How to Take a Social Good Road Trip

To say we love road trips would be an understatement. They give you a chance to disconnect, refocus, explore and ultimately step out of your comfort zone. As cliche as it sounds, road trips really are about the journey, not the destination. We recently had the opportunity to team up with our friends at JUCY USA for an epic, social good, road trip. If you aren't familiar with JUCY, they are a New Zealand based company with locations in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas. JUCY makes driving in a mini-van super cool. The vans sleep four people and are fully stocked with everything you need to cook and live on the road. We feel like our paths were meant to cross after we read this on their website. "We stand for fun, adventure and the spirit of traveling. We pride ourselves on offering unique and exciting travel experiences." That's what we are all about at Have Fun Do Good.

 

You might be asking yourself what a social good road trip is? Have Fun Do Good (HFDG) offers a platform to travel that combines fun and good. We partner up with a variety of non-profit organizations to give our participants a truly unique travel experience. We are challenging the traditional "vacation" and adding some meaning to it. Don't get us wrong, we are all about having fun, hence the name, but it's a lot more rewarding to have fun after helping someone in need.

Our JUCY trip started in Los Angeles. Our team picked up the vans from the JUCY Los Angeles office, which was approximately twenty minutes via Uber from LAX. We headed south to San Diego and stayed near Pacific Beach for the evening at Campland by the Bay. Our first day of volunteering took us to the University of San Diego Recycling center. We spent a few hours sorting and testing electronic devices. If you find yourself at the USD Recycling Center, you can treat yo'self after volunteering with a delicious brew at Ballast Point, conveniently located across the street.

 

After our recycling project, our team hopped in our JUCYs and drove to La Jolla Cove to check out the seals and the sunset. Epic views here! We highly recommend checking out this spot.

 

Day two of doing good took us to Laguna Beach. Our team worked with the Laguna Food Pantry and the Alternative Sleep Location (ASL) located about 1.5 miles from the main street in Laguna. They needed helping sorting food and cleaning some accessories in the kitchen. The ASL is open 365 days a year. They provide a place to sleep and a meal for the homeless population in Laguna Beach. It was a humbling experience that helped put things into perspective. After a morning of volunteering, we headed to Laguna Beach to have some fun!

 

 

Our third day took us to Seal Beach to do good with the Best Day Foundation. Best Day Foundation is a volunteer organization that helps children with special needs build confidence and self-esteem through safe, fun, adventure activities like surfing, bodyboarding, kayaking, snow sports, and more. We were stoked to help out with Best Day. The staff, volunteers, parents and everyone involved was incredible. Our team was paired up Sammy and Tim. We spent the morning in the water, boogie boarding, playing beach games and hanging out. After lunch was served, each participant ran into a welcoming line receiving high fives and a medal to commemorate the day. It was clear to us how Best Day got their name. They truly do provide these kids with the Best Day. We were thankful to be a part of it!

To wrap up our trip, we headed north to Santa Barbara. You'll have to wait for the mini-series on our YouTube channel to see what our team did there! We'd like to thank JUCY for teaming up with us on the trip. We had an absolute blast. Road trips form lasting bonds and the memories from this trip are still fresh on our mind. We can't wait for the next one. If you find yourself in Los Angeles, check out JUCY.

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 If you'd like to get involved with Have Fun Do Good, check out our current trips here!