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Before You Check In Your Luggage, Pack for a Purpose

Where: Grenada
July 31, 2015 at 1:20 PM | by | ()

There are trips where you overpack and simply can't stuff a single other sock inside your bag, and then there are those trips where it seems like you could smuggle a dog in your luggage with all the extra space. In both instances, indeed before every trip you take, click over to Pack for a Purpose and check if your destination could use your help in delivering items needed by local schools and orphanages.

If you're lucky, you'll be staying at a hotel that actively participates in the Pack for a Purpose program and will make the distribution of anything you manage to bring easy. For example, all Sandals resorts participate as part of their Sandals Foundation, and our booking confirmation even included a small note. Before zipping our luggage closed the night before our flight, we took a trip to Target and access the Pack for a Purpose website on our iPhone, while strolling the aisles. There, we simply clicked on the Caribbean region, found our destination country (Grenada), clicked on our hotel (Sandals LaSource Grenada), viewed the schools the hotel supports and their wish lists, and started shopping.

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Here's How Your Unused Miles Can Make a Wish Come True for the Terminally Ill

March 20, 2015 at 2:30 PM | by | ()

We know all too well how hard it is to part with those precious airline miles, but donating miles is actually a great way to do good, without spending a fortune.

Dream Foundation is one of the many charitable organizations that accepts miles from a number of airlines, including Southwest and Alaska Airlines, the latter which donates 50 round trip flight vouchers to the charity every year.

The organization also uses donated miles from frequent fliers to fulfill the dreams for adults with life-threatening illnesses all across the country. As the only dream granting charity for adults, Dream Foundation helps those suffering pay medical bills, create family memories or meet their personal heroes.

The dreams are as diverse as the people they serve, so the foundation requires as much help as they can get to make each one come true.

To share your miles with the Dream Foundation, visit www.dreamfoundation.org/donate.

[Photo: Instagram]

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WestJet is Now Boarding the Nonstop to Warm Fuzzies

December 4, 2014 at 9:41 AM | by | ()

We don’t easily get choked up watching airline videos on YouTube, but once again WestJet has us reaching for a tissue to wipe away the tears this holiday season. The carrier from Canada is at it again, as this year they brought their own version of a Christmas miracle down to one community in the Dominican Republic.

The airline setup a little kiosk within the Puerto Plata community of Nuevo Renacer, and residents lined up one by one to share their wishes with a Santa on the screen. Well, sure enough Santa was able to grant each and every wish—from a washing machine to a horse.

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One Airport in England Goes All Out for 'Movember'

November 17, 2014 at 8:00 AM | by | ()

There’s No Shave November, Movember, or whatever else you want to call it; however, just note that one airport is truly getting into the season.

The fun is all associated with cancer awareness and other men’s health issues, and of course we have even discovered a few planes doing their thing to help out.

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Why One Little Green Airplane is Flying with a Big, Bushy Mustache

November 3, 2014 at 1:20 PM | by | ()

For several years, airlines like British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Virgin America and more have "flown in the face of men's health issues" by getting involved with the Movember movement. For 2014, the mustachioed will be joined by yet another airline, as Aer Lingus waxes up their own cookie duster.

The plane with the 'stache is an Airbus A320 named "Des" (the tail number is EI-DES) and, if you spot him on the tarmac at your home airport, you can share your photos of Des using the hashtag "#moplane."

Since Aer Lingus accepted the challenge from the Ireland chapter of Movember to participate, the airline has set up a Movember site for donations from their flyers.

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How to Send a Package to Madagascar (or Other Far Away Lands)

Where: Madagascar
October 27, 2014 at 9:56 AM | by | ()

Jaunted contributor TipsyTraveler recently faced a conundrum more complex than carry-on or checked baggage; he just wanted to ship a box overseas. Here is his story.

My best friend recently uprooted her glamorous life as a hip and happening 20-something, wide-eyed publicist in a major city built on entertainment and celebrities and bright lights and excess.

Why? Madagascar.

Despite popular belief, Madagascar is more than an animated film. It’s actually a real live place you can spot on a map with inhabitants and vegetation and whatnot. Nobly, she joined the Peace Corps, something I could never imagine doing because 1) air conditioning, 2) easy access to clean water and 3) I think my heart might be black?

