For those who don’t like sandy beaches, the Earthwatch Institute allows people to join research expeditions into the Arctic. Past volunteers find the experience to be rewarding, taking part in actual climate change research.
Volunteers built and maintained many of America’s trails. The American Hiking Society organizes such volunteer trips across the country for a range of experience levels, doing everything from repairing bridges to clearing out invasive species.
Help protect our oceans by collecting data and translating research into policy proposals. Founded in 1969, the Oceanic Society organizes volunteers in Belize and Ulithi for conservation-focused trips, aiding projects like counting crocodile hatchlings and deploying underwater cameras.
For those interested in ecological design and permaculture, Kibbutz Lotan is an Israeli community that practices sustainability and living with a low environmental impact. Participants will take part in organic gardening, recycling projects and ecological education in their two-week stay.
The organization conducted its first global survey in 1997, confirming fishing and pollution were destroying our reefs. Since then they organized experienced divers to help collect data for scientific research around the world.
Many people travel to see the “Big Five,” but on the Enkosini Eco Experience in South Africa, you will help protect lions, elephants, buffalos, leopards, rhinoceroses and the rest of the South African ecosystem. You will learn a variety of survival and navigation skills in addition to carrying out fieldwork on the animals.
Bleisure — it’s a term we’re all familiar with these days. After all, millennials drive the rising trend, combining business and leisure trips regularly. Take a few days to decompress in a new destination after a hectic schedule of meetings and business.
Solo travel is all the rage these days, but for those who are just starting out, the idea of jetting off to a foreign land by yourself can be daunting. Thankfully, there are a few destinations that are great starting points for novice solo travelers as they are relatively safe, easy to navigate and easy to get by with just English.
Unless you’re flying business or first class, trying to fall asleep in an upright position in a plane’s economy class is nothing short of challenging and often extremely uncomfortable. To ensure you have a restful flight and show up to your destination at least somewhat coherent, follow the tips below.
While your first inclination might be panic when you map out the various appointments and meetings on your upcoming business trip, relax. Trust us, a rental car has you covered.