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.
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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 here.
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 rural family near Puerto Plata.
A grassroots initiative in Thailand to lift vulnerable children and families out of extreme poverty, malnutrition, and lack of access to education and safe shelter.
Social Impact TOURS
Authentic experiences in Havana and around Cuba. Tours are guided by local Cubans with little impact on the Cuban environment and culture.
Interesting Times Bureau tours in Bucharest designed by artists, activists, and social entrepreneurs, primarily with the needs of the city in mind, and secondarily to the needs of the tourism market.
Off beaten path tours in Czech Republic which help reintegrate homeless people back into society. Pragulic tours improve the lives of tour guides by providing jobs, opportunity, and socio-economic support.
My ultimate favourite food tour company in Europe. Taste locally-produced ingredients, meet local shop owners and support small businesses.
Small group city tours around the world with low impact. Their series of In-Focus tours support start-up projects, local NGOs and social enterprises that address community issues.
Travel For Free
A community for home swapping. We often exchange our apartment in Budapest with other home exchangers. Stay for free at someones home while they stay at yours.
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.
My foreign currency exchange credit card. There’s no transaction fees, just the exchange rate plus free lounge access at airports.
The absolute best offline map. Hands down. The free app lets you pin places you want to visit or return to later. It’s like creating your own personal map.