A crowdfunding site to help you pay for your dream holiday? It’s real…

Do you want to tick a box on your travel bucket list but don’t have the money to do it?

Happy older couple on holiday with map laughing together

Do you want to tick a box on your travel bucket list but don’t have the money to do it? Why not try crowdfunding your dream holiday?

FundMyTravel is an online crowdfunding platform aimed at giving would-be travellers a shot at a holiday regardless of how much, or how little, money they have in their coffers. Now, it may sound a bit ‘forward’ to think that random people would want to help you get to your dream destination, but there are a lot of generous people in the world just looking for a reason to help you out.

And it’s not just for those looking to getaway for a free holiday. You may have aspirations of working as a volunteer in a third-world country, or helping to research dolphin mating rituals in Miami. You may have a sick friend or family member who needs your help but lives in Denmark. Whatever your reason, you can set up a campaign at FundMyTravel for free and see if someone, somewhere in the world, is willing to help you get there.

But what’s the catch, you say. Well, FundMyTravel basically takes five per cent of whatever donations you ‘earn’. That’s it.

There are four steps to setting up your FundMyTravel campaign:

Step 1 – create your campaign
Create a user account and tell people your story. Here’s where you inform people as to why you want, or need, to go overseas (or wherever else for that matter). You can use photographs, write a short bio and introduction and you can even upload videos that support your case. You’ll also need to set up your target amount and your preferred payment methods, such as PayPal or direct deposit.

Step 2 – spread the word
FundMyTravel utilises social media to help you get the word out. Share your campaign through the built-in social media and email facilities to boost your chances of receiving donations.

Step 3 – receiving funds
All donations are automatically sent to your FundMyTravel account and you don’t even have to wait until your final target is hit.

Step 4 – cost
Once your campaign reached its conclusion, FundMyTravel takes its five per cent ‘gratuity’ to help maintain the site. Any fees that are charged by payment processing facilities will also be removed at this stage.

Step 5 – get on your way!

FundMyTravel is a great way for anyone doing it tough financially to still have a chance to see the world. So why not give it a try and let us know how you go?

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    stupidgalah
    13th Jul 2016
    10:26am
    If you cant afford to go travelling.......stay home......Do you expect strangers to pay for your spending money, as well.
    Where are we going with this crowd funding.
    People expecting something for nothing. Havnt they heard of the word SAVING.
    LiveItUp
    14th Jul 2016
    7:13am
    I see it as an extension of the law of the universe. You help others and it comes back to you many times over. I once made a donation to help a fellow out of a spot of bother and a few years later he sent me a cheque for 10 times my donation as a thankyou.

