Like many websites, part of our income derives from the placement of affiliate links (also called referral links). An affiliate/referral link is a link to a company that sells any kind of product (an e-commerce company) and pays commission to other websites (like this one) who link to them when someone buys something. This practice is called affiliate marketing.
For an in-depth explanation of affiliate marketing, feel free to read this Investopedia article which covers the topic in detail.
So when you click on an affiliate link on this website and buy something through that link, as a way of saying “thank you”, the company you buy from pays us a commission – a small percentage of the cost of whatever you’re buying. It’s their way of showing appreciation for the referral, and for linking to them in the first place, thus giving them more exposure. This is a very common way for websites like this to earn extra income.
From your end, you don’t get charged anything extra. If (for example) a book we recommend is, say, $10 going through an online store directly, it’s still $10 if you clicked on the online store link to the book on this site. The online store doesn’t charge you any more than they would anyway, they just pay us a small percentage of your $10 for the referral to thank us for sending your business their way. Make sense?
The same thing goes for flights, hotel rooms, vacation rental homes, or anything else we recommend through affiliate links on this site. No extra charges from your end whatsoever.
Every article and page with affiliate links on this site will be clearly labelled so you know these links exist on that article or page. We choose our affiliate partners carefully and only work with companies we trust and endorse, big name companies you’ve probably heard of and used yourself.
Please find the companies below we currently recommend with affiliate links. Note that our recommendation of these companies does mean they recommend us. We’re simply members of these companies affiliate programs, nothing more. The links below are NOT affiliate links:
If you have any questions about the affiliate programs we’re members of, please contact us and we’ll do our best to answer you, or contact the companies listed above directly.