130 Hotels, Destinations & Charities Empowering You to Do Good


Casa Chameleon | Las Catalinas, Costa Rica

 Kind Traveler celebrates its one-year anniversary and a way for travelers to easily make a positive difference.

130 hotels, destinations, and charities have come together to empower YOU to do good. In celebrating our 1-year anniversary, we're thrilled to share that because of the love and support from our community and our dedicated team, we've nearly tripled our hotel and destination inventory in our first year of business. Expanding on our mission to empower travelers to become a force that benefits communities, the environment, and animals, Kind Traveler celebrates 130 hotels, destinations, and charities that have come together to fulfill this vision. 

130 Hotels, Destinations, & Charities Want To Empower YOU To Do Good


Additionally celebrating 2017 as the UN-designated International Year of Sustainable Tourism, the 57 hotels, 50 charities, and 23 destinations that have teamed up with Kind Traveler are working together to fulfill Kind Traveler’s mission that’s strategically aligned with the United Nations’ Global Goals for Sustainable Development: preventing poverty, protecting the planet, and promoting wellbeing for all.

Surfrider | Miami Chapter

The way it works is simple: travelers give a $10 nightly donation to a local charity that positively impacts the neighborhood they are traveling to, or to a charity of choice; as reward for their donation, travelers unlock an

exclusive hotel rate and special perks with curated hotels and unique properties throughout the United States, Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean, and Costa Rica. 100 percent of the donations raised on the Kind Traveler platform are given to charity.

Metrics of ‘What $10 Can Do’ are communicated throughout the site, giving travelers a tangible example of the type of impact they can create by booking with Kind Traveler. For example, an exclusive hotel rate is unlocked with a $10 donation to City Harvest that will also help feed 40 in-need New Yorkers.

 A $10 donation can also help plant 10 trees with Arbor Day Foundation; provide 40 nutritional meals for school children in need with World Food Program USA; and feed one rescue animal for one week with Animal Defenders International. In addition to making a positive impact, travelers will receive exclusive rates that are as or more competitive than many travel booking sites, as well as perks such as complimentary breakfast, discounted spa treatments, waived resort fees, etc.

The Palms Hotel & Spa Miami

 “We are witnessing a powerful shift towards consciousness in traveler spending, and Kind Traveler is facilitating the connection between travelers and businesses that want to be an active participant in addressing societal and environmental challenges.” - Jessica Blotter, CEO of Kind Traveler 


According to the 2017 Cone Communications CSR Study, 89 percent of consumers will switch to a brand that supports a good cause over one that does not, given similar price and quality. Before Kind Traveler, there was not a hotel booking site that helps travelers vote with their dollars for causes they care about with the reward of exclusive hotel rates. 

The opportunity for travelers to marry purpose with purchase comes at a time when individuals are looking to have an impact on important issues, given the political, societal and environmental uncertainties that regularly dominate news headlines.

Jon Huertas, NBC's 'This is Us' Actor, Talks Being a Kind Traveler

"Today there are 1.2 billion international travelers and there are 1.8 billion projected by 2030. The impact of tourism on the world can be positive or negative. Kind Traveler helps everyday travelers become a positive force for good by providing values-aligned vacation options that serve the greater good."  - Kelley Louise, executive director of Travel+SocialGood, a nonprofit launched in partnership with +SocialGood Network, a United Nations Foundation initiative. 


To indicate growth, bold reflects new charities, hotels and sponsors added since initial launch of August 2016.

Kind Traveler helps travelers and hotels create an impact on both a global and a local level. Kind Traveler is helping to address global challenges through its network of global charities including American Red Cross, Animal Defenders International, Arbor Day Foundation, Bright Pink®, Global Green USA, Little Kids Rock, Make-A-Wish, The Gentle Barn, The Keep A Breast Foundation, The Salvation Army, and World Food Program USA. 

On a local level, when a hotel joins the platform, Kind Traveler helps them to facilitate an alliance with a local charity. This gives travelers the ability to address hyper-local issues through its network of local charities including AlfaLit International, Austin Parks Foundation, Big Medium, BC SPCA, Boys & Girls Clubs of Coachella Valley, Boys & Girls Club of Hollywood, BUILD Moto, Children's Museum of La Crosse

City Harvest, Community Housing Partnership San Francisco, Culinaria, Donda's House, El Ganzo Community Center, Feeding South Florida, Friends of the High Line, Friends of La Tortuga Viva | The Ocean Foundation, Fundación Brisas, Health Alliance for Austin MusiciansHenry Street SettlementKeep Houston BeautifulLa Jolla Historical SocietyLower Eastside Girls ClubMarine Mammal Care Center Los Angeles, New York Restoration Project, North Shore Ocean Education CoalitionOcean Institute, Pacific Marine Mammal Center, Raymond Gardiner High School Turks & Caicos, San Francisco SPCA, Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo CountiesSouth Florida CARES Mentoring NetworkspcaLA, StreetWise, Surfrider Foundation Miami Chapter, Telluride FoundationThe LandingThe Sanneh FoundationVenice Family Clinic, and 2 Hands 2 Cans.

Travelers can now book hotels with 57 hotels and 23 destinations to include

Los Angeles:

  • Dream Hollywood
  • The Hollywood Roosevelt
  • The Mondrian LA (West Hollywood)
  • Hotel Angeleno (Westwood)
  • Hotel Erwin (Venice Beach)
  • Terranea Resort (Palos Verdes)

Palm Springs:

  • Colony Palms

Desert Hot Springs:

  • Two Bunch Palms

Dana Point:

San Diego:

  • La Valencia Hotel

San Jose:

  • Hotel Valencia Santana Row

San Francisco:

  • Hotel G
  • The Mosser Hotel
  • Kensington Park Hotel
  • Serrano Hotel


  • Turtle Bay Resort (Oahu)

New York City:

  • Arlo Hotel NoMad
  • Arlo Hotel SoHo
  • The Benjamin
  • The Standard East Village
  • The Standard High Line
  • Dream Midtown
  • Dream Downtown


  • The Betsy - South Beach
  • COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach
  • 1 Hotel South Beach
  • The Palms Hotel & Spa
  • Dream South Beach


  • Virgin Hotels Chicago
  • The James Chicago 
  • Hotel Felix


  • Lone Star Court
  • Hotel Ella
  • South Congress Hotel


  • Hotel Sorella CityCentre
  • Hotel Ylem

San Antonio:

  • Hotel Valencia Riverwalk



  • Lumière Telluride


  • The Charmant Hotel (La Crosse)
  • The Iron Horse Hotel (Milwaukee)


  • Hewing Hotel (Minneapolis)


  • Hotel El Ganzo (San José del Cabo)
  • Playa Viva (Juluchuca)
  • NIZUC (Cancún)
  • Las Brisas Acapulco
  • Las Hadas Golf Resort & Marina Manzanillo
  • Las Brisas Huatalco
  • Las Brisas Ixtapa
  • Hacienda Jurica
  • Galeria Plaza Reforma (Mexico City)
  • Galeria Plaza Veracruz

The Caribbean:

  • COMO Parrot Cay (Turks & Caicos)

Costa Rica:

  • Casa Chameleon Las Catalinas
  • Casa Chameleon Mal Pais
  • Casa Chameleon OCiO Villas


  • Hotel Loden (Vancouver)
Kind Traveler’s mission is supported by its sponsors:

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Kind Traveler CEO, Jessica Blotter, is a kindness curator who dreams of a world where people, animals, and the environment are treated with love and compassion. Follow her to discover where kindness can take you and insights on what it means to travel kindly.