When you plan your next vacation, consider how you can help make the world a better place. You can still sightsee and suntan, but you can also help build a school desk, protect wildlife and even dig a well.
Voluntourism (volunteer + tourism) gives a greater purpose to your vacations. Sherwin Banda, President of African Travel, Inc., has seen this growing trend firsthand in his native Africa, where wildlife safaris entice tourists to visit.
“When they are here, something else happens: They fall in love with the people,” says Banda. “Now I have a connection to the country I’m visiting. Now I want to give back; I want to tithe my time to uplift the local community through experiences like implementing clean running water or visiting a local school. And that is what keeps people coming back.”
There are plenty of ways you can combine giving back with traveling. From the African savanna to Alaskan bays, here are 10 ways to experience the world and leave behind more than just a footprint. For each journey, AAA Travel Advisors can help you plan a vacation that gives back and gives you AAA Member benefits.