I’m pleased to be supporting Passports with Purpose in this year’s fund-raiser to build three schools and fund literacy programmes in Mali, Africa and I’m teaming up with the Millets, the UK Outdoor Store who’ve offered me a £150 Gift Card to give away, for you to spend on Christmas gifts for yourself or your loved ones.
About Passports with Purpose
Since it founded in 2008, Passports with Purpose has run an annual fund-raiser, supported by travel bloggers and travellers like you and me, to raise money for a worthwhile cause in a developing country.
You could say that it’s our way as travellers to give something back for the kindness and hospitality that we’ve received on our travels from people all over the world. It’s also a recognition of our good fortune, in the standard of living we enjoy and the education we’ve received, that as global citizens we want to give a helping hand to those who don’t take such things for granted.
This year’s fund-raiser is to support buildOn, a charity that works in developing countries to break the cycle of poverty through education, building schools and running adult literacy programmes in some of the poorest places on the planet. Through the 2013 Passports with Purpose campaign, we aim to raise $115,000 to build three schools and fund three adult literacy programs in the Sikasso region of southern Mali, Africa. If you need any more convincing, read this article about how a new school helped 8 year old Korotoumou hope for a better future.
How it works
This year, over 70 bloggers have worked with generous travel companies and sponsors to offer prizes on their blogs. You can see all the different prizes on offer by going to the 2013 Prize Catalogue with everything from a stay in a luxury resort to backpacks to GoPro video cameras. You can find out more about each prize by following the link in the catalogue to the website of the travel blogger who is offering that prize.
Once you decide which of the fabulous prize or prizes you’d love to win, you make a $10 donation which buys you a chance to win that prize in the draw that takes place once the event ends on 9 December. For us Brits that’s only £6 for a chance to win and of course you can make multiple bids for different prizes as there are so many great travel prizes and possibilities. All the proceeds from your donations this year go to buildOn to build the schools and run the literacy programmes in Mali.
Thanks also go to the global sponsors who have supported Passports with Purpose this year, Expedia, DK Eyewitness Travel Guides, Rough Guides, Collette Vacations, TBEX, Eating London Food Tours, HomeAway, Hostelbookers and Go with Oh.
My Prize – a £150 Millets Gift Card
Which leads me to the prize that has kindly been donated by Millets, the UK Outdoor store that you can win through Passports with Purpose, a £150 Gift Card. This gift card can be spent in any of the Millets stores in the UK, Northern Ireland or Channel Islands on clothing and equipment for your travels or your outdoor lifestyle and you’ll find some great gift ideas for all the family. With Christmas approaching, I’m offering some ideas for what’s on my family’s wish list this Christmas, but do pop into the stores or check the website for more gift ideas. As an additional benefit this £150 gift card can be spent in other travel, outdoor and leisure stores in the UK such as JD, Bank, Scotts, Blacks, Tessuti and JD Pro. (Gift Cards cannot be used to purchase items online). The Gift Card is valid for a 12 month period – for more details see the Gift Card Terms and Conditions.
If you’d like to make a $10 (£6) donation to bid for this great prize to help you with your Christmas shopping or any of the other exciting travel prizes, please go the to Passports with Purpose Prize Catalogue.
So now for some Christmas gift ideas to spend your £150 Millets Gift Card
Gifts from Millets for your trendy daughter
For trendy teens, my daughter picked out some Cebe track ski goggles £30 and Peter Storm Earmuffs £5 to look cute on the slopes this winter while the Peter Storm pom pom hat £12 will keep her cosy on chilly nights when she’s out with friends. But looking forward to long summer days the meadow print water bottle £5 will be just the thing for picnics and festivals with some retro sunnies £10 for posing on the beach in Greece.
Gifts from Millets for your cool teenage son
For cool dudes my teenage son who is rarely parted from his music picked out a portable iPhone speaker £13 and headphone splitter £3 to share your favourite tracks with your friends. The Thinsulate gloves £10 will prevent cold fingers on the walk to school, a snow slider £4 because you never know whether it will be a white Christmas and waterproof matches £4 for building fires when training for your Duke of Edinburgh award on Dartmoor.