When I dabble in charity—which, as much as I jest, I do often—it’s usually in the form of a gift. Donating money, donating time, donating clothing, etc. For my friend who is now a zebra in Africa for all I know, I tried to send a care package.

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Join Photographers Without Borders in Aiding Non-Profits One Picture at a Time

Where: Thika Town, Kenya
October 1, 2014 at 3:30 PM | by | ()

Photographers Without Borders is helping grassroots causes around the world through Support, Inspiration, and Experiences.

PWB supports these organizations by providing free visual media that will help them educate others and raise awareness. They aim to inspire by using websites, magazines, blogs, and exhibits to share the amazing stories of these small charities and NGOs. Finally, Photographers Without Borders chooses members to represent the organization on unique and cultural volunteer assignments around the globe.

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Save Tatooine! Tunisia Seeks Preservation Help from 'Star Wars' Fans

Where: Tunisia
April 21, 2014 at 2:32 PM | by | ()

Tunisia is trying to save one of its most important landmarks and they need your help.

The site in question is the set that served as the fictional city of Mos Espa, located on the planet Tatooine, in the Star Wars films. Since being built for the movies in the 1970s, the location has become such a popular tourist destination there is a hotel built right inside.

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Empty Your Fridge for Food Donations Before Holiday Travels

December 18, 2013 at 2:47 PM | by | ()

The holidays and New Years are about to hit, and with them the start to a fresh year of travels. The winter months may also mean you're prepping to jet off to warmer climes and, just before you do, check your refrigerator first. Are there still perfectly good fridge and pantry items left? Donate them to a local organization who'll use the items to feed those in need, people who aren't fortunate enough to be off on a big trip.

In large cities, Food Banks will happily accept individual donations while, in small cities, you'll have to give your local soup kitchen a call. In New York City, where residents are constantly impulse-buying yummies at Duane Reade without remembering that they're jetting off on a business trip the next day, the Food Bank of NYC has clearly outlined rules for such donations:

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The House from 'A Christmas Story' is Ready for Your Holiday Visit

December 5, 2013 at 11:48 AM | by | ()

The TV movie marathon hasn’t started just yet, but it’s only a matter of a time before A Christmas Story is rolling 24/7 on screens around the nation. This year you can actually skip watching the film and check it out in real life, as the house used for some of the filming has been restored, is looking great, and is open for public tours all year long.

Yes—there is a leg lamp in the window—and there’s plenty of props, memorabilia, costumes, and other bits and pieces from the film. The place is one part movie set and one part museum, and of course there’s a gift shop where you can bring home a little of the movie back to where you call home. The address has seen its share of visitors thus far, as they’ve had more than 100,000 fans swing on through.

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How Four Airlines are Celebrating Movember 2013

November 4, 2013 at 3:07 PM | by | ()

Right now is the time for men participating in Movember (a contraction of Moustache November) to go beyond a 5 o-clock shadow and grow out their facial hair to draw attention to men's health issues. Last year was the first time several airlines also showed their support by giving their planes some nice mustaches, and several have returned for 2013. Here's what a few are doing for the cause:

British Airways

[Pictured above] After the success of last year, BA is back into Movember. Highlights include an Embraer aircraft painted up with a 'stache, and a "giant moustache on display in the departure lounge at London City for the month-long campaign." As male BA staff and crew cultivate their own facial hair, passengers traveling out of London-City are encouraged to pose for photos with an oversized moustache in return for a donation. Share those photos on social media with the hashtag #LCYtash, and you're eligible for BA prize drawings this month.

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How You Can Use Your Camera Phone to Empower South African Women Photographers

September 18, 2013 at 3:46 PM | by | ()

Most of us don't tend to think about the impact something as simple as a cell phone can have on women around the world. Luckily, the innovators at the heART of a woman project did recognize the potential in the cameras we carry in our pockets and launched an initiative to use them to help women in South Africa.

Their program is designed to "provide education in mobile photography to women (15+) in developing communities, to empower and to create small business and sustainable income through the sales of their photographic art and photo art products." But, to make their vision a reality the folks at HOAWP need a few helpful volunteers. They are looking for advanced amateur or professional photographers willing to travel to Khayelitsha, South Africa this November.

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