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One of the best parts about traveling is the opportunity to bring back pieces of the world with you when you return home. This is the essence of a good souvenir, yes? The ability to capture the mood and art and beauty of another place and surround yourself with it. For those of us unable to travel as much as we would like, this can often feel like we are sitting outside, watching from the sidelines. Lucky for you, you have us. And lucky for all of us, we have Graymarket Design.

Hallie Gray has a background in International Relations and Textile Design and the combination of these two interests became the inspiration for Graymarket Design. Sourcing global artisans, Gray then collaborated by creating the designs in California and hiring artisans from around the world to produce the work in their traditional style. These workers are paid well for their talent and the goods are the product of great design coupled with master artistry. The Herringbone Duvet Cover is absolutely on my wishlist and I’m so over the moon for the Pisco Throw Pillow. Don’t have the means to travel? Let Graymarket Design bring the world to you.

Graymarket Design is giving away one Navy Dot Scarf to one lucky winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Thursday, May 15th.
Please visit Graymarket Design and tell us: What is the best vacation you have ever been on?
Start checking the winner’s box on Tuesday, May 20th, to see if you’ve won!
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  1. 1
    Trisha says:

    The best vacation I have ever been on was a week with a couple of friends and their families at an island camp in the Georgian Bay. The week was spent swimming, kayaking, reading in the hammock and spending time with each other, no phones, no computers. It was wonderful.

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    Juliet Farmer says:

    my husband and i drove from California to NYC and took the train back. it was the most fun road trip i have ever been on. so many memories! 

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    I was actually pretty miserable during most of my best vacation!  I was in Vietnam adopting my baby girl, and I was completely out of my element.  I had never been a mom before, and suddenly I was handed this tiny little crying baby!  And on top of that, I was in this (VERY hot) country with lizards on my wall and bugs in my soup.  I was bitten by fire ants, I got food poisoning, I was jet lagged.  It was so utterly overwhelming at the time!  But after a month in Vietnam, I eventually became accustomed to the chaos and I eventually did not want to leave.  I remember riding in a taxi to the airport on the last day and hearing the constant car beeping and watching the thousands of motor scooters and seeing my daughter’s country whiz by me and I just got so choked up (I’m getting choked up just writing about it).  I am so glad I was able to experience Vietnam the way that I did – with all its heat and its bugs and also its beauty and its kindness and its people – because I am now able to tell my daughter all about where she is from and who she is.  It was the best experience of my life, and I can’t wait for the day that I can go back again WITH my daughter and let her experience it again for herself.

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    Pumpernickel says:

    My husband and I went to New Zealand for two of the most mind blowing weeks of my life. The culture was amazing, the food was rich and flavorful and as a added bonus we came back pregnant with our first baby! A great and memorable time.

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    Heidi says:

    I loved camping in the Redwoods! Incredible scenery and great weather.

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    Kat says:

    I can’t pick one specific vacation.  I think as a child, piling into the pickup truck with my mom, dad, and older sister to tow our camper to Sault Ste. Marie at least a few times a year was always incredible.

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    Kim H. says:

    The best vacation I ever went on was to Ubud, Bali.  It was an experience like no other!

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    Monica Borge says:

    Best vacation was a spontaneous trip to Hana, Maui I took with my best friend right before I left for college. He were driving to get dinner and just decided right there in the car that we were going to Hana for a few days. Ran to the store, grabbed our bikinis, filled up the tank, and drove. Best vacation I’ve ever had.

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    Tiffany says:

    My sister and our friend drove down to Costa Mesa and let loose for 3 days. Of course we went to the beach and shopped everywhere, but the best part was getting Disney hopper passes for free because my sister has a friend who worked there. My sister and I have been to Disneyland a million times but this one was somehow different from past adventures.

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    Samantha S says:

    A childhood trip to the tiny lakeside town of St. Germain in Wisconsin. We spent the week in a rented cabin, swimming and rowing around on the lake, building fires, looking for bald eagle nests, and eating ice cream. Even my mom, who hates being in the water, put on a swimsuit and sat on the dock splashing us. We truly had no cares–my sister and I got along all week, my dad tried to teach me how to row, and my mom seemed 20 years younger and blissfully happy.

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    Genevieve says:

    Taking my 85 year old grandma to Mexico for her birthday was probably my favorite vacation. We went with our whole family and one night we went out to dinner and surprised her by celebrating her birthday with ice cream and a nice band played for her. The look on her face was priceless.

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    Nikki says:

    The best  vacation I have ever been on was a two week camping trip with my husband where we went up and down California from Baja to Yosemite. We are fantastic on road trips together and it was extremely freeing to be spontaneous and carefree. Beautiful scenery, good music, lots of chatting & laughing, hiking, fishing, lots of laughing, and making memories. I’m still looking forward to doing something like that with him again!

