Meet Travel Kollekt

Travel Kollekt empowers people who desire to travel responsibly to organize their own travel research and print their completely, personal travel books. It’s a new approach in travel publishing and our mission is to prove that planning, sustainable travel and serendipity can go hand in hand. 

About Travel Kollekt

Travel Kollekt is a “on demand” inspiration platform and personal publishing tool. Travel Kollekt allow travelers to be present, giving space for more personal contact and meaningful interaction. We believe in individuality and the wisdom of the crowds. And we also want to prove that planning, sustainable travel and serendipity can go hand in hand.

At Travel Kollekt we are bringing two worlds together in travel planning that hasn’t happened before – digital and physical content in personallized travel books. Our mission for doing so is important. To create a better environment for travel planning and thinking/acting responsibly by doing research and making active, individual choices. This is a “activist” step against the tyranny of commercial algorithms.

The simple solution for giving authorship to the traveler themselve is a personal publishing tool that uses design principles and reverse publishing to make this happen. Essentially we are also bringing paper and books back into the traveling experience. Together with Moleskine® as our Brand partner we share a mission to support travellers, wherever they choose to go and however they choose to travel. We have taken it upon ourselves to liberate content from its current constrained formats and distracting social media. Instead, we let you curate inspiration & expert content to create personal travel guides. We do this because memories in books have the power to last.

As part of our journey to replace the existing planning tools and traditional publishing channels in travel literature our founders have all signed The Copenhagen Letter and The Tech Pledge.  To make sure that we remember our purpose and mission when we develop our product we follow this set of design principles from Center for Humane Technology.

We follow closely the guidelines and advice from the UNWTO  and Tourism for SDG’s on how to be a responsible traveler. We have already taken some important measures to create this change in behaviour – we directly embed the responsible tourism manifesto from UNWTO into every book that is created with Travel Kollekt and in the future we will do so for each individual country/region that is planned for so that we can link local and actionable advice with the traveler.

We also have a partnership with onetreeplanted.org to secure that for each book printed we plant a tree.

Every journey is a book yet to be written.

Define travel. Make it yours.

Our responsible vision

We empower responsible travellers. We do this by tackling the first barrier to sustainable behavior: a lack of information. Supporting a global movement of independent travellers with tools to be more conscious. We want to play a role in encouraging people travelling with intention proving them that planning, sustainability, and serendipity can go hand in hand.

We are members of the Digital Tourism Think Tank, their Tourism Impact Network and Louise, our Founder has also recently joined their Tourism Rescue Team to support sustainable tourism development post-COVI19. We have joined the Impactr network as an affiliate member and we are also a member of Zebras Unite.

More than that, we are always improving our practices, which means that we operate with handpicked suppliers; we use only certified paper; we plant a tree with every printed book (we have established a partnership with onetreeplanted.org); and that we take our users’ privacy very seriously (i.e. we pay for a private analytics, Matomo and there are NO THIRD-PARTY cookies installed on our site).

We work actively with the SDG’s and how we can identify our work within the different goals, currently we are focusing on 3 – Good health and Well-being, 9 – Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, 12 – Responsible Consumption and Production and 17 – Partnerships for the goals.

People

Louise Brandstrup Zastrow – CEO / Founder of Travel Kollekt

Louise is a creative strategist, editor and curator. She has 10+ years of experience with creating concepts and building strong brands such as Republic of Fritz Hansen & GUBI.  She has also founded ‘dot the i’ – a micro-global studio and consultancy guiding top executives and decision makers on brand, communication and design strategy. She has written and curated award-winning cookbooks, travel books, magazines & blogs – both International and Danish. She is a life-long traveler who has lived in Paris, Bangkok & Copenhagen, and have traveled and lived as a digital nomad on more than one occasion. Her background in design & brand management, digital communication, media production & management, multimedia design & communication.

 

“As a traveller I’ve realized the need to disconnect to connect. I want to prove that planning, sustainability and serendipity can go hand in hand. By bringing back paper and books into the traveling experience Travel Kollekt encourages travelers to be present, giving space for more personal contact, meaningful and serendipitous interaction.”

André Kirsten – Co-Founder / Brand & Communications

André holds a master in Master in Sociology/ Networked Communication, a Post graduate degree in Psychoanalytic and Semiotics and a Bachelor in Communications/ Advertising. Has has worked with strategic planning and brand dna for global brands for more than 8 years. He is our master in framing the right words to communicate our vision of why personal choices and increased presence in travel matters.

