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Disclosure & our code of ethics


Reviews

We only write about resorts, cruises and trips that we’d personally recommend to friends.

And we’re always honest. You can trust us to report on the good (and to let you know of things you should be aware).

Sponsors

Sometimes we are asked to review products or services and offered payment to do so. If we think it’s something useful to you, we’ll do it. These sponsored posts typically 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 always disclose when we’ve received payment for a post.

Links

All links to external sites are included to help you – so you can easily click on the website of the particular hotel, cruise ship or tour operator without having to Google it!

Affiliate links:

Some links are affiliate links, for example, to Booking.com and Amazon. (When we pay for hotels, we often use Booking.com ourselves. And we hate to confess how much we love using Amazon to buy things!)

You’ll get the same experience clicking on these affiliate links as you would if you went directly to the original website. You won’t pay any more. But we may earn a small commission when you click on these affiliate links in our site. (Thank you.)

Amazon links:

We are a participant in the Amazon Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon and affiliated sites.

As an Amazon associate, we earn from qualifying purchases.

Paid links:

Some links may be paid links, where a brand has asked us to include a link to their site. But we always clearly disclose when a company has asked us to let you – our readers – know about their hospitality service or business.

Do most sites do this?

Many blogs and sites use affiliate links and paid reviews. Not all that many are upfront about it though.

Media trips

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.