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    Courtney J says:

    I had graduated middle school, and my mom took my brother and I to Walt Disney World. We had been to Disneyland many times but never to WDW. We researched hotels, I remember reading books about the different parks, and I remember going with my mom to the AAA office to buy tickets. We had so much fun at the parks, and while it’s been 14 years since, I still remember the places we ate at and the rides we went on. After spending a week at WDW, we traveled up to New York to visit my grandparents. We even took a trip to Niagara Falls!

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    Rachel says:

    The best vacation I had was camping with my best friend  on Whitehaven Beach in Australia.  It’s a gorgeous beach on Whitsunday Island.  One thing that makes it so special is that it is also a conservation area. No buildings, no lights.  The stars were amazing.  The beach is protected as a bay, which makes the water calm and easy to see sting rays, sea turtles, and beautiful fish.  It’s still my favourite place I’ve ever traveled to.

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    sam says:

    Best vacation ever was the one we took when I was in high school with my parents and all five kids (before child number six was born).  We went to Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island where we stayed at a B&B that was a working farm and we had to help out before breakfast.  It was amazing.

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    Lauren P says:

    When I graduated from college, our long-time family friends gave my mom, older sister, and me their timeshare in Hilton Head, South Carolina. The trip would mark the first time in ten years we all travelled together. My sister and I, although close as little girls, had a contentious relationship throughout our adolescence. I was apprehensive at first, but the vacation was fun from the start. The three of us (and all our luggage) piled into my mom’s car. We drove the twelve hours from Ohio to South Carolina in the cramped car, remembering old stories and laughing until our stomachs hurt. Once in SC, we had some minor disagreements, but nothing that diminished our time together. On the drive home, we found a radio station that played songs we listened to as teens. When one song came on, we cranked the volume and sang like we did when we were younger. In the following years, my sister and I continued to work on being the close siblings we once were, but it did not happen overnight. Relationships are repaired in inches, not miles, after all. But that trip with us three “girls” marked the start of that journey.

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    Susan F says:

    My honeymoon – a cruise with amazing ports starting with 3 days in Rome, stops to Amalfi Coast, Nice, Portofino, Monte Carlo and more.. and ending with 3 days amazing days in Barcelona

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    jenn says:

    I was lucky enough to go on a trip of a lifetime to Paris & London with my Grandmother. All her life she and my Grandfather saved and hardly ever spoiled themselves. (Children of the Dustbowl.) After my Grandfather passed, she decided to take each one of her Grandchildren and take them on an all exclusive paid vacation somewhere they had never been before. More than the vacation itself, (which was amazing!) this was the first time that I really got to know her as woman rather than just my Grandmother. I feel so lucky & grateful to have had that experience.

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    rachel says:

    I went on a babymoon with my husband in Europe. Hopefully not a once-in-a-lifetime trip but it was truly special and so much fun just being with him.

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    jane says:

    it wasn’t exactly a vacation per se, but i went to graz and vienna for the world choir games, and it was my first time travelling without my family + representing my school and country for a not-just-national-but-international competition! so to my 16 year old self that opportunity was really cool and amazing, on top of the stress of having to compete against the best of the best worldwide. well we didn’t win the top prize but we came away with a gold medal, and lots of irreplaceable memories so it definitely was my best trip :)

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    Julia DeAngelis says:

    One trip I had dreamed about going on for years was a road trip across the US.  I never knew how or when I would do it but I believed I would one day.  When starting art school in 2009, I quickly met my best friend who has turned into my adoring partner.  We shared the same dream of travel and decided on our first trip to be a road trip once we graduated.  We took the time off, planned as much as we could and took off in May 2013!  Now, as much hope and expectation I had going into this trip, quickly came crashing down with severe illness for 3 out of the 4 weeks of our trip.  I saw the states through feverish glances and sniffles.  As deathly ill and upset about this as I was, I can honestly still say it was the best trip of my life.  Not only did my partner see a very different side of me, but I was able to see him in a whole new light as well, taking care of me while we drove, walked and climbed through the US.  When I was feeling good, It was amazing to enjoy and thankfully there was a lot more good than bad :) It reminded me of just how beautiful our own back yard is, something many americans forget! Traveling is something I want to do for the rest of my life, to learn and keep learning about it all and taking in the visual beauty for as long as I can!  I respect and admire the work Graymarket Design is doing to expand peoples horizons and give them that taste to explore!  

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    Kate B says:

    My most amazing vacation was my two-week honeymoon in Spain with my husband. I have some limited international travel experience, but he has a lot more, including plenty of Spanish-speaking situations, so I let him plan the whole thing while I handled wedding craziness. I know it’s super-popular to go hang out on a beach for a week after a wedding and I get the appeal (I still have yet to have a tropical-beach vacation, but I look forward to doing that some day), but this honeymoon was just perfect for us. We started with a few days in a national park and cabin and then traveled to Seville, where we took it slow. Then we were ready to tackle Barcelona and Madrid and pack in some of the amazing sightseeing in the bigger cities. It was just filled with beautiful scenery, amazing architecture, unbelievable food, and the best companionship I could ask for. It’s a trip I’ll remember my entire life!

