Be Cautious of Mainstream Travel Advice

Bell and I give good travel advice not just because we’ve been around the block, but because we’re not paid off by companies like Expedia, Kayak and Orbitz. Many travelers think provide the best deals, but rarely do. In fact, many powers that be won’t even accept our comments because of the advice we give!

The beautiful green colored Ljubljana River  dissects the center of Ljubljana, Slovenia. mainstream travel advice
The beautiful green colored Ljubljana River dissects the center of Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Hidden Sponsored Posts

Often times, mainstream publishers hide sponsored content. We frequently see this on Top Destinations to Visit this Year lists. Often times, those lists don’t disclose that they’re paid advertisements. For a great article on saving money on plane tickets, check out ours in comparison.

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Comparing Prices Across Booking Sites

Why do we seem against these sites? Because they are rarely the best deal… For example, Bell is booking tickets to Boston for work, on Skyscanner the cost is €408, on Expedia the same ticket was €427 and €426.

That €19 ($25) savings is a nice dinner, but is a drop in the bucket in the grand scheme of things. Expedia and Kayak can’t publish Southwest Airlines fares so by not checking out Southwest’s website on a route they fly within the US, Expedia could literally overcharge you hundreds on a trip, and that’s just on the plane tickets.

If you take our advice over many mainstream “experts,” you could save hundreds and maybe even thousands, depending how much you travel. That’s no joke. Read our best travel hacks. They help us save thousands of dollars every year on travel!

This is why the ABC moderator did not accept the comment linking to our blog. Travel Channel has done the same to us on Facebook. Thankfully the Frugal Traveler over at the NY Times has been good to us and has accepted comments linking to this website. We greatly appreciate that as it has drawn good traffic from NY Times readers.

Mainstream Travel Advice Recap

We realize the nature of the business and companies with deep pockets provide advertising money to TV channels, print and online media (even medium to large sized travel blogs that were once like us!). So generally, exercise caution with the advice of mainstream travel and certain travel blogs.

As this site continues to grow, Bell and I won’t take freebies from companies we don’t believe provide good value, in exchange for bogus positive reviews. We aim to tout the people that do things right because this game can be played the right way, without being too greedy.

Travel is awesome and we want to encourage it and show that it can be enjoyed at a lower price than many people think. Take mainstream travel advice with a grain of salt. Read smaller websites too. Always check multiple sources!


  • Alex&Bell

    Alex and Bell originally met while solo traveling after finishing university in 2002, in Brugge, Belgium. Alex grew up in the USA and Bell hails from Australia. During our nearly 20 year marriage we've lived around the world, including spending six years living in the Netherlands and Ireland. We have traveled to nearly 70 countries and enjoy giving readers authentic and quality travel tips. Alex is an award winning travel journalist and travel planner, who also freelances for other outlets. Bell is an award winning PhD scientist who currently works for a non-profit lung cancer advocacy research organization called Lungevity. Happy travels and if you have any questions leave a comment or drop an email!

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