ABOVE: Antler Luggage gave us this suitcase for
review, but that didn't keep us from reporting the fact that the telescoping
handle broke after several trips.
We write about a variety of travel experiences, and the costs
are normally borne in any of four ways:
At the expense of a tourist office, such as a national,
regional, or city tourist board that has invited us on a group or individual
At the expense of a travel vendor, such as a cruise line or
A combination of the above.
In addition, we sometimes review products and books that are
supplied by manufacturers:
Expensive "loaner" items are generally returned to
the manufacturer (with the exception of luggage, which we prefer to keep for
long-term field testing and reliability reports).
Books and other relatively inexpensive items--or items
such as clothing that can't be resold or passed along to another reviewer--may
end up on a bookshelf, in our closets, or at a local charity shop.
In some cases, we review
products that we've bought, or we buy products that we've reviewed.
Our editorial standards are consistent regardless of who's
picking up the tab, and we aren't influenced by whether a country or vendor is
an advertiser, either. (We don't sell advertising directly, we can't even see
ads that aren't served in our geographical location, and we have no
contact with the advertising departments of tourist offices or travel vendors.)