New Travel Trend: Crowdfunding Your Dream Vacation

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If your dream trip feels out of reach financially, crowdfunding websites let your friends, family, and even strangers help you pay for your vacation.

Indiegogo.com
You can raise funds for any project on this site, but it's also a good way to put the word out that you need a little help with your vacation budget. Make your case or post a video to let people know what you plan to use the money for, then share the link to your page on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. Your page will stay on the website for a set number of days allowing people around the world to contribute funds via credit card or PayPal. It is free to create an account, but Indiegogo does take a small percentage of your earnings. If you want to help someone you don't know take their trip, a recent search found more then 350 people looking for help. These included a group raising money for a friend's 60th birthday trip, people putting together vacation funds for a military veteran and his family following his return from deployment, and a ninth grader trying to raise money for her school band and choir to travel to Disneyland.

Honeyfund.com
Instead of toasters and place settings, couples can register for hotel nights and even flights. It's free to set up a personalized page onhoneyfund.com outlining details of your trip with options for how friends and family can help. According to the site, about 62 percent of couples pay for their own honeymoon, and this is a way to have friends and family contribute. Plus, many of would rather have a trip to the Caribbean instead of a set of hand towels.  

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