Whether you’re brand new to sightDOING or a long-time reader, I think it’s important that you know where I stand. In the interest of transparency, here’s what you need to know about my blog.
First Things First
SightDOING is first and foremost a set of personal opinions meant for entertainment only. I love to share my stories and perhaps you’ll even find them inspiring. However, your circumstances, experiences, and opinions may differ from my own. Any time you travel — even if you’re trying to re-create my plans and travel style — you’re doing so at your own risk.
I started SightDOING because I love traveling and simply wanted to share my experiences and encourage travel in an online community. The majority of travel discussed throughout the website was self-funded. Sponsored or discounted trips will be disclosed as such. I have not accepted any sponsored trips from March 2020 onward — all my recent travel is 100% self-funded.
That said, I receive financial compensation in the form of affiliate links, display advertising, and the occasional sponsored post. This income primarily covers the costs associated with maintaining a website. Occasionally, I earn a little extra which gets funneled into paying for my next trip (and more stories!) as compensation for this labor of love.
I make the following commitments to my readers:
- In accordance with FTC guidelines, I will include a disclosure in any post that may provide financial compensation to me.
- Your trust is important to me, so even when posts are sponsored, all text is my own and is based on my personal experiences and opinions.
- I only include affiliate links for products or services that I truly believe will add value to your next travel experience.
Errors and Omissions
I strive to ensure the content I share is accurate, but the travel industry is quickly changing and I make no claims that the material presented on this site is current or complete. Please directly review all terms, conditions, and details before acting on any material.
If you notice inaccuracies, typos, or other errors, please send me an email to let me know so that I may correct the article appropriately.
All content unless otherwise noted is my own and not provided or reviewed by any other entity. If you wish to re-publish any of my articles, photos, or other materials, please contact me for permission.
SightDOING collects and logs certain data for analytical purposes, including (but not limited to) what source brought you to my website, which posts you’ve read, and whether you shared an article on social media. I use this information to decide what to write next, but I don’t store your personal information.
I respect your privacy and am committed to protecting it.
I tremendously value my readership and hope you continue to visit in the future. If you’d like to support SightDOING, the best way you can do so is by sharing my website with anyone you feel may also enjoy my content. You’ll find social sharing buttons on every single post and I’m grateful anytime you pass on these stories. I also appreciate links from your own website and Twitter follows.
Thanks for your support and I look forward to sharing more about travel with you.
Fine Print (Because Legally I Have To)
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