In places like Puerto Rico, St. Maarten, and St. Thomas, that destruction was massive, and just about all basic infrastructure was wiped out.
Many of these island nations or protectorates are in danger of becoming welfare states.
The rebuilding will take a minimum of two years.
But that presumes there’s the financial capital to do it.
For many of us, these places represent some of our favorite travel destinations.
They have skilled relief workers already on the ground and need financial help.
In about two months, there will be opportunities for you to travel to these destinations and offer your assistance directly.
Many hotels and resorts may not be opening soon, and some will never reopen.
This is a humanitarian crisis that happens to include vacation destinations that depend almost entirely on travel and tourism.
For the moment, donate what you can.
In two months, I’ll get back to you with creative, effective ways to travel there to help out on the ground.
For more information about how you can help others, check out:
- How You Can Help Destinations Affected by Natural Disasters
- What You Need to Know Before Volunteering Abroad
- Hurricane Harvey: How You Can Help
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