With every purchase of an Only an Adventurer city code necklace, $10 will be donated to a good cause, in your honour.
There are a few charities and organisations close to my heart, but I've picked this one for now that I would love to share with you. If you have one that you love and would like to see as a donation option in future, please let me know.
Our duty as travellers is to respect the local people, their homes and their communities. To interact and learn from them, and to support their livelihoods, and futures.
These guys are probably my most loved 'good cause'.
Bruce Poon Tip, Founder of G Adventures (my fave tour company), started the Planeterra Foundation in 2003 to support the local communities his company had formed working relationships with over the years.
They now support Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) across the world (mostly Asia, Africa and South America), focussing on;
New paths for youth - "supporting programs that help at-risk youth develop skills to work in tourism and hospitality, and provides them with a chance to create positive life paths".
Conserving culture - "creating meaningful connections between travellers and indigenous people through social enterprise".
Empowering women - "helping women redefine their roles in society by providing life-changing access to education and job-training".
The insanely cool thing is that each of their projects features in a G Adventures tour.
So for example, the Cambodia and Vietnam on a Shoestring tour, gets to visit BOTH New Hope Vocational Training restaurant (Siem Reap) and Oodles of Noodles (Hoi An).
I got to visit New Hope in 2014, on a bit of a hybrid tour-famil trip, when I was a Travel Agent (more about that here), but it was so neat to actually SEE the benefits to the community happening in real-time.
The other cool thing about that project in particular, is that if you do the (STA Travel Exclusive) volunteering trip - Teaching Children in Cambodia, you get given a bicycle for the duration on the programme, and then it gets donated to a child when you leave!