Got Passport?

Less than 40% of Americans have a passport! What about you?

Do you have travel dreams?

The Passport Party Project wants to help you get on your way... responsively and responsibly.

100 Girls

100 girls from Phase 1 got their first passports and are on the road to global citizenship!

Volunteers Make All The Difference

The Passport Party Project relies on volunteers to help foster travel dreams.

The world is your oyster.

Where will you go first?

Monday, March 24, 2014

The Passport Party Project shines at National Geographic Live!

The Passport Party Project shines on February 6, 2014
in Washington D.C. at National Geographic Live!
(right before the :10 mark). 

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Do YOU Believe?

If YOU believe in the power of the passport and would like to be a part of The Passport Party Project's ongoing #TravelRocks social media campaign advocating for youth travel, global citizenship, giving back and the power of the passport, then send your amazing travel photo to! Be sure to include your name, three ways you would describe yourself, where the photo was taken, where you got your last passport stamp, and your blog or Web address. There should be no text on the image and the image must be at least 700px x 700 px and no bigger than 1000x1000.

And while all submissions are appreciated (you have no idea how much), submissions are no guarantee of being posted as Facebook posts are only going up once (maybe twice) a week from now on.

But, hey. Thank you ALL for your ongoing support. It matters.

Do YOU believe? 


Monday, January 20, 2014


It's the first of the year (again!) and I'm ready to get the passport party started!  I'm super psyched about what's in store this year for The Passport Party Project's first Phase 2 group of deserving girls.  #10girlsatatime

On January 14, 2014, The Passport Party Project awarded two roundtrip airline tickets to Melissa Chaney and her tween daughter in an online sweepstakes compliments of JetBlue.   And to keep the party rolling, I have been flooding my social media channels with The Passport Party Project's #TravelRocks campaign that showcases world travelers who believe in the power of the passport. 

Traveler love from Lily of
via @TraceyFriley on Instagram
#TravelRocks is posting daily through February 15, advocating for youth travel, global citizenship, giving back & the power of the passport.  #doYOUbelieve?

An eventful six months

I originally thought I would get a little breaky-break after the Passport to Belize trip was over in July 2013, but instead, I was off to Costa Rica less than two months later as a finalist in The GProject, a crowd-sourcing contest for causes put on by G Adventures and the Planeterra Foundation.

The entire GProject experience not only helped me put Phase 2 in perspective and on paper, but took me to beautiful Costa Rica for the very first time. #puravida It was an unforgettable experience and enhanced by the Passport Party Project online ambassadors that rallied to vote and got me in front of the judges and then ultimately to Costa Rica to pitch.
LEFT TO RIGHT: 2013 GProject Winner, Lee-Ann Gibbs
GProject Finalist Rita Rayman / GProject Finalist Tracey Friley
GProject Finalist Jodie McQueen   
In October 2013, National Geographic Traveler magazine announced - first online and then in its November 2013 issue - that I was one of its 2013 Travelers of the Year for my work with The Passport Party Project. That was just bonkers. I'm extremely honored. And besides my mother's holiday visit, it was a great way to close out 2013.

2014 started off for me in Baja Mexico where I got the news while on vacation that I won a $2,000 gift card in the American Express #PassionProject. Do you believe it?! Happy New Year to The Passport Party Project!

And coming up really soon, on February 6, 2014, I will be on a panel at a National Geographic Live event in Washington, D.C. celebrating all of its 2013 Travelers of the Year. I've been pinching myself daily. I am very grateful and excited to be able to talk about The Passport Party Project with National Geographic Traveler. #sonice 


But now? Now, I'm ready to get back to work. Phase 1 was a success: 100 underserved American girls now have their very first passports and 6 of those girls were able to travel to Belize to get their very first passport stamps and volunteer at a local orphanage courtesy of Expedia. Global citizens are in the making. Phase 1 was a learning experience for the girls and for me as well, and now I'm ready to start Phase 2 -- 10 girls at a time. #partytime



1. Raise the money for 10 passports and 10 passport photos. Thank you to everyone who has been contributing to fostering international travel dreams by donating and to the American Express #PassionProject for taking the pressure off.

2. 1+ year partnership with a committed brand &/or sponsor willing to donate 10 international trips to 10 underserved American girls.

