Online travel innovation is never-ending. First came the option to book online. Then there was a website to compare the online booking companies. Next, there was an app that helped compare the websites that compared the online booking companies. It goes on and on.
Each new layer added more middlemen who knew less about the destination they were selling. Plus, each intermediary took a small percentage which increased the price paid by the traveler while reducing the earnings of the local travel designer.
“All those websites ultimately made it more confusing to book a trip,” says Paul Sarfati, Chief Happiness Officer and founder of Baboo. “Too many choices create stress in the booking process. People search for hours on the internet trying to find the best hotels, the best transportation, the best activities, and so on. But how do you know you are making the right choice if you are unfamiliar with a destination? This process creates added stress for 67% of trip planners.”
Baboo saves time and makes booking a custom trip as easy as pie. Their platform makes it possible for the traveler to deal directly with 1,368 curated Local In-Destination Experts in 160 countries all around the globe to create tailor-made journeys. “Partnering with a local wingman in any destination is the best way to create the perfect tailor-made experience. Can you imagine? The greatest adventures on this planet, straight from the source,” says Sarfati.
Baboo loves local communities
Baboo helps local communities by cutting out the intermediaries. “It leaves a higher margin for the Local In-Destination Experts,” says Sarfati. “Baboo directs revenue where it belongs: straight to local communities instead of into the pockets of big corporations and their shareholders.”
There are a million good reasons to travel, but travel can put a strain on Mother Earth. Baboo believes in doing the right thing. “Baboo tries to combat climate change by offsetting 110% of your trip’s carbon footprint,” says Sarfati. “We pledge 15% of our gross revenue towards Mother Earth. When it comes to Earth, our home, sustaining it is not enough. We need to try to regenerate this beautiful planet with our travels.”
That is why Baboo not only compensates for the CO2 emissions, they overcompensate the entire tailor-made booking as well as the air journey needed to get from one’s hometown to any destination. It’s included in the price. “We thought it would be better for everyone to include it from the beginning,” Sarfati says. “110% of carbon offsetting is included in your booking. You select the climate or biodiversity project you wish to support with one easy click. Straightforward and effective.”
More information? Check out Baboo.travel
Box: How Baboo works in short:
– Get started by answering some simple questions.
– Baboo matches travellers with a Local in-Destination Expert or Local Tour Operator who is an expert on both the destination and the type of trip.
– Baboo builds an itinerary.
– Review and perfect the proposal for the itinerary, hotels, and activities.
– Book online.
– Choose which project to support to overcompensate CO2 emissions. It’s included.
– That’s it. Start packing.