Kind Traveler Honored as a Finalist of Fast Company’s 2021 World Changing Ideas Awards


From a cleaner freight train to an automated beehive, a way to recycle fabric, and other bold, new technologies, the 5th annual awards honor the products, concepts, companies, policies, and designs that are pursuing innovation for the good of society and the planet.

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The winners of Fast Company’s 2021 World Changing Ideas Awards were announced, honoring the businesses, policies, projects, and concepts that are actively engaged and deeply committed to pursuing innovation when it comes to solving health and climate crises, social injustice, or economic inequality.
For the corporate social responsibility category, Kind Traveler was honored as a finalist for a Fast Company 2021 World Changing Ideas Award.

As a veteran and women-owned Public Benefit Corporation (PBC), Kind Traveler is the world’s first socially conscious Give + Get hotel booking and media platform that empowers travelers to positively impact the communities they visit. The way it works is simple: Travelers unlock exclusive rates & perks from curated Kind Hotels when giving a $10 nightly donation to a vetted charity that positively impacts the community they are visiting, or to a charity of choice. 100% of donations go to charity. Kind Traveler represents Kind Hotels and tourism boards in 22 countries and 70+ charities globally.  

Impact opportunity examples for travelers include helping to plant trees with Arbor Day Foundation and One Tree Planted, supporting land conservation efforts with Sonoma Land Trust, and benefitting food banks that will provide nutritious meals to families in-need.

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As tourism begins to recover, data shows that 55 percent of travelers want to see how their travel dollars are going back into the community. Kind Traveler’s impact travel opportunities are a meaningful pathway to regenerate and heal communities that have been economically devastated from Covid-19.

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A panel of eminent Fast Company editors and reporters selected winners and finalists from a pool of more than 4,000 entries across transportation, education, food, politics, technology, and more. The 2021 awards feature entries from across the globe, from Brazil to Denmark to Vietnam.

Showcasing some of the world’s most inventive entrepreneurs and companies tackling exigent global challenges, Fast Company’s Summer 2021 issue (on newsstands May 10) highlights, among others, a lifesaving bassinet; the world’s largest carbon sink, thanks to carbon-eating concrete; 3D-printed schools; an at-home COVID-19 testing kit; a mobile voting app; and the world’s cleanest milk.

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“On behalf of Kind Traveler, we are deeply honored for the opportunity to be a finalist for Fast Company’s 2021 World Changing Ideas Awards at a time when travel that makes a positive community and environmental impact has never been more important. Kind Traveler is well positioned to help the tourism industry recover responsibly post-pandemic – while also fulfilling the need travelers have to make a meaningful positive impact within communities,” said Jessica Blotter, CEO & Co-Founder of Kind Traveler.

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“There is no question our society and planet are facing deeply troubling times. So, it’s important to recognize organizations that are using their ingenuity, impact, design, scalability, and passion to solve these problems,” says Stephanie Mehta, editor-in-chief of Fast Company.

A panel of judges from across sectors choose winners, finalists, and honorable mentions based on feasibility and the potential for impact. With the goals of awarding ingenuity and fostering innovation, Fast Company draws attention to ideas with great potential and helps them expand their reach to inspire more people to start working on solving the problems that affect us all.

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