    13th Jul 2016
    10:40am
    In what is now becoming a "beggars society" you might stoop to doing the above if you have very little or no personality pride. So, you would be the same kind of person to solicit money for a loved one's funeral or to rebuild your house which burnt down and you were too stupid or tight to have insured it. This article is absolutely PATHETIC!!
    leonYLC
    13th Jul 2016
    10:49am
    Fast Eddie and stupidgalah,
    Not everyone can afford to save, nor pay for insurance or funerals. So many Australians live under the poverty line, so we hope that you understand that services (and articles) such as these may provide some glimmer of hope for better times.
    mangomick
    13th Jul 2016
    11:08am
    Seriously....
    LiveItUp
    14th Jul 2016
    7:11am
    Seriously why let pride get in the way of something you want to do. Do good turns for others and the law of the universe will look after you too. If you haven't noticed the real wealthy people are very generous to each other and live by the rule one good deed lti others cames back to them many times.
    Anonymous
    14th Jul 2016
    10:02am
    People with NO INCENTIVE and NO PRIDE are the DEAD-BEATS with both hands out, and if they KEEP receiving they will KEEP putting their hands out. This practice of GIVING to those dead-beats is something which should be DISCOURAGED, NOT PROMOTED as with this article. This country is going down the toilet fast enough now with it's present welfare state mentality WITHOUT MORE encouragement IN THAT DIRECTIONS!! This article REEKS of Socialism!!
    ails52
    13th Jul 2016
    10:47am
    I've learnt many lessons in life and one of the biggest is you don't get something for nothing. If you want something work and save towards your goal - it is very satisfying to say I did that on my own
    Happy cyclist
    13th Jul 2016
    11:52am
    I'm with you Ails.
    biddi
    13th Jul 2016
    11:04am
    It had to happen. Crowdfunding open to abuse. Pay your own bills and holidays.
    Can only imagine this appeal is on fire.
    I think any giving has to come from the individual heart.
    Chris B T
    13th Jul 2016
    11:33am
    Mostly in the past most people would give money or service for nothing, to help someone in need. Mainly from unfortunate circumstances beyond one's control.
    I can see this sort of extraction of money will make people more judgemental and lead to less philanthropist behaviour.
    This would not be a good situation for the needy by Greedy Crowd Funding Individuals or Groups.
    Sorry This Particular Crowd Funding Is Wrong On Every Level.
    Bones
    13th Jul 2016
    11:55am
    Er... Ahem...... So I guess you guys won't be helping me out with my yacht and house in Toorak ????
    biddi
    13th Jul 2016
    12:04pm
    ROFL
    mangomick
    13th Jul 2016
    1:54pm
    I'm a great believer in "give a man a fish and he eats for a day Teach a man to fish and he eats for a life time. Now I have a small Hobie Cat here I can show you how to flip it back when it goes "turtle" and I've got a 1/2 bag of cement and a couple of trowels. But knowing you actually want to live in Victoria I'd say there is probably no bloody hope for you.
    stupidgalah
    13th Jul 2016
    3:44pm
    Hobie 14 or 16?
    Old Geezer
    13th Jul 2016
    12:21pm
    Thanks for the information. I might just try it out myself for my next holiday.
    disillusioned
    13th Jul 2016
    12:38pm
    I wouldn't enjoy a holiday if I thought that others went without to pay for me to go travelling. If I'd have to rely on others to pay for my trip to exotic locations, I'd rather go somewhere I could afford, even if it's only travelling by train using my "freebies" and staying a few nights in another country town or city, or even just popping up to Katoomba or Newcastle, or down to Wollongong for a long day trip. But then, that's just me. . . .
    Chris B T
    13th Jul 2016
    1:10pm
    What about an overseas trip to Manly on the Manly Ferry, Best on a sunny day or good weather evening.(Any Sydney Harbour Ferry would do)
    For the price and ambiance very hard to beat.

    13th Jul 2016
    1:03pm
    Well, Leon, since your comment to stupidgalah and me two hours ago, it doesn't seem like there are too many "glimmers of hope" beaming out of the backsides of us who have had to work hard for OUR money. You won't see any of us putting out an upraised calloused hand for a freebie. Again, this is a absolutely PATHETIC ARTICLE which ENCOURAGES pseudo charity.
    You might as well say something like "Hard work pays off in the future; laziness pays off now".
    Anonymous
    13th Jul 2016
    1:11pm
    or, "Ambition is a poor excuse for not having enough sense to be lazy", as your article promotes this kind of philosophy and promotes a "Struggle Street" mentality. VERY poor taste!
    KSS
    13th Jul 2016
    1:08pm
    Genuine charities are already experiencing donation fatigue and lightweight services such as this will just add to the scarcity of the dollar going to those with real life needs not just the want of a holiday! And an overseas one at that!

    I get not everyone can afford an annual holiday (at home or abroad) and that's tough! I know I am one of them - no holidays at all for over 20 years until last year. But that's life; why should anyone expect perfect strangers to pick up the tab? This smacks of yet another example of an 'entitlement' mentality as in "I am entitled to a holiday and someone else has to pay for it".
    Sundays
    13th Jul 2016
    2:25pm
    I agree completely KSS, money should go to registered worthwhile charities. I can see the value of crowdfunding in certain extreme situations and only when the recipients have no money but for holidays, really? It is no more than begging. I would never get involved, not ethical.
    Swinging voter
    13th Jul 2016
    2:06pm
    People don't understand that the pension is meant to stop people from being cold and hungry. It was never meant for car insurance, buying expensive appliances, internet services, telephones, holidays etc. If we want these luxuries we must be prudent enough to provide a nest egg for ourselves.
    Rae
    14th Jul 2016
    5:04pm
    Strangely enough I was privy to a conversation today where aged pensioners decided next year to forgo comprehensive car insurance and save the money toward a new car. It appears the insurance industry has hit the magic cost that will stop purchase.

    Perhaps crowdfunding for essentials might be a good business idea if you can set up and rack off 5%.

    Good luck yo the people doing this. I'm sure they will end up very wealthy and be able to travel wherever they desire.

