Today is Giving Tuesday. It’s the altruists’ response to the nightmare that is the holiday shopping season, and it’s a big deal for charities — a lot of them depend on a solid Giving Tuesday to meet their year-end goals. The idea is simple: after a weekend of holiday shopping (big box stores on Black Friday, small brick-and-mortar shops on Small Business Saturday, and online on Cyber Monday), you take some of that year-end bonus money and put it towards a charity.
Travelers tend to not be a super materialistic lot, so it’s possible that you skipped the consumer frenzy until now, but Giving Tuesday is worth your time and money. Travel has a tendency to confront you with uncomfortable truths about your world, and I, personally, have rarely come across a traveler who hasn’t been changed by their wanderings.