Month: October 2016

7 Creative Donor Rewards Ideas

Donor Reward

Wondering how to get your potential donors excited about your FundMyTravel campaign? Well, worry not! FundMyTravel has created a simple way to get everyone who visits your page pumped to support you and your travels.

Here’s the secret: Create donor rewards. These incentives are an easy way to give back to anyone who has funded your travel dream and might convince Aunt Susie to bump up her donation level a notch.

Check out these seven examples of awesome donor rewards – feel free to copy them for your campaign or get inspired to create your own!

1. Hello from (your destination)!

Who doesn’t love getting mail? One of the easiest ways to say thank you to your donor is to send them a postcard from your travels or write them a short thank you note. Whether you’re going to Budapest, Bangkok, or Boston, sending a quick postcard or handwritten note is a great way to say thanks!

How-To:

Some of our favorite ways to do this are to send a handwritten note before you leave, a postcard from the place you are staying, or a postcard from one of the cities you are visiting that a donor selects. Another great idea is to draw your own postcard and send it to your donor.

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How Technology Can Help You Save Money on Your Next Vacation

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Technology has proven beneficial in practically every facet of modern life. Platforms such as Expedia and Hotels.com have been around for years now, but these and similar websites and apps are offering more tools and features than ever before, making vacation planning a breeze. Using technology – and the sharing economy – to plan your vacation is a substantial time-saver, but it can also help you plan the most affordable vacation you’ve ever taken if you know the tools and tricks of the trade.

Use Price Forecasting and Other Tools to Get the Best Deals

Travel websites like Kayak and Expedia make vacation planning simple. But their value is in more than simply comparing prices around the web to find the lowest cost. Using all the features sites like Kayak have to offer, such as Price Forecasting, you can easily determine whether it’s in your best interest to buy tickets for that flight to Honolulu now or wait it out. Plus, Kayak’s Hacker Fares can save you money by booking two one-way flights rather than round-trip flights in some cases.

You can also turn to resources like Google Flights to discover affordable destinations or score cheaper flights. The Flight Deal is another useful site that discovers fare sales and mistakes that can save you cash, while Skyscanner can help you find more affordable flights from budget carriers that sometimes aren’t listed among the mainstream deal-finding options.

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Best Flight Hacks

AirplaneHave you ever been looking for a flight that you’re not quite ready to book, and every time you go back to check the price it gets higher and higher? You’re trying your best to be a savvy money saver. But it seems to be working against you! Whether you’re looking to study, volunteer, teach or do an internship abroad, we all have something in common: We want to do it on a budget.

People that succeed with traveling on a budget do two things very well:
First, they identify booking techniques that get them results. Second, they put 100% of their resources into executing those methods. But you’re probably wondering: “How do I find booking strategies that work?”. Today I’m going to make it easy for you. All you need to do is carve out a few minutes of your day and tackle this hack below. If you want to know how to get a 39% discount within 3 minutes your in the right place. I can even teach you the Django Technique and the S7 Code Cheat.

Ready? Let’s do this.

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7 Things Everyone Forgets When Budgeting

Budget

Before leaving for your meaningful travel experience, our number one advice is to create a budget. A budget is great tool to make sure you aren’t spending all your funds so you still have money at  the end of your trip. When creating a budget, be sure to plan for these seven common things everyone forgets when budgeting. 

1. Gifts

Whether you are buying souvenirs for yourself or for someone else, gifts are a very common thing to forget to budget for. When you are abroad, you will probably buy a souvenir here or there to remember your experience. So don’t forget to set aside some money to buy keepsakes for yourself and others! Another item that you may consider a gift is a postcard. However, even though postcards are an overall cheaper souvenirs, don’t forget to account for the price of international stamps.

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Why You Should Fundraise for Your Volunteering Abroad Experience

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“Volunteers don’t necessarily have the time; they have the heart”.  

After a lot of research, you have decided you want to volunteer abroad. You’ve picked a location and a program – now all you have to do is get there. While your first option to fund your trip might not necessarily be fundraising, you should definitely consider it! A great way to fundraise for your volunteer abroad experience is to start a campaign on FundMyTravel. FundMyTravel is an easy platform for you to use and  place for donors to contribute financially to support your trip.

Fundraising is an important part of your volunteer journey – here are three reasons why you should do it!

1. Donate Money to Your Volunteer Project

One reason you should raise money for your meaningful travel experience is to help your project onsite! Whether you are volunteering at an orphanage in Ghana, teaching English in China, or becoming a nursing volunteer in Guatemala, by raising money for your project you will be able to contribute more than just your time. On FundMyTravel, multiple campaigners have asked people to donate money so the volunteer can help their program in one way or another. For example, Ailish McGovern raised money for her trip personally but asked people to donate money so she could buy more resources for the care center. Fundraising is a great way to help your program, before you even get there!

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