It’s the season of giving and fun. Combining the two is a great way to help others and to help yourself. I’ve supported Passports with Purpose over the past few years, have met the founders and love their travel projects which are making the world a better place. The goal this year is to raise $100,000 to build two wells in Haiti.

If you:

  • Still need holiday presents but want to stay out of the malls.
  • Would like to make a difference in the world.
  • Shop online for unique gifts and best value.
  • Want to help get clean water to those in need.

Then join me in supporting this year’s Passports with Purpose project – helping to bring safe, clean water to the people of Haiti. This year’s auction is full of great items. You just go online and bid. You’ll find unique items, packages, experiences all selected by authors of travel blogs worldwide.

The 2012 fundraiser begins November 27 at 11:59pm EST and ends December 11 at 11:59pm EST, but you can still make donations to the 2012 beneficiary any time.  All donations will go to the 2012 beneficiary,

womens scotteevestThis is the prize I’m offering for the Passports with Purpose 2012 auction:  Travel clothes – a Scotteevest for women.

If you or a loved one: Has ever struggled with your carry-on, over-packed or misplaced something while getting through airport security? Have you walked a remote village marketplace and wished you didn’t stand out as a tourist with your day pack or bulky purse?  Ever felt anxious watching your camera bag in crowds?

It’s time you had a Scotteevest. The grey vest is a Woman’s large. It has their TEC (Technology Enabled Clothing) built in. This allows you to wire headphones from your MP3 player or cell phone through specially-designed conduits without getting tangled in loose wires – a great hands-free option.

The lightweight vest also has:

  • Mesh lining for extra breathability
  • Two pen pockets
  • Eyeglass and Chamois Pocket with a cleaning cloth on an elastic cord
  • Digital Camera Pocket
  • Extendable key holder and water bottle loop
  • Cell Phone / MP3 pocket
  • Travel Docs and ID pockets
  • Secret pocket
  • PadPocket for iPad / Digital reader

All this is designed to keep bulges to a minimum so you stay streamlined. Pockets are designed to evenly balance the weight of what you carry so you’ll be more comfortable than slinging a bag around. The vest is also designed to be water and stain resistant – a great feature when you’re on the go.

Go to the auction site here and get a great price on this travel clothes vest that normally sells for $125.

Just a few restrictions apply:

Shipping and any applicable taxes are to be pre-paid by the purchaser. Shipping is only allowed in North America and Canada. The item will be shipped as soon as the destination is set and payments made. Shipping must be made before January 3rd, 2012.

Elaine J. Masters

Travel writer, co-host of San Diego Travel Massive.

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