Gift Guide: Extraordinary Trips that Give Back

Go beyond the simple pleasures of a typical luxury getaway and book one of these extraordinary, hands-on, socially conscious vacations.


Jay Tindall
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Whether steps from the resort shoreline or deep in unfamiliar territory, these hands-on, socially conscious experiences and philanthropic journeys through South Africa, Nicaragua, Nepal, and beyond promise authentic engagement with local communities, their causes, and their lands. Plant trees and install solar projects in Belize. Protect endangered turtles in the Seychelles. Support (and watch) traditional dance practices in Cambodia. This year, pick up and go where you can engage with a destination in a deep, meaningful way—and perhaps even make a little bit of a difference at the same time.

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