With all of the vacation trends possible to try, including the new, productive crafting staycation, it is easy to forget some old standbys like volunteering. Sometimes this process can become nebulous and you are not able to see the fruits of your labor, so to speak, but there are also options that include working together with a team to accomplish a definitive task. Habitat for Humanity has just these sorts of opportunities.
The task of building homes for those in need is immensely satisfying and this organization offers a lot of different ways for you to participate. If global travel is something you are interested in, check out the projects available at Global Village. These experiences are designed to immerse you in a new cultural context while giving back to your host country.
Other options are geared toward women and veterans. Women Build has been around since 1991 and brings together women to learn or contribute construction skills to bolster communities, including their own. There are also youth and veteran programs that work to instill not only an appreciation of community, but serviceable skills and a community of support through volunteerism. If national or international community building is something you are after, explore this opportunity.
Santa Monica, California, has such an incredible array of restaurants and bars, it can be difficult to choose one. Rustic Canyon on Wilshire Boulevard makes it easy to decide; the restaurant manages to clearly set itself apart from the rest.
Dining is an art, and now that applies to both on the ground and at 35,000 feet thanks to Hainan Airlines’ “Hai Chef” Inflight Artistic Chinese cuisine series, a collaboration with Dong Zhenxiang, a Chinese culinary master also known as Dadong.
Many travelers are exchanging their regular home lives for a more exciting life abroad. However, no matter where in the world you visit, money is needed to live a comfortable life. Gaining work experience abroad can diversity a resume and open opportunities worldwide. For travelers who wish to live a more nomadic lifestyle, getting a short-term job in a country is also a great option. This will ensure travelers have enough money to get by and give them experience. Before leaving for a country or while in a foreign land, travelers can use the internet to find jobs or local resources.
One of the best ways to experience and learn more about a culture is by looking for and picking through the local markets. Depending on the destination, markets can be found in the out-of-the-way nooks and crannies of larger cities or can function as attractions on their own merit.
Once business concludes, a world of wonder awaits in many of Italy’s incredible cities.