When I first conceived of the idea months ago, it was a modest dream: a dozen or so writers contributing to a small book to support two outstanding charities (Unbound and Save the Children). That vision has given way to reality, and what a wondrous reality it has become.

Over 80 travelers and writers from all over the world and from all walks of life signed up with a shared goal: to sponsor and support children everywhere. Each contributor is sharing a trip that changed his/her life. The finished product, a book appropriately titled The Trip that Changed My Life, will comprise of these incredibly diverse stories.

Gergana from Bulgaria is writing about her life-altering adventures traversing the Sahara Desert. Ivonne from Guatemala shares how her to move to Madrid gave her the confidence to tackle all of life’s many challenges. Eric from Vermont retells his epic adventure with then friend and future wife Tara and how that trip gave him wings to cross the divide between youth and adulthood. Noemi from the Philippines provides a humbling story of what it means to be happy with her visit to a friend in Doha. And even 7 months old Manny from Seattle is getting in on the fun, dictating his many milestones on a trip to Vegas to his doting father.

These are just some examples of the stories readers will enjoy in the book that is AVAILABLE NOW at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-trip-that-changed-my-life-book-for-charity/x/13856908#/




I could stop writing here and accomplish everything I needed to provide awareness to our beautiful endeavor, but this project has evolved into something more than what I had anticipated – and it’s this evolution that has given me the most joy.

While I will be contributing a story of my own about the trip that changed my life, being a part of this project has also changed my life. I’ve met so many wonderful people friends whose enthusiasm, energy, and spirit of collaboration have breathed life and hope into my being. Originally, I envisioned that the stories would inspire others to go on their own life changing adventures, but having read through the submitted stories so far and interacting with these great friends, I AM THE ONE INSPIRED!

Over the years as an adult (sounds scary, right?) I’ve learned to ignore the news because it’s full of despair, pain, suffering, atrocities, hate, violence, death, and greed. So to give myself that glimmer of hope in the goodness of humanity, I started this project. Humanity answered. Friends all over the world answered my call.

We didn’t put our differences aside. We embraced our differences because that’s the stuff that makes life beautiful. That’s what makes traveling so special. 

This is no longer my project. It’s OUR project. It’s OUR book. We invite ALL OF YOU to join us and make a positive impact AND receive an awesome book as well. Say hi to any of us on our Facebook Page, read more about our project on Release Wire or here, GET THE BOOK and/or contact me (Hung Thai) with anything at ht@upupandabear.com.

On behalf of the Project Alpha team, THANK YOU!!!