane as shoes take up the most space. Traveled to France and Italy this past September for 2 weeks – needed to do laundry once. Traveling light eliminated a lot of stress and was very liberating.

    Nice blog idea!!!

    Suz!

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  2. Instead of buying souvenirs on your trip, use your photos to make notecards when you return home. I always chose about 4 of my favorite pictures after a trip and make notecards. I use a different picture on each notecard and leave it blank inside. They are wonderful to use as thank you cards, birthday cards, etc. I also order enough to give as gifts to my friends and family. I put 8 cards together and tie with a ribbon. It makes a wonderful and useful gift. I always keep some for myself. You have a wonderful souvenir of your trip and no extra weight in your luggage. I order the cards from a photo company like Snapfish.

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  3. My souvenir approach is to buy a Christmas tree ornament. Satisfies my desire to have something physical to remember the trip but doesn’t clutter the house. Decorating the tree is a wonderful trip down memory lane as we relive all kinds of special life moments and trips.
    Erica

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  4. Wonderful giveaway!
    Travel tip entry: I guess I just have the standard travel tip to travel light. I have not checked a bag in years, although as I get older I may have to revisit that, as I find it getting harder to wrestle a bag into the overhead bin.

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  5. Love your blog. Have read it for awhile now. Love your travels. Travel tip. Take pictures only, pack light, be ready to change plans quickly. Love doing tea. When in london last fall made sure to do tea at the fan museum in greenwich.

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  6. I’ve yet to learn to pack light! You already know my favorite travel tip: buy a piece of jewelry to wear often and remember your travels. I almost always wear my beautiful silver hoops from Chicago Museum of Art (bff trip), my pink heart necklace from Argentina (tribe trip), my silver filigree ring from Bali (tribe trip), three silver rings from Oregon (hiking/book club trips) and Koa wood ring from Kauai (wedding/tribe/visit you and Brett trip!).

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  7. How wonderful! I love following your travels! My travel trip, also for souvenirs: handkerchiefs. I have perpetual allergies, so always carry a handkerchief (I’m a 36y/o female, and even my neighbor accuses me of being an old man w/ my handkerchiefs, haha!). I’ve gotten my husband to start using them too. Less waste, my nose isn’t torn up by tissues, and every time I blow my nose, I get to remember a trip.

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  8. Eagle Creek compression packing cubes, Wright socks, Silicon tape for wounds, Travelon laundry soap and E Bags Dirty/clean bag (I put all of my electronics and snacks for the plane in this and stow away my backpack).
    I’d love to have a taste of Britain!
    BTW- Love the idea of Christmas ornaments from pictures. On my new “to do” list.

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  9. Aah what a great give away!

    Well we don’t travel by plane but when we do head out on the road we always bring our own pillows. For this awful sleeper and my daughter’s allergies, it does help!

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  10. I love travelling with you (and I don’t have to actually leave my house.) When I actually travel,, I always bring back a magnet as a souvenir because it’s light and will make me smile every time I go to the refrigerator.

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  11. My travel tip is leave early for the airport and pack snacks. It really reduces the stress level. Happy holidays.

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  12. Since I won a giveaway already, I am just commenting to say how lovely this one is. You pick great items for your giveaways! And my travel tip is carry-on only. We haven’t gone for the period of time you do, however, so if I did, I might be persuaded to check a bag. 😉

    My favorite souvenirs are usually little things – bookmarks are a favorite. I have been purging my books lately and found several favorites tucked away in random books. They bring back great memories.

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  13. Travel advice? Read blogs like yours to glean tips and advice on travel. Like you & Brett we have increased the amount of time we spend in a place. This reduces our anxiety, therefore allows us to choose the must see and the wanna see with the idea that, yes, we can and most likely will return.

    We went toBourton-in-Water this past late August with sunny 70 degree plus weather. The bridges over the water were lovely. We had a light lunch and tea for me at a nice little restaurant on the Main Street. We also enjoyed the Motoring/Transportation Museum. We traveled via bus from our AirBnB in Moreton-in-Marsh. I am glad we went because of all the hype but it was overloaded and crowded with tourists (which we were!). I would not go back again.

    Love your travels, have followed you since your Portland days but signed up with a different email associated with a WordPress blog I created for my library degree. Your book recommendations have always been spot on for me.

