How to Give Back to Society While Traveling

How to give back to society while traveling? It can be done, and I have always been a supporter of making a difference.

My daughter and I with Lamduan, a blind elephant at Elephant World in Thailand. She loves music.

Traveling to various corners of the globe can be fulfilling. After all, you will be able to soak up different cultures, experience new sights and sounds, and meet people from all walks of life. However, it is possible that you might feel disconnected from your community or you might be eager to help the lives of others in a different destination.

If you would like to continue to contribute to society back home, or make a difference at each destination you visit, find out how to give back to society while traveling.

Make a Monthly Donation

It might feel almost impossible to help your community when backpacking your way across the globe. However, a charitable donation could help to support an essential organization in your home country.

For example, you could make a monthly donation to the Red Cross, who respond to nearly 200 emergencies every day. It is an easy way to make a difference to a community and you have the option to cancel at any time.

Photo by Joel Muniz, Unsplash

Find Volunteering Opportunities

While many charitable organizations will happily accept donations to support their important services, they also might offer various volunteering opportunities both at home and abroad.

If you would like to dedicate some of your travel time to helping others, contact a charitable organization close to your heart to find out how you can help. The volunteering opportunity could even determine where you visit on your travels, which could help you to learn about different cultures. Plus, you could gain valuable skills along the way.

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Everyone has a responsibility to lower their carbon footprint. However, this might seem difficult when traveling to different corners of the globe. Becoming more eco-conscious could help you to support the environment during a backpacking adventure.

For example, you could:

  • Support water conservation by reusing hotel towels and sheets
  • Carry a reusable water bottle to fill with clean water
  • Travel with eco-friendly companies
  • Reduce your meat consumption
  • Take a train or bus over a plane

Look for ways to reduce your carbon footprint on your travels, which will help you adhere to your environmental responsibilities.

Shop Locally

Support a destination’s economy by shopping locally on your travels. For example, dine at a family-run restaurant, pick up groceries from a small store over a big chain, and grab a coffee from a local café. It will help to financially support both the local economy and a small-business owner. Plus, it will provide a more authentic travel experience. It’s a win-win.


There are many ways that you can give back to society when traveling the globe. For instance, you’re bound to feel a buzz of happiness knowing that your charitable donation will make a difference to the lives of others. You also could find volunteering on your travels gratifying, and you will feel proud when supporting small, local businesses. Finding ways to help organizations, the environment, and local economies could make a travel experience feel more rewarding.

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Tam Warner

Award Winning Travel Journalist and Blogger, writing about Eclectic Travels in the Empty Nest! From scuba to luxury cruises to kayaking to expeditions, Tam is ready to go! Contact me at

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