Share the bounty with others. Volunteer vacations enable parents to model their most deeply held values while demonstrating compassion for others who share our place on the planet. Develop new talents, brush off rusty skills and make a difference as a family. For a day, a weekend, or longer, help build a house, teach someone to read, uncover artifacts or improve an endangered habitat. Pair a trip to Machu Picchu with the opportunity to visit the Patacancha indigenous community and support female artisans and their traditional weaving cooperative. When making plans, why not include a less fortunate friend or family member in your transformative experience?
Contact: www.GlobalFamilyTravels.com; www.SandalsFoundation.org; www.ReadGlobal.org.
(Lynn O'Rourke Hayes (www.LOHayes.com) is an author, family travel expert and enthusiastic explorer. Gather more travel intel on Twitter @lohayes, Facebook, or via FamilyTravel.com)