 

“I believe in brand strategy as a process that ensures business results while it creates a positive impact on society.”

Pedro Rezende, CTO & Full-stack Developer

Pedro has a degree in Computer Science. Field Of Study: Artificial intelligence and parallel computing. He has more than 10+ years of experience working freelance and with agencies on International projects. He is for the creation and further development of travelkollekt.com.

Nathaly Fogaça, Graphic Design

Nathaly  is a designer and entrepreneur in the tourism world as the founder of Agencia Vamos. Graduated in Social Communication, she worked in technology & marketing before diving into the world of design, where she has been working for over 08 years. Since 2019 with Travel Kollekt, she has helped turn travel texts into beautiful and practical guides that help travelers around the world.

 

“I am made of mixtures. Sport frees me, travel inspires me and art translates me. Through design I try to turn thoughts and feelings into reality.”

Micol Mieli, Writer & Ph.D. Candidate at Lund University

Micol is a Ph.D. Candidate at Lund University currently studying how travelers use different tourism information sources in the digital age. Micol also writes for Travel Kollekt exploring the relationship between sustainability, serendipity and travel planning. Occasionally she will also share insights from the studies conducted at the university to make her research available to the broader public eye.

Read Micol’s articles on Medium

 

As a Ph.D. student in social science, I literally spend my life trying to understand the whys and the hows of people’s behaviour, so this is what I want to talk about in this post. It is quite intuitive that for a sustainable world, we need sustainable behaviour. But how do we get there? And why aren’t we there yet?

Press

To download press materials – please visit our dropbox showcase

For interviews, quotes & more information please contact us at hello@travelkollekt.com

Features:

Sustainary – Re-opening during the COVID-19 pandemic

Berlin Travel Festival – Kollekt now, travel later

Travel Massive – 100 Inspiring Women Travel Founders

Business Punk  – “The best innovation since the lonely planet”

Techsavvy – TechBrief, the most important Danish & International news in tech condensed & curated.

A Quiet Day, JP – FUTURE Issue – Founder portrait & Interview in Japanese Magazine

Bootstrapping.dk – Travel-startup in partnership with Moleskine: “We want to be able to run our business freely”

Trendsonline.dk – Digital nomade i Thailand med hele familien. (Founders portrait, Danish only)

AMBASSADORS & LOCAL WRITERS

Coming soon

STRATEGIC PARTNERS & FRIENDS

BOOKS ON DEMAND – print on demand, perfect quality, global distribution

 

“Even though our business is expanding, we have been able to continually reduce the amount of CO2 emitted from our production facilities over the last three years. We only use FSC-certified paper for our books. For shipping, we use rapidly renewable raw materials such as grass-based packaging materials which are harvested regionally from so-called ecological compensation areas. We also use environmentally friendly wet adhesive tape with plant-based adhesive. We are constantly researching new ways to develop our production methods, focusing on our goal to improve the sustainability of our operations, combining economic activity with ecological awareness.”

 

BoD is a leading European publishing platform and pioneer in digital printing and publishing of small print runs. They specialize in printing and distributing books on demand where the minimum run can be just one copy. They are one of the largest PoD companies in the world. More than 2600 publishing companies and 45,000 authors already use their platform to bring out their books to their readers in a cost-effective and sustainable way. Resource-saving production methods using the so-called print-on-demand process forms the basis of the BoD approach, where the protection of the environment is a fundamental part of the company philosophy.

 

MOLESKINE

“In Moleskine we believe in the importance of the journey of body and the journey of the mind. Traveling has always been near to our hearts and a significant part of our identity. In Travel Kollekt we see the opportunity to cater to both of these journeys. By allowing users to expand their experience of travel and stimulate a travel beyond the high streets of this world we open our platform to enable a more personal and richer form of journey. “

– Peter Hobolt Jensen, Director of Digital Innovation

Together with Moleskine® we share a mission to support travellers, wherever they choose to go and however they choose to travel. While we are working on bringing you a solution for Print-on-Demand real books – these pages are optimized for DIY printing. It represents a new take on the classic black notebook, a “digital hack”. This initiative is supported by Moleskine®.

 

what3words – A simple way to talk about location, included in all TK books for easy navigation

“what3words is a really simple way to talk about location. We have divided the world into a grid of 3m x 3m squares and assigned each one a unique 3 word address. It means anyone can accurately find any location and share it more quickly, easily and with less ambiguity than any other system.”

