Where to go: Anywhere that needs helping: New Orleans, Coney Island and/or Rockaway, New York; Tornado Alley
Why to go: Helping people across the country and world who need it
What to bring: A flexible attitude, and maybe some gloves

It may not be most people's definition of a good vacation, but volunteering can be a very fulfilling and stress relieving break from the day to day. Habitat for Humanity is a perfect example of a project with challenge and work that is also a great way to meet people and feel a sense of accomplishment that doesn't always come with a vacation. There are soup kitchens, shelters, and clinics across the country that need help as well. Just don't forget to take this work as a chance to focus on others and don't let the stress creep back in.