Understanding Travelers Philanthropy

Fast Company Magazine on Travel Philanthropy

Exquisite Safaris Travel Philanthropy in ‘Fast Company Magazine: Next Leisure’


Would you take a Philanthropic Vacation?

Do-good travel doesn’t have to be a gritty exercise in banging nails into the side of a house or digging ditches. That’s textbook “voluntourism,” where travel is coupled with hard labor in support of a humanitarian cause.

Exquisite Safaris, on the other hand, is a private luxury tour company that creates the extravagant itinerary of your choice in such locales as Botswana, Uganda, Zambia, Cambodia, Tanzania, Kenya, Vietnam, and Peru, and then shoehorns a humanitarian element into the trip. In between watching cheetahs on the plains of the Serengeti and getting pampered with spa treatments, you may spend a morning teaching kids how to read.

Voluntourism is for people with more time than money,” says Exquisite Safaris founder David Chamberlain. “Our trips are for those who have it the other way around.”

He calls this “travel philanthropy,” defining it as a sojourn that safely exposes wealthier travelers to downtrodden places glossed over in guidebooks. Though time spent in the trenches can be minimal, participants are frequently transformed.

“We spent a week in the slums of Nairobi where we bought bags of rice and delivered them to orphanages, then we visited Tanzania where we saw 300,000 wildebeests,” says Tom Dowd, CEO of industrial chemical company Dowd and Guild Inc. Since his trip last fall, Dowd has made significant contributions to relief organizations.

That’s what travel philanthropy is all about: Leaving a place stronger than you found itwithout the sweat investment.

by Christopher Percy Collier

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Philanthropic Travelers:
Milton & Fred Ochieng: Travel Philanthropists
Jane Kaye- Bailey: Travel Philanthropist
Richard Branson: Travel Philanthropist
Angelina Jolie: Travel Philanthropist
Karen Jacobsen: Travel Philanthropist
Oprah Winfrey: Travel Philanthropist
Palm Beach Life Magazine: Travel Philanthropist

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