We recommend you download the what3words app to make full use of your books. Doing so will allow you to travel and navigate completely offline. No roaming charges or media to disturb your plan. All addresses in a Travel Kollekt book is automatically appended with the w3w destination.

Together with What3Words we’ve also developed a special template for “kollekting” spots and addresses while on the go. Select it from the book editor for your next book.

  

 

We are also supportive members of:

       

 

Also supported by: Wonderful Copenhagen – TourismX

Alumni of Next Media Accelerator, batch 8

Part of the: Transformative Tech Academy – Innovators Track, Cohort 2018 

CREDITS

Print partner: Books on Demand

Cover designs: Naja Tolsing – Denmark, 3Land Studio – Thailand/Japan, Julia Hansson – Sweden

Identity: Britt Engelhardt Gundersen

Fonts: MS Studio — Karmilla / Noto / Paul Grotesk / Fabrikat

Maps: Mapbox  &  what3words

Icons for categorization and structure from the Noun Project: “Acropolis of Athens” by Chanut is Industries, “nature” by Made by Made, “Culture” by Mary Bowie, “market” by arif fajar yulianto, “Restaurant” by Artdabana@Design, “cocktails” by Creative Mania, “sleep” by Zech Nelson, “Glasses” by Gregor Cresnar, “more” by zena

PRIVACY POLICY

General Information
We collect the e-mail addresses of those who communicate with us via e-mail, aggregate information on what pages consumers access or visit, and information volunteered by the consumer (such as survey information and/or site registrations). The information we collect is used to improve the content of our Web pages and the quality of our service, and is not shared with and never sold to other organizations for commercial purposes, except to provide products or services you’ve requested, when we have your permission, or under the following circumstances:

It is necessary to share information in order to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding illegal activities, suspected fraud, situations involving potential threats to the physical safety of any person, violations of Terms of Service, or as otherwise required by law.

We transfer information about you if Travel Kollekt is acquired by or merged with another company. In this event, Travel Kollekt will notify you before information about you is transferred and becomes subject to a different privacy policy.

When you create an ccount with us, your email and name will also transferred to Mailchimp (paid account) for the use of sending emails about our product, order confirmations etc. As soon as we are able we will switch to a better, more private mailing-system. Our payment provider is Stripe. Our website is built on WordPress, using WooCommerce and the backend platform on React.

 

A. Information Gathering and Usage

When you register for Travel Kollekt we ask for information such as your name and email address. Members who sign up for the free account are not required to enter a credit card.

Travel Kollekt uses collected information for the following general purposes: products and services provision, billing, identification and authentication, services improvement, contact, and research.

 

B. Cookies

A cookie is a small amount of data, which often includes an anonymous unique identifier, that is sent to your browser from a web site’s computers and stored on your computer’s hard drive.

No Cookies are required to use the Travel Kollekt service. And we will keep it this way.

 

C. Location Services

Travel Kollekt uses location services to help you gather and structure your travel research. We also use it to show you premium content available for purchase. But rest assured we will never share your location. We use Mapbox as our map provider for better flexibility, design and because we believe in opensource and not data sharing with any third-party analytics.

“Data from Mapbox are made from the live anonymous sensor data we are collecting from hundreds of millions of users, open data communities, and data from commercial partners.”

 

D. Data Storage

Travel Kollekt uses third party vendors and hosting partners to provide the necessary hardware, software, networking, storage, and related technology required to run Travel Kollekt. Although Travel Kollekt owns the code, databases, and all rights to the Travel Kollekt application, you retain all rights to your data. Our hosting partner is Siteground.

 

E. Analytics

Travel Kollekt uses Matomo a private, paid analytics with the philosophy around data ownership is simple, you own your data, no one else. Matomo is trusted and used by industries that have strict compliance and data privacy regulations to ensure that their user’s privacy is protected. In short we do not contribute to your data being used for advertising in any way.

F. Disclosure

Travel Kollekt may disclose personally identifiable information under special circumstances, such as to comply with subpoenas or when your actions violate the Terms of Service.

G. Changes

Travel Kollekt may periodically update this policy. We will notify you about significant changes in the way we treat personal information by sending a notice to the primary email address specified in your Travel Kollekt primary account holder account or by placing a prominent notice on our site. Such notice will be given at least 3 days in advance of the date the new policy will be applied.

