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One good idea + giving = TRAVELING!!!

Ok, here is the quick and dirty…. no money needed, just your ideas

I would LOVE to do 2 things with this little idea-fest:

1) turn $1000 into $5000 (or more??) for charity

2) send you on a sick trip to somewhere you have always wanted to go

The deets:

If you come up with the best idea for how to turn 1K into 5K, for charity, you get airfare, paid by me, anywhere in North America or Central America.

You can go wherever you want, you can hit a beach in Mexico, pop over to NYC , kill your liver in Vegas, go see a Houston Rockets game, check out the Panama Canal, come see me in Costa Rica for some surfing and yoga, enjoy some night life in New Orleans, make fun of Newfies in Newfoundland, smoke some cigars in Nicaragua, ride some trollies in San Francisco, or go eat frogs legs in Montreal… it don’t matter to me!  All I care about is turning a bit of cash into a bit more cash for charity, and having some fun in the process 🙂

Here are some sample ideas to get the juices flowin:

-buy a bunch of t-shirts for cheap, get em printed with something catchy, and sell em for more (200 shirts bought at $5 and sold at $25 equals $5000)

-put on a pub crawl or two: rent a bus, get free access through “the dude you know” at the clubs, sell shots during the event, and have a wet t-shirt contest that the pervy guys watching have to pay to watch… in other words, create HUGE value for your pub crawlers, then charge everyone $50 a head and do it till you make $5000

-facebook the crap out of everyone you know, asking for donations and put on a party for everyone who donates ($1000 buys a lot of drinks)…. if you get $10 from half of your friends… you might be at $5000… don’t think that would work?  Check out what Zac Whyte did in less than 2 days with nothin but $100 and a few facebook posts, OR talk to my buddy, Dane Low, who raised around 17K for charity with facebook alone.

-put on a competition at a few elementary schools, give $2 to each student (this can be done by the staff), and teach them to be entrepreneurs by giving them ideas of how to turn it into $10 or more.  Then collect it back after a week, and see who did the best.  Kids love competitions, and teaching youngsters to be entrepreneurs in PARAMOUNT.  Actually it is my friend, Mike Tan’s, passion.  He has tons of amazing ideas on how to do something like this.  Hit him up if you want way better ideas than I can think of.

-hire a band or comedian with the $1000 at your church, your university, or other group you belong to and charge $20 a head PLUS shamelessly ask for donations at the end of it 🙂

-get bracelets made by for uber cheap that represent something amazing to you, and sell them for 5 times as much… as the proceeds will all be going to charity.

The possibilities are endless, and you are one little brain wave away from having a free trip to an epic destination.

Oh ya, and you and I will be carrying that idea of yours out too, which will be WAY more fun than you can imagine 🙂  I will send you the $1000, we will rock it together, and we will pick the charity that gets to receive your generous gift.

IDEAS TO BE SUBMITTED BY AUGUST 24th, 2010 at 11:59pm via email to  A video email would be super cool, but typed will be great too.

Let me know what ya think!


PS – as for judging the entries, I have 3 very intelligent and philanthropic friends of mine, Andrew Hewitt, Darren Olstad, and Dane Low who will check em over and determine whose idea is the best fit.  If there are a few ideas that are unreal, then all of them will win trips.  The more the merrier!!!  OR if your idea is truly stupendous and successful, and you want to go somewhere else, then we will open it up to you going anywhere in the world… that would be the best case scenario.  Africa anyone???


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Trip of a Lifetime: Prize Ideas

HEY!  Do you know Dane Low from Vic ?  He and I are organizing a killer contest (based on raising cash for charities) and just need to find out what we should offer as the GRAND PRIZE for the 15 winners.  We have it narrowed down the potential prize to 5 juicers…

What we need from YOU: If you were one of the 15 winners… tell us which prize would you want to get????

1) Sun, Surf and Friends in Indonesia
You, me, and the 14 other winners fly to Indonesia together, stay in beach bungalows WAY away from the tourist areas.  We surf, fish, explore, tan, swim, scooter, and lap up life for 7 days and 7 nights.  You are MORE than welcome to stay longer if you want!  Your flight and accommodation for the week are all paid for.

