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Give Back While You Get Away -- Take a Volunteer Vacation

Make your next trip more meaningful by giving back to the communities you visit.

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Photography by: Courtesy of Elevate Destinations

Elevate Destinations

Elevate Destinations has been called the Warby Parker of travel: Every journey booked -- whether it’s a foodie tour in Bolivia or a trek through Bhutan -- enables an underserved group of children to visit an important site in their home country (Machu Picchu in Peru, for instance).


(LEARN: A Craft on Your Next Vacation)
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Photography by: Wwoof Organisation


If you want to get your hands even dirtier, WWOOF places volunteers on organic farms, from olive groves in Greece to a vineyard in Patagonia. Guests typically live with families, cook what they pick, and linger over laid-back meals.

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Photography by: Adventures in Preservation

Adventures in Preservation

History and architecture buffs will love Adventures in Preservation, which operates in the U.S. and Europe. Retreats include sleeping in a French chateau while helping to restore its 19th-century kitchen and chapel; or, in Virginia, you can excavate a 1600s plantation manor house.


(UNPLUG: Go Off-the-Grid on Your Next Vacation)