Many people might not be thinking about how can I pay it forward when traveling, but it’s a way to declutter your travels. Are you ready to have a clutter-free vacation?  Would you like to know how you can support others while going enjoying some time off? How can you pay it forward if you are enjoying a staycation?

Travel Overseas

The idea behind the organization is that by donating space for less than 5 pounds in your luggage, you can significantly help the communities you are visiting. You may be asked to bring sports equipment, pet supplies, medical items or school supplies. 

There are no extra cost besides your donations and you do not need to take any time away from your planned vacation. Just drop off your donations at the front desk and you are done.


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G Adventures is a way to get up-close and personal with your planet in a way you’d never manage on your own. And when you travel with us, you support local communities and help make the world a little bit better for everyone.

GlobalGiving is the first and largest global crowdfunding community that connects nonprofits, donors, and companies in nearly every country around the world. They make it possible for local organizations to access the funding, tools, training, and support they need to become more effective.

Global Volunteers has 3,000 short-term volunteers annually to work on long-term development projects on six continents. Work projects focus on service at-risk children and their families and include caring for babies in orphanages, nurturing disabled youth, teaching conversational English skills, assisting local health care efforts, and a wide array of labor projects, including painting, landscaping, building playgrounds, repairing community buildings, and improving public works.


In the United States

Give Kids the World Village

The Village and its community partners provide children and their families accommodations in fully-furnished villas, transportation, tickets to theme parks, meals, daily entertainment and much more.

Each year 27,000 children in the United States are diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. Half of all children eligible for a wish through a partnering wish-granting organization choose to visit Central Florida and its collection of theme parks and other attractions.

Volunteers can apply for one of the many volunteer positions listed here. Opportunities include serving ice cream, helping kids meet Disney characters that come and visit and delivering cookies to kids around the village.

American Hiking Society offers 4, 7, or 10 day trail work trips from January to November. Join others working on a trail and conserving a legacy in America’s most remote wild places.


Best Friends Animal Society is a sanctuary located on a 33,000 acre ranch in southern Utah. Funded entirely by donations, Best Friends Animal Society is home to about 1,500 homeless dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, birds and other animals. Volunteers are welcomed to visit the animals, take them hiking, and even borrow a dog for a sleepover.

Wild Dolphin Foundation
Volunteer with dolphins, whales, turtles and coral reefs as a field researcher to help conserve, protect and study marine life. Duties may include gathering data, identifying species and recording behaviors and activities.


Pay it forward in your own backyard.

Pick up Trash! I have yet to be somewhere, sadly, where I don’t see trash that needs to be picked up.


Take Pictures for Others

I have started offering to take pics when I see people. Spread good cheer.

Give to Others

Consider volunteering or getting donations for a local charity.  Lots of non-profits and charities need help. What are you passionate about? Who would you like to help? Consider devoting a weekend or during a week to help out.

Small Acts of Kindness.  Buy coffee for someone behind you.  Buy a homeless person a meal.

Thank a Veteran or Current Serviceman. No matter your views, veterans have served your country.

Leave a BIG TIP: restaurant, valet service, cleaning person, barista, etc.

Give a shout-out on social media.  Give your hometown some love.

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How can you pay it forward on vacation? How can you give back? What can you do locally?

Take Actions from Today’s clearing clutter blog:

  • If you are traveling overseas, learn what you could pack and donate or consider a volunteer trip.
  • Research the area you will be traveling and understand customs and minimize expectations.  Understand and appreciate the experiences of others and leave the judgment at home.
  • Consider paying it forward in your own back yard whether you leave a big tip or volunteer at a local non profit.

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