Gifts from Millets for the Camping Crazy men in your life
For the man in your life who loves camping and the great outdoors, my husband picked out the inexpensive Summit camping stove £10, although secretly he’d love the tip top Jetboil £105 to keep in the car boot for a quick brew. He’s dreaming of camping in comfort with the inflatable chair £18 and the Highlander daysack £9 is just the right size for a map, picnic and waterproof while the maglite torch £30 will be a pleasure to use at home or on the campsite.
Gifts from Millets for Mums on the go
For busy mums on the go, I chose some thinsulate gloves £10 for running and hiking and a Bobble sports bottle £10 that filters your waters to keep you well hydrated. The cosy polar chute £8 doubles as a scarf and bandana while I always like to keep a compact portable umbrella £10 in my handbag to whip out for passing showers. Finally I’m dreaming of picnics with friends on the beach in Cornwall, using these colourful plastic wine glasses £9 to sip my chilled white wine or elderflower cordial with my grilled mackerel off the beach BBQ.
All the gift ideas mentioned can be found on the Millets website.
For more Christmas gift ideas from Millets pop into one of their 78 UK stores or check their website and do head over to Passports with Purpose to make your bid for the £150 Millets Gift Card and all the other wonderful gifts in the Passports with Purpose Prize Catalogue.
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In today’s online world, we’re just as likely to pick up the tablet, smartphone or laptop for a bit of light reading as we are to pop into the newsagent or bookstore. Online magazine stores like Zinio offer us the chance to grab some travel inspiration whether we’re at home or travelling the globe. In this Giveaway we’re offering you a chance to try an online magazine for yourself, as we’re giving away 8 Zinio magazine subscriptions to our readers. But first, read how Nancy and Heather got on when they tried out their choice of Zinio online magazine;
Heather’s experience with Zinio
Magazine choice: Wanderlust 8 issues £21.60
Choosing which of the Zinio online magazines to subscribe to was a tough choice, as one click on the Travel category seemed to open up a world of possibilities. Would I be seduced into a bit of luxurious daydreaming at Conde Nast Traveller? Or be inspired by the beautiful photos and inspirational destinations at Lonely Planet? Or perhaps be tempted by the outstanding story-telling and imagery at National Geographic? After a bit of page turning, I settled on Wanderlust magazine for my subscription because it seemed to be aimed at real travellers, with plenty of useful tips as well as inspirational photos and travel articles.
Once I’d set up my account and subscription, I received an e-mail to let me know that a new issue was ready – one click through to the website and there are my issues of Wanderlust magazine waiting in my library. I click on the cover and the magazine loads in my browser with easy navigation options – arrows to turn the page, options to view a thumbnail of all the different pages, and easy scrolling and enlargement so I can home in on the articles that interest me. There’s also the option to download your magazines so that you can take your magazine with you and read it at the airport, on your tablet, laptop or smartphone, even if there’s no wifi connection.
In the July-August issue I especially enjoyed the article on Iraqi Kurdestan, once attacked by Saddam Hussain, now a relatively safe destination for the adventurous traveller that’s rich in history and hospitality. I also got plenty of ideas from the Travel Classics v Budget Options article covering some iconic travel experiences with suggestions for cheaper alternatives. Now I know that while getting close to the gorillas in Uganda or Rwanda is on many a traveller’s bucket list, there’s a much more affordable option to go chimpanzee treking in Uganda. In the September issue I enjoyed reliving my visit to Guernsey and our encounter with the Golden Guernsey goats – the magazine article was a handy guide to what you could do in a three day visit that I could have printed out if I wanted. With plenty more great articles, I’m planning to download the Wanderlust magazines to my iphone, to read on my next flight or train ride.
Nancy’s experience with Zinio
Magazine choice: Chicago Magazine 12 issues £9.52
Receiving the offer of a free digital magazine from Zinio made me reflect on how my use of magazines has changed over time. In my teenage years I pored through gossip and music publications. As a young woman my interests turned to fashion, style and travel, but I soon became ensconced in current events and professional publications. When I became a homeowner my focus was on remodeling, décor and gardening. Then, as a young mother I concentrated on parenting and child-rearing titles. Soon, the demands of parenthood and working increased, and the time to leisurely peruse a printed magazine decreased. These days, with children on their own and looking forward to retirement, I again have to time to pursue personal interests.
