Make a Difference

All the travel fun and career success will feel meaningless if it is completely self-focused. For true fulfillment, we must serve others and strive to make a difference in the world. I will share important causes and show ways to get involved.

Business as a Mission

TripScout donates 10% of purchases and runs campaigns to support inspiring causes around the world and drive awareness.

At my company, TripScout, we believe that travelers have a unique insight and connection to the world around them, and we want to use that for good. It’s our mission to leverage our travels and business to make the world a more awesome place for all.

Recent Project

Honduras classroom

We recently built a computer lab equipped with 20 laptops for a village in Honduras. 

It’s hard to imagine how we’d be able to work, study, or live life without access to the internet and computers. Not only is the internet an essential daily resource for us, it’s the best promoter of ideas, human rights, and entrepreneurship. We often take this for granted, forgetting that two-thirds of the world does not currently have access to the internet. Read about our project in Honduras here.

Looking for a Cause? 
  • Slavery: Nearly 46 million people are held as modern slaves, more than any point in history.
  • Poverty: Nearly half the world lives on less than $2.50 per day and 22,000 children die each day because of poverty.
  • Human Trafficking: 10 times as many girls are trafficked into brothels each year as African slaves were transported to the New World in the peak years of the trans-Atlantic slave trade.
  • Disease: 2 million children die of preventable diseases each year (diarrhea, pneumonia, etc.) because they are too poor to afford treatment.
  • Water: 1 in 10 people don’t have access to safe drinking water.
  • Freedom of Speech: Only 13% of the world’s population has a free press.
  • Hunger: 1 in 10 million people go hungry each day.
  • Gender: The female-to-male earnings ratio was 0.82 in the United States. Around the world, more girls have been killed in the last 50 years, because they were girls (honor killings, bias towards sons, sexual violence), than men were killed in all the wars of the twentieth century. Also, more girls are killed every decade in this “gendercide” than people killed in all the genocides of the twentieth century.
  • Equality: At least 76 countries have laws to criminalize and harass people on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
  • Literacy: 1 in 6 adults are unable to read. Two-thirds of them women, making gender equality even harder to achieve.
  • Connectivity: 2 in 3 people do not have access to the internet.
We are looking to support our next project!

Please send me a message at @goKonrad on Instagram or Twitter with any ideas.

1003, 2017

Understanding Others

How To Make A Difference: Understanding Others This quote by Seth Godin is a valuable reminder to keep top of mind when talking with people you disagree with: “The other person is always right. Always right about feelings. [...]

303, 2017

Positivity

How To Make A Difference: Positivity There is a lot of negativity in the news. Much of it is important and needs our attention, but it also gives us a skewed perspective. Do not put your head in [...]

601, 2017

The Pope’s App

How To Make A Difference: The Pope’s App Pope Francis launched an app and it’s awesome. It allows you to find and support projects that help real problems around the world. You’re able to give directly to [...]

1612, 2016

How to Help Syria

How To Make A Difference: How to Help Syria The situation in Syria has gone from really, really bad to worse. Here is a powerful video of Allepo residents giving their final messages to the world. In [...]

212, 2016

Love Does

How To Make A Difference: Love Does Bob Goff’s Love Does is such a pleasant and beautiful read. Not only does he live a life worthy of being the most interesting man in the world, he does so [...]

2511, 2016

Minimalism

How To Make A Difference: Minimalism As opposed to giving into the compulsory consumption mania of Black Friday, take a moment to watch Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things (here is their book as well: Minimalism). [...]

1811, 2016

A Call to Wake Up

How To Make A Difference: A Call to Wake Up The recent presidential election in the U.S. is a great call for everyone to wake up, get involved, and love more. I highly recommend watching Prince Ea’s most [...]

2810, 2016

Voting

How To Make A Difference: Voting I was just in South Africa and reflecting on Nelson Mandela and the many appalling and inspiring aspects of South African history. This had me thinking a lot about the importance of [...]

1410, 2016

Maximize Gain for Others

How To Make A Difference: Maximize Gain for Others Our economy (and society) is based on maximizing individual gain. While it seem counterintuitive, it is far more productive and enjoyable to make sure everyone else get 51% [...]

710, 2016

The State of the World’s Children

How To Make A Difference: The State of the World's Children I recommend downloading and reading UNICEF’s The State of the World’s Children 2016 free report. Throughout the world, “millions of children are denied their rights and deprived [...]