    And yes, I would enjoy the Afternoon Tea give away!
    Sonja

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  14. Due to health issues, we haven’t traveled abroad since 2000, and miss it terribly, so I love traveling vicariously with you. Travel tips we have used: Buy bookmarks at sites visited. Plan for layers due to weather changes. Wear comfy, sturdy shoes. Figure out how to pack your medicines (if you take any–we both take a bunch) so that you can access them quickly; we pack ours in little 2″x3″ plastic bags, divided by days and doses, usually one for each morning, mid afternoon, and bedtime for each day. I’m not sure about TSA issues in present day and meds. If we had to pack ours in their original bottles we both would have to take extra luggage. Maybe this is why we haven’t flown overseas since 2000 and domestically since 2010.

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  15. Love your travels ! My travel tip: bring a backup credit card , never know when you need it 🙂

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  16. Love the giveaway items. My tip is to carry different credit cards from your spouse. If one spouse loses a wallet, then you don’t have to cancel all your credit cards and be left with none to use. Also, an oldie, but goodie, never wear new shoes when traveling.

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  17. Dress in layers and wear the highest possible quality socks when walking any significant distance…

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  18. My travel tip is wear old clothes and throw them out as you go. You’ll have room for new things and won’t have to do laundry. Of course, this won’t work if you travel a lot!

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  19. My favorite travel tip is to map locations of grocery stores near where we stay. We don’t love having to eat out every meal and when traveling outside the US grocery stores are fun! ….Even buying a bottle of wine and a premade salad or some bread and cheese for a light dinner or lunch keeps things healthier and is much less expensive! On a recent trip to France we found we enjoyed our picnics along the river or in parks even more than most of the restaurants as we could just sit and absorb the sites.

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  20. It has been such fun “traveling” with you on your grand adventure! Travel tips: have photo of important items- credit cards , passport etc stored on phone- carry underwear in carryon if you check baggage- and chose Superhost Airbnbs !!

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  21. I purchase toiletries and lightweight grocery items (such as sauce mixes and cookies) as souvenirs. Using my French toothpaste or a Norwegian stew seasoning mix is a fun daily reminder of past trips! If you go to France (or some French territories), the French Monoprix chain is a treasure trove of goodies-it is the French version of Target.

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  22. Travel tip #2: Don’t overschedule. When spending a week in a place I like to pre-book one or two must-do things (Cursed Child tickets for our trip to London a year ago) and then just have an idea of things we’d like to do but no set schedule. So many of our best memories are of things we didn’t know about and weren’t looking for!
    Erica

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  23. Tip #2: If you prefer decaffeinated tea and/or coffee, bring your preferred tea bags and individual coffee packets with you – decaffeinated beverages are very hard to find outside the US!

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  24. Even though I covet the lovely Oxford mug, I’m not entering since I won that beautiful obi from your travels in Japan. But I will give a tip: if you fall or need a warm pack for aches and pains, hopefully your B’n’B will have some raw rice you can put in a sock, knot or tie and warm in the microwave for 1-2 minutes. Helped me! Also carry a few small ziploc freezer bags that you can fill with ice for the same purpose.
    Laura, perhaps you can do a piece on other blogs (like the 2 you mentioned) we readers might be interested in. Thanks!

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  25. Bring a lightweight long scarf cover head or shoulders in religious buildings or to double as a skirt in hot countries.

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  26. Oh, I would love to win this lovely gift! Health issues have kept us grounded for a bit so am extra grateful that we did so much travel when we were able to. Hopefully we will be back out there soon. In the meantime have so enjoyed following your travels. Loved Oxford…..Bodleian Library (swoon). Compression socks, pashmina shawl that works great as a blanket on flights, decaf tea bags, sturdy water bottle with a clip for attaching to purse or luggage, and my paperwhite kindle reader are must haves for travel. I love sending postcards home to myself….they come trickling in after we are home and the picture and short message (and the fun stamps) bring back a happy memory. Also collect bookmarks from each travel site.

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  27. travel tip #3: carry a reusable water bottle with you. Either fill it from the water fountain after security or (in places where tap water isn’t safe) buy one large bottle of water for everyone in your group to share.

