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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Submissions are open for Phase 2: Apply Today!

Monday, June 30, 2014

#PassportPartyProject Photo-A-Day Challenge!

Share your favorite travel photos
across your favorite social media channels
in support of the #powerofthepassport & The #PassportPartyProject!

July 1 - 31, 2014

Don't forget to use the #PassportPartyProject hashtag!

You can click on the image to make it larger. =)

Day 9 says: Yes, Chef!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Villa Caloukaera: Our HomeAway from Home … in the French Islands of Guadeloupe

Pictured above: Saint-François Lagoon, Grand-Terre, Guadeloupe Islands

He who returns from a journey
is not the same as he who left.

If you haven't been following The Passport Party Project on its Phase 2 journey so far, then you don't know that 10 American teen girls are going to the Guadeloupe Islands next June to get their very first passport stamps and to experience the French culture, environment and people of Guadeloupe. They will not be the same when they return to the United States. Of that, I am 100% certain. Submissions for the 10 coveted spots opens August 15, 2014.

If you haven't been following along on our journey so far, you also don't know that these same 10 girls will shack up in their very own home away from home sponsored by HomeAway, the world's number one source for vacation rentals with one million listings. #1MilWaysToStay

But, hey. Now you know. ;-)

Of course, as the Pied Piper of Passports (haha), I'm going too, along with Advisory Board Member, photographer and travel writer Lebawit Lily Girma, and my college staff Mary Mitchell, who is an American Red Cross certified lifeguard and who has traveled with me on teen trips to waterfront destinations before. There will be 13 of us females in total. And before you ask, yes, there are 6 toilets. Hey, it matters. #IJS


Our HomeAway from home villa is located on Guadeloupe's main island of Grand-Terre, in the commune of Saint-François, which is on the south-east point of the Gwada butterfly

It doesn't hurt that Saint-François is often compared to the Cote d’Azur in the South of France with its stunning location that combines the tropical Caribbean setting with French style and flair. Stroll along the bistro lined streets, go shopping at the markets for fresh fruits and vegetables, dine and shop at the beautiful marina on the calm turquoise lagoon, spend a day playing golf at the international golf course or enjoy its spectacular white sand beaches. #lesigh

Villa Caloukaera: Our HomeAway from Home

And here, mes amis, are the photos, courtesy of HomeAway and Villa Caloukaera:

That is a parental unit attached to the back of the house.
Guess who is staying there? #PiedPiperofPassports

For more images (of the inside) and to check out the entire listing, please click here.

And hey, why not buy a virtual (or real!) airplane ticket and join us? HomeAway has plenty of rentals to choose from. And besides, you won't be the same once you get back. Promise. ;-)

Saturday, June 21, 2014


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Friday, May 9, 2014

Teen Travel Summit & Extravaganza Weekend

At about the halfway point of Phase 1 of The Passport Party Project, I started thinking about all of the emails flooding my inbox from parents...about their daughters that weren't getting their first passports or participating in global awareness parties or getting awarded with trips to Belize, and I got a bright idea. (That can be dangerous…LOL)

When I think back, my bright idea was also inspired by how much physical movement was in my life at the time and how much I was looking forward to being still, in spite of how much I enjoy moving about. 

I was writing for an American Airlines Web site and getting paid in airline tickets, so I was traveling internationally non-stop. #punintended 

I was traveling around the nation gifting girls with their very first passports, so I was traveling domestically non-stop. 

I was going to conferences, press trips, personal trips, winning awards, and changing my own life in the process.

Travel, travel, travel. I talk it, live it, breathe it, teach it. It is a lifestyle choice. It changes lives. But my non-stop life needed to stop. At least for a few months….

When I finally found myself re-rooted in January - after the trip to Cabo, in between the trip to D.C. and after 3 years of playing the pied piper of passports - I started thinking about how much more I had to learn about Oakland, the place I left Los Angeles for, and the place I now call home. The place I have lived since 1999. The place that is so culturally diverse that I don't know where else I could live and be as comfortable. The place that [insert bright idea here] resembles the world we live in. You could basically travel around the world without leaving Oakland, I thought. 

Hey. Wait a minute…

An off-shoot of The Passport Party Project, Teen Travel Summit & Extravaganza Weekend is a two-day travel-ganza for a small group of local teens (girls AND boys) ready to travel and explore the world and its cultures without leaving their own backyards in a fun and educational way. Think: An Amazing Global Scavenger Hunt Race for teens. 

And then guess what happened?

Visit Oakland and I talked about how we could empower local youth via some local Oakland travel fun and they immediately hopped on as a sponsor.

And so. On a date to be determined in the second quarter of 2015, but before the 10 girls from Phase 2 go to the Guadeloupe Islands to get their first passport stamps, the first Teen Travel Summit & Extravaganza Weekend will go down…in Oakland, California.
I think that's worth a hearty round of applause, don't you?

*Clapping wildly*

Full details are coming soon.

TTSE might be in a city near you sooner than you think!
What city do YOU live in?

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Passport Party Project Sponsors Rock!

May 6, 2014

A round of applause for our first round of sponsors!

*clapping wildly*

The Passport Party Project is extremely grateful to those youth travel advocates who give. 

#TravelRocks #PowerOfThePassport

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