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Alicia Lawrence was born and raised in Alaska, and has traveled around the world seeking adventure. She’s ridden in a dog sled, climbed over the Roman ruins, got lost in Venice, sang on the Swiss Alps, built a house in Mexico, walked over volcanos in Hawaii, and visited more museums then she can count.
Alicia graduated summa cum laude from Liberty University in 2012 with three degrees in public relations, broadcasting, and journalism. She’s volunteered for numerous non-profits, including Indigenous People’s Technology and Education Center and Special Olympics Virginia. Her senior year she founded Forty-Eight, a charity film competition that brought together film students to help make promotional videos for local charities.
Alicia is a health enthusiast and writes for numerous blogs in the beauty and health genre. She also won Miss Alaska Sweetheart Sr. in high school and enjoys helping others not only look beautiful on the outside but also find their inner beauty.
After college, Alicia married her best friend and she currently works at a tech company as a content coordinator.

Charity Meets Travel: BookDifferent

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BookDifferent works with over 341,000 hotels in more than 182 countries to allow you to get great rates and know that half of BookDifferent’s commission will go towards a charity of your choice. The website has teamed up with Booking.com, a well-established hotel booking website that handles your room reservation.

About a month after your stay, you’ll get an e-mail from BookDifferent that details the exact amount you donated to charity. Your information remains private except for your home city and the city your hotel was in will be sent to the charity you selected.

One of the charities you can choose from is this child-focused community program in Africa, Latin America and Asia giving aid to over 40 thousand families. Image Credit: BookDifferent Facebook

One of the charities you can choose from is this child-focused community program in Africa, Latin America and Asia giving aid to over 40 thousand families. (Photo Credit: BookDifferent Facebook)

This system allows you to get the low prices you would have received anyway by choosing a room through Booking.com, but the BookDifferent partnership means you can keep prices low and aid a worthy cause, too.

BookDifferent also allows users to find hotels that meet specific needs, such as an eco-label. In fact, there are over 3,500 sustainable hotels listed on the site to choose from. To view the eco-hotel list simply go to the bottom of the website, under the first column you’ll see a eco-hotel option.

As you can see, it’s easier than ever to do something to give back while staying in a well-appointed hotel room whether for a family vacation or a local staycation.

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