Travel should be indulgent, but from time to time, we should all use it as a tool for benefiting the greater good. Here, three trips with an altruistic bent.
For the aspiring politico Policy analysts and BBC reporters take travelers into local communities faced with pressing political issues (e.g., Islamic feminism in Turkey) via Political Tours.
For the hands-on-volunteer type Sign up with AngelMule, an online network that hooks travelers up with assignments to deliver much-needed goods to impoverished communities.
For the affluent philanthropist Micato Safaris puts guests up in deluxe hotels and promises rhino spotting on safari trips, but it also encourages travelers to spend time volunteering with AmericaShare (a nonprofit that benefits children in Nairobi).
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