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Passports with Purpose: Alderbrook Resort helps Africa

Monday November 25, 2013 at 9:09 PM | 4 Comments

Alderbrook Resort

Alderbrook Resort & Spa

Imagine sitting on the deck, a glass of wine in hand, while watching and eagle catch thermals above the canal.

With your $10 donation, you could be kayaking on Washington’s Hood Canal, enjoying dinner at The Alderbrook Restaurant or relaxing at the Alderbrook Resort & Spa. This is just one of  the travel prizes up for grabs at this year’s Passports with Purpose.

Passports with Purpose is celebrating their sixth year of fund-raising for a cause. I’m pleased to say that this travel blogger has supported Passports with Purpose from the start and I continue to be involved in 2013.

Last year we raised $100,000 for Water.org to fund five water wells in Haiti.

This year, close to 150 travel bloggers from around the world will participate in Passports with Purpose 2013.

Together with your support, the money will fund buildOn to help construct three primary schools and fund three Adult Literary Programs in the Sikasso Region of Mali, Africa.

buildOn

Building schools in Africa with buildOn

Passports with Purpose Prizes

To see a list of prizes on the Passports With Purpose website check here. Each donated prize will link back to a full description of the prizes on the blogger’s website.

Your purchase of a $10 raffle ticket will help support Passports with Purpose and ultimately build three primary schools and several Adult Literacy Programs in Mali, Africa. For each $10 in donations that you make to Passports with Purpose, you will be entered to win a prize (or prizes) of your choice. The fundraiser begins on November 26th and closes at midnight on December 9, 2013. On Monday, December 16, 2013 Passports with Purpose volunteers will notify prize winners. All proceeds go directly to buildOn.

Alderbrook Resort & Spa, located a convenient two hours from Seattle on Washington’s Hood Canal,  is donating a one night stay in a Canal View guestroom, a $50 dining credit at The Restaurant at Alderbrook and $50 spa credit at The Spa at Alderbrook.  The suggested retail value of this Alderbrook Resort & Spa package is $385. Thank you Alderbrook Resort & Spa  for your generous donation.

Certificate is based on availability
Valid Sunday through Friday
Not valid on holiday weekends
Certificate includes resort fee and applicable room tax
Promotional Certificates are not replaceable if lost or stolen

Article written by Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown of What a Trip

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Tuesday November 29, 2011 at 12:12 AM | 0 Comments

"Passports with Purpose Room to Read"

Help Passports with Purpose Build Libraries in Zambia, Africa

Passports with Purpose 2011

It’s back. Passports with Purpose  offers the easiest way to support a worthwhile cause and assist with your holiday shopping needs. This year the travel blogging community has banded together to promote reading.

Passports with Purpose is celebrating their fourth year of fund raising for a cause. I’m pleased to say that this What a Trip Travel Blogger has supported Passports with Purpose from the start and I continue to be involved in 2011.

Last year we raised nearly $64,128. to construct a village in India – construction is already underway.  In 2009 we funded and built The Passports school in rural Cambodia – it opened in early October of 2010.

This year, more than 100 travel bloggers from around the world will participate in Passports with Purpose 2011.

Together, with your support, we plan to build libraries in Zambia. This year, we’re supporting Room to Read, an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to educating children.  Did you know that more than half of Zambians are 16 years old or younger? It follows that the country’s educational system faces an incredible burden with high illiteracy rates. Raising $80,000, we will build two libraries in Southern Africa!

Passport with Purpose Prizes

This week you will be able to see a list of prizes on the Passports With Purpose website. Each donated prize will link back to a full description of the prizes on the blogger’s website

Your purchase of a $10 raffle ticket will help support Passports with Purpose and ultimately build several libraries in Zambia. For each $10 in donations that you make to Room to Read, you will will be entered to win a prize (or prizes) of your choice. The fundraiser begins on November 30th and closes on December 16, 2011. All proceeds go directly to Room to Read.

What a Trip Passport with Purpose Prize Package

Thank you to my generous sponsors and Passports with Purpose Platinum Sponsor Round the World with Us.  This year I have prizes donated from Secrets Marquis Los Cabos and a gift certificate to accompany this Mexico dream vacation from Luxury Avenue.

"Marquis Los Cabos"

Secrets Marquis Los Cabos

Luxury in Los Cabos, Mexico

Secrets Marquis Los Cabos is donating a three night stay at their luxury property in Los Cabos, including dinner for two with one bottle of Marquis wine. In addition Luxury Travel Avenue has donated a private shopping tour with a welcome bag and $1,000 peso gift card (value of approximately $85 USD depending on the exchange rate when redeemed) , making the value of this prize package worth $2,085. USD

Have you started your holiday shopping? Doesn’t it feel good to give back to a worthy cause, helping children have access to quality books and reading materials?

Seasons Greetings from What a Trip

Check back often to see our progress for the 2011 Passports with Purpose and thank YOU for making a difference! Seasons Greetings.

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Luxury Travel Trends 2009

Tuesday December 9, 2008 at 10:10 PM | 2 Comments

Posted by Nancy D. Brown

What does a luxury traveler look like? I recently returned from Las Vegas, home to the Luxury Travel Expo, a convention that delivers pearls of wisdom to luxury travel professionals. As a freelance writer, I'm happy to report that I walked away with a lot of information to share with you, the luxury traveler. I also walked away with $13 that I was able to grab during a game in the exhibit hall. That's me in the money booth.

HAWAII

A Hawaiian luxury traveler is an avid and active vacationer, according to the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau. Their statistics say that a luxury traveler stays longer and spends more, while demanding a high level of service. Luxury travelers "sight do" not "sightsee." They are highly educated and well traveled. I was suprised to learn that their idea of a luxury traveler was someone who earns $100,000 or more.

2009 TOP DESTINATIONS

Some of the top destinations for 2009 will be Greece, Spain, Ireland and Egypt, according to Insight Vacations. I recently dined with Tom Heneghan, Marketing Manager of Tourism Ireland while Ireland's President Mary McAleese addressed supporters of the American Ireland Fund at a San Francisco luncheon. If Ireland is a wee bit as charming as President McAleese, I look forward to visiting. In fact, Aer Lingus flys non-stop from SFO to Dublin. I would love to visit the five star Dromoland Castle in Clare, Ireland, however, Nil Gaeilge maith agam. Translation: I cannot speak Irish very well.

LAS VEGAS

While we are now in an official recession, "Las Vegas is not having a fire sale," according to Art Jimenez, director of leisure sales, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. The Expo took place at Mandalay Bay, yet I stayed at the budget-friendly Luxor. With over 14,000 new hotel rooms in Las Vegas, Jimenez said their state bird should be the crane.

CRUISING

The cruise industry continues to invest in the future, with 35 new ships expected for 2012.  According to Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) President and CEO Terry L. Dale, the "luxury market is expected to jump by 71% by 2012."

Finally, Katie Taylor, President and COO, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, offered her take on  the two things elite consumers looks for in a brand; craftsmanship and quality.  "Service is why the Four Seasons exist," reflected Taylor. "Guests want 'just-for-me' service."

Next year's Luxury Travel Expo will take place December 1-3, 2009 at the Signature at MGM Grand, in Las Vegas, Nevada.