As the number of stamps on our passports increases, we also expand our site so I think it’s time to share the small print with you. As of August 2018, I (Gemma) will no longer be a full-time high school teacher. I am now a full-time blogger/digital content creator! Here is an outline of how we monetise and legal terms that every website must consider.
And don’t you rock my world! A blog can’t do the following steps without having a dedicated and engaged audience.
You are our audience and we wouldn’t want to do anything to hurt that relationship. We entertain / you laugh – that’s how it works, yeah?
Affiliate links are like e-high fives from readers to content creators. If you click on an affiliate link to a recommended product or service (and then purchase), you are giving said content creator (us) some credit at no extra cost to you.
To put amounts into perspective for you – a reader bought SIX CUBA GUIDE BOOKS totally over $100, can you guess how much commission we received? $4.56!
Regardless, we are beginning to introduce affiliates into our articles (and our newsletter in future), this will not compromise on the quality of our content or the trustworthiness of my recommendations.
Here is the beginning of the list of companies that I trust, go ahead and rock your travel socks off.
This is who we purchased travel insurance from for our big 17-month career break to travel the Americas and Europe.
We chose them because of their customer service and their coverage.
They insure you at high altitudes which is important for those going to Peru, they also cover winter sports (we skied in Canada).
We always recommend products that make our travel lives easier and we may direct you to some of them in Amazon, like my favourite Marmot Precip, that blue waterproof jacket.
Like all of our affiliate links, this does not cost you extra money.
“We (Two Scots Abroad) are 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.”
Craig and I have stayed in hostels all over the world from the cheap and cheerful (like this party hostel in La Paz, Bolivia – it’s gotta be done!) to the pretty unique (we stayed in a converted prison in Slovenia!).
Hostels are often the most economical way to sleep while backpacking.
It sure comes with its downfalls (read some of our stories in our guide on how to be a decent dorm guest) but as a travelling couple hostels are a great option for our sanity; we get to meet fellow travellers like you, no more only talking to each other!
For us, Hostelworld is our go-to for booking, we’ve never had any issues with the site and like that we can read reviews before we book.
We will include hostel prices in the majority of our destination guides if you click through and book you’ve earned us some commission.
Booking.Com and TripAdvisor
These are two search engines for accommodation that I will be recommending for availability, prices and reviews.
+ a few more.
We have adverts on our sidebar, along the bottom of our site and embedded within the content.
I had my reservations about adding ads to the site for fear of it looking messy but in reality, they offer sustainable income.
Unfortunately, too many companies want to pay for your skills and experience in exposure because that pays the bills… whereas these ads is a promising passive income for us.
We are so programmed to seeing ads everywhere, did you notice?!
These are posts that businesses ask bloggers to write (or provide material for) which advertises a product or a service.
This is often a link within an article or a full-blown review. Just another way that bloggers pay their bills.
Many tourists and travellers ask us to use our own extensive travel experiences to make their trip the best holiday ever!
We are into it, just email us with the detail of our prices.
Even more businesses and bloggers ask us for our time too, bloggers we’re happy to send you in the right direction but we ask that you help get the Two Scots Abroad word out via sharing the love!
Businesses, we can look at your case on a one to one basis.
Friends, if you start private mailing me via Facebook, please take my time into consideration!
Check where we’ve been first please, there are no hidden secrets, no information left out of these posts that I slave over.
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