Book Review: The 100 Best Volunteer Vacations

The 100 Best Volunteer Vacations to Enrich Your Life by Pam Grout is more than just another Top 100 style travel book. Volunteer vacations (aka voluntourism) are becoming more and more popular – Grout quotes a 2008 study which says 40% of Americans would like to do some volunteering while on vacation – and finding volunteer […]

Tips for Going on a Volunteer Vacation

Not everyone wants to bask on a beach during their vacation. If you’re looking for something a little more challenging, consider a volunteer vacation. Volunteer vacations give you a chance to interact with people from other cultures and to help others improve their lives. Pick a trip with an organization that shares your values doing […]

Voluntourism – A New Trend in Travel

An increasing number of travelers are foregoing the usual beach vacation for something more meaningful. Dubbed “voluntourism,” the concept combines travel with helping others around the globe. A typical trip might involve building homes or schools or caring for wildlife in a nature preserve. Most voluntourism trips also include free days to explore the area […]