Not all vacations are about you.
Kim Orlando, a mother of three from Greenwich, Connecticut, and the founder of the website TravelingMom, said her children had learned the value of service on many vacations together.
Once, they participated in a volunteer program in a state park in Hawaii. “My kids were not happy,” she said — they’d told her, “What kind of vacation is it where we have to work?”
But after four hours of “thorns, heat, and bugs,” they were not ready to leave, because they had befriended the locals and learned how much their contributions meant to them, she said.