Opulent marble palaces share the landscape with ancient hilltop forts—magnificent relics that tell of Rajasthan’s history. But in this northwestern Indian state, it’s the vibrant villages that reflect the spirit of today. That’s where you can go beyond simply exploring to actually making a difference.
Imagine a trip that includes three days in the city of Udaipur, where you work alongside locals on a sustainable development project—such as building a classroom. Afterward, explore landmarks like the Taj Mahal and the Pink City of Jaipur, and take a river cruise along the sacred Ganges River.
More transformational travel ideas for giving back:
Kenya: Build a school or bring water to a village in Maasai Mara, a national reserve in Kenya.
Mexico: Help monitor nesting sea turtles and their eggs during a turtle conservation camp at an all-inclusive resort on Mexico’s Riviera Maya.
Jamaica: Add a cruise excursion that lets you experience island life in Jamaica as you aid a homeless outreach program.
4. Set your sights on unforgettable scenery
From the southernmost tip of South America, past icy straits lined with towering glaciers, lies the harshly beautiful continent of Antarctica. Its bottom-of-the-Earth remoteness, bitter cold and icy expanses keep it virtually untouched by humans—save the hardy souls who come to work on scientific research bases.
To be in a place so pristine, so far removed from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, can have a profound effect. This 5.4 million-square-mile wilderness of mountains, ice and water—filled with colonies of nesting pairs of penguins—vividly demonstrates just how vast the Earth really is.