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100 girls from Phase 1 got their first passports and are on the road to global citizenship!
The Passport Party Project relies on volunteers to help foster travel dreams.
Saturday, February 8, 2014
Monday, January 20, 2014
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 SunandStilettos.com|
via @TraceyFriley on Instagram
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
IT'S A NEW YEAR...
BACK TO WORK
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.
6. Secure a fiscal agent and professional grant writer. #501c3
7. Contract with a fund raiser on contingency
8. Enter select online sweepstakes. [Win.]
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Bookmark this blog post and come back to it every #TravelTuesday to see what's next!
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!
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Wednesday, October 23, 2013
For those of you who want to give your children the gift of travel (and not just on a family vacay), here are 6 ways to get your kids traveling when money isn't falling off of your backyard tree (oh, how I wish it were):
Shannon is crowdfunding using GoFundMe.com, however, there are a number of other sites dedicated to crowdfunding as well. Try FundMyTravel.com, FundRazr, Indiegogo, etc. Of course, I believe that no one owes you anything and that there are ethics concerned with asking strangers to pay for travel. I will not personally contribute to any crowdfunding campaigns that aren't cause-related or a part of a non-profit, but if it's about helping give kids a world view on an independent travel or study abroad journey, I'm all in.
See also > 5 Tips for Running a Successful Crowdsourcing Campaign. Tweak it and make it work for you.
2. Traditional fundraising
My advice is to stick to something you love doing and don't spend more money on supplies than you will actually bring home in donations. How about gift wrapping for the neighborhood this holiday season? Think of something creative!
See also > A Beginner's Guide to Fundraising. Again, everything won't be a fit; just make it work.
3. Earn Airline Miles Via Rewards Programs
And while there are more opportunities available if you have a credit card than if you don't, the truth is, a debit card will do just fine. Here's how:
Tip 1: In order to get the most bang for your buck, open just one frequent flyer account so that all of the points don't get spread out among more than one airline program. Otherwise it'll take FOREVER to earn that free ticket!
Step 2: See what kind of offers/programs your chosen airline program is linked to. For example, one airline carrier was offering 1,500 miles for each purchase of flowers through their vendor! This can work for hotel stays, rental cars and other retail purchases (like pudding or dollar coins) as well.
Tip 2: Stay on top of the offers and use them when it makes sense for your family. Might as well earn miles if you need to send someone flowers, right?
See also > 6 Ways To Earn Extra Frequent-Flier Miles.
4. Compete For Travel & Study Abroad Scholarships & Grants
Travel writing contests are a great way for teens to win money to use towards travel. In fact, there are a number of travel and study abroad grants and scholarships ripe for the picking! Naturally, your tw/eens must be able to articulate themselves well on paper (and often via video) in order to win, so exceptional grammar skills are key.
The Passport Party Project offers girls who get their first passports through the program free writing and grammar assistance with any essays that will be used for any contest submissions that include travel, including opportunities like Disney Dreamer's Academy, where the winning kids (ages 13-19) are flown to Walt Disney World for a long weekend of empowerment and encouraged to dream big.
Don't know where to go to find a travel writing or study abroad scholarship or grant? Start with the Society of American Travel Writers annual Teen Travel Writing Scholarship or The Passport Party Project's Travel Writing Scholarship (opens February 1, 2014).
For study abroad info, visit Diversity Abroad and Google "study abroad scholarship" and have at it!
5. Enter Trip ContestsI don't know about you, but when I see a trip contest advertised on Facebook, in magazines, on television, or anywhere else, I enter to win! Even if the odds are a million to one, someone has to win and it could be you (and your teen) or me! LOL
But please, try not to obsess after every entry. Just enter and walk away. But remember: Ya gotta be in it to win it.
6. Save your money.
I know, I know. A pretty novel concept, right?
Look. Whether you put your money in a savings account (where you will earn interest), or whether you plop your coins and dollar bills in a good ole piggy bank, the old-fashioned way of earning and stashing still works. If you have a specific trip in mind, set your savings goal, establish a time frame and figure out how much money you need to save per week/month to meet your goal.
Don't have a passport yet? Don't have a specific travel goal in mind? Have your teen start by saving $10-$20 a month anyway. Encourage them to have a stake in their travel dreams. Even if it takes 12 months to save enough to get that first passport, she will have accomplished something at the end of 12 months as opposed to just talking about it.
If she already has a passport, then whatever savings is accrued can be on the ready. Stash those pennies and coins, people. They add up!
Ready? Let's travel!