Ethics and integrity are important to us.

Here’s where we stand.

Travel can be expensive. We pay our own way whenever it’s possible.

We only write about destinations, products or services with which we have firsthand knowledge.

If we can’t, we’ll use a reliable source of information and will credit the source prominently.

We don’t accept payment or courtesies for producing favorable materials about destinations, products or services.

Because many media outlets don’t provide the sometimes substantial funds required to report first-hand on all facets of destinations, we sometimes accept a special rate for transportation, accommodations or products for evaluation.

When we do, we disclose it as prominently as we can.

We have sponsors. They are listed on the right side of every page on this site.

Some of them offer us “in-kind” services in exchange for their sponsorship. These are also disclosed prominently on every page, in accordance with FTC regulations.

We believe it’s important for you to know what a sponsor is providing in as much detail as possible, so you can make an informed decision about the value of our content.

Our sponsors are paying to be on our website — nothing more.

We happen to like them, so we talk about them in social media, with our friends and family. When we do, we say they’re sponsors. We don’t made any promises of coverage to any of them, explicit or implicit.

We consider ourselves independent, and we think that’s why you like us. We report everything we see — good, bad and ugly. Our sponsors get it, and they’re cool with it.

We hope our readers are, too.

By the way, if you think we’ve failed to disclose something in one our stories, videos or tweets, tell us. We’ll fix it right away.