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About this project

This isn't just another travel company. 

Target £15,000 - Stretch Target £50,000

www.gonewest.com

"We pursued a fairly different path to most. After leaving our homes behind at the age of eighteen to pursue unpredictable journeys around the world, we became addicted to the sense of total freedom that came with travel. The feeling of putting ourselves in as many different shoes as possible became a hobby and the desire to submerge ourselves in different environments and cultures became a way of life. Finally, our seemingly endless love affair reached its peak and a question arose. How could we give back to a way of life that had given us so much? The answer was to give others the opportunity to explore and conserve the planet simultaneously. Gone West was born." Founders - Tom & James

We offer a tool kit for travellers and a platform designed to create a direct relationship between our users and their natural environment. When you book through us, we plant enough trees to offset the carbon you'll produce as a result of your trip. You'll also have access to an extensive archive of creative content showcasing our wonderful planet, so you'll never be short of inspiration or ideas for where to explore next.

We are the first providers of direct sustainable travel. By operating global reforestation projects and offering a sophisticated booking system, we are proud to state that we aim to offer the worlds first 100% Carbon Neutral travel tool.

Do we actually plant the trees?

We plant every single tree with our own hands.

First we acquire an area of land. We then plant trees native to that environment, ensuring ownership rights to the Gone West Foundation. This means we are able to ensure that our entire carbon offset service has been carried out legitimately and the trees planted will be protected.

Although we have been operating for a number of years in partnership with commercial forestry companies, we have never carried out a independent Gone West project on land that we own. By launching our Kickstarter we can succeed in creating our first ever plant and protect zone. Not only does this enable sustainable travel but also paid employment opportunities for people all over the world. We have chosen to begin with the Ireland as our first project location.

So, what are the specifics?

It's fairly simple. Once upon a time our home played host to over 1.5 million trees to every person. Now its less than 400 trees per person. One tree can provide four people with oxygen over their lifetime and so without trees our planet and its inhabitants will die. Sadly, since the industrial revolution this factor has been massively overlooked, resulting in a devastating effect on our planets ecosystems.

We believe travel is a priceless experience and that it shouldn't be a selfish act, so we've created a way for our users to explore the globe and give back to the environment. We work to a simple cycle: our environmental science team will calculate the carbon emissions produced by your trip and send the data to our reforestation team, who work around the clock to plant enough trees to offset the environmental damage, but we don't stop there, our future plan is to offset our own affiliate partners from our search results, so we can provide a green list of choices for our users to book with. For a deeper understanding please visit www.gonewest.com/re-plant. 

Our Booking System:

Gone West Trip Planner data retrieval path
Gone West Trip Planner data retrieval path
  • Transport - To begin with, we are looking to expand our network of affiliates in order to give our users the best possible experience. By working in partnership we able to offer our user all the same deals and competitive, live prices at no extra cost. Our long term goal is to provide options for Ocean, Air & Land.
  • Accommodation & Activities - We have partnered with Expedia, but do not have the resources to create our own international database of accommodation affiliates yet, although we are continuously working on this target, it will be a few years and take financial backing before we can provide a bespoke result search.
  • Jobs - Catering to our younger audience of students and youth travellers, something we have always wanted to include is an easier way to get work and work experience related to a topic or subject you have studied or wish to explore. Being once young travellers ourselves we remember the frustrations of being in a country with no work and unable to pay for that ticket home or next nights accommodation. For now we plan to team up with Work Away to integrate a functioning search result until we have the resources to provide our own.
Beta 1.0
Beta 1.0

 

Market Research

We performed our market research in two locations to capture data from the general public, speaking to 50 individuals at each.

Students - Nottingham University UK: 

  • (80%) of people said they cared about the impact travel has on the environment.

  • (98%) of people said that they'd use a service which offset their carbon footprint. 

General Public - London High Street UK (Covent Garden & Camden Market):

  • (70%) of people said they cared about the impact travel has on the environment.
  • (88%) of people said that they'd use a service which offset their carbon footprint.

Offering

ONLINE

Phase 1: Introduce our primary offering, a booking system aimed to create sustainable travel possible at no extra cost, using third party API's. 

Phase 2: Initiate our own database of green affiliates and introduce a low priced membership, offering travel rewards depending on how many trees our members plant using our system. 

