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Tax Deductible Travel! Volunteer vacationing spots in the world!

Save Money with Tax Deductible Travel

Volunteer vacationers can get money back on project contribution costs

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VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, March 6 – Vacationers who thought certain destinations would be out of financial reach might want to investigate the tax deductions available with volunteer vacations. Travellers who participate in specific volunteer programs can deduct contributions and expenses on their tax return, making some of these projects up to 40% lower in cost than they might otherwise expect.

GoVoluntouring connects travellers to over 3,000 projects in over 100+ countries worldwide. Many of these programs are registered charities and not-for-profits that can issue tax receipts. For Canadians and Americans, this means a long list of projects where they can expect to receive a portion of their contributions and expenses returned as a tax deduction. Here is a selection of the projects partners offering possible tax benefits:

For Canadians:

Care for Cuba:

Get a chance to peer into the beauties, struggles, and determination of a society that has long been shrouded in mystery to many North Americans. This volunteer vacation program focuses on research and education, cultural awareness, and academics.

Help build a sustainable orphanage in Guatemala:

Help build a village for orphaned and abandoned children. According to UNICEF, Guatemala is home to more than 340,000 orphaned and abandoned children. Extreme poverty is the main culprit for this situation, but there is something being done about it.

Fighting Poverty in India:

Globe Aware works by providing support for teachers, working with rescued child laborers, and assisting at day care centers catering to children below the poverty line in Jaipur, India.

For Americans:

Sea Turtle Conservation in Costa Rica:

Imperiled by egg poaching, hunting, the lights of coastal development, and long line fishing practices, leatherback turtles are also under threat from climate change and ocean pollution.

On The Trail of the Giant Panda in China:

The long-term aim of this project is to create healthy, self-sustaining wild panda populations through the release of captive giant pandas to strengthen small isolated populations of wild panda.

Expedition Vietnam:

Volunteers will be engaged in a variety of projects, from teaching English, to the building of playgrounds and better homes, refurbishment of buildings for use as schools, as well as other infrastructure to help raise the standards of living throughout rural Vietnam.

GoVoluntouring recommends that all volunteers consult their personal tax advisor before making any decisions as tax regulations often change. For more information on the tax deductible projects visit: or call toll-free (Canada/USA) 1.888.988.7897

About GoVoluntouring:

Flight Centre’s responsible travel division, GoVoluntouring, is a leading online community for volunteers, overseas teachers, and learners abroad. Its unique search filters allow users to perform detailed and customizable searches from a huge database of projects and programs in over 110 countries around the world.



Priced from CD$586 for a 7-day Circumnavigation Cruise, new Canadian line Cuba Cruise combines incredible value, delicious cuisine and a once-in-a-lifetime cultural exploration

Toronto, Canada – January 30, 2013: Newly-launched Cuba Cruise breaks new ground with its circumnavigation of Cuba, making the Island’s fascinating but otherwise hard to reach ports accessible and affordable for all. Each cruise includes the opportunity to visit world famous beaches, six UNESCO world heritage sites and four National Parks & Preserves, as well as in-depth exploration of Cuba’s dynamic culture. The experience offers the best qualities of cruising and all-inclusive getaways combined with a Cuba that few people see.

Prices start at CD$586 double occupancy for a seven-night cruise. The upcoming season will run from December 16, 2013 to March 31, 2014 with a total of 15 departures.

“It is exciting to offer something truly unique to the travel market, and Cuba Cruise is certainly the only offering of its kind,” said Cuba Cruise President Dugald Wells. “We provide the best of both worlds to our guests – a top-notch all inclusive cruise experience and the type of in-the-know exploration of Cuba’s remarkable sights, sounds, flavours and history that is usually reserved for locals only.”

Your Cuba, Accessible & Authentic

The line’s launch diversifies traditional Cuban travel options to provide access to the true, authentic Cuba, encouraging guests to “find your Cuba” beyond busy beaches and high-occupancy hotels.

Cuba Cruise has received overwhelming support from the people of Cuba and the Cuban Tourist Board. “Passengers of Cuba Cruise will be greeted as special guests to our home, and experience the warmth and generosity that defines the authentic Cuba,” says Ruben Jiminez, Director of the Cuba Tourist Board of Canada.

Easy To Reach with Havana & Montego Bay Embarkation Ports

Cuba Cruise’s 480 stateroom, 25,611 tonne ship Louis Cristal will circumnavigate Cuba with cruises departing from the exciting and vibrant city of Havana. There will also be cruises departing from Montego Bay in Jamaica making the experience even easier to access. The 7-night cruise will call at six unique ports, offering opportunities to visit Cuba’s fabled colonial cities where time stands still, wilderness nature preserves unseen by nearly all visitors before now, and of course, some of the most beautiful beaches in all the world.

Canadian Cuisine Meets Cuban Entertainment

Each cruise will feature the company’s signatures of impeccable service and delicious meals served onboard. All dining aboard Cuba Cruise will feature quality imported Canadian produce, beef and other food products (most notable in the a la carte Alberta Steakhouse,) and specialty Cuban dishes.

Cruises will feature a first-rate entertainment program of Cuban music and dance by local Cuban performers, along with very North American content including satellite broadcasts of hockey and football games in the Canada Sports Bar.

Cruise Line Veteran as CEO, and Award-Winning Partners Louis Cruises

Cuba Cruise is in steady hands with President Dugald Wells at the helm, a 20-year veteran of the cruise industry. Having been honoured in 2006 by Travel + Leisure Magazine as one of the Top 35 Innovators in travel today, Dugald is uniquely qualified to bring Cuba Cruise to the market. With ownership partner Louis Cruises, an industry leader with 25 years of experience in cruising and 78 years of award winning history in tourism, Cuba Cruise is sure to see success in the years to come.

The Louis Cristal is a modern cruise ship with a unique yacht-like modern design and a cruising speed of 18 knots. It features an array of amenities with all the comforts expected of today’s contemporary vessels, including spacious staterooms and suites (some with balconies, and each one equipped with shower, WC, wash basin, telephone, hairdryer & TV), elegant lounges and restaurants, casino and open promenades. The ship also features modern communication facilities including an internet corner, WiFi and roaming GSM mobile phone service.

Cruises are fully commissionable to Travel Agents at 12%, with land excursions and beverage package commissionable at 8%.

The company anticipates that easily accessible air, land and sea packages will soon be available through major Canadian air charter tour operators, with flights departing from all principal Canadian gateways.

For complete details and to make a reservation call your travel agent or Cuba Cruise directly at 1-855-364-4999 or visit and book directly on-line.