Let us make one thing clear: I am first and foremost a journalist. My primary goal is, and always shall be, to provide the best travel information and advice possible.

However, journalists have bills to pay, too.

How this site makes money

Yes, this site makes money. There are excellent websites out there that are run by hobbyists and don't make any money, but I do this for a living, and I have been a full-time travel writer for 17 years.

I am a professional—and that means at this site you will get professional-grade advice, reviews, and trip-planning information.

Although ReidsParis.com is a travel information site, not a travel agency, I understand that most people combing the Web for this kind of detailed travel information to help them plan a trip to Paris are at some point probably going to want to actually, you know, take the trip.

They want to book airfares, search for tours, maybe buy a couple of good guidebooks. And, of course, everybody has to pack at some point, so luggage and travel gear like quick-dry pants and electrical plug converters are a given.

That's why I have carefully selected several partner sites where you can get the bulk of your travel shopping done at once.

Again, I put journalistic integrity first. I recommend these services only because they are genuinely superior—they represent the best consolidators, discounters, and specialists in the business—not because I get paid to do so.

Yes, I do get a small commission if you end up buying your tour or backpack after clicking over to a partner from my site (that, along with the Google ads, is how this site earns its keep).


How I pick my partners

You'll notice I have two major partners for gear, REIREI and Magellan's—but that's mainly because about 90% of what I pack for my own trips comes from those two suppliers. (Moving to within a mile of an REI store was a glorious day for me—and a terrible one for my bank account.)

Ditto for Booking.com and Venere.com, two hotel booking sites that not only actually beat the rack rates at most hotels, but also represent far more of the kind of smaller, inexpensive, mom-and-pop hotels that I prefer than any of the other major booking engines.

And, yes, I put my money where my mouth is. I have used Booking.com to find and reserve lodging, for both personal and professional travel, in destinations from Florida to Washington, DC, to Sardegna, Italy.

I nearly always end up booking my rental cars in Europe through AutoEurope.com—not because they are a partner, but because I am a tightwad, and they almost invariably offer the lowest rates.

Same goes for tours. I've fond in my own travels that booking a walking tour or other activity with Viator.com either costs the same or (werdly) sometimes less than it would cost me to book the exact same tour direct with the local operator. What's more, it ensures me a spot on the tour. (I recently showed up for a literary pub crawl in Dublin where they were turning people away at at the door, but I got in thanks to my pre-paid voucher from Viator. Again, I also paid less than the walk-up rate. Sweet.) Plus, they have insanely low rates for things like private airport transfers—on the order of 1/4 the cost of a taxi.

I work for you, not my partners

I am a bit of an old-school journalist, and still feel like my first and most important duty is to my readers. I work for you, the traveler.

PartnerTo make things crystal clear, whenever this site features a compendium review of multiple companies, outfitters, or tour operators, I will put a little button—like the one to the right—denoting those with which this site is partnered and from which I will earn an affiliate commission should you choose to click over and buy something from them.

You will, however, notice that I also recommend many, many other sites with whom I do not have a partnership—often ones that are direct competitors to my partners. Sometimes, I even recommend rival sites above my own partners.

Other web publishers have called me foolish for this, but to me, offering solid, trustworthy travel advice some first; monetizing it comes last.

Thank you for your support.




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