Questions

Any questions about this Privacy Policy should be addressed to hello@travelkollekt.com.

TERMS OF SERVICE

By using the travelkollekt.com web site (“Service”), or any services of Dot Guides ApS (“Travel Kollekt”), you are agreeing to be bound by the following terms and conditions (“Terms of Service”). If you are entering into this agreement on behalf of a company or other legal entity, you represent that you have the authority to bind such entity, its affiliates and all users who access our services through your account to these terms and conditions, in which case the terms “you” or “your” shall refer to such entity, its affiliates and users associated with it. If you do not have such authority, or if you do not agree with these terms and conditions, you must not accept this agreement and may not use the services.

Travel Kollekt reserves the right to update and change the Terms of Service from time to time without notice. Any new features that augment or enhance the current Service, including the release of new tools and resources, shall be subject to the Terms of Service. Continued use of the Service after any such changes shall constitute your consent to such changes. You can review the most current version of the Terms of Service at any time at: http://travelkollekt.com/about

Violation of any of the terms below will result in the termination of your Account. While Travel Kollekt prohibits such conduct and Content on the Service, you understand and agree that Travel Kollekt cannot be responsible for the Content posted on the Service and you nonetheless may be exposed to such materials. You agree to use the Service at your own risk.

A. Account Terms 

1. You must be 15 years or older to use this Service.

2. You must be a human. Accounts registered by “bots” or other automated methods are not permitted.

3. You must provide your legal full name, a valid email address, and any other information requested in order to complete the signup process.

4. Your login may only be used by one person—a single login shared by multiple people is not permitted. You may create separate logins for as many people as your plan allows.

5. You are responsible for maintaining the security of your account and password. Travel Kollekt cannot and will not be liable for any loss or damage from your failure to comply with this security obligation.

6. You are responsible for all Content posted and activity that occurs under your account (even when Content is posted by others who have accounts under your account).

7. One person or legal entity may not maintain more than one free account.

8. You may not use the Service for any illegal or unauthorized purpose. You must not, in the use of the Service, violate any laws in your jurisdiction (including but not limited to copyright or trademark laws).

B. Payment, Refunds, Upgrading and Downgrading Terms for Storage, Print or Download Purchases

1. All paid services must enter a valid credit card. Free accounts or services are not required to provide a credit card number.

2. Any purchase for direct download or print order will be billed immediately.

3. The Download and Print Services are billed immediately upon purchase and is non-refundable.

4. All fees are inclusive of VAT as according to the regulations from EU, but exempt of any additional taxes, levies, or duties that may be imposed by taxing authorities, and you shall be responsible for payment of all such taxes, levies, or duties, excluding only Danish VAT & taxes.

7. Downgrading your Service may cause the loss of Content, features, or capacity of your Account. Travel Kollekt does not accept any liability for such loss.

C. Cancellation and Termination 

1. You are solely responsible for properly canceling your service. A phone request to cancel your service is not considered cancellation. You can cancel your service subscription at any time by sending a written cancellation to support@travelkollekt.com

2. To permanently terminate your account, send a request to support@travelkollekt.com. All of your Content will be immediately deleted from the Service upon termination. This information can not be recovered once your account is terminated.

3. If you cancel the Service before the end of your current paid up period, your benefits will remain active for the entire time that you purchased and you will not be charged again. Should you wish to terminate your account before the end of your current paid up period, your termination will take effect immediately.

4. Travel Kollekt, in its sole discretion, has the right to suspend or terminate your account and refuse any and all current or future use of the Service, or any other Travel Kollekt service, for any reason at any time. Such termination of the Service will result in the deactivation or deletion of your Account or your access to your Account, and the forfeiture and relinquishment of all Content in your Account. Travel Kollekt reserves the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason at any time.

D. Modifications to the Service and Prices

1. Travel Kollekt reserves the right at any time and from time to time to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, the Service (or any part thereof) with or without notice.

2. Prices of all Services, including but not limited to monthly subscription plan fees, prints and downloads to the Service, are subject to change upon 30 days notice from us. Such notice may be provided at any time by posting the changes to the Travel Kollekt Site (travelkollekt.com) or the Service itself.

3. Travel Kollekt shall not be liable to you or to any third party for any modification, price change, suspension or discontinuance of the Service.

E. Copyright and Content Ownership

1. We claim no intellectual property rights over the material you provide to the Service. Your profile and materials uploaded remain yours. However, by setting your kollekted items to be viewed publicly, you agree to allow others to view your Content. By setting your items to be viewed publicly, you also agree to allow others to view and/or kollekt your items.

