Thursday, September 25, 2008

TripAdvisor Is Giving Away One Million Dollars!

Mom is a travel junkie and one of her favorite travel websites is TripAdvisor. TripAdvisor provides recommendations for hotels, vacations, travel packages, and everything else related to travel. It is truly one stop shopping for everything you need to know about every destination you can imagine.

Let's say that you are planning a trip to Hawaii and you don't know which hotel to select. TripAdvisor's members post reviews of hotels complete with pictures and videos. Each hotel is rated based on the members stay, from everything to check-in, to room size, to hotel location. There is also a great forum section where members can ask questions about a location, like where is the best mexican restaurant on the island of Hawaii (Killer Taco of course!). This website is truly invaluable when planning a vacation or even a staycation.

TripAdvisor has a new promotion called "More than Footprints". This initiative will donate $1 million to five travel-related charities and you the TripAdvisor user will vote on how the money will be divided. The money will be divided amongst the following nonprofits:

Conservation International - Eco-tourism
Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) - Emergency relief
National Geographic Society - Exploring and sustaining authentic places
The Nature Conservancy - Environmental protection
Save the Children - Aiding children around the world

So head on over to right now and cast your vote. Voting closes on November 9, at which time the $1 million will be divided according to the percentage of votes each cause receives. As an added bonus, each nonprofit will receive at least $50K just for participating. Kudos to TripAdvisor!

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