Philanthropic Travel

Trips with a purpose give back in more ways than one.

Courtesy of Elevate Destinations
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Elevate Destinations

Elevate Destinations excels at balancing a magical family vacation (sweeping views of the Peruvian Andes, crystal blue lagoons in Tahiti) with memorable volunteer experiences (teaching basketball in India, building homes and schools in Haiti). Because all trips are tailored to each client, you have the luxury of choosing any community engagement or volunteer activity you want, though most families like to work in schools and with children. (The majority of travelers schedule two to three days of volunteering, depending on the ages of their children.) Five percent of the trip’s cost is donated to a local community organization in that particular country.

New for 2013: A Family Planet Trip (spring; from $5,000; 617-661-0203;