It’s that time of the year. And one of my favorites too.
One initiative that always makes me proud to be a member of the travel industry and its community is the annual Passports with Purpose (PwP) project which brings together bloggers, travel industry professionals, and nonprofit organizations in an effort to support various worthy causes since its inception in 2008.
Last year, with our collective help in raising in $84,000, Passports with Purpose was able to build two schools and fund two adult literacy programs in Mali with buildOn.
This year, Passports with Purpose is teaming up with nonprofit organization Sustainable Harvest International to raise money for farming communities in Central America. Since 1997, Sustainable Harvest International (SHI) has been working in the region to help family farmers not only grow their own food but to understand how to do so in a way that protects the ecosystems they live in and prevent tropical deforestation.
With your help, for each $5000 we raise, Sustainable Harvest can help a family in Honduras for five years. You can follow fundraising efforts and conversations on Twitter at #PwP.
Where I Come In – Partnership with Wimdu
This year, I’ve once again partnered with Wimdu, a fantastic apartment rental company to bring you a $500 voucher you can use to cover lodging on your next trip.
Wimdu is a dynamic and fast-growing European accommodation exchange platform, bringing together travellers and hosts from across the globe. With over 3000,000 properties in more than 100 countries around the world you can use your Wimdu voucher to book a great short-term base in Berlin, a beautiful villa in Nice, a chic apartment in Paris, or crash pads in London and Amsterdam, as you travel around Europe for the ultimate city break experience.
As an avid traveler myself, I strongly believe in the concept of slow travel and try to immerse as long as I can in a place. Even if I’m there for just a few days, rather than passing blindly through scenery and checking off tourist sites as I go, I try to focus on very few activities that help me immerse in the culture of the destination, and experience the city I’m visiting like a local would do.
One way of doing this is by staying in apartment rentals through Wimdu. You can live like a local by buying and cooking with fresh produce, get a feel for the style and decor of the city by exploring your neighborhood deeper, and get an insight into cultural nuances by interacting with your neighbors.
Where You Come In
From December 1st until December 17th, you can make donations of $10 or more to the cause. In addition, you can choose which prizes you’d like to win when making your donation including the $500 voucher from Wimdu for renting apartments while traveling like a local.
Please reach into your pockets and give what you can. Special thanks to Wimdu for supporting this effort.
Previous PwP Efforts
To learn more about previous projects, please check out the links below.
2013 – buildOn – Building schools in Mali
2012 – Water.org – Building wells in Haiti
2011 – Room to Read – Building libraries in Zambia
2010 – LAFTI – Building a village in India
2009 – American Assistance for Cambodia (AAC) – Building a school in Cambodia
2008 – Heifer International – Donating lifestock
2008 – Giving Back: Passports with Purpose