For the third year in a row I’m thrilled to announce that LandLopers is participating in the remarkable travel blogger charitable drive Passports With Purpose.
Passports with Purpose is a coordinated effort by hundreds of travel bloggers around the world to give back to areas of the world that need it the most. The effort began in 2008 when they raised $7,500 for Heifer International. This year the goal is lofty but attainable, $100,000 to build five wells for two communities in earthquake ravaged Haiti; but we need your help.
From my cozy American perspective clean water is something I just don’t think about. I have as much of it as I want, whenever I want it at just about any temperature I choose. This is not how many people around the world live; access to clean drinking water is one of the great challenges around the world. It’s a big world and sanitation issues are everywhere, but Haiti is certainly a worthy choice of support this year.
The money raised doesn’t disappear into a massive sink hole of NGOs and aid groups either. The communities are real — Boucan Carre and Mirebalais — and the group handling the Passports with Purpose donations, Water.org, has local, stable partnerships to ensure that this project will serve these communities.
So, what’s this about a prize? I’m glad you asked. How we raise this money is through an online raffle. Every time a donor (ahem, you) gives $10, they receive one entry in a drawing for their prize of choice. Vacation packages, hotel stays, fun travel gadgets and many other prizes are up for grabs and you choose the prize for which you want to enter.
This year thanks to the generosity of three amazing sponsors I’ve put together a European prize pack worth more than $1,500 that will make you want to pack your bags today for an Old World adventure. The winner of my prize will receive 1 Eurail Global Pass with 10 travel days within two months, 1st class (current value $868) from Eurail.Com, a $500 voucher for short term apartment rentals from Only-Apartments.com and a $200 gift card from Viator.com.
Eurail.Com is the online store for European rail passes providing first-class customer service and expert travel advice. Their rail passes let you visit up to 30 European countries by train. The best way to keep up with their latest deals and to use their amazing customer service is by liking their Facebook page and following on Twitter.
Only-apartments was set up in 2003 in Barcelona by two architects who recognized that renting a great apartment is the key to enjoying an authentic city break. Over the past decade Only-apartments has become a global leader in vacation rentals with more than 10,000 apartments and 1,000 destinations worldwide. Every day, over 1,000 nights’ stays are booked using Only-apartments website’s unique instant reservation system.
Over the last 17 years, Viator has built the industry’s largest and most diverse selection of worldwide tours and activities—from traditional sightseeing tours to unique once-in-a-lifetime experiences—all provided by local tour operators they’ve already vetted for quality, value and service. Their activities are supported by more than 325,000 unbiased reviews and photos posted by travelers like you, all backed by their low-price guarantee.
I’m really excited about this prize pack because these are companies I love and use and the resulting trip will be a great way to experience Europe. Eurail.com is the best choice when planning your European adventure. Thanks to an amazing rail network, train travel in Europe isn’t just fast and convenient, it’s a lot of fun too. I always use a Eurail.com pass when traveling around the continent and the prize they’ve generously donated is the Rolls Royce of their offerings allowing you to explore as many countries as you want in style. If you haven’t used Eurail.com passes before take a moment to look through this FAQ so you know what to expect if you win. Using the travel days and the need to purchase some advance reservations are important things to note, so make sure you understand how the passes work first.
For the past couple of years we have spent the holidays in Europe, living in an apartment and cruising around the continent via rail. Living like a local is a great way to get to know the destination better and it has become one of my favorite travel styles. Now you can try it for yourself if you win this prize pack with the Only-Apartments.com voucher. Hotels are great, but there truly is nothing like enjoying your own condo in the heart of a great European city. The space and privacy makes the stay in town a much more enjoyable experience and after a couple of days you will start to feel like you belong there. One of my favorite features of using a short term apartment rental is the ability to cook. During the day I will pick up ingredients from the markets and then assemble them into a European food fest in my condo. There’s really nothing better than a home cooked meal while traveling.