3. Produce global awareness training module. 

4. Set criteria and recruit 10 underserved girls nationwide for a Fall program start.

5. Continue online fundraising. 

6. Secure a fiscal agent and professional grant writer. #501c3 

7. Contract with a fund raiser on contingency

8. Enter select online sweepstakes. [Win.]

9. Continue building a team of do-ers. 

Wow. I've got work to do. If you can help, please, shoot me an email. Bye for now...

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Win Airline Tickets Courtesy of The Passport Party Project and JetBlue!

Calling all travelers! Calling all travelers! The Passport Party Project is giving away two (2) free roundtrip airline tickets courtesy of our friends at JetBlue! Wahooo! Who wants another passport stamp!?! 

That's right! One adult and one teen will travel to the destination of their choice via JetBlue! What makes this #traveltastic giveaway unique is The Passport Party Project gets to yet again empower a tw/een with the gift of travel - this time through an adult winner. Because while you have to be 18 years of age or older to enter, each 18+ entrant will represent a team of two: One adult and your favorite teen (11-15) will fly off into the wild blue yonder. Hollaaaaa!

All you have to do is properly execute the travel-themed tasks posted on this page every #TravelTuesday between now and December 31, 2013 and you will be entered into a random drawing being held on January 14, 2014. And yes, it's that easy! Ready to take a chance at winning? Here are the deets:

1. Adults! Find a teen you want to empower and take a creative travel-themed photo together. If you don't live in the same city or state, improvise and create a fun little avatar that best represents the two of you.
2. Come up with a creative name for your dynamic traveling duo! Keep it fun and keep it light!
3. Adults! Register by sending your new photo to and then go to the comments section of this blog post (could take up to 7 days) to look for confirmation of your entry. Only one entry allowed per team. Only one entry allowed per household.

Bookmark this blog post and come back to it every #TravelTuesday to see what's next!

#TravelTuesday Travel Tasks
All travel tasks must be completed no later than 1/17/14.

10/29/13: JetBlue flies to over 60+ destinations, some of which require that you bring your precious passport. Find your entry in the comments section below, and by clicking "reply" on your entry, list the 3 international destinations (from JetBlue's destinations, of course) that you would pick from if you were to win this contest. =)
11/5/13: Where do you want to go that you have never been before? Name just one country (because I'm sure you want to go to more than one place) and then share two interesting cultural facts about the people in that country by clicking reply on your last response in the comments section below. 
11/12/13: Based on your answer from last week, name two passport facts about the country you have never been to before. Reply by clicking on your last response in the comments section below.
11/19/13: What is the full name of the airport closest to your residence? What is the airport code? Name one interesting fact about your airport. Reply by clicking on your last response in the comments section below.
11/26/13: Whether you are going on a domestic or international journey, name five (5) items you simply cannot travel without. Reply by clicking on your last response in the comments section below.
12/3/13: In honor of #GivingTuesday, share three (3) details about your favorite voluntourism organization. Reply by clicking on your last response in the comments section below!
12/10/13: You're in a foreign country on a vacation. You realize you've lost your passport. What are the first 3 things you do? Reply by clicking on your last response in the comments section below.
12/17/13: Name five (5) JetBlue airline partners that would take you to 5 places you long to go. Reply by clicking on your last response in the comments section below. Hint:
12/24/13: Besides sampling the local cuisine, name three (3) things you like to do when you arrive in a new destination. Reply by clicking on your last response in the comments section below.
12/31/13: HAPPY NEW YEAR! Where will your travel dreams take you in 2014 and beyond? Reply by clicking on your last response in the comments section below. And thanks for playing along! HINT: There is no wrong answer. ;-)

BONUS: Did I mention that all confirmed entries will automatically be entered in a random drawing for a chance to win an Around The World board game!?! Well, yeah. #score

Travelers! Ready to have some fun?! Let's do this!

