Photograph by Paco de la Luz, Pacografie
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Maasai family members pause near their village in northern Tanzania.
Photograph by Paco de la Luz, Pacografie
TravelTraveler Magazine

Trips That Give Back

Travelers can take amazing journeys and benefit local communities through these three meaningful experiences.

Cooking Up Connections

Tanzania Safari Experience: Learn how new stoves can improve living conditions for Maasai villagers while mitigating environmental damage on this seven-day trip led by National Geographic Journeys with G Adventures, a supporter of the Maasai Stoves & Solar Project, which works to replace indoor cooking fires with stoves that burn fuel more efficiently. Visitors may partner with Maasai women and lay down a few bricks for a healthier future. From $3,499 per person.

Licensed to Thrill

Iconic India: A 14-day itinerary covering the Taj Mahal and other India highlights also champions two causes: Women on Wheels, which helps women obtain driver’s licenses for chauffeur jobs (women with the program pick up trip participants at the airport); and the New Delhi Streetkids Project, which hires homeless youths to give guided tours of New Delhi slums (proceeds help fund school tuitions). From $2,299 per person.

It Takes a Maya Village

Guatemala Journey: This eight-day trip, which travels from Antigua to Flores and Tikal, includes a day around San Juan la Laguna, a G Adventures-supported community along Lake Atitlán. Here travelers learn about Guatemala’s Maya roots, visit local textile-weaving cooperatives, enjoy a traditional feast prepared by villagers, and attend a ceremonial Maya tree planting. From $1,299 per person.