The Zinio website is easily searchable for any of its thousands of available titles. In the travel category I found and selected Chicago Magazine. Since I live in the Chicagoland suburbs this publication is ideal for locations and activities to explore in my area. My Zinio digital Chicago Magazine 12-month subscription is delivered to my inbox with a link to seamlessly access the site and my library. I simply click to read any recent or past issues, which appear on my notebook computer as a real-life magazine with authentic page-turn animation. I can easily jump to the table of contents or a specific page. Clever icons allow me to print, email or share select articles. I’ve discovered to my delight the receipt of occasional issues of other magazines; Afar and Elle, for example. And, for a change of pace, I can thumb through the many free articles available each month, a great way to keep up on current trends and sample other publications.
Chicago Magazine helps me find things to explore in my own neighborhood and I’ve learned about so many fun events close to home. The Zinio mobile app is easy to download and use on my iPhone or iPad, allowing me to plan weekend activities while in line at the market or in the doctor’s waiting room. There’s no need to remember to grab reading material for lunch breaks or exercise sessions, so my printed magazines are languishing on my kitchen counter. I will soon replace all my magazines with Zinio’s digital versions, as the prices are comparable with traditional subscriptions.
Our top magazine picks for travellers
Conde Nast Traveller 12 issues for £40
National Geographic Traveler Interactive 8 issues for £19.20
Wanderlust 8 issues for £21.60
Wild Junket 8 issues for £8.71
Lonely Planet Traveller 12 issues for £28
Top Tip: When searching make sure that you use the dropdown on Subcategories to see the full range of magazine options and not just the most popular. I didn’t realise that my friend Nellie’s Wild Junket magazine was available through Zinio until I did this!
Our Zinio Magazine Giveaway
We have 8 Zinio magazine subscriptions to give away to our readers, with values that vary depending on which subscription your choose, but could be worth up to £40. Of course we love to travel but should you win, you can choose any magazine subscription from Zinio from a range that includes Home, Entertainments, Sports and Lifestyle as well as Travel.
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August 1, 2013 by Heather Cowper
Filed under Accommodation, Art and design, Bristol and Bath, Eating and drinking, featured, Giveaways, Hotels, Leisure, Museums, Shopping, Sightseeing, United Kingdom, video
While I love to travel and explore new places, I also love getting back to my home town of Bristol, and I’ve decided to offer you the opportunity to come and discover all that Bristol has to offer for yourself. I’ve teamed up with my latest stylish harbourside haunt, The Bristol Hotel and Bristol’s favourite online news site, Bristol247 to offer one of you a stay in Bristol’s Harbourside at The Bristol Hotel. We’re giving away an overnight stay for two people including a hearty Bristol breakfast in one of The Bristol Hotel’s Deluxe rooms overlooking the harbour, as well as dinner for two in the River Grille restaurant. Whoever wins the giveaway will have plenty to enjoy around Bristol’s Harbourside area so read on for ideas of how you might spend your time in Bristol.
About The Bristol Hotel
Set bang on the harbourfront, the Bristol Hotel has a perfectly central location for anyone visiting the city and offers a luxurious base to explore Bristol’s harbourside. The building was originally built as a motel in the 1960s and the honeycomb concrete facade of the adjoining multi-story car park is now a listed building, as an example of the architecture of the period. Many of the rooms have a fabulous view across the harbour and the glass frontage of the River Grille Restaurant overlooks the cobbled quayside with a prime view of the boats in the harbour.
If you live in Bristol you’ll remember the Bristol Hotel as the former Jury’s Hotel, but when the Jury’s chain of hotels was sold in 2007, the Doyle family who owned the group decided to reinvest in a smaller portfolio of luxury hotels. In 2009 The Bristol Hotel reopened after a multi-million pound refit with new chic interiors and a boutique hotel feel.
