|Passport holders in The Himalayas (left to right)|
Erin (USA), Hilde (Austria), Anne (Germany), Benedicte (France), Pirjo (Finland)
When Erin Michelson reached out to me to ask to be involved when The Passport Party Project makes its way to San Francisco in March 2013, saying yes was a no-brainer. You see, Erin (of GoErinGo) is an adventure philanthropist currently on an enviable two year Global Living and Global Giving round the world journey and was profiled in a National Geographic Traveler magazine article entitled "The New Philanthropist." I plan to profile Erin as well when I present a session on "Travel Philanthropy" at BlogHer 12 this August. Erin, as you can well imagine, is a woman after my own heart. #love
Erin, just back from trekking the Himalayas, sent in a picture of herself and her trekking crew (you can send in a picture too!) so that she could be a part of The Passport Party Project even before the last party in San Francisco next year that will be the kickoff of the Expedia® contest that will gift some of the new passport holders with a trip to get their first passport stamps. Currently in Nepal and on her way to Singapore, Erin also included a photo of Nirma Rai, "our Nepalese trekking guide, holding her photo. It’s extremely rare for a Nepali woman to have a passport and Nirma has traveled to Italy and Poland to receive advanced mountain climbing and ice climbing training. She is also one of the first Nepali women to summit Annapurna 4 (the 11th tallest mountain in the world). She’s a rock star!"
But guess what? I think Erin is a rock star too. =)