TripAdvisor to Donate $1 Million, You Decide Where the Money Goes

Posted September 30, 2008 by Zak Patten

Tripadvisorcloudslikeearth So this is pretty cool. Our friends at sister site TripAdvisor are donating $1 million to five travel-related causes (no, your personal airfare budget is not among them), and they're asking all of us to help decide who gets what amount.

If you thought choosing a presidential candidate was tough, you ain't seen nothin' yet. Because the five organizations TripAdvisor has chosen as finalists are each so worthy that picking a winner is no small task. The good news is you can't go wrong with any of them, and each one is guaranteed at least $50,000. The more votes an organization receives, the larger share of the $1 million it will get. So, without further ado, the nominees (with their areas of focus in parentheses) are: Conservation International (ecotourism), Doctors Without Borders (emergency relief), National Geographic Society (exploring and sustaining authentic places), The Nature Conservancy (environmental protection), and Save the Children (aiding children around the world).

After you make up your mind, voting is a snap. Just head on over to TripAdvisor and click on your pick. It took me about 30 seconds. Just make sure to do it so you get to have your say. The voting runs through 11:59 pm ET on November 9th.

This money will make a real difference to the people and communities we visit when we travel. So what are you waiting for? Vote now or learn more at

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