I hope that you enjoy the video below about The Bristol Hotel and Harbourside area
Superior Rooms at The Bristol Hotel
Within the Bristol Hotel there are a total of 187 rooms, with two different colour schemes. The Superior Rooms have a restful soft green and beige colour scheme with mirrored bed head, silk throws and luxurious velvet and leather upholstery. The rooms have a desk area with flat screen TV, free wifi and plugs for European and US appliances, so that you won’t have to be searching for a travel adapter when you visit Bristol. The bathrooms are sleek and modern with baths and power showers, generous sized toiletries and a beige and black marble scheme. Most of the superior rooms overlook the road, facing towards the Georgian Queens Square or the side of the hotel and are double glazed to reduce noise.
Deluxe Rooms at The Bristol Hotel
The Deluxe rooms are the premium bedrooms with views over the harbour and are decorated in a warm, inviting deep red colour scheme. With all the same benefits of the Superior rooms, the Deluxe rooms also offer free newspapers, a toweling robe and Nespresso coffee machine as well as wonderful views.
Relax and eat great food
On entering The Bristol Hotel from the road side you pass through the reception lobby and up the steps to the lounge areas and bar. There are plenty of comfortable modern sofas to sink into with neutral shades injected with flashes of red and pink colour. When I last visited a group of friends were having a celebration afternoon tea, which looked delicious, served on an unusual slate platter. At the upper level, the River Lounge offers a place to meet after work for a drink or a cocktail with a view over the harbour.
The River Grille Restaurant is an airy, double height space with floor to ceiling windows looking out onto the cobbled quayside. I was intrigued to find that the modernist style paintings on the wall had hidden in them the faces of famous people, such as Spike Milligan. The a la carte menu features aged steaks from my favourite Bristol Butcher, Ruby and White and there is also a good value Market Menu which changes twice a week, using local seasonal produce from the West Country. The Shore Cafe Bar on the corner of the hotel has an outdoor terrace where you can watch the comings and goings on Pero’s Bridge and is the ideal place for a quick snack or an after work drink.
The Bristol Hotel Website Address: The Harbourside, Prince Street, Bristol BS1 4QF
Tel +44 (0) 117 923 0333 E-mail: email@example.com
Things to enjoy in Bristol’s harbourside;
By now I’m sure you’re convinced about staying at The Bristol Hotel, so I hope you’ll enter the giveaway for a chance to win a 1 night stay for two people with breakfast and dinner at the River Grille. If you’re a visitor to Bristol you’ll find the hotel is perfectly located to explore our city. If you’re a Bristol local then this is a chance to treat yourself and a friend or loved one to a great night out in Bristol with no worries about late night taxis or last bus home, taking the opportunity to discover hidden corners you didn’t know were there. If you can’t use the giveaway yourself, you can make a gift of it to a friend or family member who could use a relaxing break in Bristol.
During your stay in Bristol’s Harbourside here are some things that you might enjoy within a short walk of The Bristol Hotel;
For the artistically inclined
Don’t miss the Arnolfini, a centre for the contemporary arts that’s a stone’s throw from the hotel. There’s an arts cinema and free exhibitions which always raise a smile or an eyebrow – last time I was there I was hopping from log to log on a shallow pool in one of the upper galleries. Just up the hill at the top of Park Street you’ll also find the Bristol City Museum and Gallery which has an art gallery on the top floor and hosts different exhibitions of art and photography, featuring anything from Banksy to Leonardo da Vinci.
For Culture and Music lovers
Whatever your tastes you have plenty of choice for a dramatic or musical night out in Bristol. The Hippodrome is Bristol’s venue for all the top West End shows, musicals and ballet, while the Colston Hall with its glass fronted foyer is home to music from classical to pop, jazz to world music with a sprinkling of comedy thrown in – look out for the free foyer performances. The Old Vic is a lovely Georgian theatre that’s recently reopened after a major refurbishment where you’ll find top class productions from Shakespeare to Tennesee Williams, while the Watershed arts cinema just across the water shows the best of world cinema.
