Jessica Blotter is CEO & Co-Founder of Kind Traveler, a speaker, and a journalist. The moment she discovered the love of travel can’t be separated from the state of the world after witnessing devastating poverty on a trip to Belize, she wondered how the $7-trillion travel industry could be harnessed to benefit local communities, the environment, and animals. This experience led her and her co-founder to harness their entrepreneurial backgrounds to launch KindTraveler.com, the first socially-conscious Give + Get hotel booking and sustainable travel media platform empowering travelers to positively impact the destinations they visit. As of 2019, Kind Traveler represents 115+ hotels and 70+ charities in 15 countries.
Blotter has been featured in more than 300 news outlets including The New York Times, Forbes, Conde Nast Traveler, and Travel + Leisure. As a speaker, Blotter delivered a TEDx salon talk ‘The Future of Travel: Purpose is King,’ was a finalist in the 2019 UNWTO Travel Tech Adventure Pitch Competition in Chile and in the 2019 Lufthansa Innovation Hub Changemaker Challenge in Germany, and delivered the 2019 keynote speech for Tahoe Chamber’s Annual Summit on Responsible Tourism. She started her career as an earth science educator teaching 130 underserved students each day at UCSD’s Preuss School and holds a M.A. in Education from Ottawa University and a B.S. in Biology from Arizona State University. She currently resides in Los Angeles, California. Find inspiration to #TravelKindly on KindTraveler.com and join her adventures on Instagram at @TravelKindly and on Kind Traveler at @KindTraveler.