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Travel Tip: Travel Websites that Give Back

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If you want to make a difference while you travel, there are resources out there to help make that happen. And surprisingly, they don’t require a whole lot of effort on your part.

One great example of a simple, easy way to help is the Web site PackforaPurpose.org. It invites travelers to pack necessary supplies for specific projects in their destination. And we’re not talking a lot of space…. Five pounds in your luggage can equal 400 pencils or five soccer balls and a pump to be donated to a school or orphanage. Just click on your destination, and it will alert you on what supplies are needed.

Or you can make a difference when booking travel. GoodShop.com is an online shopping mall partnered with travel providers like CheapTickets and Hotels.com. For each purchase, Goodshop gives a percentage to a recipient of your choice–everything from the American Red Cross to your local school.

Massivegood.org is major charitable initiative from the Millenium Foundation that allows users to contribute $2 towards global health issues when buying a plane ticket, hotel room, or car rentals. This option is becoming more and more common on online booking sites. And who was the first person to click on MassiveGood after its launch? Former President Bill Clinton.

Donating a couple of dollars at a time may not seem like a lot of money, but given that over 2 billion airline tickets are sold every year – every little bit counts.

Find more ways to help in our Voluntourism section.

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