“How many times have you been travelling and visited a school or community or local charity that you would love to help? The school needs books, or a map or pencils; an orphanage needs children’s clothes or toys. All things that, if only you’d known, you could’ve stuffed in your rucksack. But once you get home you forget, or you’ve lost the address, or worry that whatever you send will be stolen before it even gets there…”
Kate Humble did not just wonder, she has done something about it and set up a website to help you know what best to stuff your rucksack with, when you travel. StuffYourRucksack.com
I travelled to Morocco with Venus Adventures and part of that trip was to stay with a berber family in the Atlas mountains. Our guide Julie Paterson suggested what we should take to share – pens, paper, jewellery, soccer balls. It was great to be able to share something from our rucksacks with this small community. As the sun went down and the snow threatened, I spent a memorable hour in a candlelit room with an 8 year old girl trying on jewellery and making shadow puppets on the wall. No word of language in common, but a world shared.