14 Impact Travel Opportunities to Regenerate Communities

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As tourism begins to recover, data suggests that travelers will take a more active approach in seeking properties and destinations that have a positive impact on the environment and communities. Kind Traveler is a veteran- and woman-owned company and the first socially conscious Give + Get hotel booking and media platform that empowers travelers to positively impact the communities they visit. Impact travel, defined by the Center for Responsible Travel (CREST) as tourism that makes strategic contributions of time, talent, and treasure to social and environmental projects in destinations, can be a meaningful pathway to regenerate and heal communities that have been economically devastated from Covid-19. Data from Booking's 2021 Global Research Study, shows that nearly 70 percent of travelers want to see how their travel dollars are going back into the community as demonstrated by the ‘Impact Awakening’ trend.

All of Kind Traveler’s impact goals are aligned with the United Nations’ Global Goals for Sustainable Development, which largely center around fighting poverty, advancing environmental sustainability, and reducing inequality in local communities.

“Kind Traveler is positioned to be a catalyst that can help the tourism industry recover in a responsible and sustainable way -- while fulfilling the traveler’s need to have a purpose-driven trip that helps regenerate communities,” said Jessica Blotter, CEO & Co-Founder of Kind Traveler.

With Kind Traveler’s Give + Get booking model, travelers receive exclusive rates and perks from curated Kind Hotels when they give a $10 nightly donation to vetted charities in the communities they visit. Travelers will learn the exact impact their donation will make.

“With more than 70 charities to support, impact opportunities will range from helping to provide nutritious meals to families in need, rehabilitate wildlife, clean up local waterways and beaches, plant trees, and more,” she added. 

Looking to travel kindly this summer? Here are some destinations and hotels that will help travelers make a positive impact and regenerate local communities.


1. Ka’ana Luxury Resort


 

Ka’ana Luxury Resort is located deep within the tropical jungle of Western Belize. Your donations will go to the Cayo Animal Welfare Society which supports stray cats and dogs in the Cayo district of Belize.


2. 907 Main


 

907 Main is a newly restored chic boutique hotel located in the heart of Central Square in Cambridge. Guests have the opportunity to contribute to Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House which provides integrated services to individuals and families to empower them to overcome challenges and achieve their goals. 907 Main honors the nineteenth-century architecture while seamlessly combining a sleek, contemporary style to create an atmosphere that is chic and vibrant.


3. La Lancha Hotel


 

La Lancha Hotel is tucked into the natural jungle splendor and perched above the rejuvenating waters of Lago Peten Itza. Guests can impact the community by giving back to ARCAS Guatemala, an organization that has been combating animal trafficking and rehabilitating wildlife in the Maya Biosphere Reserve since 1989.


4. Salishan Coastal Lodge


 

Salishan Coastal Lodge guest rooms and suites connect Kind Travelers to the outdoors, boasting rustic luxury with abundant natural light. Travelers can donate to One Tree Planted, a charity that makes it easier for individuals and businesses to give back to the environment by planting trees. 


5. Edgewood Tahoe


 

Edgewood Tahoe is where eco-luxury meets casual comfort. Travelers can make a positive impact with Take Care Tahoe, a collective group of more than 30 organizations that love Lake Tahoe and want to see more people connect with this beautiful natural environment.


6. MacArthur Place Hotel & Spa


 

MacArthur Place Hotel & Spa is Sonoma’s foremost luxury resort and spa. The local charity beneficiary is Sonoma Land Trust, which helps protect the scenic, natural, agricultural and open landscapes of Sonoma County.


7. Hotel Spero


 

Hotel Spero is within walking distance of some of San Francisco’s best attractions. The Community Housing Partnership helps homeless people secure housing and become self-sufficient.


8. Olema House Point Reyes


 

Olema House Point Reyes is your gateway to exploration on California’s storied North Coast. Travelers can give back to Point Reyes National Seashore Association, which partners with the National Parks Service to create opportunities for all people to enhance and preserve the Point Reyes National Seashore.


9. Nautilus by Arlo


 

Nautilus by Arlo is one of Miami’s original Art Deco icons, and travelers can benefit Surfrider Foundation Miami Chapter, which aims to protect our world’s oceans and beaches.


10. Carillon Miami Wellness Resort


 

Another great option in this sunny destination is Carillon Miami Wellness Resort, situated on a 750-foot stretch of private beach in the North Beach district. By booking this hotel through Kind Traveler, guests can help Wellness in the Schools aiming to end childhood obesity with education. 


11. Il Borro


 

Il Borro lives today in all its restored glory for travelers to experience sleeping in a medieval village. Travelers can support Meyer Children’s Hospital Foundation which raises funds for scientific research, purchases new equipment for the hospital, and makes the hospital environment more comfortable for children. 


12. Stonefield Villa Resort


 

Stonefield Villa Resort, locally owned by a St. Lucian woman, perched high above the Caribbean Sea, nestled into 26 acres of lush rainforest on Saint Lucia’s picturesque west coast. Travelers can benefit Pawasol Pour Ti Mamai, a charity that provides support to underprivileged children in Saint Lucia by meeting their basic needs in education, healthcare and community programs.


13. JOALI Maldives


 

JOALI Maldives is a living work of art and a champion of protecting the surrounding ecosystem. Travelers who book through Kind Traveler will have the chance to help Manta Trust, an organization that conserves manta and devil ray populations.


14. Riggs Washington D.C.


 

Riggs Washington D.C. is close enough to feel the pulse of the vibrant Penn Quarter. Travelers can help DC Central Kitchen, which uses food as a tool to strengthen bodies and build communities.