Just as I use trains and short term rentals when I travel, I also have used Viator.com around the world. I love, LOVE day tours especially if I have limited time in a destination. Viator excels in offering a wide variety of tours, transfers and remarkable experiences in almost every corner of the planet. One of my favorite tours with Viator.com was a day trip outside of Tokyo to visit Mt. Fuji and spend some time in the countryside. The experience was easy and seamless and I didn’t feel like a touron on a bus, I felt like a traveler exploring the world. The $200 gift card included in this package will allow you to book at least a couple great experiences as you travel around Europe on your fancy Eurail.com global pass.
So I think we can all agree that this is an amazing package, and it could be yours. More important than winning though, by donating you will be helping to affect real change that we can see and measure. The Passports With Purpose founders frequently visit the places the charity helps so you all can see for yourselves that what we are doing here is an amazing act of philanthropy.
To bid on this prize, or any of the other great prizes, and help bring clean, dependable water to communities in Haiti, head over to Passports with Purpose and donate! Hurry though, the fundraiser ends on December 11, 2012.
Prize Exemptions, Conditions and Expiration Date
Eurail is a rail pass for non-European residents only. Only non-European residents are eligible to win a complimentary Eurail Pass. To check eligibility for Eurail, please visit http://www.eurail.com/help/choosing-pass/should-i-travel-eurail-or-interrail. The Eurail pass can be issued until December 17, 2013. The pass is provided by Eurail.Com, owner of online Eurail store www.eurail.com and Facebook page. Please read our Promotion and Game conditions: http://www.eurail.com/terms-and-conditions/promotions-conditions
Prize Description * Describe your prize
Only-apartments.com is giving away $500 worth of self-catering accommodation in the city or cities of your choice worldwide. Choose from over 10,000 properties in the world’s most exciting city destinations from Buenos Aires to Tokyo.
Exemptions, Conditions and Expiration Date * Please list any conditions for use of this prize, blackout dates, costs that are the responsibility of the winner, or other exemptions.
1.The winner will be notified by email within two working days of the prize draw by Only-apartments and arrangements will be made to deliver the prize.
2. The reservation fees normally charged by Only-apartments will not apply, meaning that the full value of the voucher will be used towards the final cost of the apartment/s.
3. The voucher can be used towards any accommodation listed on Only-apartments.com, at any time of year, and can be used towards multiple trips, if they can be paid for within the value of the voucher. (Please note: as can be expected, the apartment owners we feature vary the prices of their apartments based on seasonal demand).
4. If the value of the accommodation chosen is higher than that of the voucher, the winner must pay the remainder. If it is lower, a cash rebate will not be provided, however the value can be put towards another stay.
5. The winner must use their voucher within 12 months of the notification date, meaning that the trip or trips paid for with the voucher must take place within 12 months of notification date.
6. The prize is transferable if the winner is unable to book a trip or trips for any reason but Only-apartments must be notified in writing of the new recipient and the validity period cannot be extended.
7. No cash alternative will be offered if either the winner or nominated alternative recipient cannot take up the prize during the period of validity, under any circumstances.
8. In addition to the particular conditions outlined above, all other terms and conditions related to Only-apartments’ client bookings will apply. For full details click here
Viator.com Gift Card
Gift certificate information will be emailed to winner. Winner can then use gift card to cover all or part of the cost of any tour. Gift Certificates are valid for two years from the date of initial purchase, or as required by local law (does not apply in jurisdictions where prohibited by law). Gift Certificates are redeemable against any product offered on the Viator site and remain valid until the entire value has been utilized or the expiry date has passed, subject to relevant local laws. If the Gift Certificate is redeemed in a booking of higher value, the balance may be paid using an acceptable credit card. If redeemed in a booking of lower value, the balance is stored until the card expires. Gift Certificates are not redeemable for cash. Viator reserves the right to cancel Gift Certificates obtained fraudulently. Viator is not responsible for stolen or lost Gift Certificates. Some tours have additional costs (tips, optional excursions, meals) that are not covered by the gift certificate.