When you travel, you just like to go with the flow. You want to see new things and maybe meet some cool people, but you’re not going to plan every detail of your trip or get stressed out if things take a different turn. When it comes to social impact, there are plenty of things you can do in the moment that are less about planning and more about a general approach to travel that allows you to experience the native culture like a true local.
Pack Your Impact
To make sure you’re prepared to maximize your social impact, a free spirit like you needs to be ready for whatever your journey throws at you:
- Leave extra room in your backpack or suitcase for tokens from your trip.
- Bring something representative of your own country that you can offer as a gift to a local.
- Be sure you have a pocket dictionary handy for when you find yourself off the beaten path.
Adapt To Your Surroundings
There are many opportunities to make a social impact with your carefree spirit and inclination for spontaneity:
- Taking public transportation is a great way to immerse yourself in everyday life.
- Chat with locals to get recommendations you won’t find in a guidebook.
- Eat a traditional breakfast and try something you’ve never heard of for dinner.
- If you’re headed to a museum, but see a festival, parade, or street performer, change your course.
- Stay at a hostel, because you never know who you might meet and where your day might take you.
Unpack Your Impact
With your laidback attitude and your eyes open, you’ll find all kinds of opportunities to absorb the local vibe, confront your stereotypes, and open your mind to a different way of life. When you return home, try:
- Sharing all that you’ve learned with friends and family to give your social impact new legs.
- Sharing small gifts sourced from local vendors, accompanied by a story that intertwines the native culture and customs.
- Inspiring others to #packyourimpact.