Added 13 September, 2013
Traveling just for fun and relaxation is fine, but the trend these days is to do something a bit more meaningful. Problem is, it's not usually easy to find experiences you can participate in. Ritz-Carlton Hotels has been offering a program called Giveback Getaways that pairs guests with local volunteer experiences. Now a company called ShoreTrips is inviting cruise ship passengers to take four or five hours to give something back to the people of the Caribbean. Help plant a garden, prepare lunch at a senior center, join a community clean-up effort.. there are lots of possibilities. Doing something good in the places in which you visit gets you deeper into a culture then you would otherwise have the opportunity to get; a trend that is set to grow for the foreseeable future.