2) Luxury in Spain

The 16 of us fly to the party capital of the world, Ibiza, and set up camp in our home away from home (which will look something like this) . We sun tan, explore the island, eat unreal food, and do a tiny tiny bit of partying at night…. and by “tiny tiny bit”, I mean that we party at the world’s best night clubs with the world’s best DJs.  Ibiza is world renowned for it’s parties, and the villas are second to none.  Your flight and the villa are paid for… how much you spend aside from that is up to you.

3) All-inclusive in gorgeous Mexico
You eat well, you drink lots, you party too much, and you get a brutal sunburn when you pass out by the pool all day (oh wait… that’s me).  This is a week of 16 awesome people getting pampered and living the life.  It can be relaxing or can be an assault on your liver.  All I know is that you can’t go wrong when all you need is a pink bracelet to get you anything you want 🙂

4) Volunteerism abroad
A week building schools, and creating epic memories through the Free The Children foundation.  This is the organization I visited in February (see my facebook album for wicked pics ), in Kenya, and it is UNBELIEVABLE.  The impact they have made is incredible, and their administration costs are stupendously low.  The airfare and accommodation would be on us, and other expenses would be minimal.  Such a cool way to spend a holiday.

5) Your custom trip
This is a trip all about YOU, and what YOU want to do.  We simply buy you an open ended ticket around the world and fill your pockets full of spending money.  That way, if you want to go to Thailand, lay on a beach, and read all day… you can.  If you want to go to Buenos Aires and tango your ass off… you can.  If you want to do some volunteer style stuff in Africa… you can… OR you can do all 3.  The departure and return dates are all up to you, so do what you want.  $1000 spending money included.

SO!  Which would (will) you choose???  Thanks in advance!!!!  We will put all info on the contest on this blog.  You can keep an eye on it by clicking to subscribe at the top of this page.

Is there a trip that you think would be a better prize???  We would love to hear it.  Comment below.


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Over a year ago I thought to myself… I wish I could go traveling, and live like I was going to die within 6 months.  Then I thought… what would I do if I was going to die in 6 months?  This trip is the answer to that question…

1) learn another language – moved to Spain Dec 31, 2009 to start 2010 immersed in Spanish.

2) spend solid 1 on 1 time with my mom, dad, and sister… cuz really, how well does one really know their parents?  Not as mom and dad, but as people.  Their hopes, dreams, fears, loves, the REAL person without the “mom/dad filter”… I want to learn about them being young, being hippies, using too many drugs, and thinking they would never get old.  So the trips are planned: Antarctica (the only continent I haven’t touched) with my dad for 2 weeks in early March, a Deepak Chopra course/meditation-week with my mom in late March along with some time in the Florida Quays, and a trip with my sister to Greece or Italy (TBA).

3) spend time with amazing friends – I am renting a crazy Villa in Ibiza this summer… inviting 15 great friends, and tearing that town a new one for 7 days.  I am also meeting up with very close friends at different times along the way… in England, Japan, Indo, and others.

4) see the world – other destinations on the trip are: China (mainly the Great Wall), Japan for a couple weeks-one in Tokyo with a solid friend and one week at a Zen Temple in the mountains meditating, Indonesia with one of my best friend’s Rob and 3 Aussies that party harder than anyone I have ever met on a yacht and surfing our aces off non-stop, England, France, Greece, Italy, Florida, Vegas, maybe NYC, probably all over Europe, and wherever the wind takes me… spontaneity and fun are the only requirements.


5) contribute/make the world a better place – by the time this year is out, my goal is to have facilitated over $100,000 donated to charity that otherwise never would have been donated, and fuel a “young philanthropy” movement that is budding and ready to be established.  This will happen by leveraging my own planned financial contributions.  Also, I am in the middle of writing my first book that is based on challenging societal norms, looking for happiness where it can be found (instead of where our conditioning claims it is), and destroying everything “normal”… because normal is boring, unfulfilling, and a by-product of a past that is outdated and irrelevant.  The goal of the book is to help readers to live happier, more free, centered, and giving lives 🙂

And that’s it! well, I am sure that so much more will come of the trip, and stuff that I never ever would have expected, will happen.  BRING IT!!!!


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