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A New Generation of Travel

By Lisa Landes, 04/09/2018 - 10:35
2 people sitting inside a tent on the beach

Exploring the web for vacation ideas can quickly get overwhelming with endless options, price points, and destinations. The travel industry is a thriving business but some wonder how sustainable their vacation really is? From planes, trains and automobiles, to the lodging and accommodations provided during your stay, a more sustainable path may be what you’re looking for. Kin Travel is after the same thing: travel experiences that are as rejuvenating for communities and ecosystems as they are for us travelers.

People sitting in Blue Ridge Chairs at a table outside on the beach

Photo Credit: Kin travel + Valorie Darling

The Story


“Travel is one of the largest industries in the world - third largest in spending behind chemicals and fuel and ahead of food!” – Kin Travel

Kin Travel's mission is to serve both sides of the travel equation by connecting a new generation of travelers to a new generation of sustainability providers, leverage more resources for non-profit and social enterprise and unlock the potential of travel to act as a greater force for good.Kin was founded by Brian Jones, his dear friend Mark Somen and a huge family of teachers and friends. Brian ran a children's home and school in Kenya called Flying Kites and fell in love with safari as a design language, experiential blueprint and resource conduit for conservation and community work.He spent three years writing on sticky notes, learning from patient teachers, and incubating a concept that centered on a deployable form of hospitality built to embody sustainability and invest with ambition in social impact to open a doorway for experience. A few loving people took a chance on him and he set off in search of a place to pilot with a focus on indigenous people in the Americas. From dugout canoes in the Darien to ranch conversations with Navajo, Blackfeet and Hawaiians, Brian was led to Haiti, a place that felt like Africa where an extraordinary family unlocked something magical.To create the change Kin aspires to see, it became clear they'd need to think beyond the infrastructure alone, so the concept evolved to serve the teachers who brought it all into being - the pioneers of sustainable travel.

 “Our mission is to serve both sides of this equation by connecting a new generation of travelers to a new generation of sustainability providers, leverage more resources for non-profit and social enterprise and unlock the potential of travel to act as a greater force for good.” – Kin Travel 



2 people sitting in a tent on the beach in Glamping Fashion

Photo Credit: Kin travel + Valorie Darling


The Journey

Kin Travel curates journeys at the forefront of sustainable travel for a tribe of likeminded adventurers. With attention to the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, Kin Travel aims to create an atmosphere of wellness, great hospitality and of course, relaxation. Blue Ridge Chair Works is a proud partner of this fun and eye-opening organization. Take your vacation one step further and feel good about your stay! They currently offer two vacation destinations:


Kin Haiti involves a fifteen-room safari camp on a private, 150 acre beach property and a 6-day journey into the hidden paradise of Haiti's north coast. It exists to serve remote mountain villages and a vulnerable ecosystem. It involves a private chef, a yoga instructor, a 62 foot-yacht, village visits, vodou drums, night swimming under infinite stars and a jungle family born around the fire. Find out more!


Kin's trip in Kenya is in partnership with Cottar's 1920's Camp, one of the most sustainable hotels in the world, celebrating their 100th year in 2019 as the first registered safari company in Africa. We make home in their 6000 acre private reserve and gorgeous camp and embark with our new friend posses in Landcruisers with gin & tonics to track game, throw spears with Maasai and dig into their extraordinary conservation and community initiatives. Find out more!

They also offer tailor-made adventures for those looking to turn a birthday/family celebration/ bachelor/bachelorette/yoga retreat/company getaway into the most amazing experience on this planet.

Photo Credit: Kin travel + Valorie Darling

The Name

Why Kin Travel? "Because we're all connected and it's time we start traveling like it."


Check out some of their journeys in Haiti and Kenya here!

Photo Credit: Kin travel + Valorie Darling




Blue Ridge Chair Works

Blue Ridge Chair Works is built on a commitment to the great outdoors, a do-it-yourself attitude and a dedication to the made in the USA brand. Sustainable through and through. Blue Ridge Chair Works keeps all production local and strives to make the most comfortable outdoor furniture possible. American-made outdoor furniture and specialty products that are innovative and built to last make us the perfect candidate for any camping, travel or patio time needs!



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