As part of our trinity of modern travel model, co-mads promotes conscious consumerism by building itineraries that support small and locally owned businesses. This aims to promote the health of the communities we immerse ourselves in throughout our travels. There are three main ways co-mads stimulates the local economy wherever we go…
- We bring in unique customers: If you’re a small restaurant, bar, retail space owner, etc., we’re bringing in 10-12 new customers to spend their money in your establishment. That’s great for business.
- Visibility: Not only are these consumers are spending money in your venue, but are also taking photos/videos of your product/space, posting them on their social media accounts, and tagging your location. Some of their followers will likely click your page, follow, and bookmark you so they can visit you on a trip they may take in the future. I do this frequently…when I see my friends out and posting food pics or hyping up a new spot they found, I’ll save it so it can be added to my itinerary for a future adventure. This allows the establishments we visit to build ties with a community that extends nationally, and even internationally in some cases. We post about it on our co-mads platforms and website, too!
- We find local hotspots: We stay away from top tourist destinations and we aren’t using the popular travel sites to plan our itineraries for us. We work with locals to find the most authentic recommendations for the food we eat, for the activities we partake in, and for the places we see and spend time in, etc. We are helping support the small mom and pop spots that need economic support and have limited resources for visibility in their own communities and beyond and we’re bringing attention to the hidden gems of each city.
So when you take a co-mads trip, you’re not only participating in an opportunity for self-growth and discovery, but you’re also developing opportunities for the local enterprises and helping them to sustain strong communities and entrepreneurial opportunities for everybody who has a dream.