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We Know How Hard It Is To Afford To Travel Abroad

on Sat, Sep 08, 2018 By | Randy LeGrant | 2 Comments | Tax Deductions Financial Issues
Although the economy in the US is rolling along and unemployment is almost nil, we hear from a lot of people who have difficulty saving up $350 for the program deposit. People who call us want to travel different. They want to travel and while they travel they want to make a difference. They also want to be able to afford the GeoVisions program fee, the airfare, and some personal spending along the way. Who can blame them? It's what we all want. Not only do GeoVisions participants come up with a $350 program deposit, most of our travel adventures include 1-12 months away from home, friends, work, school ... whatever is going on in their lives at the moment. It’s both a financial and time commitment. Most of our participants take over 3 months just to make the final decision to participate. We get it. Since 2001 we’ve been serving people who want to travel different. If they’re going that far, spending their hard-earned money and taking that much time to make a difference ... that’s a decision that takes time. Trust me, we have had more than 70,000 travelers participate with GeoVisions since we started in 2001, and that means we’ve talked to hundreds of thousands of people over these 17 years. We’re good listeners and we’re accustomed to hearing all kinds of concerns, and we’re good at helping people reach their travel goal who use our plan.
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Is Voluntourism Really A Compromised Industry?

I have noticed that everyone is cashing in on Voluntourism (including the press) and I wish some great writer out there would do an article on the damage THAT causes.  Bugger the "goodie-two-shoes" articles. Those people are just there and will insert themselves into a situation abroad and at home because they simply have nothing else to do.  Resorts, cruise lines and hotels offer 2-3 hour voluntourism projects and call it sustainable tourism. Mr. Stupart sums it up nicely and as accurately as I've ever seen it put.  "There can be no easy decisions when attempting to weigh up how to volunteer, or whether to volunteer at all.  Nevertheless, there is a world of difference between ill-considered decisions taken for the purpose of stroking a traveler's ego, and subjective decisions to volunteer after properly considering as much of the moral and practical detail of your engagement as possible."
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Tax Deductibility and Voluntourism – It Should Go...For Now!

on Tue, Oct 13, 2009 By | Randy LeGrant | 0 Comments | Why Do I Have To Pay To Volunteer Tax Deductions
Yesterday I reposted from various Blog sites on deducting your voluntourism program from your taxes.  The question was, "Tax Deductibility and Voluntourism-Should It Stay Or Should It Go." Today I'm making a case against tax deductibility and voluntourism in my own Blog.  It Should Go.  At least for now. I don't want to rant, so I'm providing you 2 sources with independent links to use to evaluate on your own where you are volunteering and how you are spending your money.  Because if anyone is telling you that you can deduct the program fees or your trip because you're volunteering, they are leading you down the wrong path and setting you up for an unhappy financial outcome, should you be audited by the IRS.
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Tax Deductibility and Voluntourism – Should it Stay or Should it Go?

on Mon, Oct 12, 2009 By | Randy LeGrant | 0 Comments | Why Do I Have To Pay To Volunteer Tax Deductions
Industry watch person and consultant, Alexia Nestora of Lasso Communications posted a blog post by Journey Etc. last week about declaring a tax deduction for a volunteer vacation.
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