Who We Are
I am Michell Haase, the founder of WanderFolk. I have spent over twenty years building online consumer solutions for companies like Motorola and Ticketmaster. I am also the mom to a wonderful wheelchair athlete and future Paralympian (hopefully) who is almost 20 years old.
I created WanderFolk out of a basic need; to easily find reliable travel information that matched my family dynamic. My family, and many others like it, are made up of people of various ages, abilities, limitations, health conditions, and preferences. I've struggled finding the information I need to plan family trips when I had to consider family members who had allergies, autism, or mobility limitations. I've spent countless hours making phone calls, search the internet, calling travel agents, and most of the time, I don't find what I'm looking for.
I created an extensive database that has details for hotels, restaurants, stores, tours, attractions, and transportation for 15 major cities. Details include restaurants table layouts, parking proximity, menu types, hotel room layout, companion/accessible restroom location, and much more. We also made it easy for properties to give us their information.
After surveying families, asking them what they look for, I wrote a search algorithm that queries my data and can provide search results based on information families enter in their WanderFolk profile. Family travel planners will be able to tell us about their families, their preferences, their loyalty programs, their family abilities, limitations, medical conditions, allergies, and budget points. We can then match their family dynamic to the best places to stay, play, and eat.
What We Need
We are asking for $175k to help us:
Code and test the search algorithm
Update our database to include some new items that our family advisors told us they needed
Update our consumer database to collect more family information
Secure and protect our consumer information
Build the WanderFolk website front end
Begin the marketing effort
You contribution will make family travel planning so much easier for the millions of people who are frustrated with their current options for finding information. It is our hope that taking the stress out of family planning will help more families spend more time together, celebrating milestones, and making memories.
Other Ways You Can Help
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