Most travel to SEE the difference. Why not travel to BE the difference… It’s so much more fulfilling!
Having traveled extensively as well as experienced working with charitable organizations, we have seen first hand that there is … room for change … in both fields.
Rooms for Change is an online search for small local hotels which donates a part of the profit to hand-picked charities making a big change in their community. The new go-to website for a modern conscious traveler.
Not only is the hospitality industry as we once knew it changing faster than you can say homestay; it’s also becoming increasingly challenging to filter through generic chain hotel rooms in search for a hotel that offers comfort and character.
Life is too short for a soulless hotel room! We’ve done the filtering for you.
Whether you’re after a boutique hotel, good old family-run B&B, simple ecolodge, five star luxury or a minimalist poshtel, we hope you’ll find the perfect place for your unforgettable trip – no matter the budget – and together we’ll create memorable experiences AND make a world of difference in the process.
Go ahead, Book a ROOM, Make a CHANGE! ™
While traveling we always look for unique properties with a local vibe rather than large international chain hotels with cookie cutter rooms. It used to take us hours of searching and filtering through booking sites each time we needed a place to stay.
There are some curated hotel search sites available today but there’s a trick – they focus solely on luxury properties. There is also one website dedicated specifically to backpackers looking for hostels. What about those trips when you just need a happy middle ground? A private room full of local character that won’t break the bank?
So we decided to create a hotel search platform that would cater to ALL budgets and travel styles, while being selective in the uniqueness of the properties – from hostels to 5 star luxury – we list only the best in each class.
While they do provide a more exciting option, they still form a part of large multinational chains. We wanted to create an opportunity for the growing number of conscious travelers to support local economies in the time of ‘overtourism’ and ‘tourism phobia’. We feature smaller and locally owned properties. It’s all about keeping the tourism money circulating in the local community.
We also realized that travelers spend hours on major booking sites comparing ‘deals’ and ‘best rates’ on available hotels, not knowing that much more interesting properties right around the corner don’t even tend to be listed there! What’s more, those independent hotels are unrestricted by global booking and pricing systems of large chains, and therefore offer some of the best ‘deals’ around, unknowingly.
We often made recommendations for family and friends on where to stay and how to find those hidden gems. We thought we might as well create a platform to spread the word further. Life is too short for a soulless overpriced hotel room…
Our personal experience with non-profit organizations has shown that there is some … room for change … in the way humanitarian help is organized today, and donations spent. We have been collectively loosing trust in the transparency and efficiency of many NGOs. We wanted to do something about that, too. We have carefully selected three trustworthy charities which we believe need advocacy and support today.
By booking your hotel with Rooms for Change, you not only get a chance to reverse the ‘tourism phobia’ by interacting with local businesses and directly supporting the destination’s economy, but also make a change in the livelihoods of refugees, indigenous tribes and an Ethiopian village. At no extra cost to you. A wholesome room booking experience that’s a win-win for everyone.
We are also always excited to hear about other great NGOs in need of support, perhaps while spotted on your travels!
Don’t just travel to SEE the difference, travel to BE the difference! Our goal is to grow the community of conscious travelers by providing a more engaging hotel booking platform with a handpicked selection of smaller independent businesses while making a positive impact on vulnerable communities along the way. We believe it’s time for a more enriching travel experience for all!