Volunteering With Elephants on Holiday

Volunteering with elephants might seem like something of a dream, but you need to be so careful. Many so-called elephant sanctuaries aren’t sanctuaries at all, and actually keep elephants in terrible conditions purely for the pleasure of tourists. There certainly are places where you can volunteer with elephants, but you need to be careful. Here are some tips: Do as much research as you can. Look into the sanctuary and its history and the people who run it. Find out where the elephants have come from and if they have actually been rescued. Always avoid riding elephants. This is very bad for them and they have been through a lot of inhumane treatment to get them to the point where they will accept a human on their back. Riding elephants...

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Why Should you Travel?

Travel might seem like something that is a bit of a luxury. Whilst it undoubtedly is in a lot of ways, it is also something that can play in important part in shaping you as a person, and in your outlook on the world. Travel helps people of all ages to see the world in a different way. You can read about the world and what goes on in it in books, but it is undoubtedly going to be very different when you are there. Travel can deepen your understanding of what other places in the world are like, and what other cultures believe. You will also be able to meet people from all around the world, who will all have different views and opinions and traditions. This is an...

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Remaining Open to New Ideas Whilst Travelling

We all like to be organised and have a plan, especially when in an unknown country, possibly alone. However, if you are¬†too¬†organised, you can miss out on some incredible experiences that are right under your nose. It is never going to be easy, but you should try your best to create a balance, where you can feel safe and comfortable but also remain open to trying out new things. After all, that is what travelling is about – experiencing new foods, cultures and atmospheres. When you go to a new place, go with some ideas in mind but perhaps don’t create a full itinerary. This way, you can feel that you have carried out adequate planning but you don’t have to restrict yourself either. Listen to local people and see...

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How to Travel on a Budget

Travel is a wonderful experience and may actually be best done on a budget. This is because you won’t be constantly worried about money and how much you are spending. This is also a good option for backpackers, and having your travel adventure on a budget will mean that you can return home with more money left over to resume a normal life. You need to plan carefully if you are going to stick to a budget. Firstly, make sure you know what your budget actually is. Then keep good records of how much you are spending on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. Work out a realistic budget, or you are just going to end up being annoyed with yourself when you go over it on a regular basis....

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Volunteering with Animals Abroad

If you are considering the option of volunteering abroad, you may have thought about working with animals. This will give you the opportunity to have an unforgettable experience and do something worthwhile with your time away. Here are some points to consider: Make sure the volunteering opportunity is ethical. Some are just tourist traps and the animals are not actually rescued, so look into the ethics behind what you want to do. Book directly through the sanctuary or with a reputable agency. Some scams involve people pretending to be agents offering fake volunteering opportunities. Get all your travel vaccinations. Cover yourself fully and get immunised against rabies if you are working directly with animals. Get good travel insurance. You want to make sure you are fully covered and that your...

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