Today I’d like to give a shout out to the Passport Party Project – started by Tracey Friley of OneBrownGirl which has the aim of helping more teenage girls in the USA the opportunity to get their own passport and get out into the world for life changing experiences.
Tracey pitched the idea at TBEX Vancouver in June last year and fortunately Expedia were listening and 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 and applied for their very first passport. Here’s the Press Release from Expedia giving more information about their Sponsorship. The US State department for passports have also created a Passport day on March 10 to enable applicants to get their passport more easily in regional centres around the US.
Why do I love the idea of the Passport Party Project?
I live in the UK where it’s no big deal to get a passport at birth for your baby. We have Europe on our doorstop and foreign lands are a ferry ride across the channel or an inexpensive flight away from our local airport. But I know that with the USA being such a big place with plenty of holiday opportunities and flights abroad being so expensive many of our friends across the pond don’t travel outside their own country until they’re grown up and maybe not even then. And I think that’s a shame.
I have a 16 year old daughter who has been travelling since she was tiny on family holidays in Europe, to visit family in Greece each year and even further afield. She has grown confident in dealing with new situations, she has seen how other people live, how different customs can distinguish us but how we are all essentially the same in what we hope and dream for. She has met children who walk up to 2 hours each day to get to school but seen that happiness is not necessarily connected to an affluent lifestyle.
Last year she was on a school trip to Nepal, where she and her friends trekked through the Annapurna foothills, visited a nature reserve and pitched their tents on the old rice paddies beside a school high in the mountains for a community construction project.
Now she’s taken on a position at her school which involves raising money for worthwhile causes and she’s planning to take a gap year before university to travel. My wonderful daughter is citizen of the world and I believe that travel will give her boundless confidence and kindness in whatever she ventures – that’s why I’d like to wish the same life changing experiences on other girls of her age.
Read more about Sophie-Anne’s travels in Nepal
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