Want to do something more useful on vacation than spend eight hours on a sunlounger? Take a look at these vacations that help give you back to the beautiful country that you are there to explore.
Help Schools In Sumba

This five-star destination in Indonesia works hard to support the local community. Not only did Nihi Sumba help launch five medical clinics and build 48 water wells, but it has also created 15 new primary schools. Nihi Sumba encourages its guests to get involved as much as they want to with the local villages so that they learn more about the country they are visiting. One such project visitors can take part in is visiting the local primary schools and helping to serve the children their school lunches.


Join Conservationists In Cusco

If you would like to help save the world’s largest tropical rainforest, join the team at Crees in Cusco. This eco-resort teaches visitors more about this area that is famed for its biodiversity. Whether you’ve got seven days or six months they can help you find the perfect tour for you. One such tour is The Legacy Traveller, which will take you down the Madre de Dios River by motorised canoe. Here you will have the chance to take part in mammal tracking, bird surveys and forest trekking. You will spend time with the scientists and researchers and be able to find out more about the work they are doing to help protect this special place.


Plant Coral In The Maldives

Diving fans can now help protect their underwater playground by helping to replant a reef at . Guests are invited to sponsor a frame, which they can cover in coral nubs and as the years go by it will turn into its own mini reef. Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa. Every three months the Anantara’s Marine Biologist will upload an image to the Anantara site to show how your reef is doing, so when you are back on dry land you can still monitor its progress and see if Nemo and friends have turned it into their home. Frames priced from USD100.


Save The Elephants Of Sri Lanka

In 2013 two Dutch brothers and a Sri Lankan family decided to change the welfare of elephants in Sri Lanka and launch the Elephant Freedom Project. The elephants are now free from riding, wood logging and abuse and have been given a home by the team. Visitors are encouraged to help keep these pachyderms in tip-top shape by walking and bathing them and make sure that the elephant area is a clean and safe place for the elephants to live.


Grow Rice In Thailand

Learn about Thailand’s greatest food resource and help do the community a favour at the same time. Join farmers Mr Tong and Mr Tone as they help plant the rice paddy field. You will be given traditional clothes to help complete the experience and keep the sun out of your eyes. When the Four Seasons Chiang Mai receives a bumper crop of rice they distribute it to the local villages and hill tribes.


Plant trees In Zambia

The Bushcamp Company based in South Luangwa National Park in Zambia encourage their guests to get involved with the local community. Whether its helping out at one of the local schools that they sponsor, visiting one of their community projects or planting trees. The only limitations are your time.


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Suluban beach, Bali, Indonesia

From $3,280 pp

Classic Bali

Bali Indonesia Asia

  • ​​​​​Sunset seafood dinners on the shores of the Indian Ocean
  • Holistic rejuvenation next to a Balinese sacred spring
  • Explore ancient temples, ruins, water palaces and traditional villages
  • Learn about Balinese art and go boutique shopping in Ubud
  • Go hiking on Mount Agung from your base at Amankila

When to go:

ideal length 10 nights
Scenic sight in Ostuni in a sunny summer day, Apulia (Puglia), southern Italy.

From $4,600 pp

Puglia’s Coast and Cities

Puglia Italy Europe

  • Savour lunch in a noble palace while listening to a private baroque concert
  • Explore the coast and towns of Puglia, the ‘heel of Italy’
  • Learn the secrets of traditional cookery from an Italian mamma
  • Discover the famous ‘trulli’ houses of Alberobello and the ‘White City’ of Ostuni
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Matera and spend the night in one of its famous cave hotels

When to go:

ideal length 8 nights
Ancient City of Polonnaruwa, Royal Palace (Parakramabahu's Royal Palace), UNESCO World Heritage, Cultural Triangle, Sri Lanka, Asia

From $9,200 pp

The Golden Triangle & Beyond

Delhi & Agra Rajasthan India

  • Witness Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in all of India
  • Tour Agra Fort and the magnificent Taj Mahal
  • Visit the City Palace which boasts the world’s first Silver Museum and world’s first Royal Instrument Museum
  • Witness the Dabbawalas at work, the Gandhi Museum and Lalbagh Market in Mumbai
  • Relax on the golden beaches of Goa

When to go:

ideal length 14 nights
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