You might hear people say that travelling the planet is one of the very best things you can do. However, do you realise just how much you could improve the world by choosing the right travel experience?
Which one of the following ways of improving the world most fits in with your travel goals and personality?
Carry Out Voluntary Work
If you check out the list of current types of voluntary work available you are likely to be surprised by the extensive number of opportunities around the globe. You can choose to help protect the rainforest, look after baby turtles, teach English to orphans or do any one of a number of other worthwhile jobs. There are voluntary work opportunities in just about every country on Earth as well, so finding the right location and the right task shouldn’t be too difficult. As well as carrying out some worthwhile work while you are there, doing this will also help to change your outlook in the future. Some people even end up doing some form of voluntary work on a regular basis. If you are short of time then you can still take on a short project that brings some benefits to everyone concerned. You can even look for local opportunities that you can carry out at the weekend, such as working in a charity shop.
Try a Charity Challenge
If you have ever been tempted to try the likes of a London to Paris cycle challenge or a Machu Picchu trek for charity then this is definitely something you will benefit from going ahead and doing. These are the sorts of travel experiences that let you raise money for a great cause while doing something spectacular at the same time. They typically offer once in a lifetime trips, like walking the Great Wall of China or climbing to the top of famous mountains and the many other experiences that are often available. Of course, the main advantage to these exciting charity challenges is that you get to help out a charity by bringing in some much-needed cash through your efforts. On a personal level, it also offers a safe and enjoyable sort of adventure that you might not otherwise ever get to try. You will carry out your challenge with a group of other volunteers, to make it a genuinely fun experience to share.
Make Friends and Connections
A lot has been written recently about the benefits of slow travel. This is a wonderful way of seeing new places without any pressure and feeling as though you are really seeing the place.
You do this by lingering in each place and spending as long as you can there. However, perhaps the biggest and most lasting benefit to this sort of travel experience is that you get to make friends and connections along the way. Doing this will help you get a better understanding of other cultures and people. In addition to this, you will also let those other people understand more about more about foreigners as well. If you spend enough time somewhere to make friends with some locals then you are building a bridge between cultures that helps make the world a slightly better place. Imagine how much improvement there would be if we all did the same? As well as the locals you might meet, you can also expect to spend time with travellers from other countries. In fact, sharing travel experiences with foreign travellers could be one of the most memorable parts of your trip.
Understand the World Better
By heading out there and seeing new places you will be giving yourself the best possible chance of seeing how the world really is. This means that you will see different ways of living, different religions, poverty, riches and everything else that is to be seen on this planet. By doing this you will get a much more well-rounded and authentic view of Earth than you would do by staying at home. Of course, what you do in the future to put this new knowledge to use depends upon your interests and skills. However, it seems clear that by getting out and experiencing the world in this way you will be giving yourself more tools for making a difference in the future. The first step is to get out there and see what kind of world we live in. It is highly unlikely that you return home with the same frame of mind that you set out with.