Your vacation dollars have the power to change the world. By simply being conscious of where your travel money goes, your hard-earned getaway can help to preserve cultures, strengthen families, promote peace, educate children and lift communities out of poverty. The bonus? You can do all this while having the time of your life.
It's luck that affords us privilege, luck of birth. I suspect we want to feel special, somehow worthy of the luxuries we were born into, luxuries like a place to live, in a country where there is no war, food to eat, an education, sexual and reproductive rights, the luxury of raising our children in a place where we can expect them to be safe.
I left university with the notion that large institutions worked methodically on all issues of need in poor countries. When a met Ling, a boy from Cambodia desperately in need of speech therapy services, I discovered that there was a significant need in the developing world being ignored by our world's largest aid organisations.
Challenges like climate change and those raised by the SDGs are too systemic, interrelated and complex for any single nation, organization or sector to address alone. Some of the greatest past successes as well as some of the most promising upcoming opportunities to address them stem from collaboration across different players and sectors.