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The Vacation Project

5.0 | Excellent
  • 100% Recommend
Service Level
  • Standard
Type
  • Local Specialist
Established
  • 2017
Headquarters
  • New York, NY
Trips
  • 4

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Traveling with The Vacation Project was such an amazing experience! March 2018

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Traveling with The Vacation Project was such an amazing experience! I had always wanted to go to Morocco and I couldn’t have picked a better way to see the country. Pairing the fun city life of Marrakech with the volunteer aspect of the Atlas Mountains was the perfect blend of work and play. I loved traveling off the beaten path and heading deep into a culture I was unfamiliar with. It pushed me out of my comfort zone and taught me not only about the Moroccan people, but also about myself. Nothing can compare to the opportunity we had to connect with our host families and help the community of Tiziane, it was truly rewarding. Not to mention, all of the this was done in good company! Our guides were fantastic and we had a great group dynamic overall. I would highly recommend TVP to future travelers and can’t wait to join them again on another trip soon!
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Traveling to Costa Rica with TVP was unlike any travel experience I have had before October 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Traveling to Costa Rica with TVP was unlike any travel experience I have had before. Prior to the TVP trip in September, I had never been to Costa Rica or been part of a tour. I admittedly did not know what to expect giving up control of planning my trip, but could not have asked for a better experience. Every detail was expertly chosen, from the intimate welcome dinner giving the group time to meet one another, to the downtime built into volunteer days and ending with a relaxing day at the beach. Being part of this tour gave me the opportunity to see a side to Costa Rica I had no idea existed based on friends previous travel accounts. Participating in a beach clean up of an uninhabited beach and realizing how much trash washes up from ocean pollution was eye opening. Rescuing baby sea turtles the next day reinforced how important it is to keep our oceans and beaches clean. I cannot wait to be a part of future TVP trips!!
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The people on the trip were AWESOME September 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Traveling to Nicaragua with TVP was by far one of my favorite travel experiences. Everything about the trip far exceeded my expectations. The volunteer project was eye opening and I felt like I really made a difference for the kids at the school we painted. On top of the volunteer project, I felt that TVP curated the perfect vacation at an incredibly reasonable price. They chose the best accommodations, the best places to eat and the best things to do. The people on the trip were AWESOME - everyone from the other travelers, to the guide and the driver were so fun and I'm sure I'll continue to be in touch with all of them even after the trip. If you're reading this, just sign up for a trip! You won't regret it, promise.
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The most unique and meaningful trip I can remember going on September 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
The most unique and meaningful trip I can remember going on. I can't emphasize the authenticity of the experience enough. Our guide was incredible and introduced us to amazing people - artists, musicians, chefs and entrepreneurs. The work we did was impactful and left a lasting impression on me. The food was great and our trip organizers ensured we were having fun at all points. I was surrounded by amazing people and the more I talk about the trip with others, the greater the appreciation I have for the experience TVP cultivated for me.
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Have you ever felt like the country you're visiting surprises you every day? September 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Have you ever felt like the country you're visiting surprises you every day? I have and it was thanks to The Vacation Project! I had been to Costa Rica about seven times before but I had NEVER experienced the country the way I did last week. From the welcoming city tour to the last glass of wine at our goodbye dinner, every detail and every personality in the group was accounted for. My favorite part was visiting the Costa Rican rain forest, walking through the jungle and seeing sea turtles nesting under the gaze of the full moon. I made new friends and long lasting memories while re-discovering a country very close and near to my heart. I hope that millions of people get to experience what I experienced on this trip, as I have come back renewed and aware of my place in nature and the world... also the food was amazing !
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Started as a passion project by already dedicated and experienced travelers, the Vacation Project is about designed curated trips with a strong local community focus.

What Makes Them Stand Out?

The Vacation Project partners with local NGO’s to make sure that your tourism dollars go as far as possible toward helping local communities. Extensive experience in local travel on the part of the founders means that they have a very good sense and passion for determining the legitimacy of each organization they work with. They are all about bringing you well beyond tourist sites, and introducing the everyday life aspect into your travel experience.

Who Travels With Them?

This is a tour for travelers who specifically like traveling with community involvement in mind. Trips are dedicated to volunteering, but also maintain a balance of social and fun events. Group size is limited to between 10-16 travelers. Customized trips for private groups are also an option. Because of the strong responsible travel mission of Vacation Project, you can be sure to be surrounded by like minded travelers. They do skew younger (in the 18-35 range) on their trips. Most activities are outdoors, and accommodations are basic but comfortable.  

Where Do They Operate?

Currently they operate trips in Costa Rica, Morocco, and Nicaragua. Trips visit rural locations and small villages - far less emphasis is placed on tourist sites.

Why Travel With Them?

If responsible travel, where you can be assured of your tourism dollars helping local communities, is important to you, The Vacation Project is a great company to travel with. All their accommodations are booked with sustainability in mind, and your days are dedicated to the specific needs of the communities you’re traveling in. While this is the main focus of your travel with Vacation Project, tours also make sure that social events and fun activities play a role.

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From The Vacation Project

We are seasoned travelers who felt that we gained so much by experiencing new places and cultures, but found it hard to give back to the communities we visited. We individually tried and failed to find volunteer projects that fit within our vacation time constraints, while also finding an organization that is credible and makes a lasting impact.

The Vacation Project provides curated group travel with a purpose. Our team works with young guides who are ingrained in the local community and culture to show our travelers local experiences beyond the well-tread tourist routes.  We also partner with NGOs at each destination to create a unique service project on each trip for our TVP'ers.

9 days
Small Group Tour
Value - 3 star
Physical :
From: $ 1,899

Highlights

  • Curated itinerary to give you access to exclusive experiences
  • Visit one of the most remote corners of Costa Rica
  • Enjoy whale watching on a catamaran
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7 days
Small Group Tour
Value - 3 star
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From: $ 1,595

Highlights

  • Experience Kayak or take a cruise onan island
  • Explore a hidden gem of a coastal town
  • Discover Nicaragua
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9 days
Small Group Tour
Value - 3 star
Physical :
From: $ 1,599

Highlights

  • Stay  with a local family in the local community.
  • Discover the spots that most tourists won't know about
  • Explore Marrakech
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10 days
Small Group Tour
Value - 3 star
Physical :
From: $ 2,475

Highlights

  • Visit hidden swimming coves, local restaurants and unique towns
  • Work with, the Mine Detection Dog Center
  • Truly see all sides of the Balkans
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