Contest Rules:

1. ELIGIBILITY: The Contest is open to legal residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico who are 18 years of age or older. As a condition of entry, Contest entrants irrevocably grant The Passport Party Project, contest entities and its affiliates, legal representatives, assigns, agents and licensees a worldwide, royalty-free, non-exclusive, sublicensable, unconditional, perpetual and transferable right and license to use the Entrant’s submitted name, image, likeness, statements, biographical material in contest promotions  in any media format or medium and through any media channel. The Contest Entities shall have the right to disqualify any entries that they deem to violate the contest rules at its sole discretion.
2. HOW TO ENTER: Properly execute the prompts on this blog post during the contest period of October 29, 2013 through December 31, 2013, 11:59 p.m. PDT.  Enter the contest at any time during the contest period.  All properly executed entries will be automatically entered into contest. One winner will be selected at random. Winner will be announced in the comments section of this blog post and via various social media channels on January 14, 2014.  
3. CONTEST PRIZE:  Two (2) travel certificates good for roundtrip non-stop travel between any of JetBlue's 60+ destinations.Travel is valid through August 14, 2014, blackout dates may apply, and redeemed travel is subject to availability and seats may not be available on all flights. No substitution of prizes. Prize may not be redeemed for cash value. If the individual selected declines to accept the prize by reason of accident, illness or emergency, there will be no cash compensation.
4. PRIZE: Limit one prize per person. The Contest Entities will award prizes only upon winner confirmation, verification and final approval. No substitution, transfer of any prize or cash alternative permitted.
5. GENERAL CONDITIONS: The Contest Entities are not responsible for technical failures of any kind, including but not limited to the malfunctioning of any computer or web site. The Contest Entities are not responsible for lost, interrupted or unavailable network server or other connections, for incorrect or inaccurate entry information, howsoever caused, or other error of any kind whether human, mechanical or electronic. Entrants found tampering with or abusing any aspect of this Contest, as solely determined by the judges, will be disqualified. If disqualified for any of the above abuses, the Entities reserve the right to terminate entrant’s eligibility to participate in the Contest. Any attempt by any person to deliberately undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest may be in violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, the Contest Entities reserve the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. The Contest Entities’ failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. The Contest Entities reserve the right to terminate, cancel, suspend and/or modify the Contest if any fraud, virus or other technical problem corrupts the administration, security, or proper play of the Contest, as determined by any of the Contest Entities in its sole discretion. In such event, the Contest Entities reserve the right to award the prize to the entrant whose submission has received the highest average and most number of ratings at the time of the impairment. Only the stated number of prizes will be awarded. In no event will more prizes be awarded than those listed in Rule #3. In the event of a dispute as to the identity of an online entrant, the online entry in question will be deemed submitted by the authorized account holder of the e-mail. The authorized account holder shall be the natural person to whom the applicable email address has been assigned by the Internet access provider, service provider, or other online organization responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address. A Potential Winner may be requested to provide the Sponsor with proof that the Potential Winner is the authorized account holder of the e-mail address associated with the winning entry.
By entering the Contest and/or accepting the prize, entrants/prize winners agree to: (a) be bound by these rules; (b) release the Contest Entities, their parent companies, or organizations, subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotion partners, agents and their estate and/or family members from all liability, claims, action, or proceedings relating to the Contest and from injuries or damages arising in connection with or relating to participation in the Contest, or use or misuse of the prize; and (c) waive any right to claim ambiguity in the Contest or these Official Rules. By accepting the prize, winner further acknowledges that The Passport Party Project and any other entity involved with this Contest have neither made, nor are in any manner responsible or liable for, any warranty, representation or guarantee, express or implied in fact or in law, relative to the prize or prize suppliers or to any portion thereof, including but not limited to its quality, merchantability, mechanical condition, or fitness for a particular purpose including, without limitation, use of any equipment associated with the prize. The Passport Party Project reserves the right to modify these Official Rules for clarification purposes without materially affecting the terms and conditions of the Contest, to void suspect entries and/or cancel, terminate or suspend any portion of this Contest should a virus, bugs, non-authorized human intervention or other causes beyond the control of The Passport Party Project corrupt or impair the administration, security, fairness or proper play of the Contest and, in any such event, at its discretion, select winners from eligible, non-suspect entries received prior to the event requiring such termination, cancellation or suspension.
Contest Entities are not responsible for typographical or other errors in the offer or administration of this contest, including but not limited to errors in advertising, the Official Rules, the selection and announcement of winners, or the distribution of any prize.