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    iamalighthouse says:

    I adored traveling and camping with my family at Yosemite!

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    Tiffany says:

    The best vacation I’ve been on was visitin a friend in San Francisco when she lived there! We ate lots of good foods, saw a hawk catch a pigeon at a bus stop, did all the tourist sites, got a private tour of an old armory, and got matching outfits! It was excellent!

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    Sparrow says:

    All week my boys kept saying to my husband, “Dad! I can’t believe we get you to ourselves for the whole week!” And it’s true. My husband works so long and hard, and this last week we packed up and drove over 3,000 miles to visit family and friends all over the country. Man, it was so much driving (with 3 boys under 5 years old), but family and friends are absolutely the most important and traveling insane distances to keep those relationships alive is totally worth it. So, this last week, traveling all over to Indiana, Detroit, Cleveland, and back to Oklahoma was the best I’ve been on, because we spent time with family and our dear friends and I feel full again.

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    Elise says:

    My best vacation was to Istanbul, Turkey. The colors, spices, smells, tastes, the contact with friendly locals, being warmly welcomed with a soothing tea and more tea wherever you go, the entrancing music, the beauty and exotic landscape of the city, awaken all your senses and made it all a hypnotizing and fascinating experience. Coming back home to reality was hard enough to make me pack and go back to Istanbul for a living experience the year after to live my dream. 

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    Susanna B. says:

    My husband and I have been on some great vacations but I think my most memorable vacation was one that I took by myself. In college I spur of the moment planned a trip across the country via Greyhound. It was quite the experience, I really learned a lot about myself and met some very interesting people. 

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    Shannon says:

    Hiking Kauai with my best friend!

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    Eliza Elliott says:

    My honeymoon to the Caribbean – it’s the most we’ve ever spent and it was the longest we’ve been away and it was fantastic and totally worth every penny!!!

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    Noma says:

    This past summer I went to Zimbabwe. 4 words; MOST BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY EVERY! I most enjoyed visiting the Matopos, which is a series of stacked HUGE rocks that mysteriously are perfectly balanced. Watching the sunset atop one of these wonders was just amazing

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    Jennifer says:

    My husband and I went to Costa Rica in March and it was our best vacation. I’m in my first year of law school, and we both work full time, and we went away for spring break. It was so nice to have a week away from everything except for each other. It didn’t matter what we did on vacation, we were just so happy to have stress free time alone. 

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    Jocelyn says:

    I just returned from one of my best vacations ever: Ecuador. I traveled alone through Cuenca, Guayaquil, Quito, Otavalo. It was unforgettable, not just for the tranquil and majestic beauty of colonial cities nestled in the bosom of lush green mountains and bounded by powerful waterfalls, but also because of the incredible people I met during this life-altering journey. Many moments have forged my lasting connection, respect, and love of Ecuador: the getting lost but being helped by complete strangers, making new local friends who welcomed me into their homes, hablando Español que no he estudiaba por diez años, seeing the Amazon jungle teeming with wildlife, and being unable to take my eyes off of elegant women in their beautiful full velvet skirts paired with classic white hats. Ecuador has captivated me. I know that as soon as I have the time and finances again, I will return…hopefully with a beautiful scarf around my neck.

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    Joren Robles says:

    I’ve realized it’s not the destination but the journey. That being said, all our family road trips, where we all grew, learned new things, reflected and laughed…are memorable. Remember the time…are moments less about the place we visited and more about the time it took to get there. The unexpected and sometimes even the drama, will ultimately turn into a good story later on. Also, saying you’re been there, is more meaningful when it’s the people you were with, that made it so special.

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    Charlotte D. says:

    To Disney World for my honeymoon.  We were young and free spirit. Not a care in the world.   It was wonderful and we really did not want to go back.  It was so much fun.

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    Ali says:

    A few years ago, the hubs and I had great jobs teaching in Hong Kong… But after years of near burn out, we decided we needed to change our pace of life even though it meant letting go of the job security. We eventually moved to the states, but before that we wanted to do something that had been a dream for both of us: the trans-Siberian railway. We quit our jobs, sold, shipped, and gave away our stuff, until we were left with   a backpack each to travel by train and bus from Hong Kong all the way to London. We took two and a half months to do it, and it  was long, and hard, and absolutely wonderful. Beijing, Ulan Bator, St Petersburg, Helsinki, Croatia, Salzburg, Berlin… It was so freeing just to go. It’s been four years, and our lives are much quieter and more local, but I know this adventure with my best friend has changed the way we travel and take off together now, even if it’s just for a day in the mountains. And YES, a great scarf is a MUST! ;)

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    HilLesha says:

    My best vacation will probably be my upcoming trip to the Bahamas. :)