My Passports with Purpose Prize Picks


“Can we get a divorce?”, Murph’s question was almost plaintive.
“I mean I still love you, but if we were divorced, I could enter for one of these Passports with Purpose prizes, right?”
I’m honestly not sure whether my husband is joking or not. I mean, these are really great prizes!
Today is my wistful, wishful Passports with Purpose post. As a co-founder of this annual online fundraiser, I can’t enter for any of the fantastic prizes procured or donated by over 100 travel bloggers. Neither can my husband, or my kids.

But you can and so, to help you choose from this long list of holidays, hotel stays and other excellent travel goodies, I’m going to share my favorite prize picks (all of these are open to anyone, anywhere in the world). Maybe just thinking about these will distract my husband and make him forget about that silly divorce idea.

Remember, each $10 donation you make on the Donate page gives you an entry into a free prize drawing of your choice.

HomeAway 1000 Voucher
A 1000 voucher good for one HomeAway vacation rental stay. Choose from HomeAway’s worldwide vacation properties. Pick a place, pick a house or apartment and stretch out and enjoy your vacation. Cook for yourself or eat out. Enjoy having your own space. This is my favorite type of holiday accommodation.

One Week at the Fabulous Rancho La Puerta Spa
One week stay for one at the #1 Destination Spa in the World (voted such by Readers of Travel & Leisure Magazine 2010 and 2011). I’m a mom of two teenage boys (three, if you count the exchange student from Germany we added to our household for this school year), I work full-time and I try to blog on the side. I need a week at a spa.

9-Day Costa Rica Tour
Soak in the thermal hot springs of Arenal Volcano, search for the elusive quetzal bird in the cloud forest, watch the sun set over the Pacific. Costa Rica is on my destination bucket list. ‘Nuff said.

Isla Espiritu Santo Mexico Adventure
2 day and 1 night on Isla Espritu Santo, Mexico. Trip for 2 includes camping gear, excursion 2 swim with sea lions, hiking, kayaking, meals & transport. A pacific island idyll. Quiet, accessible only by boat. The only accommodation is camping. Can I go now?

Jasper/Banff 8-day wilderness tour
Rocky Mountains, hiking in national parks, standing on the Columbia Icefield: experience the Canadian Wilderness!
I’ve never been to Banff. I’ve heard it’s beautiful. It’s practically in my backyard. I should go, soon.

Those are my picks? What are yours?

Before you go, a heartfelt Thank You to Passports with Purpose 2011 Sponsors:

  • Round the World with Us is a family of travelers committed to raising awareness of global issues, help people to gain a greater understanding of other cultures, and encourage people (especially youth) to see that they have the power to make a real difference in the lives of others.
  • Travellerspoint is one of the web’s largest and most active travel communities with members representing every country in the world. To date, their more than 30,000 blogs have shared 175,000 stories and over 1.4 million photos.
  • HomeAway is the world’s leading online marketplace of vacation rentals, with sites representing more than 625,000 paid vacation rental home listings throughout more than 145 countries.

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About wandermom

". . .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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