Unfilled space in my bag when travelling is not a phenomenon that I am at all familiar with. I generally like to be prepared for every imaginable situation which involves packing to test the limits of even the sturdiest zippers.
Apparently there are people out there who have space in their bags when they go places…. apparently.
In 1999 British television presenter Kate Humble was in a remote oasis village 200km north of Timbuktu. Having spent 35 days crossing the Sahara she visited a school, where the children wanted to know how long it would take for her to get home (in camel days). She tried drawing in the sand but it soon became clear that the children had no idea of the ocean in relation to their country. What they needed was a world map, a simple item that could have been brought from home at very little cost and within that moment Stuff Your Rucksack was conceived.
Kate’s mission is simple, “I am determined to go back to Mali to deliver that map. I am also determined that no traveller experiences the same frustration of arriving at a small, inspiring project to learn the items they need cost practically nothing, and are sat at home on the kitchen table. We’re here to show how a simple gesture can bring indescribable joy, and how by connecting with a community you’ll see the world at its most beautiful – and make 20 new friends along the way. One day, I want people to say: ‘Have I got my visa? Have I got my passport? Have I checked the Stuff Your Rucksack site? You won’t find an unforgettable experience that money can’t buy in a guidebook. You’ll find it here on Stuffyourrucksack.com.”
Today, there are more than 120 projects coordinated by the charity, which are located in more than 45 countries. They range from schools and orphanages to veterinary clinics and healthcare charities.
So if you are heading off on an adventure with room to spare in your bag, stop by and check out the amazing work this organisation is doing to connect travelers with organisations and charities that are in desperate need of those small resources. http://www.stuffyourrucksack.com/
Who knows what amazing adventure might come from filling that space?