The Italian Fix Travel Scholarship Winner Is…

by Bianca Gignac

win a trip italy

You might have heard that back in November we launched a special opportunity to give one person a travel scholarship to Italy.

Which meant that one woman would be joining us on our small group tours in Italy – and it would be on the house. Yup – a week of hotels, food, workshops, and incredible Italian experiences paid for by moi.

I was incredibly excited to offer this because I’ve been the recipient of some groovy travel opps myself. I received a study bursary from The Italian Cultural Institute in Vancouver when I was still in university and it’s how I travelled to Italy the very first time. Look how that ended up!

I’ve looked at all the videos multiple times. I think each person who entered is hands down rad — and I feel so honoured that these brave ladies invested their time and energy to share their stories with me and my team and with all of you. Chatting on YouTube may be easy for some, but for most of us it’s akin to pulling out a sliver: it’s uncomfortable.

I wanna say, con tutto il mio cuore, grazie! With all my heart thank you!

A big shout out to my girls who entered: Courtney, Gina, Kerry, Julia, Holly, Ali, Sandy, Janet, Sara, Crista, Rashmi, Katie, Danika, Beata, Adrienne, Christina and Bridget. You are shining stars and all deserving of wonderful things and I wish each and every one of you love and success in creating the life you want.

We chose to offer this scholarship to Rashmi Pappu, a photographer and hardworking mamma.

Rashmi chose the Italian Fix photography workshop in Florence as her trip of choice and we are excited to meet her next month in Tuscany.

Here is her video.

I hope you can all get behind Rashmi and cheer her on to great things on her first ever trip to Italy and her path as a photographer. Thanks so much everyone for contributing to this community of special travel souls!

A special hug also goes to all the amazing people who  commented, tweeted and shared on facebook (over 220 times!). You rock my world.

xx Bianca

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Trish Rosiak

Congratulations Rashmi! You chose well. :) We look forward to hearing about (and seeing pictures from) her adventures with you all. :)


Rashmi Pappu

I cannot believe it! Thank you so much for this opportunity Bianca and Leela. Wow. Thank you!Thank you! My family was so thrilled this morning when I told them…I am in a bit of a shock. Looking forward to Italy…making new friends and learning a lot from Leela!! Xoxo. ciao!



OMG!!! What an opportunity!!!!!!! You deserve this! Start packing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



CONGRATULATIONS Rashmi!!!!!!!!!!! Have fun lady! Take millions of pictures and most of all have a FABULOUS time!

Xoxo Court.



so excited to have you along for the fun Rashmi!!!


Fira Pierce

Congrats! Have the best trip :)



Congrats to Rashmi, and thanks for the opportunity. Will definitely see you all in Italy some day… :-)


Adrienne Breaux

Congrats Rashmi!!



Wonderful! Hope you enjoy every second of your well-deserved trip. I agree that it will make you a better, more creative woman and mamma! Brava Rashmi!



YAY Rashmi! Congratulations!!





Kristy Graham

How exciting! Good choice Bianca :)



Loved your video, Rashmi! Very deserving winner! Congratulations and enjoy your trip!


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