Every year since 2008, travel bloggers have banded together to participate in Passports With Purpose. The founders select one charity around the world each year. Then each travel blogger finds a business willing to donate something; it can be goods (usually travel-related), services, or travel experiences. The items are all put up for auction to the general public, where people pay $10 per bid. The proceeds always go to an excellent cause; this year, it's building wells in Haiti.
The donation amount has greatly increased over the years. Two years ago, they raised $60,000 ($10,000 over their goal) to help house 25 families in India. In 2011, they raised $90,000 (also $10,000 over their goal) to build two libraries in Zambia. This year, the goal is to reach $100,000.
Last year and this year, we've donated a $500 BedandBreakfast.com gift card to the auction. We encourage you to bid in the auction, whether for our gift card or another prize. Not only are you helping bring fresh water to Haiti, but you are being entered to win all kinds of great travel prizes of your choice.
Participate by bidding now. The auction ends December 11!
By Emily Starbuck Crone