Vietnam Responsible Travel & Social Enterprise Guide

While nearby Thailand gets a ton of buzz internationally because it has a well-developed tourism industry at every end of the spectrum—both high-end and budget, and everything in between—Vietnam deserves a closer look for anyone heading to Southeast Asia. This long and skinny country has thousands of miles of coastline, every type of terrain imaginable, […]


How to Clean Up Ocean Trash While Traveling (And Why You Should!)

Thailand: Pristine white beaches and crystal clear waters on secluded tropical islands. It is perfect image for a holiday relaxing in the sun. Right? The reality is a far cry different in many places around the country, and in touristy beaches around the world. Thai beaches are not always as pristine as you may imagine. […]


Myanmar Responsible Travel & Social Enterprise Guide

Myanmar is one of the loveliest countries in Southeast Asia thanks in no small part to decades of isolation that left the culture and old customs in place while also preserving many important historical sites. Like most of Southeast Asia, colonialism, location, and history profoundly shaped the country. You see these lingering legacies in everything […]


Thailand Responsible Travel & Social Enterprise Guide

Thailand is a huge hub for tourists of every nationality and from every corner of the world. It’s one of the best marketed destinations in Southeast Asia, and for good reason—the transportation infrastructure is solid, the food is incredible, and the culture is accessible. It’s no wonder that backpackers, travelers, and digital nomads flock to […]


Should You Even Volunteer? How to Know When It’s Not a Good Idea

There’s a lot of information out there about how to volunteer, where to volunteer, and why we should volunteer. Something that doesn’t get talked about enough is when not to volunteer. I’ve volunteered for a long time and I’ve seen the power volunteers have to effect change. I truly believe in the Dr. Seuss quote that […]


Cambodia’s Elephant Valley Project: Roam With the Ellies

Animals and tourism don’t often play well together—at least not responsibly. Even Ringling Bros. Circus is retiring its elephants after nearly 150 years due to public concerns about treatment. People are becoming more aware, but sometimes it’s hard to tell the reputable organizations from those that put money ahead of animal well-being. This is especially […]


Sitting Down with NPR to Talk about Social Enterprises

Last month Grassroots Volunteering’s founder, Shannon O’Donnell, sat down with Rachel Martin on NPR’s weekend travel show to talk about the relationship between travel and international volunteering. The segment looks more closely at the idea of supporting social enterprises as you travel, and explores the many ways travelers can think of innovative ways to support […]