What inspired you to launch Kind Traveler?
In 2012, my cofounder and I were on a vacation in Belize and were excited to see the Mayan ruins and go caving. Instead, we witnessed families living in shacks next to polluted swamps and emaciated dogs roaming the streets.
Yearning to “do more than travel” we wished there was an easy way to help or at least know that our travel dollars were benefiting the local community. As former animal rescue volunteers in the US, we decided to buy dog food and feed the dogs. This experience inspired other travelers to participate. We realized that travelers were looking for ways to give back when they travel; however, an easy way for them to do so failed to exist.
After four years of research and development, utilizing our entrepreneurial backgrounds and passions for travel and charity, the answer to this challenge was KindTraveler.com, launched in late 2016.