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Giving Back to the Community while Traveling

Giving Back to the Community while Traveling

Giving Back to the Community while Traveling

Raising a compassionate child starts with parents leading by example. However, acts of kindness do not have to be an individual effort. Working as a family on a community service project is not only a great way to help others, but also a way to bond as a family. I know that many of us work on community service projects as a family, doing things like working in soup kitchens, visiting nursing homes, beautification projects and more. But have you considered taking those efforts on the road? There are many ways to incorporate volunteerism or giving back into your family travels.

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to give back, or any money in some instances. Often times, the only cost is your time – the most valuable commodity of all.

Giving Back to the Community while Traveling

Have you heard the term voluntourism before? It is defined by the act of giving back to the places you travel. More and more people are looking for ways to combine volunteering efforts with scheduled holiday trips. Giving back to the community while traveling is guaranteed to enhance your itinerary and manifest lasting memories. Have you or a family member vacationed with the sole intention to give back to the community?

We’re having a great conversation about giving back to the community over in the Family Travel Talk Forum by Residence Inn on Facebook. I hope you’ll stop by and join the conversation. If you’re not already a member of the forum, just ask for an invite and we’ll get you added right away.

In what ways does your family give back to the community while traveling or at home?

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  • What a great idea! We have never done this before, but I really want to work it into our next vacation. Great thing to teach/pass on to our kids as well.

  • What a great way to give back when traveling. I never thought about this concept and would love to do this with my family, and find ways to give back when traveling.

  • I haven’t heard of voluntourism before, but I think I’ve seen it in action. In high school we had a May Term, the last 2 weeks before school was officially over for the year, and my roommate junior year went on a Habitat for Humanity trip for her May Term class. Definitely sounds like a cool idea, and I’ll have to check out more of the conversation!

  • What a great idea – voluntourism! I love the idea of giving back whilst traveling and when my future trips are longer than business hopefully I’ll be able to give back

    Added you on Twitter so I can read more great tips!

  • People do no longer travel usually for the identical functions. Someone travels to gain knowledge and revel in, someone travels for pride, someone travels for enterprise purposes and many others.

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