Talking Sustainable Travel with Ryan Stimmel of GoodTrip Tours

Talking Sustainable Travel with Ryan Stimmel of GoodTrip Tours

In November I traveled to Guatemala with Ryan Stimmel, founder of GoodTrip Tours, to scout out an itinerary for cultural immersion trips he will start running for families and educators this spring in partnership with Cambio NDG, a language school that benefits the Dutch/Guatemalan NGO Niños de 

The 2017 Travel+SocialGood Global Summit: A Preview

The 2017 Travel+SocialGood Global Summit: A Preview

NOTE (September 2018): Travel+SocialGood is now the Impact Travel Alliance. The 4th annual Travel+SocialGood (TSG) Global Summit is being held in New York City next month. It’s expected to draw 150 travel industry thought leaders, innovators and visionaries for the purpose of coming up with concrete 

NGO Update: Two Years after the Nepal Earthquake

NGO Update: Two Years after the Nepal Earthquake

April 25 marked the two-year anniversary of the devastating Nepal earthquake, which left nearly 9,000 people dead and 22,000 people injured, and leveled countless homes and cultural and religious sites. I haven’t been to Nepal in more than 10 years, but it remains a very special 

How to Volunteer in Cambodia and Do it Responsibly

How to Volunteer in Cambodia and Do it Responsibly

Thank you to Aviv Hochbaum for helping me spread the word on how to volunteer in Cambodia, a country I visited in fall 2014, and do so in a responsible manner. In this guest post, she recommends 10 opportunities with local organizations.

The World Water Crisis: How Travelers Can Help

The World Water Crisis: How Travelers Can Help

Today is World Water Day, which brings attention to the world water crisis. 2.1 billion people around the globe don’t have access to clean drinking water at home – of those, 263 million have to travel for more than 30 minutes to collect water. Anyone who 

(More) Organizations Empowering Women around the World

(More) Organizations Empowering Women around the World

Today is International Women’s Day, which is dedicated to celebrating “the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women.” However, it also recognizes that in many places in the world – even in the developed world – women are still being systemically denied many of the same 

Organizations Empowering Women around the World

Organizations Empowering Women around the World

Today is International Women’s Day, which is dedicated to celebrating “the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women.” However, it also recognizes that in many places in the world – even in the developed world – women are still being systemically denied many of the same 

Womentum Pays it Forward to Help Women around the World

Womentum Pays it Forward to Help Women around the World

Prabha Dublish is the co-founder of Womentum, a non-profit organization that crowdfunds donations to help women in developing countries start their own businesses. Prabha got the idea for Womentum after a trip to Delhi, India, in summer 2015. Womentum launched in April 2016 and has since funded women entrepreneurs in India, Uganda, 

Best Places to Volunteer with Animals around the World

Best Places to Volunteer with Animals around the World

The best places to volunteer with animals are sanctuaries, NGOs and grassroots groups that make the care of the animals their top priority.

Best Places to See Elephants in Southeast Asia

Best Places to See Elephants in Southeast Asia

The best places to see elephants in Southeast Asia are sanctuaries that promote education and conservation instead of exploitation. Inspired by my recent visit to the island of Palawan in the Philippines, where I was lucky enough to swim with whale sharks in a completely