Our love affair with Kind Traveler (the only site for hotel discounts that change the world)

by Sarah Ban

It’s true: “Great minds think alike.”

This is why we’ve partnered with Kind Traveler, the first and only 'give + get' hotel-booking platform that empowers you to do good as you embark on your travel adventures. Like us, Kind Traveler lives and breathes to elevate sustainability and giving, while incorporating socially conscious values into their business. So teaming up with Kind Traveler—it was a no-brainer!

Give us a few minutes of your time to tell you a bit about our new BFFs—trust us, you’ll want to know before you book your next flight.

How Kind Traveler Works (It’s Soooo Simple)!

The process is mind-blowingly easy, especially considering the impact you’re making! For every night you book a room, you donate $10 to a charity you care about through Kind Traveler. In return, you get rewarded with some amazing rates at participating hotels in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean and Costa Rica.

(And if you’re thinking you won’t save as much because you’re not on Priceline, think again! Your savings through Kind Traveler are as big or even bigger than many other travel sites, and you may even be able to enjoy additional perks such as free breakfast, discounted spa treatments and waived resort fees.)

The simple act of donating and booking through Kind Traveler enables you to become a force that benefits the well-being of communities, the environment and animals. And 100% of the donations raised on the Kind Traveler platform go directly to charities.

Kind Traveler will hook you up to savings at 57 hotels in 22 destinations, and you can choose from 51 charities that help prevent poverty, protect the planet and promote well-being for all. Some of these wonderful charities are the American Red Cross, World Food Program, Little Kids Rock and Animal Defenders International.

Kind Traveler echoes our mission at LATHER of empowering individuals to live their most radiant lives and I couldn’t be happier to be aligning with such a formidable force for good. As a company rooted in well-being, we firmly believe that when you do good you feel good. We’re thrilled to embark on this journey of transformational travel with Kind Traveler,” says Emilie Davidson Hoyt, founder of LATHER.

The Story Behind How It Started (It Involves Pups)

In 2012, Jessica Blotter, CEO of Kind Traveler, and co-founder Sean Krejci took a trip to the beautiful land of Belize. Like most of us, they looked forward to experiencing local culture and being surrounded by the breathtaking waters and ancient ruins. But there was another side—one that hardly anyone talks about.

“As our tour bus wound its way through the back roads of rural villages, we witnessed heartbreaking poverty, families living in tiny shacks near polluted swamps and emaciated dogs wandering the streets for food. The bus had never been so quiet. When the bus stopped, as a last chance to grab snacks or water before the hike, rib-protruding dogs approached us, begging for food with eyes of despair. We simply decided to buy food to feed the dogs,” says Jessica.

“Unintentionally, this action inspired other tourists to do the same thing. Rather than do nothing and live with the sadness of the situation, people took action and suddenly the moment went from somber to joyful – just by doing something.”

Simply because Jessica and Sean chose to help, the other travelers wanted to help too. And that’s when the pair realized: Every year, more than 1 billion trips are booked. “That's 1 billion opportunities for travelers to become a force for good,” Jessica continues.

And that was the beginning of Kind Traveler. (Amazing, huh?)

How You Know the Impact of Your Travels

If you think that’s not juicy already, there’s more. Just as we all want to feel the softness on our skin after a nice hot scrub and soak, we want to feel the impact of our giving. Kind Traveler will tell you what impact your $10 has. For example, a $10 donation can help plant 10 trees with Arbor Day Foundation; provide 40 nutritional meals for children in need with World Food Program USA; and feed one rescue animal for one week with Animal Defenders International.

LATHER Hotels

If you want to experience Kind Traveler and LATHER together, you can! On top of whipping up products for our lovely customers, we also provide face, body and hair care products for hotels, and we’re over the moon that various LATHER-carrying hotels are part of Kind Traveler program. If you’re interested in LATHERing up and doing your part for a great and worthy cause, check out these select hotels:

Hotel Valencia Riverwalk

Hotel Valencia Santana Row 

Hotel Ylem

Lumiere Telluride

Whether you’re planning to sojourn at a dreamy, far-off place or indulge in a staycation, why not do some good, too? Kind Traveler makes it so easy to give, to get, to feel good and to change someone's life. It's what we call a win-win!