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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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7 Unusual Tips On How To Crowdfund Your Travels

Crowdfunding is popular with individuals and organizations alike. You can use it to raise money for virtually any cause. Unfortunately, with so many people using crowdfunding sites, it can be hard to stand out among the thousands of other online campaigns. Putting a couple of posts on Facebook or Twitter asking people to fund your travels is no longer enough.

If you want to reach your goal, you need to get creative when asking for donations. Why not try these 7 tactics?

1: Create outstanding content that links back to your campaign page – and share it!

Establish yourself as an authority on your topic and convey your enthusiasm by creating articles or videos and sharing them on as many sites as possible.

For example, if you want to volunteer to teach English abroad in a developing country, you could submit a guest post about barriers to education to a teaching blog. You could then include your campaign link in your author bio, along with a few sentences about what you hope to achieve on your travels.

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5 Things That Might Ruin Your Travel Funding Campaign

Crowdfunding is a great tool for getting the money you need to travel. Whether you want to take a bucket list trip, travel abroad to study, or volunteer your time in another place, there are people who are willing to help you reach your goal. The only thing you have to do – is to start a campaign. Nowadays there are numerous platforms that allow doing that but you have to keep in mind, that this is not as easy as it might seem. With that being said, here are 5 things that might ruin your travel crowdfunding campaign:

Not Showing Your Own Efforts

We think it is pretty obvious, that people start crowdfunding campaigns to gain money that they don’t have, not to save some. So you have to show your funders that you are investing just as much time and effort into this campaign as they do. Take a second job, make some savings – let people see that you are working hard to achieve your goal and don’t just beg for other people’s money.

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What to Do When You’ve Reached Your Goal

Raising money in the modern age is a lot simpler than finding investors or getting a loan from the bank.  All you need is an account on a crowdfunding site and a good story, and if you’re lucky, the funds will start pouring in. It’s become a popular way to fund trips across the country and around the world.

It’s also an old trend — just look at Christopher Columbus, who crowdfunded his way across the Atlantic Ocean.

If you’ve managed to successfully crowdfund your latest trip, what is the next step? Here’s what you need to do.

Create a Timeline

This is something you should have completed before your campaign reached its goal, but it’s not too late to get one started. Not only does it help you keep your trip itinerary straight, but it can also help you show your donors where their money is going.

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How Crowdfunding Can Help Support Your Dream Honeymoon

The millennial way is all about experiences–and that includes weddings! And as it turns out, more and more millennial’s are getting married later in life when they already have every kitchen gadget, tableware set and piece of bedding they need. Honeymoon registries have become a popular alternative to traditional registries (because who needs a blender when you can go to Hawaii?). In addition, many couples are also choosing to link their honeymoon destination with a charitable experience. Technology and social media have made it possible to politely ask your guests for cash that will go toward your honeymoon, especially if you are traveling for a cause. Below is an outline of the best ways to crowdsource the funds for your post-wedding adventures.

First, choose where you are going. There really is no better way to start your married life than to share a fulfilling voluntourism experience while on your honeymoon. You can bond together as a couple while also interacting with the local community in a meaningful way. There’s always going to be time to relax but squeezing in some volunteer hours will enhance your trip for the better (and make your guests more comfortable donating to your cause!). Plus, this isn’t limited to international travel. There are plenty of local places in the U.S. that are vacation and volunteer friendly. Honeymoon Volunteers is a great place to get started.

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