For those already planning their winter escapes, leading charity auction site charitybuzz is currently featuring luxurious trips that span the globe, from the chance to fly to Haiti with Ben Stiller and Donna Karan to a $200,000 around-the-world adventure with Richard Branson. Proceeds benefit leading nonprofits, making it easy to do good and travel in style. Getaways that give back have become a big trend this year, with many couples and families booking travel that benefits charity, as well as incorporating activities that contribute to social good.
Here are five top trips for a good cause:
A lucky winning bidder and guest will fly into Johannesburg with Richard Branson and a few other elite guests on December 9th, kicking off an exciting couple of days mentoring young business owners at the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship. The group will then head to Ulusaba, Richard Branson’s private game reserve bordering Kruger National Park, to enjoy some of the best game viewing in the world. Bidding on the experience, valued at $65,000, is open through November 16th at charitybuzz.com/VirginUnite.
One winner and a guest will enjoy an exclusive, first-ever vacation opportunity to spend two weeks visiting and touring Richard Branson’s notorious properties around the globe in a whirlwind adventure. The experience, valued at $200,000, includes: 7 nights in Necker Island, 3 nights at the Ulusaba Private Game Reserve, 3 nights at Kasbah, Tamadot, Morocco, Dinner at the Roof Garden’s in London – Richard’s private club, $5,000 Gilt credit, Hotel stay at Mr. C Beverly Hills and 2 VIP tickets to Rock the Kasbah with the chance to meet Richard Branson. Bidding is open through November 16th at charitybuzz.com/VirginUnite.
Bloomingdale’s in pulling out all the stops in its Bid for a Dream Auction to raise funds for the Child Mind Institute. In this exciting getaway, two guests will be pampered as never before as they take in the natural beauty of three continents on a remarkable odyssey that includes a $20,000 gift certificate aboard United Airlines. The winning bidder and guest will drive the Old Coastal Road Highway in Carmel Valley, California and soak up wine country elegance at Bernardus Lodge. Then, they’ll be whisked away to exotic Hoi An, Vietnam and stay in a private poolside villa at The Nam Hai and get fitted with an an-dao tailoring session. Next, the winners will head to the impeccable Alvear Palace Hotel, an opulent jewel set in the heart of Buenos Aires, where they’ll receive private tango lessons as well as a four-handed massage. Finally, they’ll take in the Andean peaks, private trekking and a picnic with an exclusive guide during their stay at the Llao Llao Hotel & Resort, Golf-Spa in Patagonia.
Proceeds benefit the Child Mind Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to transforming mental health care for children everywhere, through the Bloomingdale’s Bid for a Dream Auction. Bidding on this travel packages and others is open through December 12th at charitybuzz.com/Bloomingdales.
Travel to Romantic Ireland, Italy and Miami on a Luxury Escape with $20,000 in Airfare to Benefit the Child Mind Institute
It’s the perfect whirlwind trip for two lucky winners. One couple will have the chance to soak up the quintessential character of Dublin, Forte dei Marmi and Miami with unique access to the rare and the daring in each place. The ultimate guide, The Leading Hotels of the World, will treat the lovebirds to a list of luxe adventures wherever they go, from private falconry lessons to dinner on the green, heli-skiing and horseback riding. Each journey includes five nights in an exquisite suite at four of the world’s most luxurious hotels. Bidding on the getaway, valued at $120,000, is open through December 12th at charitybuzz.com/Bloomingdales. Proceeds will benefit The Child Mind Institute through the Bloomingdale’s Bid for a Dream Auction.
Fly with Donna Karan and Ben Stiller on a Humanitarian Trip to Haiti to benefit the RFK Center
charitybuzz is auctioning one seat in Donna Karan’s private plane for a weekend trip to Haiti on a humanitarian trip with Ben Stiller. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience to join two celebrities passionate about preserving culture, securing the health and well-being for people and the education of the children who represent tomorrow. The package, valued at $100,000, includes hotel accommodations, as well as dining.
Bidding is open at charitybuzz.com through November 29th. The RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights, a 42-year-old nonprofit organization dedicated to providing an ongoing base of support to human rights defenders around the world. In addition to these incredible journeys, charitybuzz is auctioning hundreds of other exclusive getaways at many price points for the holidays, from skiing Utah with Hannah Kearney to 10 days on a Yeti’s trail in Nepal.