    Universe looking out for those who help themselves.
    bandy
    13th Jul 2016
    2:51pm
    there seems to be a trend lately where people( especially young people) traveling on a small budget get themselves into trouble(drugs accidents police problems) & then ask the local expat community to pay for all their misconduct as most of them do not have travel insurance.Example 2 men died just recently from an overdose,result no money for funeral or to be able to return bodies to home country,a sad situation but occurring to much,so I agree with some of your comments save for your trip & make sure you have travel insurance
    LiveItUp
    14th Jul 2016
    7:05am
    If I die overseas I have instructed my family to dispose of my body as cheaply as possible and as quick as possible. Afterall after death one body becomes a disposal problem nothing more as I have abandoned it.
    Anonymous
    17th Jul 2016
    2:15pm
    Talk about an indulged society. Gimme, gimme, gimme!
    john
    13th Jul 2016
    4:44pm
    this is most definitely wrong. by doing crowd funding for trivial things such as holidays will kill the crowd funding for important things i.e. disaster recovery etc
    Watto
    13th Jul 2016
    5:50pm
    Hey Della Bosca I want to buy a large Turkey and large Leg Ham and all the trimmings plus 5 or 6 blocks of beer for Christmas and New Year. Can I set up a crowd funding platform for that. Geez you really are an idiot.
    Anonymous
    13th Jul 2016
    5:52pm
    Now, now. Personal attacks are not allowed. Just send money.
    LiveItUp
    14th Jul 2016
    7:07am
    Spin a good enough story and people will donate to your cause. Remember the toaster?
    Anonymous
    14th Jul 2016
    8:53am
    GET A JOB and the employer will contribute to your WORK!
    B J
    13th Jul 2016
    8:26pm
    I really cant see why you wrote this article Leon, I think you must like stirring the pot.
    You can see by the comments what most sane people think of your idea.
    Better luck with your next posting.

    14th Jul 2016
    1:48am
    Stupid idea, its not as though a holiday is essential; I'm sure pensioner would rather have their electric bill paid instead!
    Mutley
    14th Jul 2016
    5:30am
    More to the point...who or what is FundMyTravel? Is it a registered organisation or what? Seems to me it's a glorified begging site and not charitable at all.
    Anonymous
    14th Jul 2016
    9:36am
    It may have been an idea of Peter Foster.
    Anonymous
    14th Jul 2016
    4:08pm
    You only have to go to some of the "go fund me" sites which already exist....there are all sorts of requests.

    There is no way you could sort out which are genuine and which are straight out "cons".

    Too many scams out there now and people are suspicious of everything.

    Yesterday I had a phone call from Westnet (my isp). Never have they rung me before but they did asking if I wanted to be connected to the NBN. Our home had the box connected to the outside of house back in March but nothing has happened to date.

    The person speaking had a Filipino accent and immediately I suspected a scam and said I would ring them myself at a later date.

    I suspect it was a genuine call but these days because of all the phone scams people are careful...I know I am.
    Margaret Thompson
    14th Jul 2016
    9:51am
    *sigh* So many people so quick to judge.
    Perhaps some people seek help to take a holiday or trip abroad for themselves and their family because they don't make enough money to take a well-earned (yes, I typed it - EARNED) holiday. Maybe they need to get overseas quickly to visit a dying relative or attend a funeral. Or perhaps they've spent 50 years of spinsterhood looking after a parent and have never explored their own country let alone another, and would like to get a life before their own is over (sorry - must pause - hits a bit close to home).
    Just because there is a way to seek funds outside of paying a bank some exhorbitant personal loan fee, and just because crowd-funding is something you would never consider because from your moral highground these people are adjudged beggers, and just because you naysayers sit atop your high horses where the air is pure, doesn't mean that the rest of us can't enjoy the fact that perhaps we can help someone reach their dreams.
    mangomick
    15th Jul 2016
    9:33am
    If they only want to explore their own country they need only walk out the door and turn left or right and keep walking. Plenty of harvest work to keep a bit of cash up to themselves. And for those who don't make enough money they only need to learn to live within their means. Old adage...take care of the pennies and the pounds will take care of themselves.

    14th Jul 2016
    12:58pm
    Aren't there enough "spongers" in the world now.

    I think it is disgraceful that some expect others to fund their lifestyle...appears to be the way of the world now....bludge.

    Never would I do that...if I cannot have something through my own endeavours then I go without. I well remember the satisfaction my husband and I go when we saved up and bought our first piece of furniture.


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