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Travel isn’t just a one-way ticket to self-improvement; it can also change lives on the other side. Here are our picks for 2018 adventures that will make an impact—both for the traveler and destination.
“New year, new me.” We’ve heard it all before. And, like you, we know our resolutions will last a microsecond before they’re flung out the window. So instead of focusing on how you can better yourself (chances are, you’re all right anyway) consider the ways you can help improve the world instead—and have an adventure.
From helping rebuild hurricane-battered Caribbean islands to sustainable husky sledding sojourns in Finland to walking the Masar in the Middle East, we’ve pulled together trips you can take in 2018 that’ll still give you everything you crave—adventure, growth, challenge, excitement—but also raise awareness, shift perceptions and provide resources to destinations in need. And in some cases, just give a much-needed cash injection into the local economies and communities.
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Tracking chimpanzees in their natural habitat, as they swing from the branches in the canopy high above the forest floor is nothing short of exhilarating. The chimps effortlessly cross and scamper through the trees above the gorge, and visitors on the other hand must cross the river using natural bridges in order to keep up with the chimps. So although the walk usually lasts only 2–3 hours, descending the steep gorge and crossing the log bridges over the river requires some agility and fitness.
Chimpanzee tracking is also available in nearby Kalinzu, a forest reserve 30 minutes drive from Kyambura Gorge Lodge where there is a community of about 40 habituated chimpanzees.