Tips for a successful luxury family volunteering trip

Volunteering abroad can be daunting, especially for the first timer. If you decide to volunteer for part of your luxury family vacation, you desire to positively change the world, bond closer with your kids, and perhaps change your family too. But there are also testing times. Whenever you face frustrations or conflicts that could emerge […]

Bathing an Elephant in Thailand

A family volunteer travel participant bathes an elephant in the Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand’s largest city. The 9,000-pound gentle giant made its way into the river. She was prepared to wade in the water under the heat of the Chiang Mai sun. Enormous but playful. She was a part of the herd that was giddy […]

Family trip from the US to Cambodia

“It was wonderful! We absolutely loved Cambodia – hotel was a perfect choice, guide, “T” and Suy were so nice and it all was enjoyable. We all wished that we had stayed in Cambodia and gone south to the beaches as well. As usual, you handled every detail flawlessly, so all went very smoothly!” Stephanie, […]

TOMS Shoes Shoe Drop Trip to South Africa

Working with Hands Up Holidays to coordinate our TOMS volunteer trip in South Africa was a great experience. They were very attentive to our particular needs for transportation, lodging, and scheduling. It was with their logistical help that TOMS volunteers were able to personally give shoes to children in need and learn all about South […]

Building Memories

Building Memories For five out of 10 days of Hands Up Holidays’ “Mayans & Mountains” trip to Guatemala, you help build a home in an impoverished village by day, and hang in the romantic colonial town of Antigua by night. Other highlights: Hiking a volcano and boating on Lake Atitlán.