And the winner is…
Actually, I can't tell you!
We've had a very interesting turn of events, hence the reason for the late announcement of the winner of the trip to Thailand.
After collating more than 4,000 entries, we selected a winner using a random number generator, and we contacted them directly. This donor, however, has requested to remain anonymous. We value and respect their privacy, so we won't be naming names!
This donor also made a surprisingly wonderful plea: they asked for the value of the flight voucher to be donated to the cause!
After some brief discussion with Flight Network, and in very good nature, they agreed to make the donation! I'm so incredibly pleased to be able to announce that the grand total for our donation is going to be $7,500!
We're currently working with the Save Elephant Foundation to funnel the funds into the park, and possibly help with expenses for the actual rescue of elephants, and we'll be sure to keep everybody posted on the status of the donation.
We'll also be offering a little something to everybody who donated, so be sure to check your inboxes--we'll be emailing everybody with the details.
This is a big win for us and a big win for the Save Elephant Foundation! The whole team is ecstatic to have been blessed with support from so many generous people and we are thrilled to be able to make such a grandiose announcement!
Many thanks to everybody who made this year such an incredible success!
Every day, Asian elephants are captured and tortured.
They are put through horrific pains, physically and mentally, to tame and ready them for the tourism industry. From a young age, baby elephants are removed from their mothers, who are often killed. They then undergo brutal forms of abuse as a way to domesticate them, to make them friendly to tourists, who will pay good money to ride on one or watch them do tricks.
This year, our mission is to raise money to support the Save Elephant Foundation and give back to the Thailand tourism industry in a positive way. We are providing a platform to raise awareness and to make donations. As a collective group of more than 20 bloggers, we have also come together to create an awesome new product for you, with tons of exclusive content!
By donating, you are entered into a raffle to win $3,300 towards a holiday to Thailand to visit the elephants. You also receive access to an exclusive blog put together by more than 20 different bloggers just for this project!
The BloggersSJ Begonja,
Chasing the DonkeySJ is an ex Marketing Manger now expatriate. After an epic 9 months of travelling Europe, her and her husband decided to leave Australia, and move their family to Croatia. Now the duo travel Croatia, and are your guide to the best of Croatian travel, food and culture. Take a peek at Chasing the Donkey […]View portfolio
The BloggersKristin Addis,
Be My Travel MuseKristin Addis is the Chief Blogette at Be My Travel Muse - a website geared towards independent women travelers who like to head off the beaten path, mainly in Asia. She also writes Keep Fit on the Road a website made to help travelers eat healthy and exercise with little to no space or equipment. She is a former […]View portfolio
The BloggersDave and Deb,
The Planet DThe Planet D inspires adventure in everyone. Married for over 15 years, travel couple Dave and Deb travel the globe showcasing their real-time journey and broadcasting their stories through professional travel writing, photography,video and engaging social media. As spokespeople and international ambassadors, The Planet D have had the opportunity to work with some of the […]View portfolio
The BloggersIan Ord,
Where Sidewalks EndIan has travelled for more than half his life. He has travelled through all 7 continents, hitchhiked over 10,000km across Canada, Australia, and Thailand, hiked to some of the highest mountain Base Camps in Nepal, circumnavigated active volcano peaks in Indonesia, swam with sharks in the Galapagos Islands, whale sharks in the Philippines and penguins […]View portfolio
The BloggersJeremy Foster,
travelFREAKBorn in America, Jeremy, an IT specialist by trade, packed up his belongings and left home on an open-ended trip to the other side of the world. Years later, he’s still on the move and exploring other countries. He is now a mobile cocktail bartender and the head writer for travelFREAK! You can usually find […]View portfolio
The BloggersSavi and Vid,
Bruised PassportsSavi and Vid live in London and save their pennies to travel as often as possible. So far they have visited 38 countries. They have driven with zebras in South Africa, been caving in Austria, cavorted with Bedouins in the Sahara, befriended soldiers in Israel, and partied in a nuclear bunker in the Czech Republic- […]View portfolio
The BloggersBen and Charli,
WanderlustersIn 2010 Ben and Charli made the decision to live a life less ordinary and six months later embarked on an undefined period of travel. Enforcing no restrictions on their itinerary they have chosen to travel at a slow pace and incorporate house sitting assignments in each country they visit. With no time limit restricting […]View portfolio
