Giving of one's time is usually the most challenging, given all of our competing priorities. I have always found though, that giving of my time is the most rewarding. I personally have been involved with the Fiesta Bowl charities for well over a decade. I love college football and golf and the Fiesta Bowl organization sponsors fun events around these themes. Knowing that my time and effort directly supports our community makes it that much more rewarding. We volunteer for a wide variety of causes. Do you have a favorite?
Through travel, I have had the opportunity to see both areas of wealth and of extreme poverty, with the latter having the biggest affect on me. I'm very grateful to what my country affords me. So it is wonderful to see more companies getting travelers involved in the communities they visit. The opportunity to make a difference - not only in the lives of others but also your own.
One such company is Fathom, a new cruise line part of the Carnival Corporation family.
Below are other ways companies are getting involved:
- Every Holland America sailing has a "On Deck For A Cure" non-competitive 5k fundraising walk. Guests are invited to donate $20 in support of 6 different international cancer foundations. On a sea day, participants walk the ship deck's (depending on the ship, a 5k equals 9-12 laps). Participants receive a special t-shirt and celebrate at the end of the walk. I have personally participated in this and it is a super fun way to exercise and take in the beautiful views of the open ocean!
- Almost every Crystal Cruise itinerary includes a "You Care. We Care." voluntourism adventure. These are volunteer activities with no obligation for any financial donations. Per Crystal, the goal is to improve destinations for future generations.
Voluntourism is becoming one of the biggest travel trends, and these are just a few of the wonderful vacation options for individuals, families and groups who are looking to give back while on vacation. All on your schedule - give as much or as little time as you want. A definite win-win!