The Passport Party Project – giving girls a chance to travel

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.

My daughter on her school trip to Nepal

My daughter on her school trip to Nepal

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.

More information about the Passport Party Project – Tweet it on #PassportPartyProject and on Like it on Facebook

Read more about Sophie-Anne’s travels in Nepal

My teenage daughter’s trek in Nepal
My daughter’s elephant safari in Chitwan, Nepal
My daughter’s community project in the mountains of Nepal

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    February 24, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    I agree 100% with this post. I think it’s such an important part of life that you experience things that may perhaps be outside your comfort zone, or even just travelling to a different country to experience new foods/cultures and people!

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    The Passport Party Project
    February 26, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Thank you Heather for your support of The Passport Party Project! And thank you for traveling by example. It matters! =)

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    Sherry Ott
    February 26, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    Reading about Sophie-Anne’s travels has been one of my favorite things ever on your website! And I love the idea of the passport party project.
    I’m kicking off my own ‘project’ that’s been in the making for a long time. I’m traveling with my niece in Rome in a few weeks! I think travel is a great gift to give!
    Sherry Ott´s last blog post ..Take a Polar Plunge in Minnesota

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    lynn B @ airportparkinggatwick.com
    February 27, 2012 at 11:38 am

    I’m looking for things for my daughter to do over the summer in the far east and found your post. Thank you for sharing your daughter’s experiences. Mine was in Uganda last summer (building a school classroom and teaching), and will have a 4 month break this year after finishing her A levels and before university. She wants to travel and do some volunteering during the break, and mum is doing some research so that she can concentrate on revising !

    On the passport party project, it sounds like a great idea. Travel and new experiences really do broaden the mind, especially when combined with a charity project, yet so few Americans ever get a passport or travel any distance as they prefer to stay within the US. Anything that can be done to increase their awareness of the outside world has got to be a good thing !

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