To help you plan your trip, I have put together a list of travel resources and brands which I use to book and plan my own adventures. These links are my go-to because they make my travels easier, cheaper and often help me leave a positive impact where I visit, so I highly recommend them. Full disclosure here.
English in Mind Institute is a non-profit school in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Entirely led by Haitians, it teaches valuable English skills to adults to empower and improve opportunity. I absolutely loved my volunteer experience in Haiti.
An amazing organization helping to end the global water crisis. Wine to Water provides clean water filters and sanitation education to families in Nepal, Peru, Colombia, Brazil and Dominican Republic.
Non-profit organization helping to alleviate poverty and empower families in the Dominican Republic. One of my most rewarding experiences was helping to build a concrete floor for a family near Puerto Plata.
Social Impact TOURS
A social enterprise offering city tours in India. Profits go to underprivileged communities to fund education programs through their NGO, Reality Gives.
Off beaten path tours in Czech Republic which help reintegrate the homeless back into society. Pragulic tours improve the lives of tour guides by providing jobs, opportunity, and socio-economic support.
Travel For Free
Stay for free in exchange for all the puppy and kitty snuggles you can ask for. I love Trusted Housesitters because it has the most extensive list of assignments for house and pet sitting. Use my referral link to get 25% off when you sign up.
Finally, just one global SIM card for staying connected in every country. No more switching SIM cards. They offer pay-as-you-go rates or unlimited data from $7.99/day.
I use the tools at Ratehub.ca to find and compare different finance options in Canada where I am from. I found my favourite foreign currency exchange credit card. There’s no transaction fees with my Visa Infinite Passport, just a straight exchange rate. Plus I get free lounge access at airports around the world.
The absolute best offline map, hands down. I use this free app every trip to pin places I want to visit or return to later. It’s like creating my own personal map.
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