As a former journalist who now works in non-profit marketing, ethics have been pretty firmly imprinted in my brain. I cringe when I see dishonest writers abusing their platform for kick-backs, and it’s my belief that a highly defined sense of ethics is what separates professionals from the rest of the pack. For that reason, I want to be very clear: any opinions posted on TheHopefulTraveler.com are 100% my own.
Under no circumstances will I ever post something on this site that I don’t personally believe. Any reviews or recommendations posted on The Hopeful Traveler will always be based on my truthful observations—and if there ever comes a time when I write about something I received for free or at a rate not available to the general public, I will absolutely disclose that information in the post itself.
You should also be aware that The Hopeful Traveler is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.
What that means is when I want to share with you a product I love, and I’ve linked to its product page on Amazon, I may get a small commission from Amazon (at no additional cost to you) if you choose to buy that item. That being said, I promise never to be gratuitous with my product linking. The only time it will happen is when I want to tell you about items I have purchased or used myself, or are from brands I have previously purchased and loved.
As a fairly new blog, The Hopeful Traveler has no other form of advertising and is—as of May 2016—completely self-financed. If and when that changes, I promise to update this disclosure policy with any new details.