We started The Art of Travel blog to build a vibrant community of travelers so as to learn from each other intellectually, to exchange travel related tips, hacks, and interesting travel stories.
This blog is not primarily financially driven. We do not make any significant income from this blog. This blog is purely for our own personal muse and all the recommendations made on this blog are the tools, products or things that we have personally tried and tested.
However, having said all of the above, there are real costs associated with running this blog such as hosting charges, data storage, and backup charges, domain renewal charges, etc. to name a few. Occasionally, we use affiliate links which on a good, full moon night makes us few extra cents that is not enough to cover the cost of this blog.
In another word, The Art of Travel participates in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn commissions by linking to Amazon.
In other words, this means that whenever you buy a book or product on Amazon from a link shared on The Art of Travel, we get a small percentage of the price of the item (at no additional cost to you). That helps support us and this blog by offsetting a fraction of what it takes to maintain the site and is very much appreciated.
Not all the links and mentions on this site are affiliate links but some of the links and mentions on this site may be affiliate links. That said, the mentions or links do not affect the actual opinions and recommendations of the authors.
Therefore, please read the following:
Regardless, beginning December 1, 2009, the FTC requires bloggers to disclose whenever there could be hidden interests or unspoken biases related to recommendations.
So here goes: Per the FTC rules, if we interview someone for our The Art of Travel Podcast and they grab the bill for lunch, we would need to disclose this. Ditto if we use an Amazon link that gets us 8 cents instead of an Amazon link that gets me 0 cents. If someone gifts us a comfy t-shirt with a logo and we wear it in a photo, same deal. We also advertise products from our commercial venture, The Art of Travel Store on this blog.
One Notice To Guide It All
It will be both cumbersome and ugly to add little disclaimers all over this blog, on every single page. This would be tedious for us and even more tedious for you, the readers. But rules are rules. To cover our ass and to preserve your reading experience to an A+ quality, please assume that, for every link and product that we use, the following all hold true:
Finally, if you run a blog and have similar concerns, please feel free to use the text and images on this page with proper attribution. There is no reason why each blogger should have to reinvent the wheel.
Last updated: Feb 17, 2018