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Interview with Successful FundMyTravel Campaigner – Amy Abrigo

Amy Abrigo performing in The Book Club Play at Villanova University.

We were lucky enough to be able to interview one of our most successful campaigners, Amy Abrigo. Amy isn’t only successful because she reached her FundMyTravel goal once, she has actually created and reached her goal for 3 different campaigns using the FundMyTravel platform! Her 4th campaign has only been live for a month and is already 82% funded, which you can view and donate to here

Amy caught our eye because of her story, the great campaigns she has ran, and her motivation to reach her goal. Read her interview below and find out just how she is able to get the donations needed to fund her travels!

How did you find out about FundMyTravel?

I was made aware of FundMyTravel by Reynolds Whalen when I was accepted into a program to study at RADA in London during the summer of 2016 through Performing Arts Abroad.

You have 4 FundMyTravel campaigns, 3 of which are already completed and were all successful! Congratulations!!  How did you make that happen, and keep on getting your friends and family to donate to your campaign?

I utilized all of my resources: social media, email, letter writing, in person discussion, phone calls, etc. to let people know I was campaigning and asked them personally to share their support. The best results came from personalized letters or emails. General emails with the same information never really got the job done, but if I printed out a formal letter to an individual using their name and included a handwritten note as well as a handwritten signature, that really helped my results. I also did my best to explain why those programs were important to me, vital to my life experience and once in a lifetime opportunities. If someone had successfully donated to a campaign previously, I wrote them a personalized email mentioning how they had supported me in the past and how I appreciated them taking the time to consider supporting me once again in this endeavor. I tried to have a lot of fun with donor rewards!

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Couchsurfing: Pros and Cons of the Cheapest Accommodation Option

Known probably to every backpacker in the world, Couchsurfing is a global community of members who have common goals at heart – to travel, to meet interesting people, and to spend at least a few days in a foreign city living like a local. Couchsurfing boasts an impressive number of 400,000 hosts and over four million surfers every year. Apart from being a hospitality exchange portal, Couchsurfing is also a social networking site where travelers can openly exchange their opinions and sign up for free events. Today, we have decided to take a closer look at pros and cons of using Couchsurfing while traveling. Interested what they are? Read on to find out!



Above all, Couchsurfing is a community of like-minded people. It is based on hospitality, friendship, and trust. Hosts open their doors to complete strangers only to get to know them and enjoy the time they may have together. Guests are not expected to pay any fees, however common courtesy rules are much in place. Although it is not obligatory, it is recommended to bring a bottle of wine for the host or cook a special thank-you dinner. After all, Couchsurfing may not be totally free, but it undeniably is one of the cheapest accommodation options.

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25 Inspirational Quotes for the FundMyTravel Campaigner


We know it takes a lot of hard work to run a successful FundMyTravel campaign. When you are putting your all into your campaign it is important to have family and friends around you, supporting your efforts. Be sure to keep a positive mind, free of doubt and stress. To help you stay focused and motivated throughout your campaign here are 25 quotes that will give you a little inspiration and lead you towards achieving your goal.

Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.

Be positive, patient and persistent.

Hard work doesn’t guarantee success, but it improves it’s chances. – B.J. Gupta

The harder you work, the luckier you get. – Gary Player

A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work. – Colin Powell

Don’t be afraid to fail, be afraid not to try.
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Interview with GoAbroad’s Win The World Australia & New Zealand winner — Nicole Teague

Nicole Teagu

Today’s FundMyTravel blog post is an interview with’s Win the World: Australia & New Zealand Winner, Nicole Teague.

Checkout the highlights of her amazing trip itinerary:

  • All flights included via Air New Zealand, sponsored by STA Travel
  • Nurse, monitor, and search for injured wildlife such as koalas and kangaroos on GoEco’s two-week wildlifevolunteering program in Port Stephens
  • Travel from Sydney to Cairns with Loka’s Mick pass, stopping at adventure points along the way including surfing and rain forests
  • Experience the incredible sights of the North Island of New Zealand on Stray’s Batten tour including sand boarding, a wildlife cruise, and specifically-developed Maori experience
  • Enjoy a homestay of your choice in Christchurch, New Zealand through

Nicole is very excited about this amazing opportunity, but still needs some help with a few expenses for the trip, so she created a FundMyTravel campaign. Find out a bit more about her and her campaign by reading her interview below:

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Hi, I’m Nicole. I won the Win the World: Australia and New Zealand competition, which I’m very excited to embark upon!

How did you hear about the Win The World Australia and New Zealand contest? What made you enter?

I’d been subscribed to GoAbroad’s email for a long time, I’m interested in traveling and I like the resources and articles they have. So, when I got an email about the contest I entered.

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Tips for Traveling in Eastern Europe Without Spending a Fortune

Today’s FundMyTravel blog post has some tips and tricks about saving money while traveling Eastern Europe.

If you’re looking to go traveling but don’t want to spend a fortune, then Eastern Europe is the place for you. It’s possible to pass through multiple countries, be swept up in local culture and explore a whole host of landscapes all for much cheaper than you might spend in a hotel for one week anywhere else. But just how should you get the most out of your money?

Hostels, Not Hotels

The first thing to do is to get rid of the idea of staying in a hotel. It may well be worth booking a hotel for your first and last night – especially if you have a flight or train to catch – but otherwise, stick with hostels. They are substantially cheaper, but this isn’t the only advantage. Part of the reason that hostels are so much cheaper than hotels are the shared rooms/dorms and this is a blessing in disguise. You’ll often find other people making similar trips around Eastern Europe on similar budgets, so it’s a great way of getting recommendations for local gems you might not have heard of. Plus, you’ll probably run into some of them in a later city – meaning you might even make some permanent friends.

Take the Cheap Route

Look into different kinds of transportation to get from place to place and take which ever is the cheapest option. There are reasonable limits to set – for instance, if you get car sick, you might want to avoid coaches even if they’re the cheapest choice – but generally, if you can find a cheaper alternative, look into it. Instead of taking planes take boats, trains take coaches, and pleasant of going on afternoon trips go in the early mornings. Cutting down the actual cost of your travel will give you more money to spend on the trip itself, and might lead to you discovering interesting towns that you otherwise might never pass through.

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