We only write about resorts, cruises and trips that we’d personally recommend to friends.
Occasionally we get asked to write posts about travel products or services for which we are paid. These sponsored posts may include information or content provided to us (which we fact-check to the best of our ability). But we write or edit all posts, and we only feature posts that we think add value to your reader experience. And we disclose when we’ve worked in partnership with others.
All links to external sites are included to enhance your reader experience – so you can easily click on the website of the particular hotel, cruise ship or tour operator without having to Google it!
Some links may be affiliate links, for example, to Booking.com and HotelsCombined.com (a hotel price comparison site). When we pay for hotels, we often use Booking.com ourselves. You’ll get the same experience clicking on these affiliate links as you would if you went directly to them. You won’t pay any more. But we may earn a small commission when you click on these links. (Thank you.)
As well, we like to recommend travel products that we personally use and like. And we may direct you to some of them through Amazon. We (Sand In My Suitcase) are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. Like all our affiliate links, this doesn’t cost you any extra money.
Some other links may be paid links, where a brand has asked us to include a link to their site. But we clearly disclose when a company has asked us to let you – our readers – know about their hospitality service or business.
It’s nice when our travels are partially or fully hosted! As professional travel writers, we accept press trips and media support from airlines, hotels, cruise lines, tourist boards and tour operators. But they don’t pay us for our travel stories or posts. And all words and views are our own.
Code of ethics
Consistent with the codes of ethics of the Travel Media Association of Canada (to which we belong) and the Society of American Travel Writers and North American Travel Journalists Association (to which Janice belongs), we don’t provide positive stories in exchange for media support.
We always retain complete editorial control over our words and stories.