Everyone should join at least one charitable organization and donate their time, efforts, and/or money to the cause.
I’ve travelled to many places, all the while contributing where the need was. One example occurred just over a year ago when I volunteered to help the Wheelchair Foundation (https://www.wheelchairfoundation.org/). I donated money toward two wheelchairs ($150.00 each). I then travelled from Massachusetts to Peru to join several members of a California Rotary Club (I am not a Rotarian – yet.). We distributed three hundred sixty wheelchairs throughout the country to those in need over the course of only 5 ½ days!
When you help others, there are fantastic rewards both physically, mentally, and spiritually. One of the benefits was learning about the people and their culture as we toured, with purpose, throughout a good part of the country. Another came after finishing the distribution job. Since we already travelled to the area – my travelling companion and I had the pleasure of travelling on to Machu Picchu – one of the most spiritual places on earth. We also were able to enjoy the local economy and tourism along the way.
I am so grateful that I was able to enjoy Machu Picchu which was on my wish list for quite a while – by volunteering and donating time, effort, and money.
Although I paid for my own travel, food, hotels, etc. I was able to fulfil this travel destination dream at a fraction of the normal cost as a volunteer. The education was unbelievable. I was able to enjoy the company of great positive heart-giving people, meet and help hundreds of people in need, visit places not seen by tourists, experience hospitality of local people and enjoy so much more than a normal tourist could ever imagine.
These are the experiences that drive me to give more – and once you experience things like this you will want to do it over and over again while travelling the world…and it all begins with giving.
Now you know a great secret of life: You Fulfill a Well-Rounded Life by GIVING!
I’ll See You Over the Top,
Alan David Kosinski, Life Extraordinaire