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‘Kind Traveler’ Wants To Empower You To Do Good On Your Next Trip

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Traveling can be one of the best experiences a person can have yet we often don’t stop to consider how our actions may be able to positively benefit the wellbeing of local and global communities and the environment. The United Nations designated 2017 the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development—a chance to raise global awareness about how responsible tourism can act as a vehicle for positive change.

While many travelers have a desire to do good and help out the communities they’re visiting, many aren’t sure where to start. That’s what Jessica Blotter realized while on a trip to Belize with Kind Traveler’s co-founder, Sean Krejci, in 2012.  

Though the two had set out for an adventurous trip to see the Mayan ruins, they found they couldn’t ignore the devastation and poverty they witnessed throughout the country while they traveled. When their bus made a pit stop at a convenient store where emaciated dogs were digging for food nearby, the two took decided to take action and bought whatever dog food they could find to feed the starving animals.  

When other travelers on the bus saw what they were doing, they joined in to help out, sparking a positive change of energy between everyone that lasted long after they got back on the bus. “We noticed when we got back on the bus the mood went from somber and sad to joyfulness and laughter. Everyone was talking, reflecting on what just happened. We had such a sense of fulfillment,” Blotter said in an interview.  

Two people took one lasting experience and used it as a starting point to make the world a better place.

Shocked at how they had unintentionally inspired these travelers, Blotter and Krejci left Belize wondering how they could continue to inspire others in a similar way. 

“The feeling stayed with us a long time and we started thinking about how we could make a difference. We realized none of our travel dollars went back into the community, so we started thinking about the travel industry, how we could transform travelers into a source for good, and how we could create a movement,” she said. 

After four years of development, from the time they left Belize to conceptualizing the idea, and creating the platform, they launched Kind Traveler, the world’s first socially conscious ‘Give + Get’ hotel booking platform that transforms the hotel booking process into a chance to make an impact on the world with just a $10 donation.  

When people use the platform, they can ‘give’ a $10 nightly donation to a local charity that positively impacts the community they’re traveling to, or, to their favorite charity on the platform. And in return, travelers ‘get’ an exclusive rate to book directly with Kind Traveler’s curated properties. 100% of the donations raised on the Kind Traveler platform are given to charity.