2. Travel Kollekt does not pre-screen Content, but Travel Kollekt and its designee have the right (but not the obligation) in their sole discretion to refuse or remove any Content that is available via the Service.

3. You shall defend Travel Kollekt against any claim, demand, suit or proceeding made or brought against Travel Kollekt by a third party alleging that Your Content, or Your use of the Service in violation of this Agreement, infringes or misappropriates the intellectual property rights of a third party or violates applicable law, and shall indemnify Travel Kollekt for any damages finally awarded against, and for reasonable attorney’s fees incurred by, Travel Kollekt in connection with any such claim, demand, suit or proceeding; provided, that Travel Kollekt (a) promptly gives You written notice of the claim, demand, suit or proceeding; (b) gives You sole control of the defense and settlement of the claim, demand, suit or proceeding (provided that You may not settle any claim, demand, suit or proceeding unless the settlement unconditionally releases Travel Kollekt of all liability); and © provides to You all reasonable assistance, at Your expense.

4. The look and feel of the Service is copyright ©Travel Kollekt, Dot Guides ApS. All rights reserved. You may not duplicate, copy, or reuse any portion of the HTML/CSS, Javascript, or visual design elements or concepts without express written permission from Travel Kollekt.

F. General Conditions 

1. Your use of the Service is at your sole risk. The service is provided on an “as is” and “as available” basis.

2. Technical support is only provided to paying account holders and is only available via email. Support is only available in English.

3. You understand that Travel Kollekt uses third party vendors and hosting partners to provide the necessary hardware, software, networking, storage, and related technology required to run the Service.

4. You must not modify, adapt or hack the Service or modify another website so as to falsely imply that it is associated with the Service, Travel Kollekt, or any other Travel Kollekt service.

5. You agree not to reproduce, duplicate, copy, sell, resell or exploit any portion of the Service, use of the Service, or access to the Service without the express written permission by Travel Kollekt.

6. We may, but have no obligation to, remove Content and Accounts containing Content that we determine in our sole discretion are unlawful, offensive, threatening, libelous, defamatory, pornographic, obscene or otherwise objectionable or violates any party’s intellectual property or these Terms of Service.

7. Verbal, physical, written or other abuse (including threats of abuse or retribution) of any Travel Kollekt customer, employee, member, or officer will result in immediate account termination.

8. You understand that the technical processing and transmission of the Service, including your Content, may be transferred unencrypted and involve (a) transmissions over various networks; and (b) changes to conform and adapt to technical requirements of connecting networks or devices.

9. You must not upload, post, host, or transmit unsolicited email, SMSs, or “spam” messages.

10. You must not transmit any worms or viruses or any code of a destructive nature.

11. If your bandwidth usage significantly exceeds the average bandwidth usage (as determined solely by Travel Kollekt) of other Travel Kollekt customers, we reserve the right to immediately disable your account or throttle your file hosting until you can reduce your bandwidth consumption.

12. Travel Kollekt does not warrant that (i) the service will meet your specific requirements, (ii) the service will be uninterrupted, timely, secure, or error-free, (iii) the results that may be obtained from the use of the service will be accurate or reliable, (iv) the quality of any products, services, information, or other material purchased or obtained by you through the service will meet your expectations, and (v) any errors in the Service will be corrected.

13. You expressly understand and agree that Travel Kollekt shall not be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, consequential or exemplary damages, including but not limited to, damages for loss of profits, goodwill, use, data or other intangible losses (even if Travel Kollekt has been advised of the possibility of such damages), resulting from: (i) the use or the inability to use the service; (ii) the cost of procurement of substitute goods and services resulting from any goods, data, information or services purchased or obtained or messages received or transactions entered into through or from the service; (iii) unauthorized access to or alteration of your transmissions or data; (iv) statements or conduct of any third party on the service; (v) or any other matter relating to the service.

14. The failure of Travel Kollekt to exercise or enforce any right or provision of the Terms of Service shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. The Terms of Service constitutes the entire agreement between you and Travel Kollekt and govern your use of the Service, superseding any prior agreements between you and Travel Kollekt (including, but not limited to, any prior versions of the Terms of Service). You agree that these Terms of Service and Your use of the Service are governed under Danish law.

15. Questions about the Terms of Service should be sent to hello@travelkollekt.com.