If you’re in the Portland area, we hope you’ll join us at our launch party to kick off the 2016 EcoChallenge! We have a lot to celebrate with the launch of this year’s EcoChallenge, and would love to see you at the party on Thursday, October 6th. Drinks, appetizers and music will all be provided, as well as inspiration for your 2016 EcoChallenge and some fun door prizes. RSVP here, and feel free to bring a friend, family member or coworker — the more the merrier!
The Launch Party is being sponsored by our friends at Wanderwell, and hosted by Airbnb’s Portland office. Wanderwell is a pending B Corp and1% for the Planet member, and we connected with their CEO, Erin Fish, about how they are creating positive change in the world by providing “travel insurance for good.”
What is the story behind Wanderwell?
Wanderwell is a social enterprise travel insurance agency committed to guiding travelers towards comprehensive, yet cost-effective plans that provide peace of mind. Wanderwell serves single-trip adventurers, multi-month trekkers, intellectuals studying abroad, and Ex-Pats.
We are passionate about and driven to promote and practice environmental conservation. We pledge to contribute 10% of annual revenue to established non-profits supported by 1% for the Planet, which focus on social impact and environmental stewardship, and organizations that promote sustainable travel.
What inspired you to launch Wanderwell?
People who are about to take off on an adventure are generally stoked. It’s fun to work with clients who are happy and eagerly anticipating something meaningful. Wanderwell was launched from the desire to bring even more meaning to the overall travel experience.
My co-founder and I have both been traveling internationally for decades. We believe that the more we travel the clearer our lenses become to view how interconnected the beings and elements of our planet are to each other. We discover the need to conserve, contribute, and sustain; and our responsibility to act in such a way expands. It feels visceral that traveling breeds environmental consciousness. We believe that, as a business, we have the obligation to affect positive global environmental change, so we set out to create a business that services global travelers.
Travel Insurance isn’t sexy, but it is very reliable and generally affordable. Most importantly, it provides peace of mind and can save you a bundle of money should you get ill and need medical attention while traveling abroad, or should you need to cancel or interrupt your trip, or should your trip get delayed, your baggage lost or stolen, and more. These things happen.
By contributing 10% of our revenue from your travel insurance purchases to non-profits that focus on social impact, environmental stewardship, and sustainable travel, Wanderwell brings peace of mind to peaceful minded travelers. This is only the beginning for us though and we’re excited to have more ways for people to do good and promote good in the works.
How are you engaging your network with the EcoChallenge this year?
So far our focus has been on recruiting companies and individuals to participate in the EcoChallenge. The act of simply signing up to take part in the Challenge is the first step in setting a realistic goal to live intentionally, even for two weeks. And when friends, family, and colleagues are pushing you to continue to make and expand on small lifestyle changes, they could start to become habit. I think of it as positive peer pressure. Our habits can resemble snowballs that gather momentum and grow and expand with each rotation. The EcoChallenge gives us an interactive venue to ask ourselves, “Are my habits snowballing to promote a sustainable lifestyle?” Then it can show you easy it is to adopt new habits and make the answer to that question “Yes!”
What inspires you to keep working toward a more sustainable future?
My daughter is four years old. It’s easy to feel a bit scared for her to grow up in a time when our planet’s climate seems to be majorly changing, and when social stresses are significantly impacted by negative environmental changes that are human-induced. My wife and I intend to do our best to have her develop to be an active participant in a global attitude of sustainability and inclusiveness. We have to model this. Humans are a species that can achieve enlightenment, and even when or if we do not attain it, we can envision it. It takes tiny steps of intentional living to make big, positive changes because they inspire those around us to mimic.