Many of us would love to do more to help those around the world who are less fortunate than us. Giving money to charity is a great start but what if you want to do a lot more than that and really make a difference to people’s lives?
If you want to do some great deeds while you are abroad then there are some easy and massively rewarding ways of doing so. Which of the following can you imagine yourself doing on your future trips to other countries?
Offer to Do Some Voluntary Work
Doing voluntary work isn’t something that you need to commit a huge amount of time to if you aren’t able to. Instead, by doing some research before leaving home you can find out whether or not there is some suitable short term voluntary work you can do.
For example, you might end up helping out with injured elephants, teaching English, protecting turtles or helping clean up after some form of natural disaster. These are all terrific things to do that will make you feel great about yourself while making the world a better place.
Clearly, the more time you have to dedicate to doing voluntary work the better. However, even if only have a week or two you can still do a good deed that lingers long in your memory and brings real benefits to others.
Carry Out a Charity Challenge
Possibly the most thrilling way of doing a good deed while travelling is to arrange to go on a worthwhile charity challenge. These range from fascinating treks to cycle trips and other fascinating challenges around the world.
In this way, you can visit somewhere incredibly special like Machu Picchu, Angkor Wat or the Grand Canyon while raising money for charity. It is easy to see why this is regarded by many people as being the absolute best way to see the planet.
Best of all, you don’t have to be super fit or an experienced walker to do this sort of thing easily. The best charity treks are extremely well organised, so all you need is a decent level of fitness and a sense of adventure.
Buy Locally Produced Products
Do you love exploring local products abroad or do you prefer to look for the brands that you buy back home? Buying locally produced products is a very exciting way to shop and also helps tourism money to trickle down into the local economy.
Why not take some time to check out some of the smaller shops and restaurants the next time you travel? You might even decide to buy a few things from street vendors who desperately need to bring in some income.
Perhaps the first step to take before doing this is to lose your fear of being scammed or robbed while abroad. It is certainly a sensible move to take the necessary precautions when abroad, but you will find that most shopkeepers and street vendors all over the world are generally just honest and hard-working people.
By purchasing a few things in this way you will see a different side to your destination and maybe get to spend more time taking to locals as well.
Leave Your Old Clothes Behind for Charity
Have you ever considered leaving your old clothes behind before going home? When you think about it, this could be a move that helps you as well as other people at the same time.
How often is it a struggle for you to pack everything in your luggage without going over your limit? Packing can be a real struggle when you have bought a few things while you are away and now need to try and get it all home.
Really, the clothes that you took away with you are quite possibly the items that are least important to you out of it all. This is especially true if they are items you are unlikely to get much more use of in the future.
Yet, there are sure to be plenty of charities, religious organisations and other groups that would be happy to take your discarded clothes off your hands. That old jumper or those well-worn trousers could make life a lot more comfortable for a homeless person or someone else in need of a helping hand.
Going abroad is always a huge adventure and doing a good deed while you are away will make it even more exciting and memorable. Why not find a way of sharing your good fortune and helping others the next time that you travel?