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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 | Comments (2)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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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These Shoes Were Made for Passport Stampin'

July 10, 2013 at 2:44 PM | by | Comments (0)

Plain shoes the color of burlap? Not interested. Throw some passport stamps on them? Interested!

Lonely Planet is celebrating their 40th anniversary and doing so by partnering up with TOMS to release a limited-edition pair of TOMS' signature shoe style, just covered in those things we all crave—exotic passport stamps.

That sounds awesome, but there is one catch. The shoes aren't available for sale; they'll be distributed solely via online contests on both the Facebook and Twitter account of Lonely Planet and TOMS, and only up until August 15.

And, if you're interested, the Lonely Planet x Toms fun has also produced a free e-book on how to have "a more positive impact on the world while traveling."

[Photo: Lonely Planet]

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How UNICEF Plans to Get Your Spare Change Before You Step on a Plane

April 15, 2013 at 12:20 PM | by | Comment (1)

It's the end of the flight. The movie you're watching is interrupted by a video depicting children living in slums and fetching pails of dirty water. This is the UNICEF "Change for Good" charity campaign, and it means that in a moment, a flight attendant will walk down the airplane aisle asking for any spare change donations.

We make a point of always handing over our leftover foreign coins at the end of a trip, but the latest move by UNICEF aims to get your donations before you ever step onboard a flight.

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The Date's Set: Richard Branson Dresses in Drag on Special May 12 Flight

Where: Malaysia
April 12, 2013 at 11:26 AM | by | Comments (0)

Right now, somewhere in Malaysia, a red skirt is being tailored to fit Sir Richard Branson.

On May 12, Branson will join Air Asia Group CEO Tony Fernandes on a flight from Perth, Australia to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The six-hour trip is a special one, as it's finally the moment Sir Richard makes good on a bet he lost to Fernandes in late 2010, over whose Formula One race team would be ranked higher. Spoiler alert: Fernandes' Lotus Racing team won over over that of Virgin, and the plans to install Branson as a flight attendant on an Air Asia X flight began.

The event has been delayed many times, but finally seats are now for sale from $399 AUD ($420 USD) on the special, one-way flight, and may be purchased online. Be sure to book AirAsia X’s flight D7 237 on Sunday, May 12.

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Will the Jersey Shore Be the Voluntourism Hot Spot for Summer 2013?

April 10, 2013 at 2:43 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Jersey Shore has long been a summer destination for families but this year it is expected to be an even bigger draw for those who want to do good with their vacation time, too.

According to Habitat for Humanity's Maureen Mulligan, "New Jersey is hot now, there's so much interest in the Sandy recovery effort."

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A Flashback to the 1980s on British Airways Breaks World Records

March 11, 2013 at 9:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

Chalk one up for British Airways. Actually, chalk a few up for the airline since they have broken several world records and entered the Guinness Book of World Records for a (not so) little concert they hosted in the air. Lucky winners of the exclusive flight became part of the record books, all th while raising money for a great charity.

It's called "The Gig In The Sky" and it took place this last Sunday as part of BA's fund-raising for the 25th anniversary for Red Nose Day. Since the charity started in the 1980s, the music should be from the 80s, right? Kim Wilde, Spandau Ballet's Tony Handley, Bananarama and Go West performed for the passengers of a chartered Boeing 767 for 22 minutes, at an altitude of 43,000 feet, breaking James Blunt's previous "highest concert" record of 42,080 feet.

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