What if you could embark on the adventure of a lifetime, exploring any number of fascinating destinations from lush jungles to snowy mountaintops, all while doing so in the name of charity and altruism? For most, vacationing is an endeavor of indulgence; an opportunity to take a break from the chaos and bustle of ordinary life and exchange that routine for some much appreciated down time. Of course there's nothing wrong with taking a little time off and everybody deserves an opportunity to pursue their own leisure, whether that entails relaxing on a beach, exploring unfamiliar cultures, or trekking through the wilderness. But some thoughtful journeyers are discovering a new approach to travel through which ambitious globetrotters can tour the world while helping those less fortunate and in need.
Inspired Adventures and Charity Challenges
The rugged outback of Australia, the Himalayas in Nepal, and the Carpathian Mountains of Romania are all on the agenda for adventurers looking to broaden their travel horizons while raising money for philanthropic causes. In a pioneering and entrepreneurial effort to raise money for various charities around the world, tour coordinator, Huma Challenge, has occupied a unique niche, combining the excitement of global travel with an honest appeal to generosity towards humanity. Excursionists are offered the opportunity to take on any number of "charity challenges," ranging from scenic hikes to demanding mountain climbing jaunts, that serve as a basis for fundraising. Huma Challenge acts as a mediator, connecting individuals with various charities and helping the prospective philanthropists in their fundraising efforts.
Those looking to step up and take on a charity challenge are offered several approaches to the petitioning process but, in the end, each challenge invariably results in a significant donation to a good cause. Travel expenses like airfare and taxes are, of course, unavoidable and so travelers have the option of adding those costs to their agenda. Another charity tour operator, Inspired Adventures, suggests everything from eBay auctions to swear jars for participants looking to initiate their humanitarian crowd source endeavor. Minimum target amounts are set and the mediators employ their resources and connections to help ambitious do-gooders take on a travel challenge in the name of charity. A myriad of causes are supported, from cancer research institutes to troubled youth outreach communities, and participants in Huma Challenge and Inspired Adventure's programs are given a choice of charities to choose from.
Sustainable Tourism for the Greater Good
The Travel Foundation has turned their humanitarian efforts toward the destinations themselves with a focus on sustained tourism to support local communities in popular tourist havens. The organization works to "enable travel companies to integrate sustainable tourism into their business - to protect the environment and create opportunities for local people in tourism destinations." The Travel Foundation has established projects around the world, targeting locales popular among foreign visitors, which help keep the destinations thriving. Special attention is given to the natural environment and communities of indigenous people who greatly benefit from training and education in how to prosper around and within the tourism industries that have pervaded their societies. The end result is a win-win relationship between tourists and locals who both benefit from an increased bond in trust and understanding facilitated by institutions like the Travel Foundation.
...And Now You Can Give Back, Too!
While not everyone has the occasion to devote an entire trip to a benevolent cause, an attitude of generosity can still go a long way this holiday season. In the spirit of giving, we here at Auto Europe are excited to announce a new partnership that will allow us, with your help, to give back to those in need. For every car rental booking made by December 21, 2014 Auto Europe will make a donation to the Toys for Tots Foundation, helping spread holiday cheer and good will to less fortunate children around the world.
As we embark on touring journeys of any sort, be it for business or pleasure, it's important to remember that unfamiliar and fascinating destinations to visit are also places that others call home. While many have the pleasure of enjoying travel excursions and trips there are also many who are less fortunate; who don't have access to the same privileges, luxuries, and charms that others enjoy. If we can keep that in mind and appreciate what we have by sharing with those in need, we can help the world become a better place for all.