Traveling broadens the mind, opens the heart, and makes you feel good — but that does not mean that there is not room for a little extra good when making your trip! Here is how.
- Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
When traveling, you naturally want to see and do as much as you can. This may mean a lot of mileage, so it is essential to think about the planet with every decision you make. If you can plan a trip that allows you to walk everywhere instead of hiring a car, then this is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint.
If walking is not always an option, you can still limit the amount of traffic on the road by using existing public transport instead of personal transport and walking wherever possible.
If you’re open to any destination and aren’t picky about where you travel, you may also want to reduce your air miles by traveling closer to home with shorter flights.
2. Take on Voluntary Work for Good Causes
Your next travel plan could be solely focused around a volunteer opportunity for a set period in a set location, or maybe you would just like to integrate volunteer work at some point along your journey. Either way, taking part in volunteer opportunities abroad can be a great way to help out specific causes and spread positive karma.
Depending on your field of interest, you could search for animal work, conservation work, or helping any causes which need assistance.
3. Help Those in Need
It may be that you meet people or communities in need along the way, or you venture to a specific location with the full intent of helping a specific group or purpose. Pay attention to how charities and local communities ask for aid, and what you can always do to help while on the road, or even from home. You can make a hurricane relief donation for those affected by hurricane season, for example, and stop by the local communities while in the area to see how you can help even more. Sometimes, it may just be an extra pair of hands that is needed, especially during times of disaster.
4. Take the Time to Clear Up
Be mindful and thoughtful about your use of public spaces, such as camping grounds and beaches. Always be sure to clear up after yourself and do not leave any litter or evidence of your being there, especially in those natural surroundings which need to be preserved.
There is also no harm in going the extra mile if you spot some litter which can be picked up as you walk by. Or there may be local opportunities for litter picking in the community or to volunteer how to keep areas looking spick and span.
5. Take in Attractions Whose Profits Go to Good Causes
If you like to visit places and take in a little culture, it is a good idea to check regarding where your entrance fee might end up. Certain attractions such as museums, stately homes, or castles may have a policy which allows your fee to go back into good causes or charities, or perhaps offer donation opportunities while you are there.