Some of the attractions and tours reviewed here on Five Suitcases have been invited, complimentary media visits; sometimes just for the author, sometimes for the author and a photographer. Without these invited visits, these reviews simply could not be written, as it would not be feasible to self-fund admission to so many tours and attractions.
I take care to only review experiences that I think will be worthwhile—if I don’t think I’m likely to enjoy it, or if my target audience won’t enjoy it, I skip it. This is in fairness to myself, my readers, and the business operators.
When I do visit a normally paid experience for an invited media tour, it is always done under the condition that I am an independent travel critic visiting to publish an honest review.
Occasionally, I will write and publish sponsored posts on the blog. This content helps pay for the ongoing maintenance of the website and for my effort in publishing regular, high-quality content. I only work with trustworthy, legitimate businesses, and will always properly label sponsored posts and include a link to this disclosure.
These posts, paid or non-paid, promote and review free entertainment, books, and other resources relevant to Five Suitcases readers.
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