Vacations are essential for recharging our batteries after everyday life wears us down. The more you travel, however, the more you realize how important it is to be a global citizen and try to give back wherever you can — even while on vacation.

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Believe it or not, there is room to incorporate purposeful travel into your itinerary. Here’s how to do it:

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Take a cultural tour

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Learning about how communities live and support themselves – both past and present – is one of the best ways to immerse yourself through travel. Visit a local village and see how they live and what crafts they produce. Tour a farm and try one of the country’s main exports. In addition to learning more about the culture, you’re probably also helping to support and sustain local businesses. (Photo/Fotolia, @lena_serditova)

Explore the strange underground world of Luray caverns:

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