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.

–11 essential safety tips for traveling solo–

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

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Stay and eat local

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Consider staying at a locally owned boutique hotel or AirBnb to support the local economy. Find local places to eat and drink instead of major restaurant chains. These are great ways to not only the try the local fare, but you’ll likely meet more local people and find out more about the destination’s history and culture. (Photo/Fotolia, @Peter Bernik)

Explore the strange underground world of Luray caverns:

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