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 2017, I (Gemma) will no longer be a full time high school teacher. I’ve reduced my hours down to three days per week which allows me some time to concentrate on monetising Two Scots Abroad. Here is an outline of what we plan to do, how we save money through blogging while travelling and how we have grown over the past 3.5 years.
And don’t you rock my world! A blog can’t do the following steps without having a dedicated and engaged audience. Thank you for reading our stories, commenting on our articles, liking our, and sharing your experiences over at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. 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?
Since March 2015, we have had the opportunity to work with heaps of exciting tours, hostels/ hotels, restaurants and brands. We review our experience, share it with you through photos and quips on social media and articles here at Two Scots Abroad. In exchange, we get a couple of nights stay in accommodation, a meal at a restaurant, the odd trip here and there, etc. Never ask a blogger – ‘what do you get for free?!’ It’s not free, we work our socks off representing businesses, it’s like billboard advertising, but via your laptop and phone, to a much smaller audience! Blogging wannabes, you may need a media kit to reach out (pitch) to businesses. For this, you need a dedicated and engaged audience! You’ll know when I am raving about a business, you’ll see our disclaimer at the bottom of the article. We only pitch companies which we feel is right for us (as a mature couple on a budget) which in turn is ideal for the Two Scots Abroad readers.
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. This is one of the many ways that digital nomads make money so they can keep sharing banging tips and tricks with their readers. 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). I fell sick in Vancouver and had to claim; True Traveller were supportive and speedy in getting my refund. See if their rates are right for you by clicking here.
We always recommended products that make our travel lives easier and now we may direct you to some of them (like my favourite Marmot Precip, that blue waterproof jacket that features in every Facebook image in Scotland) through Amazon. 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 and helped keep our website live. You are essentially paying me a wage so many thanks.
Booking.Com and TripAdvisor
These are two search engines for accommodation that I will be recommending for availability, prices and reviews. I use both and definitely missed TA’s advice when we were in Cuba!
We now 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, I need to start making a sustainable income from our site so they are now a new feature. Unfortunately, too many companies want to pay for your skills and experience in exposure because that pays the bills… whereas these ads could be a promising passive income for us. We are so programmed to seeing ads everywhere, did you notice?!
These are posts which 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 less often a full-blown review. Just another way that bloggers pay their bills. You may find paid links in our guides but the recommendation is no less regardless of who is footing the bill.
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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