7 Ways You Can Change The World While Travelling (2019)

"Experiences are more important than landmarks."

Travel gives us perspective, challenges our expectations, and opens the door to new possibilities.  It gives us experience and understanding that you don’t get when you simply stay in your little corner of the world.

Jodie Hill started WasteWarriors in 2012 

We know travel is no panacea. It’s not going to end hunger or bring about world peace. But it does give us change and experience. It gives us understanding and makes us modest. It teaches us possibility. At a time when the world seems to be splitting apart, travel can at least give us a sense of understanding about oneself.

We leave our 'home' and move to different places, sometimes other countries, but have we really been traveling or just drifting away from responsibilities?

Why do we travel?

This question strikes several times in our daily lives! And it's time we do something productive while we explore strange faraway lands.Let's be a responsible traveller and take care of the places we love and carry in our hearts as memories.

Wondering how to do that?

Well, take small steps -:

There are many organizations that help you travel with a purpose to inspire others and make this world a better place, for all. After all, who would want to waste their youth without having a purpose?

SpitiEcosphere – Spiti Ecosphere is a social enterprise which is a collaborative effort of the local community of Spiti and professionals from diverse backgrounds, with a wide spectrum of skills and experience, effectively spanning the bridge from the general to the niche.

A traditional form of agriculture, better known to the modern world as organic, is just a mere way of life for the people of remote Trans-Himalayan regions such as Spiti. 

GoEco - GoEco is a leading eco-tourism company with a varied selection of affordable volunteer projects abroad. Our team is made up of experienced and passionate specialists who are eager to give you the voluntourism vacation of a lifetime!

World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farming - WWOOF is a worldwide movement linking volunteers with organic farmers and growers to promote cultural and educational experiences based on trust and non-monetary exchange, thereby helping to build a sustainable, global community.

Wastewarriors during their weekly Triund clean-up activity. 

Waste Warriors – Waste warriors run waste collections in Dehradun, Dharamsala and Corbett and work in accordance with the Municipal Solid Waste Rules 2000. Ensuring waste is segregated at source is essential if we are to maximise on recycling.

NextGen team members Pat, Rhys, Brittany and Leila with Henriette, a leader in Murago’s Nawe Nuze savings group, in her kitchen with some of her children and the Nuru light in hand. Credit: Rhys Marsh, 2014

Unicef – Unicef provides humanitarian and developmental assistance to children and mothers in developing countries. It is a member of the United Nations Development Group. Stands for a Child’s education and health. Creating changes and innovations for women and girls.

Holidays for Humanity - HoH is the leading network for purposeful tour operators to list, and travellers to discover, countless experiences that enrich our planet and recharge our soul. Whether you operate a wildlife conservation effort, want to join a cycling adventure, a photographic journey, or you host a wellness retreat, Holidays for Humanity connects people to a big world of purpose.

India Hikes – India Hikes runs Green Trails and believes that even a small action towards making the environment green has a huge impact.

So, what are you waiting for? Whenever you plan a "trip" in future now, just give a thought about how you can give back.

Writer, Anushka Arora.