The rising trend of voluntourism has brought about the new concept of “honeyteering” or volunteer destinations for newlyweds looking to help the local community while on their honeymoon. There are a variety of great ways to give back as volunteers, ranging from simple tree planting to complex construction projects.
For those intimidated by the intense programs featured in Trazee’s Voluntourism section, novice volunteers can find a number of hotels and resorts that have partnered with philanthropic programs to give back to the destinations they are based in. The Ritz-Carlton, for example, recently launched the Give Back Getaways program, where guests can volunteer with a local charity at any of their locations around the world. Opportunities include marine conservation in Barcelona, vegetable harvests in Beijing and elderly care in Moscow. If you find yourselves in Costa Rica for your honeymoon, consider a stay at the Los Suenos Marriott where you can score a $100 hotel credit and help preserve the country’s rainforest and wildlife by planting an almond tree, a nesting tree for the endangered red macaw.
Honeyteers have had success with voluntour operators like Cross-Cultural Solutions and Global Volunteers. Operators like these can connect you to programs around the world, backed by staff and resources that can make a real difference in your honeymoon destination. Keep in mind, some volunteer programs require a stay longer than a couple weeks, depending on what you want to do. Planting a tree is an easy way to give back on a trip, but more involved volunteering, like teaching and construction, require a bigger commitment.
We can see it now and remember when it happened to us: Watching as the black car icon loops around and around, seemingly endlessly, and our wait time on the rideshare app continually changes. Long wait times and confused drivers are just a few bothersome issues that can nag at rideshare users. Need a solution? Ditch rideshares altogether in favor of renting a car on your next trip.
Hotels, airlines and travel companies are constantly looking for the best way to offer guests unique and memorable experiences. One of the latest ways hotels have expanded guests’ cultural exposure is through specialty concierges, or on-hand experts who can arrange bespoke travel experiences for individuals or groups.
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.
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