Travel Related Giveaway: $1,000 HomeAway Vacation Rental

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As a family, we're all about family travel. What we're not about is the price tag associated with family vacations. We have found entering a travel related giveaway—like this $1,000 HomeAway vacation rental giveaway (see below for more details)—to be a great way to offset the cost of a family trip as well as to make a difference in the lives of families around the world. Yes! Giveaways and voluntourism go hand in hand. Let me explain...

Last year, I learned about Passports With Purpose—an organization that combines two of our family's loves—cost-effective family travel and volunteering together as a family (check out this post that shares 10 tips for raising giving, charitable children). We not only entered for a chance to win a travel related giveaway from them—a trip to Rome (including 5 nights lodging in a luxury apartment, a walking tour of Rome, and a Vespa tour for our family), but we won!

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The most awesome part? We weren't the only ones who won. Families in Africa—Mali to be specific—won too. And that's where Passports with Purpose comes in. Let me explain. And then, scroll to the bottom to see how you can enter for a chance to win one of many prizes, including a $1,000 gift certificate good toward your next HomeAway vacation rental, and how you can, at the same time, help families in Honduras win as well.

About Passports with Purpose

Passports with Purpose, which started in 2008, is the annual travel bloggers’ fundraiser held during a two-week period in November/December of which this travel related giveaway is a part. Passports with Purpose (PwP) fills the need to do long-lasting good for people in the places travelers visit by uniting an online community and leveraging the social media platforms of more than 200 travel bloggers around the world.

PwP initiatives benefited Heifer International; the Passports School with American Assistance for Cambodia; a village in Tamil Nadu, India for 25 Dalit families with Land for Tillers’ Freedom; two libraries in Zambia with Room to Read; five wells in Haiti with; and in 2013 two schools and two adult literacy programs in Mali with buildOn. PwP was recognized by Travel + Leisure® magazine with a Social Media in Travel  + Tourism℠ Awards (SMITTY) for “Best Use of Social Media by an Independent Journalist/Blogger.”

How to Enter for a Chance to Win This Travel Related Giveaway From HomeAway

Mom It Forward is excited to announce that we're partnering with HomeAway to offer $1,000 toward a HomeAway vacation rental. That's right, those who donate get entered for a change to win a prize from HomeAway. What's HomeAway? Check out this post about HomeAway's awesome vacation rental services and how to help make your next family vacation a huge hit with our vacation rental tips.

Follow these steps to enter for chance(s) to win the $1,000 HomeAway gift certificate and more prizes from Passports with Purpose's travel related giveaway:

  1. Check out the online catalog of prizes when you visit the Passports with Purpose website. The prizes are listed by category. Feel free to scroll around and see what you like. (You can also visit and click on the "Donate Now" button.)
  2. Donate $10 to be entered for a chance to win the prize(s) of your choice. For example, let's say you want to win $1,000 good toward your next HomeAway vacation rental. Simply click on the "Gift Certificates" category, click to read more about the HomeAway prize, and then add $10 (or more if you'd like to enter more than once) to your cart.
  3. Then, either check out by clicking "Proceed to Check Out" or "Update Cart" to add more things or to make changes to what's in your cart. The more you enter, the better your chance of winning is and the more families you'll help.
    All proceeds go to Sustainable Harvest International. Funds raised will provide the training and tools needed to feed families in Honduras and improve their standard of living while restoring the environment. SHI can help one family for five years with every $5,000 raised. Read more about SHI here.

The 2014 online fundraising event, including this travel related giveaway, will run from Monday, December 1, 2014 11:59 p.m. EST to Wednesday, December 17, 11:59 p.m. EST.

Want to start planning your next family vacation? Can't wait to help families in Honduras? Simply click here, select your prize, make a donation, and you're a very large step closer to having both become a reality. Good luck!

What travel related giveaway prize(s) would you most like to win?

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An active part of the Mom It Forward team, Jyl primarily writes about parenting, social good, and all things travel related. In a past life, Jyl was an award-winning copywriter and designer of corporate training programs for Fortune 100 companies. Offline, Jyl is married to @TroyPattee; a mom to two teen boys and a beagle named #Hashtag; loves large amounts of cheese, dancing, and traveling; and lives in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Topping her bucket list is the goal to visit 50 countries by the time she's 50.


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