Affiliate Disclosure

Disclosure of financial interest in links on this website

In 2015, the Federal Trade Commission released their new rules for Disclosure Compliance.

These rules are set in place to ensure that readers or viewers of web media (blogs, Youtube videos, etc.) will know if the blogger/presenter is sponsored, endorsed, or partnered with a different company. In blog terms, the readers need to know if the blogger is making money by sharing a link or product.

In compliance with the FTC guidelines, please assume the following about links and posts on this site:

Any links on The Expat Traveller ( that take you to products or services being sold on a different website, are affiliate links for which I receive a small compensation if you make a booking or buy a product or service.

This helps to defray the cost of operating this website.

The price you pay is the same, whether you buy the product through an affiliate link or go directly to the selling website.

What are affiliate links?

An affiliate link is a link that takes you from this website to a product or service being sold on a different website. It contains my affiliate identifier and if you purchase the product or service to which you were taken by the link I will receive a small commission.

If you purchase the product or service to which you were taken, you are buying the item directly from the seller (not from The Expat Traveller).

Amazon and/or other companies pay The Expat Traveller a small commission or other compensation for promoting their website or products through their affiliate program.

The prices you pay are exactly the same whether you purchase through an affiliate link or a non-affiliate link.

I use two main types of affiliate programs:

1. Amazon affiliate links

The Expat Traveller is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon properties including, but not limited to,

Amazon offers a small commission on products sold through their affiliate links.

If a blogger links to an Amazon product (with a special code for affiliates embedded in the link), and a reader buys an item within 24 hours of clicking the link, the blogger gets a small percentage of the sale.

Amazon links are not “pay per click.”

If you click on the product link, stay around Amazon and purchase something else, I will get commission on that sale as well.

Anytime you see a link that looks like . . or . . it can be assumed that it is an Amazon affiliate link.

2. Product affiliate links.

These affiliate links work in the same way: if you click the link and buy a product, or make a booking, then the blogger gets a percentage of the sale or some other type of compensation. Things like e-book bundles, e-courses, and online packages are usually affiliate links as well.

Again, prices are not different if you use these affiliate links. You will not pay more by clicking the affiliate link. These links are not “pay per click”.

What about sponsored content?

I do not write sponsored posts. I want to bring you real information based on my personal experience. However, if a post is sponsored by a company and it is a paid sponsorship, I will disclose this clearly in the beginning of the post.

If you have any questions about my use of affiliate links please do not hesitate to contact me.

Martin Malden

Martin Malden
The Expat Traveller