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Crowdfund your dream vacation trip

Sam Wineman wanted to take a road trip this summer, but he didn’t have the cash to bankroll his dreams. What the 28-year-old Sacramento, Calif. man did have, however, was Web savvy and a knack for recognizing humor in awkward situations. Those attributes, along with help from the online crowd funding platform Kickstarter, allowed Wineman, an aspiring filmmaker, to raise more than $3,500 for a trip through the Western United States that included going on several blind dates to be featured in a Web series he’s shooting. Wineman’s success is typical among a new generation of travelers who may not have the personal finances to support their wanderlust, but still manage to embark on once-in-a-lifetime trips by leveraging digital platforms — once intended exclusively for artists and entrepreneurs — as well as social media. It’s another iteration of the phenomenon known as crowd funding, which began with websites formed in the late 2000s that allow people from all over the world to contribute money to an individual’s project or goal. Initially, the concept behind these sites was to help raise capital for creative or entrepreneurial endeavors. For example, Indiegogo, a popular crowd funding platform, was aimed at filmmakers and launched […]

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