When I started this blog 8 years ago, I just wanted to place to share my experiences. More recently, I've decided to get serious and focus on my efforts on reviewing products, so that like-minded travelers can be confident before they make a purchase.
Good gear costs money, we all know that. As much as I would like to purchase everything I want to review, that isn't a scalable way to continue writing long term.
While a good amount of the products I review are bought with my own money, I request samples from companies that I personally taken an interest in and want to write about, in order to share with the rest of the community.
When these company send me their products, it is under the condition that my review will be honest, and that both the good and bad will be written about their products.
If you purchase some products through the links on my site, I get a small kickback.
I spend hours and hours researching, taking photos and writing, and weeks testing each product. I pride myself on the fact that I only write about products that I personally try out and that my reviews are more in-depth than a lot of reviewers out there.
The commission I receive don't even earn me a minimum wage for the time I spent, but I continue doing it because I enjoy it. In fact, up to this point, 100% of the earnings I get goes back into the blog, like photography gear, server cost or purchasing products for review.
With that said, don't buy something that isn't right for you. You should only buy things you need and that will elevate your adventures, not distract you or be a burden. This is how I choose my gear and I wish the same for everyone.
Thank you again for reading.