Trips with a purpose give back in more ways than one.
Before philanthropy became fashionable, Abercrombie & Kent gave back (quietly and generously) behind the scenes for half a century. With more than 20 local grassroots projects that directly improved the lives of 70,000 men, women and children across seven continents this year alone, A&K Philanthropy is a self-sustaining global force for change. Compassionate travelers are encouraged to visit projects in local communities like the Mwika Village Beekeeping Project in Tanzania, which produces and sells honey from 21 beehives, or No. 8 Orphanage in Moscow, where guests accompany orphans on field trips as they learn about their cultural heritage. Many travelers become compassionate five-figure donors, with 100 percent of gifts given after a trip ends going straight to the project of interest. On a smaller scale, pre-departure documents encourage participants to pack small items like pens, paper and T-shirts to give away.
New for 2013: Pharoahs and Pyramids (first trip, January 16–28; from $6,800; 888-611-4711; AKphilanthropy.org).