Traveling itself is one of the greatest opportunities we have – getting to see so many beautiful sights, immersing oneself in different cultures, trying new foods, and meeting new people. Wouldn’t it be nice to give back to these communities you’ve visited that gave so much to you? Here’s a few ideas on how you can give back while you travel.
This may be the easiest thing you can do. We all leave foreign countries with loose change weighing down our bags, usually in a currency that won’t spend at home. So, instead of lugging it around, give it away to the homeless or leave a waitress a bigger tip before you leave.
Support the Economy
There are many organizations out there that offer micro loans to entrepreneurs in developing countries. If you’ve visited one of these countries, you may have noticed how difficult it could be to start a new business. Companies like Kiva allow you to lend small amounts to aspiring entrepreneurs and help get their business off the ground.
Volunteer Some Time
Why not volunteer while you’re abroad? Whether you travel simply to build a house or skip a tour to work in a soup kitchen, this can also be a great way to experience the local culture. Sites like GoAbroad.com can help you get started.
Shop and Eat Local
A great way to support the community you visit is to support their local businesses. Instead of eating at the multinational chains, pick smaller family run or local restaurants. Make it a rule to only eat at places you don’t have back home.