See beautiful scenery, visit exotic places and help the environment!Find more great ecotourism vacation ideas. By Gloria Dawson Jackie Zinger / Pacific Crest Trail Association Back Next Before You Pack Your Bags The personal benefits of vacations are well-known: They can reduce stress, rekindle relationships and rejuvenate you physically.
"The key to a successful Volunteer Vacation is being realistic about your desire and abilities," says Doug Cutchins, one of the authors of Volunteer Vacations
. Being realistic about what you'd like to get out of the trip will certainly decrease your chances of winding up in a tent for 10 days dreaming of running water. Think about what areas and subjects are important to you: Do you want to study climate change in the Arctic or preserve the campground you and your family love?
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