This disclosure page was built simply to let you know about any advertising interests or inherent bias we may have throughout this blog, which legally covers our butts from policy put into place by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
It can be increasingly difficult these days to determine what Internet pages are really just ads disguised as sponsored content and which contain legitimate information. This hilarious clip from the TV show South Park is a perfect illustration of what we’re referring to.
We want you to be able to discern any advertising interests you may find on this website, so this is exactly what this disclosure policy intends to do.
Minimal Ads on This Website
This site was built from our own funds. We put hundreds of dollars into this effort each year just to keep the servers humming, not to mention all of our travel expenses which gives us experiences to write about. We never ask for donations nor do we clutter this website with annoying pop-ups ads. But we do have a few ads throughout the site and occasionally receive some minimal compensation from referral links, which is detailed below.
Affiliate Link Disclosure
Instead of cluttering the site with ads, we occasionally recommend some of our favorite travel products, tours, or hotels, whenever relevant, within blog posts. In return, these companies sometimes pay us a tiny commission for recommending their product or service. This is known as an affiliate link. Literally, we are usually making a few cents for any instance that someone clicks and purchases something. You still pay the absolute lowest price, and those few pennies we earn come from the Company, not you. The affiliate links in no way affects the price you pay.
For example, we love this 3-outlet travel mini charger & surge protector with USB outlets that you can buy from Amazon. We own one ourselves and wholeheartedly recommend it.
See, what we just did there. That’s an affiliate link! If you were to click on that link and buy it, Amazon sends us $0.66 for referring this product. (So if you do buy it, thank you!)
We only recommend products and services that we truly endorse. We recommend them to you regardless of there being an affiliate link or not. Our primary motivation is to help you discover the best value in travel through our recommendations. If a website we recommend has an affiliate link where we can earn some extra beer money, that’s a nice little bonus for us! Really, these affiliate links are just a small way to help us with the cost of maintaining this blog while leaving it ad-free.
It would be a tedious process to mark each and every affiliate link with a disclaimer and doing so would destroy the flow of an article. So in this over-arching disclosure policy, please assume that every link you find on this site is an affiliate link (although in reality not all are). Most all Amazon links, Viator links, and accommodation booking that we link to from our site does contain affiliate links.
Comped Travel Disclosure
We pay for most of our travel experiences and accommodation out of our own pocket. But occasionally some nice companies will extend courtesies to us or will cover the cost of an experience in hopes that we will blog about it and spread the good word about whatever they may have offered us.
It’s really a win-win-win. We get to try out an experience or stay somewhere that we may have otherwise not considered. In return a Company gets some added exposure through our blog and social media channels. And hence you get the full scoop (with our truthful review and tips) on this experience that we otherwise may not have written about.
So if it’s a good fit for our site, we gladly accept such courtesies but we don’t let that affect our opinion. If we had a bad experience, you’re going to get the truth from us, even if we burn some bridges with the company that hosted us. Oh well.
We disclose instances of comped trips within blog posts by saying something like “We were guests of Planetary Expeditions during this intergalactic trip Mars,” so you’ll know exactly when a company has graciously hosted us as guests.
Paid Post Disclosure
Some blogs receive money in exchange for guest posts or for making product recommendations. We currently do not do this. We have been approached by various casinos among other companies who have wanted us to place a prepackaged-post about their service on our blog. They’ve offered to pay us pretty nicely to do so. While that cash is certainly attractive, we’re simply not willing to sacrifice the integrity of this site that we’ve worked so hard to build.
So if you see us recommending anything, you can be assured that we wrote it ourselves and that it is something we endorse without any ulterior motive.
We hope that clears things up. But if you have any other questions about our disclosure policy, feel free to drop us a line.