There’s a stigma that comes with starting a crowdfunding campaign. Especially in a time when the economy is still a hot-button issue, there’s a feeling that people should fund things themselves. I’ve experienced this from both sides of the equation now. As a backer, you wonder if you’re not just funding someone’s chance to go screw around. As a campaigner, I worry that I’ll be viewed as little more than a panhandler. What most people don’t realize is that many campaigners, whether they’re on Indiegogo, Kickstarter, or elsewhere, are funding a significant amount of their projects and need that extra bit of help to finish the job.
What Are You Taking Care of Yourself?
This is true for me as well. In total, I will be putting approximately $1,500 into Words from the Road: Madrid to Barcelona. How am I spending that money, and is the investment worth it? I’ll let you decide.
- $1000: 65-liter hiking pack, backpacking boots, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, dry bags, all-season tent, jacket with rain shell, water bladder, first aid kit, plane-safe cooking and eating implements
- $100: Assorted energy gels, dehydrated foodstuffs
- $400: Any in-country needs
So, Where Are the Indiegogo Funds Going?
The money I save personally and put toward this project will provide all the tools I need to be on the Spanish trails safely. The funds raised through the Indiegogo campaign will allow me to get to Spain and survive, but most importantly, they’ll get Words from the Road: Madrid to Barcelona written. This funding breakdown is published in the Indiegogo campaign itself, but here’s the breakdown of the project’s $1,800 funding goal:
- $1,000: Airfare from Buffalo, New York to Madrid/ Barcelona to Buffalo
- $600: Food and water. Luckily, vittles in Spain are incredibly cheap when compared to those stateside.
- $200: Up to four nights of hostel stays in Madrid and Barcelona
As mentioned, the Indiegogo funds are really what will get me through Spain, ensuring that Words from the Road: Madrid to Barcelona can address the historically and culturally anachronistic story Spain has to tell.
Will You Get What You Pay For?
When you back a project, you have to ask, “Is it worth it?” Take “the Fan Package,” for example, the $50 funding reward for this campaign. For that funding amount, you’ll receive a postcard from Spain, an eBook copy of Madrid to Barcelona, a book dedication, and a branded sticker. Is it worth $50? Well, ultimately that’s up to you, but consider the following: when you back a campaign you’re not only contributing for an item, you’re also putting your money behind a person and an idea. In the case of my campaign, you’re making an investment that will launch a travel writing career.
Running a crowdfunding campaign isn’t about panhandling for a vacation. As you can see, in addition to my own personal funds, every cent raised through this campaign has a true, career-starting purpose.
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Now you know where the funds are going, but why should you back Words from the Road? Check out our in-depth look at the story of Spain.