Yearning for a getaway, but craving something more compelling than sipping Mai Tais in Maui? A "volunteer vacation" could do you a world of good—while enabling you to do some good in the world. So-called voluntourism is a rapidly-growing segment of the travel industry, says Genevieve Brown, executive director of the International Volunteers Program Association.
- Explore causes you might want to join—the options will amaze you, says Pam Grout, author of National Geographic’s 100 Best Volunteer Vacations to Enrich Your Life
In some cases, you may be able to snag a tax deduction, but talk to a tax pro first if that’s a priority.
Break the mold. What kind of volunteer vacation appeals to you?