Impact Destinations

Luxury Family Travel That Does Good

Luxury family travel has the potential to do so much good when you add a hands-on volunteering component.

Your kids will become inspired to be world changers as you bond closer with them, making a difference, and gaining insights into the lives of others. They will return home feeling more content, and with a greater appreciation for how fortunate they are.

When you travel with Hands Up Holidays on a luxury family vacation, you decide how many days to help for, and how you spend your relaxation time; choose from bespoke guided sightseeing, water sports, cooking classes, spa treatments, and much more.

And the luxury? You can travel in sustainable luxury, staying in amazing properties that take conservation seriously, using sustainably sourced materials, and operating on environmentally sound principles.

Read on for ideas for how families can do good on a luxury family vacation, and where you can do it.

Wildlife Conservation

Your family can play an active part in caring for injured or endangered wildlife, such as elephants, turtles, penguins, monkeys, and lions.

You get to assist the permanent caregivers and learn an enormous amount about the animals you are helping.

Luxury volunteering trip elephant in Sri lanka

Here’s where you can help on wildlife conservation projects:

Costa Rica – monkeys, parrots, and more

Thailand – elephants

Sri Lanka – elephants

Sri Lanka – turtles

New Zealand – penguins

Australia – kangaroos

Bears – Romania

South Africa – lions



Your family can interact meaningfully with the locals as you bond together on a building project. You gain insights into the lives of your hosts, hear their stories, and share about your own lives.

Projects range from installing eco-friendly stoves for a family, to building a home, or even installing a disabled-accessible bathroom for a paraplegic; immeasurably improving their independence, confidence, and sense of self-worth.

Volunteering in Sri Lanka

Here’s where you can help on building projects:

Belize – eco-friendly stoves

Peru – eco-friendly stoves

Guatemala – building houses

Sri Lanka – building houses

Cambodia – building houses

Bali, Indonesia – building a disabled-accessible bathroom for a paraplegic

Kenya – building classrooms

Zambia – building houses

Rwanda – building a home for street children


Repairs and Renovations

Your next luxury family vacation can include a few days giving back by making locations more pleasant and liveable, such as refreshing classrooms, or renovating a home damaged by hurricane. You can also make furniture and toys from recycled materials and gift them to needy families, day care centers and classrooms. Alternatively, beautify schools and hospitals by painting attractive murals, or you can build bird boxes to help injured birdlife rehabilitate.

Family bonding vacation USA

Mexico – refreshing classrooms

New Orleans, USA – renovating homes damaged by hurricane

Hungary – making furniture and toys

Hungary – painting murals

Hungary – building bird boxes

Ecuador – renovating a daycare center

meaningful luxury vacation Mexico

As you can see, luxury family vacations can make a difference, and you can on your next one. When you travel with Hands Up Holidays, your trip is 100% customized to your exact preferences, designed to make it meaningful and fulfilling, creating family memories to treasure.

Feeling inspired? Schedule a free call with one of our expert consultants, and discover how your next luxury family vacation can truly do good.

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