Ken Budd

When Travel Goes Wrong

Sometimes bad things happen to good people when they’re far away from home. That doesn’t mean they have to ruin your trip. As Ken Budd reminds us, it’s all about putting things in the proper perspective.

A Beginner’s Guide to Voluntourism

Not all volunteerism projects are created equal. But giving back when gallivanting around the globe can be one of the most rewarding experiences a traveler can hope for. If you’ve been kicking around the idea of joining the growing ranks of travelers volunteering around the world, here are five steps to help get you started.…

Unpacking Voluntourism: Five Myths

As a six-time volunteer, I’ve asked many of the questions raised by critics—Does voluntourism create dependency? What qualifies unskilled first-world travelers to work in developing countries?—and I want to weigh in on the debate. Here’s a look at five common stereotypes about voluntourism, and why it’s time for a refresh.