This blog is not primarily financially driven. We built it to help stay connected to our family and friends during our travels and, hopefully to help anyone on the interweb who’s considering a similar adventure.

That said, beginning December 1, 2009, the FTC requires bloggers to provide disclosures whenever there could be hidden interests or unspoken biases related to recommendations.

Per the FTC rules, if we interview someone and they grab the bill for lunch, we would need to specify this. Ditto if we use an Amazon link that pays us 8 cents instead of an Amazon link that pays us 0 cents. (this is called an affiliate link and we plan on using them frequently) If someone gives us comfy t-shirts with a logo and we wear them in a photo, same deal. Disclaimers all over the place.

This would be tedious for us and a continual eye sore for readers. But rules are rules.

To cover our collective ass and preserve your reading experience, please assume that, for every recommendation, link, and product we use, that one or all of the following hold true:

writer got a free bookwriter did time with member of storywriter got fedwriter got some sweet gadgetswriter got paid, yowriter got a helluva schwag bag

Please feel free to use the text and images on this page with proper attribution. We lifted this almost verbatim from Tim Ferriss. There is no reason why each blogger should have to reinvent the wheel.

(Illustrations courtesy of Louis Gray and Jeannine Schafer)