Travel can be more than a relaxing beach

Travelling can be much more than finding a relaxing beach. It can be an opportunity to volunteer your skills to a community, a way of conserving the environment and regenerating a local community, even a wise reminder that some places around the world are sadly remembered for the wrong reasons.

If you’re as passionate about travel as us, then remember some of these charities.

Age International
We have all heard of Age UK, but what about Age International? Just as Age UK supports the over-60s with the challenges of everyday life, Age International wants to help the lives of older people all around the world. Therefore supporting communities that many of us may visit on our holidays abroad. For example, did you know that 100 million older people globally live on less that 60p a day?

The Travel Foundation
The Travel Foundation was founded in 2003 and is an independent charity that works with the travel industry towards sustainability. This means that when you go on holiday, the local community, environment and independent businesses benefit. The overall aim is for tourism to empower people to climb out of poverty and supercharge conservation initiatives.

GVI
GVI provides you with rewarding experiences that allow you to volunteer in communities across the world. Whether you want to teach English, carry out conservation work or put your professional skills to charitable work – search the GVI database for your choice.

Amnesty International
Amnesty International is one of the world’s best-known charities, making headlines over the last few weeks due to their campaign to free Blogger Raif Badawi. The objective of Amnesty International is “to conduct research and generation action to prevent and end grave abuses of human rights, and to demand justice for those whose rights have been violated”. It is a charity to remember when travelling, as not all places are remembered for their beautiful sunsets and flawless beaches.

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