Traveling brings you closer to other cultures and different ways of living. It opens your eyes and frees your mind. Traveling is a life changing experience. Visiting foreign countries and experiencing different cultures helps people grow and understand our world and the complexities in it.
That’s one of the parts we enjoy most about traveling. But there’s more. It's also beautiful. Traveling is seeing spectacular landscapes and photography is one of the best partners on a trip. Capturing beauty is important and Instagram
is fun, however we believe in meaningful travel. We like trips that go beyond the destination, that go beyond the must seen spot, that go beyond our expectations.
These are some of the reasons we love traveling and why we have created Wander. We wanted to provide travelers with a way to give back when doing something we all love so much: breaking walls by visiting new places. We are changing lives just by booking hotels. We believe in Wander because we believe in human rights, in building bridges, in lending our hands.
We believe in nature.
We are huge outdoors’ fans. We think staying in contact with nature is important to keep balance in life. We love taking our kids into the wild to explore, to learn, to take care of it, to breath pure air (believe me when you have lived in Mexico City you really need it), to stay humble.
We all need the planet to stay alive. It sounds obvious, but it looks like we don’t get it! We only breathe air and we just have this planet to live on. In recent times,data regarding climate change has been quite discouraging. Global warming is causing major disasters in many places like the Coral reef in Australia, the Arctic, the Canadian glaciers, the extreme weather and so on.
Our partner WWF is working in a major project to save the Arctic and protect nature. Every year the Arctic breaks record temperatures, it is evident it’s melting and we must take it seriously, we must change the trend by shifting to a more sustainable lifestyle.
“We are living on this planet as if we had another one to go to” Terri Swearingen.
We also believe in education.
Education is one of the most powerful tools we have as humans. Education empowers people to develop personally and become politically active. It drives change and creates ways to seek freedom, be politically active and increases the chances to be integrated into the labor market and into society.
Education is similar to traveling in that it opens your mind and gives you powerful tools to drive change. It provides access to uncensored perspectives, to a formed opinion and very likely to a more open minded society.
The team at Wander is a multicultural one and part of it is Mexican. We are that we were concerned by the results of the latest US political elections. But, there are many similar events happening worldwide, you can see that kind of turbulence in Europe too. People are asking for a change in the world, but we ask ourselves, is that direction the change that we want?
“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.” ― MalalaYousafzai
We believe in taking care of others.
What makes humans special and different from other species is that we have the ability to be empathetic and empathy is something the world needs to practice more often. We can’t turn a blind eye to all the people suffering in the world: Long wars in the Middle East, the refugee crisis in Europe, the hunger crisis in Africa, illegal immigrants living in the shadows, and many, many people living in poverty around the world.
The good thing is that we can do something to change our world too. Our ability to make an impact is much bigger than what we might be aware of. We have the obligation to exercise that power to do good.“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has” - Margaret Mead
We believe in children.
We are all parents at Wander and we all love children. We are lucky enough to give our children the opportunity to be educated, to stay in contact with nature, to live a healthy life and even to travel.
However, we are aware of how many don’t even have their basic needs satisfied. Clementina here at Wander, has a special devotion to children. She even considered opening an orphanage
before she decided that a social business could make a bigger impact without having to rely on donations.
Children need to be healthy to benefit from an education. It’s fundamental for them to have the chance to succeed and have a better future. For that reason, we chose to partner with Vitamin Angels. They provide life-changing vitamins to over 48 million children under 5 at risk of malnutrition around the world. Vitamins and deworming pills can help reduce preventable illness, blindness, and in severe cases, even death. With better health, children can do much more in their lives.
“Children are our greatest treasure. They are our future” - Nelson Mandela
We believe in your power to change things.
We put our beliefs into the 5 social causes and organizations that we support with every hotel reservation. Because we want to break the walls, to help you travel beyond your destinations, to increase the positive impact of your trips and make up for all the harm we are doing to this world intentionally and/or unintentionally.
You can make a difference with your next hotel reservation. You can help a woman in Rwanda establish her business to change her life and her community. You can provide life-changing vitamins to kids, you can provide humanitarian aid to people suffering from crisis around the world, you can bring sustainable energy to a family in Peru or you can help our partner WWF to keep its essential and urgent conservation work.
These are our beliefs and what moves us, what drives you to do good?
is waiting for you to travel and change the world, will you join us?