Join the Passport Party Project!

GoErinGo is *so happy* to be supporting The Passport Party Project, an initiative to travel the U.S. to gift 100 underserved American girls with their very first passports!

10 girls x 10 Passport Parties = 100 new world views

The Passport Party Project is happening over the next 18 months, and will be hosting 10 parties across the United States. The parties will provide chosen girls ages 11-15 with the tools necessary to obtain her very first passport. I’m super psyched that has been chosen as one of the official bloggers for the March 2013 party – Yay!

The project is fully funded by Expedia, but there are 6 ways we Adventure Philanthropists can get involved!

1.  Get a Passport: Do you know that less than 40% of all Americans have a passport? If you don’t have a passport yet – now is the time! In fact, the U.S. State department has made March 10—today—Passport Day! You can apply online at:

2.  Pics of Passports: The initiative is calling for photos of women and girls holding their passports. It’s simple, just snap a pic and post it online!

I’m going to be taking my photo during next month’s trip to Nepal. Me, my passport, and the mighty Himalayans! I’m going to try and convince my fellow female trekkers, guides and porters to do it too! Join me by submitting your photo proudly holding your passport!

3.  Gift a Passport: Buy a passport for a young woman in your life! Each of us has a cousin, sister, daughter, granddaughter, niece, or godchild that doesn’t have a passport.

Think of it as giving the world as a birthday present or an early Christmas present! The cost of a passport for a minor under the age of 16 is $105 for the passport book and the service. All the info to get started is here:

I’ll be buying my niece Mia a passport for her first birthday! Happy Birthday Mia! Welcome to the world!

4.  Plug into your Social Network: Here are three easy ways to show your support:

5.  Nominate Girls: If you are a girls’ school or nonprofit girls’ organization, you can help 10 girls from your fold obtain a new passport. The project is specifically looking for girls’ organizations in Chicago, D.C., San Diego and the San Francisco Bay Area. To participate in the program, email

6.  Host a Party: If you are a hotel property that would like to donate meeting room space for a Passport Party in Atlanta, New York, DC or San Diego now’s your chance! Email with your interest.

More Info

The Passport Party Project is an initiative started by travelista Tracey Friley, Executive Director of OBG Adventure Camps and principal at

“For these girls, passports aren’t a priority in their households. Travel is likely a luxury and not a lifestyle. Having a passport has the potential to change how a young girl views herself and her place in the world,” said Tracey Friley. “It’s as much about the possibilities as it is about hopping a plane.”

Tracey pitched the idea at TBEX Vancouver in June 2011 and Expedia stepped up to support the idea by offering a prize of 6 trips of a lifetime that can be won by girls who have participated in the Passport Party Project and applied for their very first passport.

It’s time to get this Passport Party started! Join us in the fun!

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This entry was posted on Saturday, March 10th, 2012 and is filed under Donate My Dollars.

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