Lonely Planet Writer

A new website will donate money to good causes for every hotel room you book

With the rise of socially conscious travellers, people are always looking for more ways to give back through travelling. Now a new travel tool has made it easier than ever. When you book a hotel through Wander, they will donate some of their proceeds to a charity of your choice.

Wander aims to be an easy way to have you travel lend a helping hand.
Wander aims to be an easy way to have you travel lend a helping hand.

After booking a room, the company donate a portion of your booking to one of five charities you can choose from. Travellers can opt to fund vitamins for malnourished children, sustainable energy to families in developing countries, entrepreneurs, disaster aid or the World Wildlife Fund.

Founder Clementina Oliveras told Lonely Planet she was inspired to create Wander because she “relished the idea of how powerful it would be to have a job where your everyday work could fulfil a bigger purpose and have a greater impact.”

“When thinking about how I could turn my passions and interests into a business, I first thought of travel. Tourism directly benefits from both natural and cultural resources and it’s in everybody’s best interest to protect these assets. I wanted to find a way to combine my love for the hotel industry with supporting responsible travel.”

The company estimates the average traveller can donate vitamins to 40 children in a year.
The company estimates the average traveller can donate vitamins to 40 children in a year. Image by Sophia Bilikopf/Vitamin Angels

The impact can be significant. The company estimates that if the average traveller booked all their hotels through Wander for the year, they would fund vitamins for 40 children. Currently, they offer a choice of more than 250,000 hotels in 47,000 destinations but with success, Clementina says that will grow to include other travel experiences. “I would love if Wander was the first choice for socially conscious travellers to book their hotels, building a community of responsible travellers willing to make a difference with their trips”, she said.

Wander also wants to expand so they can help other causes and climate change is high on the list. “Partnering with WWF was one of our major goals”, Clementina said. “Their mission to combat climate change is crucial and we won’t have a world to explore tomorrow if we don’t do something today.

“It’s difficult to discover the world without flying. We would love to offer in the near future a way to purchase high-quality carbon offsets through our site.”

Wander wants to promote socially responsible travel.
Wander wants to promote socially responsible travel. Image by Wander

With the latest research from the World Tourism Organisation showing that people are travelling more than ever before, socially-conscious travelling solutions will continue to be welcomed across the board.

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