Travel articles based on first-hand knowledge
We never write destination guides based merely on researched information taken from the web. We only write about places we have actually been, in order to share genuine impressions and useful tips.
No sponsored press trips
While sponsored trips (funded by tourism boards, hotel chains, or tour operators) do have their place, we’ve chosen not to partake in these. The Indie Traveller ethos is all about traveling independently — and we think the most useful content is based on experiences we’ve paid for ourselves.
Travel is not great for the environment. There’s sadly no way around this reality, at least for now.
In the meantime, we try to minimize or mitigate our impact:
- We support Cool Earth, an NGO that’s saving rainforests by helping villages develop alternative sustainable incomes.
- Whenever I (Marek) fly, I offset any CO2 emissions (through Atmosfair), which gets invested in carbon-emission reducing projects.
- We invest a large part of the site’s revenues into clean energy funds.
How does the site make money?
While all content on Indie Traveller is free, the site makes money in a couple of ways. The main sources are banner advertising, book sales, and affiliate commissions.
We work with only a single advertising network, Mediavine. Their ads are fast-loading and don’t include pop-ups, auto-playing videos, or anything like that. If you see a bad ad, you can report it using the link below the ad.
We don’t ever sell hidden links and don’t do sponsored posts or other types of “native advertising”. If anything is ever paid-for, you will know.
What are affiliate links?
Affiliate links let us earn a small commission if you decide to make a purchase at a 3rd party website.
For example, when we link to the Hostelworld booking site, this is usually an affiliate link. If you follow such a link and then make a booking, Hostelworld gives Indie Traveller a small kick-back (usually a dollar or two). This comes at no extra cost to you.
We only link to products or services we believe in. Currently, we use the following affiliate programs: Hostelworld, Amazon, Booking.com, Agoda, World Nomads travel insurance, Columbus travel insurance, Tortuga backpacks, Bluehost, GetYourGuide, Vietnam-Visa.com, Momondo, Kiwi, and Skyscanner.
We like affiliate links as a way to monetize a site as the links are relevant, can help you out directly, and we’re totally in control of these links. No one is telling us what to write or what to link to and, in most cases, we don’t even have any direct contact with these partners (these links typically use automated systems). We can recommend or un-recommend any product or service at any time.
P.S. Amazon legally requires us to put a particular disclosure phrase on the site, so here goes: “I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.” Just so you know.