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Volunteer Vacations

7 Reasons to Volunteer on Your Next Vacation

U.S. News Travel | Posted 11.08.2015 | Travel
U.S. News Travel

Frontierofficial/ Flickr Travel can offer rewarding, life-changing and humbling experiences. Exploring an unfamiliar environment can open your eye...

Escape The Holiday Rut With A Volunteer Vacation

Bonnie Moore | Posted 08.28.2015 | Fifty
Bonnie Moore

The summer vacation season may be winding down, but fall is a beautiful time to get away -- especially in retirement! 'Volunteer' and 'vacation' may seem like a contradiction of terms but some travelers over 50 are trading sunning on beaches for more of a volunteer experience.

10 Ways to Fundraise for Your Volunteer Travel That Actually Work

Sucheta Rawal | Posted 10.05.2014 | Travel
Sucheta Rawal

You want to travel abroad, learn about a different culture and make a difference. You have only two weeks of vacation time and very little savings. Do you: (a) not take the trip, or (b) defer the trip to when your financial condition improves? The answer is (c): Fundraise!

8 Reasons to Take Your Teens On a Volunteer Vacation

Sucheta Rawal | Posted 08.09.2014 | Travel
Sucheta Rawal

Volunteer vacationing, or voluntourism, is a relatively new phenomenon that includes a service component built into a short-term vacation. Don't confu...

Is a Volunteer Vacation Right for Your Family?

Amy Whitley | Posted 11.26.2013 | Travel
Amy Whitley

You already travel regularly with your kids. You know that family travel can be eye-opening and foster better global understanding. Are you ready for a volunteer vacation? Here's what you need to know before volunteering abroad with kids.

6 Relaxing Vacations That Give Back (PHOTOS)

Posted 06.02.2013 | Travel

Your idea of a relaxing vacation may not involve volunteer work or sustainability initiatives, but there are ways to give back during your travels tha...

SLIDESHOW: From Alaska To Peru, Take A Volunteer Vacation This Summer

Posted 06.04.2012 | Impact

As you plan your summer vacation, consider swapping the cabana for the work gloves and opt for a volunteer vacation instead of the typical indulgent g...

Voluntourism: What Could Go Wrong When Trying To Do Right?

Daniela Papi | Posted 07.17.2012 | Impact
Daniela Papi

Here are some of the common problems I have seen in the voluntourism market and some tips for travelers on how to choose the right program.

A Tough Volunteer Vacation, A Great Reward

Cross-Cultural Solutions | Posted 05.23.2012 | Travel
Cross-Cultural Solutions

When was the last time you felt really uncomfortable? I mean crawl out of your skin, get me out of this moment uncomfortable?

A Flight Attendant Shares Her Top Spring Break Spots

Tracy Christoph | Posted 05.06.2012 | Travel
Tracy Christoph

Spring break can be a lot more than just snorkeling and rum punch. In recent years, I've spent my spring breaks with my daughter volunteering for those less fortunate.

Planning For The Ultimate Post 50 Travel Experience

Doris Gallan | Posted 05.16.2012 | Fifty
Doris Gallan

The chance to learn something new, have genuine experiences with locals, and get value for money: Are we asking too much out of our trips? After so many years of limited travel thanks to tightened budgets Baby Boomers are raring to hit the road, the air and the seas again. But before we plunk down thousands of dollars on our next expedition, we owe it to ourselves to take some time to figure out exactly what we want and don't want out of our travels.

Destin-Nation USA: Voluntouring America (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Posted 10.21.2011 | Travel

America is blessed with such an incredible diversity of cities that travelers sometimes fall into the trap of taking towns at face value – seeing on...

Making A Difference: Voluntour and Do-Good Vacationns

Lisa M. Dietlin | Posted 08.07.2011 | Impact
Lisa M. Dietlin

Consider adding a voluntour or do-good component to your next vacation! You just be might surprised at how vacationing can lead to making a difference! Are you M.A.D. today?

How A Volunteer Trip Will Change The World

Conor Grennan | Posted 05.31.2011 | Impact
Conor Grennan

Your volunteering story -- not the story about how you almost killed yourself zip-lining through the jungle or the time when the monkey pooped on your head -- is what your friends will remember.

Elevate Yourself: Travel And Give Something Back With Elevate Destinations

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel

Today, as HuffPost and AOL unite to launch the Huffington Post Media Group, we're celebrating by making a statement about the importance of giving bac...

Poverty Tourism Taxonomy 2.0

Aaron Ausland | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Aaron Ausland

The ongoing debate on poverty tourism got a paroxysm of blogger attention following the recent op-ed in The New York Times. Is this "development tourism" or "slumdog tourism"?

PHOTOS: 9 Amazing Eco-Tourism Travel Ideas

Huffington Post | Barbara Fenig | Posted 09.20.2011 | Green

Summer is the perfect time for travel, so make your summer vacation count by picking a fun and eco-friendly trip. The International Ecotourism Society...

The Truth About Volunteer Vacations

Melissa Biggs Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Melissa Biggs Bradley

In the past few years, interest has grown so steadily that one could argue volunteer tourism has gone mainstream.

Volunteer Vacations On A Budget | BETH J. HARPAZ, AP Travel Editor | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living