Month: October 2015

5 Unique Fund-raising Ideas To Save Money For Your Dream Trip

Looking for creative ways to collect funds for your FundMyTravel campaign? Well, you’re in luck. Todays guest blogger has some great online and offline ideas just for you!

Sometimes life revolves around fulfilling a dream no one else can see, but you. There are many travel junkies who give up their jobs just to travel around the globe. Others keep doing their jobs along-with a hidden desire of having enough funds to finance their travel dreams. If you are one such person, then do away with all your worries because we bring to you some unique ideas which will help you raise funds easily for your dream trip.

Optimize Social Media Platforms

Once you have created your FundMyTravel campaign page utilize your social media platforms to spread the word about it. Facebook, Twitter and Google + are all great platforms to share your campaign. Once you have shared your campaign to your network ask your family and friends to share your campaign on their platforms. The more shares your campaign gets, the more likely potential donors will see your campaign page!

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Best Practices in Fundraising for Travel: Part 2

In the last post, we began touching on the different types of campaigns seen across FundMyTravel and what works for them, as well as what doesn’t. We’re picking up where we left of and diving into a couple more campaign categories which have left a pretty big impression on the crowd-funding community- particularly the meaningful travel community…. Click here to read Part One of this post and get the most out of these insights within there full context.

Professional Development- Gaining International Experience, Work, Teach, Intern

Without question: if your CV or resume has international experience on it, you will go into a different pile, as the prospective employers are reviewing and organizing applications for the job. For some areas of work expertise, it is more important than others but at the end of the day, we aren’t becoming a globalized market place; we already are one, so it’s beneficial for a company to recruit globalized team players.

These types of campaigns already have a bit of a head start, because the network reach for someone campaigning to get professional experience overseas, reaches fairly far and wide, particularly as a lot of campaign viewers can empathize with the desire to work abroad.  All of that being said, it is a constantly competitive marketplace and always will be, so make sure you set yourself and your campaign apart by explaining what is different about it and why this experience is a rare opportunity. It’s also extremely important to note the fact that you’ve worked hard and have rightly earned this opportunity. (If you actually haven’t worked for it or earned it, then you may wish to think again before starting a campaign, not trying to be harsh, but honesty is the best policy- no one is “entitled” to asking for hand-outs.)

Answer to “Where is the Value Add?”

The value-add here is beautifully obvious. There are so many transferrable and essential skill-sets that come with working and living in another country. It’s of great benefit for any potential employer to gain a culturally sensitive asset and enhance the scope of a business’s perspective with the addition of an internationally experienced worker. A few of those skill-sets may be: adaptability, initiative and intrinsic-motivation, a second language proficiency perhaps, understanding of different cultural values, ability to work with others as well as independently- The list goes on…

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Best Practices in Fundraising for Travel: Part 1

To approach this topic effectively, the best way to break it down is by campaign type. I don’t know about you, but to that introduction, the cheeky other side of my brain responds “Well, duh- the site is called FundMyTravel, aren’t they all Travel campaigns?” And I must reply again that, in fact, there are even distinct variations within our niche, exploration area of the crowd-funding realm.

Of course, any campaign that is done well, will be done personally, which is to say that, there will be a plethora of differences among all the campaigns on FundMyTravel and on any other platform for that matter, but when it comes to this site, you can typically associate your campaign with one of the broader categories below, so for each of those we’ll discuss a couple of the best practices for your strategic approach to succeed.

Educational Travel- Study, Exchange, Short Course, Personal Learning, Study Tour

For this type of campaign it is especially important, as momentum picks up around your trip and the fundraising activity, to remember for yourself, and frequently remind campaign viewers that the end goal/result of this whole thing is focused towards enhancing your educational experience- and doing so with something more “hands-on” in the “real-world.” The ultimate result being that you become a person who has, not only applied themselves and gained from their higher education on the academic side of things, but one who considers the big picture with a more worldly lens. As cliché as the whole “Global Citizen” thing can sound, it’s a genuinely more significant attribute to have, each day that our world does in fact “become flatter.”

Everything is interdependent and affected by the differing actions, markets, policies, movements, and traditions that are practiced or currently developing on an international level, so it’s terribly important to be aware of these things and there is no better way to do that, than to learn it in person and in context. The connections you make with other internationals along the way are also going to be a huge part of your education and growth, and it’s something that you simply wont experience if you spend the lot of your university experience, limited to one place and only inside of the classroom. Remind your campaign viewers about these facts.

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