Voluntourism is one of the fastest-growing areas of niche travel.
And the good news is, some hotels are making it easier than ever to give back to the local community.
The Four Seasons has a program called 10 Million Trees, which invites guests to arrange a volunteer activity during their stay–and not just literally planting trees.
So, for example, at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara, their package includes a free third night, and an opportunity to pick produce at local farms and pack it up for a food-donation program.
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has a program called Take Root which is aimed at getting guests out into nature. At the Fairmont San Francisco, guests can volunteer with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, involving everything from building trails to reforestation.
And The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans will help you coordinate a volunteer activity, whether it’s rebuilding homes with Habitat for Humanity, or working with the community at the St. Bernard Project.
But you don’t have to stay in a high-end hotel to get a similar experience.
All it takes is a phone call to a community organization to arrange your own volunteer vacation no matter where you stay.
For more ways to give back when you travel, check out our Voluntourism section.
And check out the rest of our Daily Travel Tips here.