Pay it Forward Friday: Fly for Good

Jul 2013
Traveling is one of the most enriching and fulfilling experiences a person can go through. Immersing yourself in another culture is exciting, eye-opening, and humbling. It allows us to see life through a different perspective.

People travel for a variety of reasons. Some travel for the educational benefits, some travel to cross it off the old bucket list. Some travel for curiosity’s sake, and others travel to do volunteer work. Whatever the reason may be, there is some prep work to be done beforehand.

We all know airfare and accommodations are the two biggest expenses when planning a trip. But did you know that there are companies dedicated to reducing airfare prices if you’re traveling for volunteer purposes? “Discounted Travel for Volunteers”is the tagline that belongs to the organization Fly for Good, a team that has done humanitarian work in over 100 countries across the globe.  Here is a short blurb about what they do:

“After starting multiple travel businesses and our own humanitarian non-profit organization, we combined our passions for travel and humanitarian work by negotiating airfare discounts of 10% to 25% off the published rate for non-profits, their family members and their volunteers. “

On top of that, each quarter Fly for Good donates a portion of their profits to humanitarian projects, so “you are not only directly helping people in your world, you are helping people all over the world.” So today we would like to give a round of applause to organizations like Fly for Good.

The next item we’d like to cut down on our expense list is sleeping arrangements. You could do as Anthony Bourdain says in the quote above – “Sleep on floors if you have to” or you could utilize social media {who would have thought?} All you need to do is a few simple searches on Facebook, Twitter, or your favorite blogs – type in the country and see what you get. Remember that friend you haven’t talked to in years? Good news – they’re renting a cozy spot in Siena, Italy! I wonder if they have a spare couch…You may even run into some good restaurant reviews along the way.