So Many Ways to Travel with Purpose

| October 26, 2012 | 0 Comments

Welcome to Traveling with Purpose!

Have you ever thought about exploring more meaningful travel?  Today I thought I’d share a few ideas on what kinds of unique travel experiences are out there to consider the next time you have a few days or a few months free.

Humanitarian Travel–  Opportunities are offered by non-profit organizations to reach out to poor and under-served people around the world.

  • Doctors without Borders-Pakistan

    Taken by Fathema Murtaza/MSF – Doctors Without Borders

    Doctor’s without Borders –  Paid Positions – (Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)) recruits medical and non-medical aid workers to provide assistance in nearly 60 countries to people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe, primarily due to armed conflict, epidemics, malnutrition, exclusion from health care, or natural disasters.

  • Food for the Hungry – Is a faith-based organization that acknowledges that impoverished people have good ideas and valuable knowledge for solving their own problems. They partner with poor communities to find solutions and local resources, so they are invested in projects.  FFH has volunteer travel opportunities for individuals and churches or groups in the U.S. and around the world.

Service-Oriented Travel – Offering your time, strengths and expertise to assist causes around the world. This can be through volunteerism, internships or paid, working vacations.

Habitat for Humanity home

El Salvador Habitat for Humanity Home

  • Smaller – inspires individuals to go further within themselves, within their profession, and within their world in areas like sports coaching, conservation, business and childcare.
  • Habitat for Humanity – Global Village volunteer teams travel to exciting destinations in the United States and around the world. They work alongside members of the host community to build decent, affordable houses, advocate for better living conditions and raise funds to help those in need.


Educational Travel – The array of educational travel ranges from one-day hands on workshops to multi-year programs abroad.

Az Highways Scott_Frier_Bear_charging

Taken by Arizona Highways Instructor – Scott Frier

  •  Arizona Highways – offers unique nature photography workshops around the United States designed to provide outstanding instruction in the fundamentals of photography and the latest in industry practices.  Some that may interest you are Alaska Bears, Winter in the Tetons and Yellowstone, or Savannah and Charleston – Southern Charm
  • Crystal Cruises – has put together some wonderful themed cruises, such as this Mediterranean cruise which features special speakers and classes in floral design.  The same cruise also includes guest speakers Astronaut Mark Kelly and Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, along with instruction in golf, Italian, wellness, music and more.
  • – provides information about a full range of overseas study programs, from short term to full degree programs.
Feather Down Farms Tent Interior

Feather Down Farms Tent Interior

Family and Group Oriented Travel – if you’re thinking that just because you have younger children or a larger group you can’t explore the world, check out these awesome opportunities!

  • Feather Down Farms – is based primarily in Europe with a few farms in the U.S.. Old friends reuniting, far-flung families reconnecting, a group of dads and their kids, a send-off for a bride-to-be… Milestone birthdays, significant anniversaries, and even weddings. They’ve hosted them all. You’ll stay in comfortable, fully-equipped tents on each farm and experience what each unique farm has to offer.  From organic gardening to milking cows and everything you can imagine in between.  Here’s just one sublime example: De Groene Hoeve in the Netherlands.
  • Volunteer Expeditions –  a nonprofit volunteer travel-planning service, assists families, college students, corporate or faith-based groups in bringing volunteer delegations to communities requesting assistance in areas such as New Orleans, Jamaica, Chicago and Washington, DC.

Has this short list of possibilities stirred your interest?  I’ll be diving deeper into these and other awesome adventures in the coming weeks and months.  I hope you’ll sign up for blog updates and our newsletter so you won’t miss a thing.

Have you embarked on a meaningful travel adventure?  If so, what was your favorite memory?  If not, where do you dream of traveling?  What do you dream of learning?  Where can your unique talents help the most?

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