Get your passports ready, because it’s time for that long-overdue graduation trip to reward yourself for all the hard work you’ve put in for the past years! But instead of simply jet-setting to a faraway destination, why not make your getaway a more meaningful one? Here are some alternative ideas to make the most of your vacation days in the most fulfilling way ever.
#1 Save the animals
If you happen to be an animal lover, then you’re in for a real treat because there’s a host of international animal welfare projects waiting for you to sign up for! Not only will you be channelling your passion into a worthy cause, you’ll also get to meet like-minded people and interact with all kinds of wildlife creatures, ranging from the cuddliest of mammals to the most exotic of reptiles. Whether you wind up protecting sea turtle nests in Mexico or rescuing wildlife in Armenia, there’s nothing more heartwarming than helping these precious animals get better lives.
#2 Nurture new generations
If you have a flair for reading and writing, you may wish to travel to places where English isn’t their first language such as Japan or Hong Kong, and volunteer to teach the kids there. Being equipped with the necessary skills to communicate in English will be incredibly useful for their future, allowing them to venture out of their country and seek greater opportunities in the future. What’s more, your heart will be warmed knowing that you have helped these little ones gain a lifelong skill!
#3 Follow your (he)art
For all the budding artists out there, travelling to a new destination is the best time to put your creativity to the test. Make the best out of your newfound freedom by using your voice to shoutout for a good cause. For instance, you can support independent art scenes by visiting their galleries, or participate in art shows that help fund research to fight diseases such as cancer and AIDS. In addition, you can aid in promoting these businesses by spreading the word on social media, so as to encourage your fellow graduates to follow suit. Once you’ve step out of your comfort zone, you’ll find that there are no limits to your artistic endeavours!
#4 Check in, help out
Many modern hotels are beginning to adopt methods of sustainable tourism – a campaign that has become crucial in light of our ailing resources. From luxury hotels to chic boutique hotels, some of these establishments have pledged to use eco-friendly products and contribute a portion of their profits to charity. This way, you’ll feel less guilty lounging on plush sofas by the pool or ordering extravagant room services, because you’ll know that whatever you spend will find its way back to the less fortunate.
#5 Get in touch with nature
While living in the bustling concrete jungle is exciting, we are often so caught up in our own realities that we forget to appreciate the simple things in life. Farm stays in rural spots like Melborne and Perth will provide you with boundless opportunities to give back to the environment whilst enjoying a slower pace of life. You may be tasked with chores such as picking apples, milking cows and sowing seeds. Besides helping to support agriculture businesses, this little getaway will allow you get back in touch with nature and stop to smell the roses (maybe even literally).
#6 Run for a purpose
Now that you’ve graduated, you’re finally able to embrace being young, wild, and free. And what better way to celebrate your youth by participating in a cross-country marathon with your BFFs? If you’ve always enjoyed the thrill of adventure, this would be the perfect way to unwind while doing it for a cause. Bored of jogging along the same old parks in Singapore? Gather your squad and head to scenic places like New Zealand or Europe for a more refreshing charity run experience!
#7 Rebuild lives
Lend a helping hand to organisations that aim to rebuild homes for families whose houses have been destroyed by war or natural disasters. If you’re a first-timer, fret not – you can start by searching for outreach programmes in third-world countries such as Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, and then sign on with the organisation that has a vision that speaks to you the most. Not only will you come to appreciate your home, you’ll also get the satisfaction of seeing the fruits of your labour at the end of it all.
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This article was adapted from Teenage Vol.30 Issue 2, out on newsstands now.