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  28. One carryon and a back pack and wear the bulkiest clothes & shoes on the plane. Bring a microfiber towel and wash clothes in the sink and wring them out in the towel and they are usually dry the next morning.

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  29. Enjoy the good days. Don’t spend a lot of time planning the end. Something will happen to make you know the right time and place to settle.
    We were nomads for two years. We used a forwarding service once we became weary of bothering our daughter. Wasn’t expensive and worked great. They forward your mail once you’re settled for a while and will open a certain number of letters each month at your request and will read them to you on the phone. South Dakota is a good place to set up residency if you no longer own property in the US. Easy to do and the state has favorable tax codes.

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  30. Hiya! Can’t wait to hear about your decision to continue traveling and/or settle down for a bit!

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  31. I’m a longtime follower of your blog. I don’t travel as much as I used to so I’m traveling through you! (I did go to Germany for three weeks recently, though)

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  32. Travel tips: there are some good ones here! I don’t have any new ones, but I realized while reading through them that I follow a lot of them: be early at the airport, wear your heaviest shoes on the plane, drink lots of water, pack light. The most important thing for me is to have passport, money, ticket, phone/tablet and medication all together in whatever purse/bag I have with me at my seat on the plane. Medication includes a backup pair of glasses. I also purchase magnets sometimes as gifts or souvenirs. Also small packets of unusual teas for tea-drinker friends and of course the old standby, chocolate, although it is heavy.

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  33. We are a savvy traveling group! I do many of the things listed – reusable water bottle, snacks on the plane, pashmina scarf, different credit cards than my husband, hydrate, etc.
    I also always take a pair of very lightweight black Long underwear. They take up a tiny bit of space and mine are slightly shiny so work as tights under a dress if it’s chilly. Also for sleeping if the room is cold or under pants if the weather turns nasty. I also hang out in them wherever we are staying while washing out other clothes.

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  34. Buy Christmas ornaments as souvenirs as they are small and can be had in unbreakable styles.

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  35. My best tip is to only bring three simple linen dresses to a hot destination. They can be washed in a sink and dry overnight. They even dry in an hour if you wear them in the ocean if you don’t have a bathing suit on! I found the dresses on Amazon for under $15 and wore them all summer after the vacation.

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  36. This time last year I was traveling for 32 days by myself through former Yugoslavia + more…..and I miss it!

    Tips:
    Use Rome2Rio for figuring out different options for getting from point A to point B.
    Use both google flights and skyscanner to see flight prices and use the graph/calendar to see when the lowest cost days are.
    Try to take the earliest flight possible – this way if there are delays, you will have priority over later flights. It also allows you to arrive in your destination when there is still daylight (depending, of course, on where you are going)
    When in London if you want half price theater tickets, be in the queue BEFORE the Leicester Square ticket booth opens up. Also they sell tickets for same day and next day and post the show options online the night before.
    Always have a small stash of snacks with you on travel days. Buses break down, flights get delayed, etc.
    Have a super comfortable pair of shoes to change into after a day of sightseeing. I brought my Crocs for this purpose and was so grateful.
    Bring a sense of humor so that you can roll with the punches.
    Bring a sense of wonder and look around you.
    If you belong to a 12 step program, go to meetings in foreign countries. It’s a great way to meet locals and experience “how they do things.”
    Splurging sometimes to hire a guide for a few hours can really bring monuments and sites to life. I did this in Greece and Mostar, Bosnia and was worth every single penny.

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  37. When in London, head to the free mid-days concerts at St. Martin-in-the Fields.Afterwards, journey downstairs for delicious (and reasonable) soup and bread at Cafe in the Crypt.

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  38. This is my first entry due to traveling but here are my tips. 1. Always bring starbursts when flying. It helps pop your ears on takeoff and landing. 2. Pack light. I never check luggage and if traveling for a long time then I plan to do laundry at a laundromat. 3. Pack snacks. It saves money and saves you from becoming “hangry”.

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  39. I pack a “spork” with me when I travel overseas. It allows me to buy yogurt and other quick meals and not have to worry about having eating utensils.

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  40. We pack five days worth of clothes and do laundry along the way. Fortunately, our accommodations usually comes with washer and dryer. The kids buy t-shirt souvenirs to wear to school throughout the year. Save me from shopping for new clothes for school.

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