OFFLINE

We aim to Plant a minimum 100,000 trees per year (depending on the total carbon emitted by our member base), after we complete our two rounds of crowdfunding, on an area of land between 33 Hectares at a minimum. We will begin in Ireland. Our aim is to implement a "Plant & Protect" project in each country which can provide government support or philanthropy for our mission. Each Plant & Protect plot, no matter the size, will be under the protection of Gone West and its members, each plot will become a nature reserve for our members to visit when ever they wish for free, we offer this because we realise how awesome it is to actually see a forest you have contributed to planting yourself, we wish to share this experience so our community can make a visit year after year to witness their trees grow strong and tall.

Our nature reserves will never be cut down, thus providing an everlasting carbon sink for our planet and new home for wildlife to thrive.

REWARDS:

To get things started, we'll plant a tree for every £10 donated alongside all of our available rewards up to £1000.

 

World Map does not come with frame
World Map does not come with frame

 

T-Shirts sizes - XS S M L XL
T-Shirts sizes - XS S M L XL

 

120 Tote bags available / We send you a tree based on the environment you wish to plant it
120 Tote bags available / We send you a tree based on the environment you wish to plant it

 

 

Hoodies Sizes - S M XL / Large Prints A1
Hoodies Sizes - S M XL / Large Prints A1

 

Beanie - S M L / Raglan Ts - XS S M L XL / Hat - S M L
Beanie - S M L / Raglan Ts - XS S M L XL / Hat - S M L

 

 

 

What will we use the money for? 

(If our project is overfunded and we reach our stretch goal the below will increase accordingly and divided as displayed)

  • To improve and manage our booking system: £4,000
Our booking system is almost functional but very basic at present. With this figure invested we will be able to fund our tech team to implement a functional profile system for our users, improve the search results to cater to a broader audience & in general enhance the user experience. In order for us to reach Phase 2 of our booking system we will need a much larger investment of working capital, in this instance our campaign through Kickstarter is to create proof of concept and a minimum viable product, once this is achieved we can undergo our second round of crowdfunding through Seedrs and begin phase two.

  • Support our Plant & Protect project in its early stages: £6,000
Our Plant & Protect project has come a long way. We have gained sufficient knowledge and experience working for larger companies in the industry, but to operate independently we need two vehicles and the deposit for our first "Plant & Protect" plot. Our first plot will be purchased in Ireland and will act as a "test" site. We have no choice but to start small, if our campaign is over funded, we can acquire a larger plot.
Below is an example of our proposed test site:
 

Description: 

  • Size: 3 Hectares - €25,000
  • Location: Co.Mayo 
  • Deposit: €2,500
  • Trees: 8,000

If we raise more than our target of £15,000 our choice of land will change to a larger plot, thus we can plant more trees to cater to our larger community of travellers.


  • Fund team to spend more time away from day job and focus on Gone West: £5,000
By providing certain members of our team with financial support, we are able to create content and implement a marketing budget to promote our service. This will then provide us with proof of concept, a user database and user testing resulting in a prepared campaign for our second round of crowdfunding on Seedrs.

We care deeply about honesty and transparency, please visit www.gonewest.com/re-plant to learn more about how we plan to operate ethically.

Please visit www.gonewest.com/our-family to meet the people behind the mission.

Thank you for taking an interest in our project, lets save our home together.

Love,

The Gone West Family.

Risks and challenges

Marketing will be one of two challenges. The figure we have pledged for will be enough to complete basic production and perform basic online marketing.

Our second challenge will inevitably be acquiring land. We've been sourcing land for planting for years and know what we're doing however, if we exceed our long-term targets, finding land will become harder and more expensive. We hope with help from our network and from government bodies, conservation societies and forestry commissions that we will succeed in sourcing enough land to undergo our Plant and Protect schemes.

In the unlikely event we run out of land, we will initiate our second creative way to conserve our home, aquaculture of coral.

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    6 day Surf & Yoga Retreat Sri Lanka

    Embark on spiritual journey to one of our favourite countries in the world, we take you to the beautiful island of Sri Lanka to perform a 6 day course of total wellness, 2 yoga and meditation classes per day with surfing for beginner and amateur levels in between, 2 meals a day are included with tailored accomodation included (whether your a couple or alone we will customise your stay to suite you), we promise to send you home totally rejuvenated and reborn. All travel upon arrival in Colombo are included. Flights to and from Sri Lanka are not included. Dates & Further details to be discussed at the conclusion of the Kickstarter campaign.

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    5 Day Photography Workshop Iceland

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    One Acre Planted: Business or Family

    We will plant one acre of native forest in the name of your business or family. The acre will be planted in our first proposed location of Europe, upon completion we will provide you with a certificate, digital stamp for your companies website and the exact co-ordinates of where your new forest has been planted so you can visit for for many years to come.

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