I’ve heard of many people that decide to go traveling for many different reasons: as a gap year, to take a career break, to learn from other cultures, etc. All of them are good reasons to do this, but it’s worth thinking beyond what you will get out of it and think about why YOU can do this and why you should give back by fundraising for a charitable cause.

1. It cost you very little

If you are traveling for 6 months you need to save a minimum of £6,000.  Only 5% of this amount  (£300) would be enough to give their smile back to 2 kids with Smile Train.

2. You can ask for help

You don’t need to do this on your own. With the excuse that you are going traveling you can organise a farewell party with the purpose of fundraising for the cause.

3. It is fair to give back

If you really think about it, you will be able to survive for 6 months without working because those countries that you are visiting are really poor. You are taking advantage of their lack of development to be able to enjoy a great and long holidays without working at all. Don’t you think you should give something back that stay in those countries?

4. You can show the outcome

The fact that you are traveling to the countries where your donations will go means that you will get to see what happens with the money that you have raised for the cause. Take photos and record how you are helping so your supporters will feel it was worthwhile helping you.

5. Make it your objective

Traveling and experiencing new cultures is really exciting but it is great having an objective. Contributing to make the World a better place is a great objective that will make you feel proud of yourself.

 Image credit: Travel by Moyan Brenn (Flickr)

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