6. Plant something
Other than just beautifying an area, planting a tree or a full garden has great benefits, including the opportunity for you to give back to a destination that you are visiting. Your volunteering to plant vegetables is highly beneficial to the people in the region. As well as producing oxygen and filtering out pollutants to clean the air, the fruit and vegetable produce is a fantastic food source, reducing imports. An absolute nirvana for those interested in good wine, wholesome food, and gardening, Babylonstoren is a boutique working-farm hotel in South Africa’s Cape Winelands. As well as living it up in the highest levels of luxury, guests happy to get a bit dirty can get their green thumb into action, whether that’s planting, harvesting, pruning, or mulching the afternoon away.
Alternatively, for a stay in a lodge where you literally wake up and smell the coffee, consider Gibb’s Farm in Tanzania. As well as being an ideal base from which to explore the Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara, Gibb’s Farm offers ‘Farm Life Experiences’ including vegetable harvesting and coffee roasting.