Travel With Your Pack
January 06, 2016
Multiple times every year, we gather together our travel experts and put together new trips for our Destinations of Excellence® catalog. These fundraising auction travel packages can be sold at galas or via raffles, and are sold on consignment, meaning there’s no upfront cost to the charitable organization.
Our last catalog update included the expansion of our “Villas and Residencies” section, featuring trips with accommodations for up to ten people, in housing beyond the normal hotel room. From private residences to water-side villas, these vacations can not only bring in bigger bids, but can appeal to very specific types of bidders. If any of these motivations for shopping at your charity auction sounds familiar, we’ve got just the trip to make your supporters happy, all while raising funds for your important cause.
As some parents may have discovered over the last month, buying gifts for kids – especially college-aged or grown kids – can be tough. But experiences never go out of style, and globe-trotting with friends is even better. If you’ve got supporters who have kids that are ready for traveling with their peer group, offer them the chance to bid on trips like our “This is Your Balinese Paradise” or “Bali’s Breathtaking Beauty” packages. These type of international adventures can spark a lifelong love of travel in a recent grad, and in most cases will be otherwise out of reach financially for the gift’s recipient. They’ll also get a great chance to bond with their friends, classmates or new coworkers in a way that transcends the connections forged at, say, happy hour.
For your donors who might have formed their own social clubs, be they ski, wine or golf-centric, the prospect of getting the whole group out to explore its passion can bring in big money. For the golfers, the “Colorado at Its Absolute Best” trip takes up to eight people – or two foursomes – to Telluride, with discounted green fees and access to the Telluride Golf Club’s Members Club. Oenophiles will love heading to Sonoma, California with up to six people staying in a private residence. And skiers can head out on the slopes in Deer Valley or Telluride, with up to eight people. Meeting at the local wine bar or playing the nearby 18 may never feel the same.
But the most common – and trendiest – reason for travelers to need extra room in their accommodations is multi-generational trips. Getting the entire family together and getting out on the road can lead to the creation of lifelong memories, the type that are rehashed at holiday dinners for years to come. Any of the trips in our catalog are capable of creating those once-in-a-lifetime moments, but our trips to Italy may be the best at offering fun for the whole family. The “Under the Tuscan Sun” package allows a donor to bring nine more people to Tuscany, and includes an in-villa gourmet meal for the entire family, either an artisanal cheese or olive-picking experience and, for the grown-ups (or grown kids), a full-day wine tour.