There are millions of places on earth that you can learn, that are actually fun, and have nothing todo with school. Here are just a few off the top of my head.
- Go to the library and find some topics that you are interested in…read.
- Get on the internet – there are more places to learn that you have time left on this earth. Start with the Khan Academy. There are others. Google online learning to start perhaps.
- Walk down your street. Stop talking, start listening. Watch. See what goes on. By just observing, there is so much to learn.
- Museums – Chicago has a tonne of them, and they are super fun and interesting. Check them out. It’s probably more fun to learn there than in the classroom.
- Are there any old people on your block that are home all day? Knock on there door and bring them a flower, glass of water and ask them if you can talk to them. Ask them about there life and history. They probably have lots of life experiences both good and bad that you can learn from.
- This is my favorite way to learn – Indie Travel – Getting out and doing Indie Travel in your hometown, or internationally is perhaps the best way to learn. Since you are most likely still under your parents care, this one is a bit harder now, but start dreaming!
BootsnAll began in 1998 out of a desire for community, a need to know that all the good vibes felt while traveling weren’t limited to the time spent on the road. 13 years later, we’ve managed to keep that desire front and center when we work and, in some cases, to turn that work into travel-y good deeds.
This is why the annual Passports with Purpose travel blogging fundraiser is something we love – it’s about community, it’s about travel, and it’s about giving back to the world that we traverse with so much joy.
If you’re new to Passports with Purpose, or unsure of how you can help, here are some links to point you in the right direction.
Not familiar with Passports with Purpose? Passports with Purpose is a travel blogging fundraiser that’s now in its fourth year. Travel bloggers procure prizes, and during the fundraiser people can donate to that year’s charity in $10 increments. Each $10 donation is an entry to win one of the prizes available. In previous years, PwP has raised enough money to build a school in Cambodia and a village in India – all through the efforts of travel bloggers and their readers contributing $10 at a time.
Want to know how you can help?
It’s easy to look at a number like $80,000 and think it’s daunting. Past goals have looked daunting, too, and then we as a travel blogging community have managed to knock them out of the park.
We can do that again this year, but only with your help.
Are you a travel blogger? You can host a prize on your blog, tell your readers about Passports with Purpose, promote PwP on social media, and put a PwP badge up on your site.
Are you a traveler? You can ask the travel bloggers you like if they’re participating in Passports with Purpose, and be ready to donate (and, fingers crossed, win something!) when the donation page opens on November 30.
Are you a company with a prize to donate? You can let the folks at Passports with Purpose know and they’ll help connect you with a travel blogger to work with.
Passports with Purpose is a community-driven effort – it can’t happen without travel bloggers, or donations, or prizes. Each piece is critical. Where do you fit in?
We’ve got big news this week at BootsnAll: we’re launching a new new European rail tool that will allow you to not only book your European rail tickets online in one place, but that also offers some pretty significant discounts on the Italian rail system. By train is one of the best ways to see much of Europe, particularly Italy, and now you can book your tickets cheaply and easily on BootsnAll.
Twin tragedies have hit the world in the last month. First Christchurch, New Zealand, was hit by an earthquake on February 22. Then Japan got hit with a double-whammy of destruction in the form of an earthquake and tsunami on March 11. As Japan’s tragic story continues to unfold, New Zealand wants to spread the world that it is “back open for business” and ready to welcome tourists again. As often happens, many people who were planning to visit New Zealand canceled their trips after the earthquake. But as the area recovers, tourists (and their money) are needed more than ever.
To help spread the word that New Zealand is ready and waiting for visitors, a grassroots effort called Blog4NZ has been established. On March 21, 22, and 23, bloggers and travel websites will be flooding the internet with positive stories from New Zealand, along with tips for travelers, and photos and videos that showcase the country’s appeal. Look for BootsnAll’s contribution to go live on March 22, follow the #Blog4NZ hashtag on twitter, and check out these other New Zealand travel stories and resources.
As Passports with Purpose comes to a close next week, we’re anxious and excited to see the Build a Village in India “heart” hit the $50,000 goal. It looks like we’re only $5,000 away, and as Passports with Purpose’s Platinum sponsor, BootsnAll is stoked to see the project almost finished. If you haven’t entered yet, you still have about a week to give, and there are a ton of cool prizes up to win too!