There are plenty of reasons to take a vacation, and plenty of different kinds of getaways to choose from. There are do-nothing “umbrella drinks on the beach” vacations, trip of a lifetime “take in the sights” tours to destinations like the pyramids and Paris, and “get back to nature” trips into the woods.
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It’s also possible to do some good for others with your time abroad. If you know where and how to look, there are volunteer opportunities all over the world, affording you an opportunity to change your surroundings and shake off the dust of home while doing some genuine good for people who really need it, and possibly mitigate some (or all) of the cost of your travel.
The best way to ensure your volunteer experience is as rewarding and trouble-free as possible is to arrange your vacation well in advance, through one of the many reputable organizations that places volunteers in areas of need around the world.