It’s time to wrap up the week now with our favourite links from around the web.

All donations are not created equal, says Rob Meyer. Check out his provocative post on How To Make A Responsible Donation.

In a similar vein, the Guardian reports that you may be better off backpacking instead of going on a volun-tourism vacation.

Chris Elliot whips up some absurd travel rules that should be jettisoned.

Freelance Switch explores the idea of Vacation 2.0.

If you’re a woman and still unsure about striking out alone, check out this great article on the joy of solo travel.

Finally, here’s a web gem filled with great stories and tips about long-term travel: Hitchhike the World.

Enjoy the weekend!