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Transformative Travel: How You Can Help with World Peace

“I feel guilty traveling to fabulous places when there is so much suffering and poverty in the world. Maybe I should volunteer to build houses with locals on my next trip,” my friend Saida mused. I looked at Saida. She’s 59 years old, has back problems, and recently injured her shoulder doing yoga. If she showed up for construction work, the locals likely would end up taking care of her.Maybe you are like Saida. You believe that travel can be more than consuming abroad. You’d like to help others, but you’re not prepared to engage in “volun-tourism” right now. So how can you do something good and worthwhile when you hit the road? I’ve recently discovered a way: I call it “quiet activism.”In the South PacificA few months ago, my husband, Paul, and I were on the remote South Pacific island of Malekula, in exotic and fascinating Vanuatu, visiting the Small Nambas tribe. The men, who wore penis sheaths, and the topless women, adorned in woven grass skirts, danced, sang, and shared their culture with us. The women showed us Stone Age techniques that their ancestors had used for cooking taro and sweet potato. …

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