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Cailey Rizzo
August 29, 2016

It feels good to save money. But it also feels good to make the world a little better, right?

Kind Traveler is a new hotel booking site that gives hotel guests discounts after they donate to a cause they are passionate about.

By donating at least $10 to a charity of their choice, future guests receive savings of 10 to 25 percent off a hotel’s listed rates with Kind Traveler.

The way it works is that hotels on the site, which are located throughout the U.S., Mexico and Caribbean, choose a cause they care about. When guests donate to that cause, the hotel will give them a discount. It helps the hotel attract a certain type of guest while furthering any social good goals.

The hotels can choose from charities that work in wildlife, human rights, arts & music, education, environment, health, disaster relief or animal welfare. Some high-profile organizations included are Salvation Army, World Food Program and Make-A-Wish. Donations are forwarded directly to the charities, and neither the hotel nor Kind Traveler takes a cut, according to the company.

“Our win-win platform offers solutions for everyone,” Kind Traveler's CEO and co-founder Jessica Blotter said in a statement. “For travelers, they become warriors for good and support hotels that are making a positive impact in the world—while receiving exclusive hotel rates. For hotels, they cultivate new relationships with cause-minded consumers and take another step towards corporate social responsibility. For charities, they receive 100 percent of donations and a new, sustainable channel for fundraising.”

Two doesn't exactly make a trend, but Kind Traveler isn't alone: Purpose Hotel, currently raising funds on Kickstarter, is also looking to combine hospitality and charity.

So, if you’re looking for an excuse to take a vacation, now you can say you’re doing it for charity.

Cailey Rizzo writes about travel, art and culture and is the founding editor of The Local Dive. You can follow her on Instagram and Twitter @misscaileyanne.

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