Favorite Passports with Purpose Prizes


As you know, I’m a co-founder of Passports with Purpose, the annual travelblogger’s fundraiser. That means that every year I get to see all the great prizes as they come in and every year there are some that catch my eye and make me think, “Oh! I’d love to win that one!”. Unfortunately as an organizer I can’t win – but I can dream :) So here are my five favorites from the awesome list of 2012 prizes.

The thing about living in a city is that you rarely get to experience the fancy hotels in the city. If I won Mary Jo’s 2 Nights at the Pan Pacific including breakfast I could check out the Pan Pacific (which I expect to be sumptuous and maybe even have a mini-break with my husband – after all, if we’re still in Seattle it’ll be safe enough to leave our teen boys home alone, right?

Trekaroo have partnered with the Big Sky Chamber of Commerce and the Lone Mountain Ranch to offer a week at a dude ranch in Montana for a family for four. With expat parents and family spread worldwide my kids regularly complain that they don’t get to see enough of America. A week at a dude ranch might start to redress that imbalance.

I love Mexico. I do really. So much so that if I could enter to win prizes, I’d split my entries between the Luxury Penthouse apartment in Punta de Mito offered by CiaoBambino and the five night stay at a the Banyan Tree Mayakoba resort in Riviera Maya. Surely if I entered both of these I’d double my chances of winning at least one?

Fellow Seattle blogger Peter Carey is offering a 12 Day All-Expense Paid Photo Trek in Nepal. If I won this one, I’d give it to my husband. It takes a lot of time to pull Passports with Purpose together. That’s time I’m not spending with my husband and kids. So long as I fulfill my provider-of-food-and-clean-laundry duties, my kids appear to be fine with me being barely there sometimes. My husband unfortunately has to pick up the pieces when I get stressed out and crabby. So this is a virtual gift to you Murph, for being a great Home Team.

You can check out these and all the other prizes on the DONATE page.

The Passports with Purpose designated charity for 2012 is and the goal is to raise $100,000 to build five wells in rural Haiti.

Passports with Purpose 2012 sponsors are: Expedia, Tripit, TBEX, HomeAway, Travellerspoint, HostelBookers and Go with Oh.

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". . .life is short and the world is wide" - Simon Raven I'm not sure I've ever consciously planned a trip based on this sentiment, but it definitely influences my subconscious! I've been traveling as frequently and widely as possible since I finished school. And I love it. I love the research, the planning, the fervent packing and the curiosity of exploring somewhere I've never been before. My husband & I are both Irish - as in born-in-Ireland. But we live in Seattle. We have two boys: wild, boisterous, regular boys. So, since becoming a Mom, I've been a WanderMom. Given our slightly-unusual family situation, routine "visits-to-Grandma" are international trips requiring passports, 10hr-flights and (oh joy!) airport transfers. I have rants, raves and opinions about how, where & why to travel with kids (start them as young as you can, I say!). I hope to learn even more by researching topics which other wandermoms may be interested in reading about on this blog. Passports, pacifiers, diapers and gameboys at the ready - off we go! Contact Info: Email Michelle: michelle (at) murphnduff (dot) org

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