At first glance, planning a trip overseas might not seem like an activity with a lot of potential to change the world. But when you take into consideration that more than 11 million people travel each year, the impact of all those vacations added together can be enormous -- so much so that the UN has designated 2017 as the Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. We’ve already discussed how it’s important to consider the impact of your travels and plan your trip accordingly.
So: is there a way you can be sure that your vacation is a force ‘for good?’ The choices you make as a traveler, from the countries you visit to the places you stay to the photos you post on Instagram can all be harnessed to improve lives and communities around the world. Here are five easy ways you can design your next meaningful travel experience for maximum positive impact knowing that your travel is making the world a better place.