Millennial Travel Podcast

Sustainable Tourism + Philanthropic Travel with Lydia Dean of GoPhilanthropic

Matt Wilson
January 16, 2024

In year 2000, Lydia Dean left her job as an Executive Search Consultant to pursue her lifelong interest in travel and humanitarian programs. She and her family moved to Provence, France where they lived for 6 years while exploring many developing countries.

In 2007, they returned to the United States and launched GoPhilanthropic Travel.

In 2010, GoPhilanthropic Foundation was formed in order to more actively partner with small grassroots non-profits offering greater access to resources and opportunities. Lydia divides her time between Los Angeles, Provence, and the regions within which GoPhil works.  She is also the author of Jumping the Picket Fence.

Today I’m so excited to welcome Lydia Dean, Founder and Director of GoPhilanthropic Travel which offers travelers the certainty that their support is making a positive impact in local communities. 

This interview was conducted pre-COVID19 in the research for The Millennial Travel Guidebook where I sprinkled in tons of information on sustainable travel and where Lydia was quoted.

As you hopefully know, sustainable travel and spending our money the right way is super important to us at Under30Experiences.  In this interview we discuss topics such as: 

  • The dangers of voluntourism
  • How to select non-profit organizations to work with
  • How to vote with your dollars
  • Where to travel if you really want to make an impact

I’m also thrilled to hear Lydia’s inspiring story and have her share how philanthropy and travel changed the person who she is.  It really sounds like she lives an incredibly full and fulfilling life. 

You can learn more about Lydia and GoPhilanthropic at and

Listen to the full episode on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Soundcloud, or Spotify.

Direct support for The Millennial Travel Podcast is provided by my new book The Millennial Travel Guidebook: Escape More, Spend Less, and Make Travel a Priority in Your Life.

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Matt Wilson
Matt Wilson is Co-founder of Under30Experiences and Author of The Millennial Travel Guidebook: Escape More, Spend Less, & Make Travel a Priority in Your Life. He is host of the Live Different Podcast, Millennial Travel Podcast, and formerly Co-founder of He is committed to helping people live more adventurous lives.


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