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How to Help Others by Volunteering During COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Wondering how to help during the novel coronavirus pandemic that has affected the entire world in unprecedented ways? There are actually numerous local and at home (online) volunteer opportunities for those who want to help while COVID-19 continues to cause widespread pain to people, communities, and livelihoods. Entire industries are crippled. Small businesses all over […]

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Questions to Ask Your Volunteer Organization

Volunteering internationally is an activity that takes careful consideration, research, and an analysis of the what and hows of your potential volunteer organization. Volunteering isn’t the right choice in every circumstance; sometimes, you next trip might be better suited for other related activities. Consider fundraising for a cause close to your heart, then donate to organizations in […]

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8 Behaviors of Responsible Travelers

“Responsible tourism” is a buzzword these days. Pair it with “sustainble tourism” and you have the magic words that hotels, tour operators, and businesses throw around to catch onto a trend. It’s a good trend, at its heart. Travelers are increasingly aware of the need for an integrated, responsible approach to travel and tourism. But what […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Cambodia Responsible Travel & Social Enterprise Guide

Southeast Asia is one of the most popular places in the world for travelers interested in food, culture, and adventure activities. Each country in the region offers its own unique history, which has shaped the modern culture and influenced its food. Cambodia is nearly always on the “must-visit list” for travelers no matter the budget. […]

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What is a Social Enterprise?

The idea that responsible travelers can and should support social enterprises on the road is a fundamental notion to this entire site, and to the book I published in 2012, The Volunteer Traveler’s Handbook. But for those unfamiliar with the term social enterprise—especially how social enterprise and travel intersect—let’s examine what it means and how […]

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How Long Should You Volunteer?

How long you volunteer for is entirely personal, but your time commitment has a large effect on which type of volunteering is right for you. There is a debate to be made about if you should even volunteer for most types of international travel. There are only specific scenarios where volunteering is a good choice, […]

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The Responsible Traveler’s Guide to Southeast Asia

Let’s talk about socially responsible travel in Southeast Asia. Although there are general ethical principles guiding responsible travelers anywhere in the world, there are specific considerations for travelers in Southeast Asia. From the dark side of animal tourism to choosing ethical activities to spending money wisely—it’s a complex situation. Let’s jump into activities you might […]