We love Dominica. Not to be confused with the Dominican Republic, this island could be the Caribbean's best-kept secret. Known as the nature island, this lush locale in the eastern Caribbean is a favorite among wellness travelers and nature-lovers. The island is home to volcanic peaks, tropical rainforests, rivers, healing springs, and more. Big in the diving community, Dominica is also a beautiful place for whale-watching. Dominica has that comeback spirit. Tropical Storm Erika devastated the island in 2015. They rebuilt it only to be hit again by Hurricane Maria in 2017. But the government is heavily invested in restoration, and now is a great time to visit.
If you and your tribe want to be conscious about where your travel dollars are going, look to these locales that need tourists to come back and spread the gospel again that they're doing well. Those travel dollars support a new chapter for places like Dominica. The island is still not operating at 100 percent, so for the group that looks for opportunities of voluntourism, this is a perfect choice. It's definitely a trade-off for uncrowded beaches and unusually low prices. There's no lacking natural beauty. One of the island's most breathtaking properties, Secret Bay is now open for business! The Fort Young Hotel is open during reconstruction and offers a five-night voluntourism package ($837 per person with additional discounts) that includes trail-clearing.