I thrilled to be part of Passports with Purpose. I would never have thought of doing something like this if it weren’t for my friend Debbie. Sometimes you just need someone to give you a push, you know?
I’m excited and proud that this is our fifth year. As with every other year, I’m terrified of our fundraising goal (this year it is to raise $100,000 to build five wells in two communities in Haiti with Water.org).
I’m humbled by the support and enthusiasm of the community of travel bloggers from around the world who participate in Passports with Purpose. I’m awed by the list of incredible prizes donated by the 100+ travel and tourism companies who also participate.
But above all, this year I am honored to be able to offer as my prize a 26-day Tour of Central Asia donated by Intrepid Travel. Murph and I traveled through this region in Spring 2011 with our boys. We found it fascinating to observe ethnic and cultural changes on people’s faces and on the streets. I sat in a cafe in Bukhara and looked up at the Kalon Minaret, which Genghis Khan spared when he sacked this city in 1220AD. It was over 30C but I had goosebumps.
Since this is such an amazing prize, I asked the Intrepid Travel to comment on why they support Passports with Purpose so generously. Here’s what Eliza Anderson, Global PR Manager for Intrepid had to say:
“Why do we support Passports with Purpose? Intrepid supports Passports with Purpose because we’ve always applauded innovation, particularly in the area of responsible travel. Traveling in a way that respects local cultures, people and environments is something we have always believed in. It’s a part of everything we do from taking local transport, eating at local restaurants and staying in small, locally owned accommodation; to The Intrepid Foundation which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. We are inspired by the creative way Passports with Purpose brings the travel and blogging community together to create positive change and we are honored to be a part of this great initiative.”
You can check out this 26-day Silk Road Tour and all the other prizes on the DONATE page.
A reminder on how Passports with Purpose works: For each $10 donation, you get to bid on a prize of your choice, ranging from hotel stays, travel packages and gear to tours, gift certificates and electronics. Your donation will help fund the wells that will bring clean water and so much opportunity to Haiti. You can bid on prizes until December 11 at 11:59 pm PST and we’ll announce the prize winners on December 18.