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Travel Tip: How You Can Use Crowdfunding for Your Travels

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bahamasIs it possible to get other people to pay for your travels? That’s where crowdfunding COULD come in handy, but don’t assume that it means a totally free ride.

This is the way crowdfunding sites work: You post your call to action, and supporters can donate cash to your project—or, uh, plane ticket. You pay a certain percentage to the website.

Kickstarter.com only allows you to collect if you meet a pre-set goal, and charges five percent. On here, you’re more likely to see fundraising for a travel-related project, rather than a personal vacation.

GoFundMe.com is more flexible, meaning you can collect whatever money is donated, minus the fee.

Getting strangers to give can be a challenge but it can be a good way to keep a centralized place for family and friends to donate.

For honeymoons, there are sites like Honeyfund and Traveler’s Joy. Guests can contribute money earmarked for special experiences, like a dinner or massage.

As for the etiquette of asking someone to fund your honeymoon? That’s up for debate. But I say it’s better than registering for a set of dishes you’ll never use.

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