Since air travel is becoming completely unaffordable for everyone, Air Canada has come up with a way to let people crowdfund their flights.
Introducing Embarq. It’s like Kickstarter, except for your travel plans. The way it works is pretty simple: you create a profile on the website that states where you want to travel and why (honeymoon? Retirement? Leisure? Etc.) and then you come up with an estimate for how much you think the trip will cost. You can then post your profile on social media, or allow either your friends or other users on the Embarq website to chip in to your cause.
Because what’s a better way to fund your travel plans than by relying on donations from other people who can’t afford to travel themselves?
Of course, we’re kidding (kind of). This is ultimately a great idea aimed at people who want to travel but lack the financial means to do so. After all, the experience of travel shouldn’t be denied to anyone.
Now, before you slam Air Canada for not simply reducing its ticket prices, keep in mind that a recent study found that Canadian taxes are what’s responsible for the sky-high fares we’re forced to pay at the airport. The good news with Embarq is that you really don’t have anything to lose–the service is free.
So whether you have your heart set on seeing Europe, Africa, Asia or even Antarctica, check out Embarq. Who knows, the generosity of others might surprise you.