Still searching for a meaningful holiday gift for the “been there, done that” travelers on your list?
Want to give back to the people in the destinations that you travel?
Here are a few suggestions inspired by the #GivingTuesday charitable giving campaign.
· Founded in 2008 as a way for travel bloggers to build community and give back to the places they visit, Passports with Purpose is dedicating this year’s fundraiser (which runs through Dec. 11) to building five wells in rural Haiti through Water.org. Each $10 donation gives you a chance to win prizes that include vacation packages, electronics and travel gear.
- Retirees Mary Jean Necklin and her husband Kelley Rea created PACforKids.com as a way to help fellow travelers identify how, why, when and what gifts to give the needy children they encounter on their journeys. They’re among 15 sojourners chosen as National Geographic Traveler’s Travelers of the Year, an inaugural celebration of travelers who “explore the world with passion and purpose.”
· As a travel company specializing in sub-Saharan Africa, Global Sojourns emphasizes small group adventures that “connect with people, places and traditions in an intimate, responsible and mutually respectful way.” Its charitable Giving Circle arm offers trips to grassroots projects that educate and empower children, particularly girls.
· The Boston-based nonprofit organization United Planet offers trips in more than 40 countries to orphanages, schools and community projects. Travelers stay with host families; rates for short-term projects of one to 52 weeks start at $1,490 per person including lodging, meals, language lessons and cultural activities.
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