The BloggersCristina and Hal,
Travel 4 WildlifeZoologist Cristina Garcia and wildlife photographer Hal Brindley founded Travel For Wildlife in 2012 to promote conservation through responsible wildlife tourism. Hal is the founder of Dodo Films production company and his photography, video, and writing have appeared in major media outlets around the world including The Discovery Channel, Asian Geographic, Getaway Magazine, and Ranger […]View portfolio
The BloggersBen West,
Red RucksackBen is a retired drug dealer, terrible dancer and hopeless lover of green, mountainous places. He has written a novel entitled ‘The Red Rucksack’ about his various exploits while continuing to chase adventure around the globe. Ben’s insatiable need for adventure, along with a knack for landing in ridiculous situations and habit of befriending clearly […]View portfolio
The BloggersBrandy Bell,
it’s one world, TRAVELA California native, Brandy left her job in the wine industry trading 9-5 stability for a 30 liter backpack. With only a one way ticket and a sense of adventure, she hit the road running. Four years later, she’s still on the move, seeking new heights and adventures in all corners of the globe. Brandy […]View portfolio
The BloggersBarbara Weibel,
Hole in the DonutAfter years of working 70-80 hours per week at jobs that paid the bills but brought no joy, a serious illness made Barbara Weibel realize she felt like the proverbial “hole in the donut” – solid on the outside but empty on the inside. After recovering her health, she walked away from her career, sold […]View portfolio
The BloggersDanny Tobias,
i Should Log OffDanny began his life on the beaches of South Florida before heading north for college. After graduating he worked as a business consultant before managing to save up enough money to travel the world with Jillian. The two departed on their journey at the start of 2009 and didn’t return for 21 months after having […]View portfolio
The BloggersBehan Gifford,
Sailing with TotemFreelance writer and photographer Behan lives on a sailboat with her husband and their three children. They are floating nomads and have put more than 20,000 miles under the keel since sailing away from their home waters in the United States in 2008. A year and ha half in Mexico, another year wandering across the […]View portfolio
The BloggersTammy Lowe,
Tammy & Chris on the MoveTammy & Chris are a couple hailing from Germany and England, meaning between them they are efficient and polite, but unable to talk about football or 20th century history. In 2011 they left the rat-race in London behind to see the world. Website: Tammy & Chris on the Move Facebook: Tammy & Chris on the […]View portfolio
The BloggersCat Gaa,
Sunshine and SiestasCat left the skyscrapers of Chicago for the olive groves of Southern Spain in 2007 to teach English. A gobbler of tapas, fluent in Andalusian Spanish and in a bilingual relationship, Cat publishes primarily at Sunshine and Siestas by day and wrangles kids at night as an ESL teacher. Weekends are spent with her camera, Camarón, […]View portfolio
The BloggersRegine Garcia,
Between CoordinatesAt 23, she ditched her future as a nurse to become a full time web designer to fund her wanderlust. She spends her precious time alternately working online, frolicking, and indulging on so many things life has to offer. Today, she’s currently working on the Travel Blogging Calendar 2014 graphics while island hopping around the Philippines, […]View portfolio
The BloggersGabi Klaf,
The Nomadic FamilyInsanely unorthodox, embarrassingly honest, and on her path towards spiritual awareness, Gabi Klaf blogs about her family’s ups and downs in their now forth year of non-stop budget world travel. This family of five has lived with an indigenous tribe in the jungles of Ecuador, hitchhiked throughout the world, danced with drunk Vietnamese at weddings, […]View portfolio
The BloggersAlexandra Kovacova,
Crazy Sexy Fun TravelerAlexandra Kovacova, called Saška at home and Alex everywhere else, was born in Slovakia in a small town. She quit modeling to study for a MA in Spanish and English philology, and then she quit her stewardess job to travel around the world. Since March 2011 Alex has been blogging full-time and helping people to […]View portfolio
The BloggersMatthew Barby,
Melted StoriesMatthew runs the Melted Stories travel blog and is madly in love with South East Asia. Having spent a fair amount of time in Thailand and the surrounding countries, Matt is always planning his next trip. Along with some friends, Matt shares all of his travel experiences within the blog, so make sure you check […]View portfolio
The BloggersGrasya Bangoy,
This Grasya on the RoadGrasya, Filipino word for Grace, loves to travel slowly and to live like a local in different countries. Since 2008, she has accumulated numerous misadventures under her belt already. This includes surviving 10 degree cold weather where flat iron is the only form of heater and the solo bus ride in a formerly closed country. […]View portfolio