When you get a few a travel bloggers together, you can guarantee they will be talking about travel and blogging.

But that’s not all these four Seattle travel bloggers – Pam Mandel (Nerd’s Eye View , Beth Whitman (Wanderlust and Lipstick ), Michelle Duffy (WanderMom), and Debbie Dubrow (Delicious Baby) – discussed when they got together last year.

They also started talking about a way of gathering travel bloggers from around the world together to fundraise for the Heifer Foundation, a nonprofit organization that works to eliminate hunger and poverty around the globe.

And so Passports with Purpose was born. The goal was to raise $5,000 for the Heifer Foundation by having travel bloggers host giveaways in support of this fundraising effort. And travel bloggers everywhere did this in style, posting, promoting, and donating to such a degree that the original goal was exceeded by over $2000.

With such a great result, it’s not surprising that the Pam, Beth, Michelle, and Debbie decided to run another Passports with Purpose this year, this time fundraising for the American Assistance for Cambodia (AAfC) an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving opportunities for the youth and rural poor in Cambodia.

The goal – to raise $13,000 to build a school in rural Cambodia. And guess what, that goal has already been reached.

As of today, Passports with Purpose has raised $16,590.

                                               

Amazing results in a shaky economy.

This great fundraising exercise doesn’t finish until Dec 21st, so there is still time to join the Travel bloggers community and donate.

Here’s what you do. Head on over to the Passport with Purpose site and pick out a couple of prizes that interest you. Then buy tickets ($10 each) for that prize.

It’s that simple.

You donate and also get a chance to win great travel prizes such as books, cameras, travel gear, and accommodation and travel packages.

I’ve just been on site and done just that, donating last month’s (and this month’s projected) Perceptive Travel pay to such a worthy cause. 

Why not join me?

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Liz Lewis is a New Zealand based writer who favors wine tasting and food markets over bungy jumping and mountain climbing.