Stop for a coffee or lunch
There are any number of great stops around the harbour for a coffee or a lunchtime snack to keep you going until it’s time for your dinner at the River Grille Restaurant. The museum and gallery cafes of the Arnolfini, M-shed and SS Great Britain all offer great quality coffee, snacks and lunchtime dishes. Just beyond the M-shed is the open air kiosk, Brunel’s Buttery where you can eat your bacon buttie washed down by a mug of steaming tea alongside the houseboats with the seagulls swooping overhead (or more likely pecking up the squashed chips underfoot). For something a bit more elegant al fresco, try the tapas at The Olive Shed nearby. Back on the other side of the water, the waterfront around Millennium square is packed with bars and eateries, my favourites being the bar and downstairs brasserie at Bordeaux Quay and the upstairs cafe at the Watershed, if you can bag the balcony on a sunny day for lunch.
Messing about on the water
From one end of the harbour to the other, the yellow and blue Bristol Ferry Boats run up and down, offering you a different perspective of the harbour from the swan’s eye view. One of their stops is Bristol landmark, the SS Great Britain, an iron steam ship that was designed by Victorian engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel who was also responsible for the Clifton Suspension Bridge. You can spend a fascinating couple of hours here learning about the history and restoration of this historic ship and the sights and sounds of life at sea.
Stretch your legs
My favourite walk around the harbour is the circuit that takes you past the Arnolfini with a view of the industrial cranes, over the bridge and past M-shed then along the waterfront until you get to the SS Great Britain. If you time it right, you can exchange a few silver coins for a short ferry ride across the water and then make your way back along the reed beds to Millennium Square, where you cross Pero’s bridge to get you back to the Bristol Hotel. If you’re into urban hill-walking, walk halfway up Park Street and then turn left up to Brandon Hill where you can climb Cabot tower (more steps but at least it’s free) to enjoy the 360 degree views over Bristol and the harbour.
Fun with the family
If you’re travelling with the family, you’ll love to hang out in Millennium square, where the kids can have a splashing time in the shallow pools on a sunny day. Right beside the square is At-Bristol, a hands on science centre with plenty of things to push, pull, fiddle with and generally learn about the world around you – that big silver ball you can see from the square is actually the Planetarium. Right next door is the Bristol Aquarium where you can view a tropical seascape and walk through the underwater tunnel. My favourite family museum for all ages (and it’s free) is M-shed, a colourful and fascinating walk through all that makes Bristol what it is today.
If you love to shop
Find some unique Bristol souvenirs to take home in the gift shops at the Arnolfini gallery, SS Great Britain, or At Bristol complex. A walk up Park Street will take you past boutiques and independent stores selling everything from young, funky and vintage to elegant clothing stores like Jigsaw, Whistles and Cath Kidson or shop for lovely things for the home at Bristol Guild. For something different walk up Christmas steps and find all the interesting craft and art galleries on Colston Street and Lower Park Row. If you need a fix of all the top high street brands, a walk through Queens Square, past Bristol Bridge and through Castle Park will bring you to Broadmead and Cabots Circus.
I hope that you’ll be convinced to pay us a visit on Bristol’s Harbourside and to tempt you even more, here’s what we’re giving away;
The Giveaway from The Bristol Hotel
The lucky winner of this giveaway will receive;
- A 1 night stay for 2 people with full English breakfast in a Deluxe Room at The Bristol Hotel in Bristol, England
- Plus a 3 course Table d’Hote dinner for two people in the River Grille Restaurant
- Guests can make use of free wifi and free overnight car parking
- This stay to be taken at any time (subject to availability) before 30 December 2013
- If you can’t use the giveaway yourself, you can give it as a gift to a friend or family member
To enter the giveaway, please use the Rafflecopter widget below with 5 chances to win. The Giveaway will run for 2 weeks, ending on Sunday 18 August 2013.
1. Please let us know in the comments how you would like to spend your stay in Bristol at The Bristol Hotel
To gain additional chances to win you can;
2. Tweet about this giveaway mentioning @Heathercowper, @BristolDoyle and @bristol247 in your tweet, for example;
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Other T & C; The winner will be chosen at random once the giveaway has ended. The winner will be notified by e-mail but if they do not accept the prize within 1 week it will be offered to another entrant. This stay can only be used at The Bristol Hotel and is subject to availability.
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