Indirect Travels

The holidays are almost upon us, or so I’ve been informed from the Christmas carols playing from down the hall. Thanksgiving is only a few weeks away and Christmas will be here before we know it. If you’re like most of the students on my campus, you’ll be doing a substantial amount of traveling over these next few weeks. Home, back to school, home again. Meanwhile, some of you might be getting ready to study abroad next semester, and if you are, then know that I envy you greatly. However, if you’re like the rest of us who are longing for a bit of adventuring during the Christmas hiatus, then you might consider traveling indirectly.

Exactly how do you travel indirectly?

You pick up a shoebox, fill it with goodies for a young child, donate $7 to Operation Christmas Child online, and choose the “Follow Your Box” label. Four simple steps and a few dollars will send you around the world. Better yet, your indirect travel will help make a child’s Christmas a bit brighter.

Here’s a peek inside my box destined for a five to nine-year-old girl:


I decided to use a small plastic tub instead of a shoebox, that way her mom can use it for storage after the toys have been delivered. It’s something my friend’s mom suggested, and I’ve got to hand it to her, it’s a fantastic idea.


As you can see, my label is taped to the lid. The bar-code will let them scan the box and email me it’s final location.


A barbie doll and extra barbie clothes, colors books and colors, sparkly jewelry and crafty trinkets, hair accessories, and personal care items are all ready to find a new owner.

If you want to travel indirectly and help a child, then you better hurry. National Collection week runs from the 17th through the 24th. Make a party out of it and have fun! My friends and I took a trip to Walmart and packed our boxes together. If you want to make your travel across the world more personal, leave a picture of yourself or a note for your child. You never know, they might even write you back!

For more information go to and find out how you can take an indirect trip this Christmas season.

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