Disclosures & Small Print

Occasionally I partner with tourism boards and companies to share stories about destinations, products, or services. Sometimes I receive compensation as part of these partnerships.

This can be in the form of cash, flights, accommodation, activities, gear, etc. Unless I’m doing a “best of” gear review — in that situation I buy all the gear myself to ensure I’m unbiassed.

Despite these partnerships, I always try my very best to give you an unbiased account of my experiences. No one tells me what to write about.

Every company or destination I work with understands that what I publish on this blog will be my honest opinion.

If they have a problem with this policy, we don’t work together.

Amazon Associates Disclosure

I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

I’m also a member of similar programs with other companies. Booking.com for example.

So while the price of a product is the same for you either way, I receive a small commission if you buy something after clicking my link. These affiliate partnerships help me travel longer & keep this blog running.

I would never endorse a product or service I didn’t actually believe in.

Reader trust is much more important to me than cash or free stuff!

That said, beginning December 1, 2009, the FTC requires bloggers to provide disclosures whenever there could be hidden interests or unspoken biases related to recommendations.

Now if I visit an ostrich farm for free, I would need to specify this. Same holds true if I use Amazon affiliate links when telling you about my favorite travel backpack.

Adding disclaimers with every single link on this blog would be tedious and distracting.

Imagine if your favorite blockbuster movies had to flash “Paid for by Coca Cola” every time someone was drinking a Coke! Haha.

So to cover my ass and preserve your reading experience, please assume that, for every recommendation, link, and product I use, the following all hold true:

FTC Disclosures

I agree with and follow the Blog With Integrity Pledge.

Illustrations courtesy of Louis Gray and Jeannine Schafer.