Travel is an important part of extending our cultural awareness and learning more about what makes us human but it can seem like a selfish pursuit. So we have come up with a list of brilliant countries to visit, enjoy and party in whilst giving something back to the world. After a few of these trips you’ll have earned a gold star for making a difference.
Helping the Ocean Clean Up in Greece
The Greek Islands are a beautiful destination for a holiday, whether you head to mainland Greece itself or spend a few weeks on one of the islands such as Crete you can enjoy both tourism and isolation. The islands are abundant with wild Capers, A deep rich green called Horta and due to the volcanic ash which covered Greece many years ago, some of the most flavoursome olive oil you will ever taste.
The National Marine Park of Zakynthos was set up in 1999 and is the first of it’s kind in Europe. It was created to help protect the Loggerhead Turtle. Tourism bought with it lots of plastic and waste, putting this species in danger. The park encourages tourist outings to help their plight in clearing the sea of rubbish. Taking One day out of your holiday could make a huge difference to the future of our seas.
Making A Change In Africa
As far as countries go, Africa has it all. Not only will you be welcomed by the local communities but you will find a diverse and rich landscape. The Sahara Desert, Rainforests, Salt Flats and miles of white sandy beaches there are so many areas to explore. Have a read here for the Top Things To Do In Africa
Over the last 15 years Ghana has had a real push forward in bringing free education to its population. So why not take the opportunity to volunteer in Ghana where for less than the price of a holiday you can enjoy the country whilst teaching English, playing sports and helping the children of Africa create a better future for themselves
Rescuing Dogs In Spain
Spain is the largest country in Southern Europe and is rich in culture and history. It is a sovereign state and as such is home to awe inspiring architecture. The capital of Madrid is a modern, multicultural city where you can enjoy urban life at its finest but travel a little further south where the country meets morocco and you can enjoy true Spanish living.
Paws Patas is a rescue home for stray dogs and cats in Spain. Like many countries in Europe there are many feral animals. The locals see this as a pest problem and in the deeper southern parts of the country they can become neglected and desperate for help. Paws Patas invites tourists to help them educate local residents on how to solve this problem without harming precious animals. The also help rehome their dogs and cats in the UK and USA.
With a little research on the local community projects, you can travel the world and help make a difference for everyone who shares it. Feel good travel, isn’t that what it’s all about?