Today, I realized something. Something that may have already occurred to many of you, but not to me. I realized I might actually be able to use this travel blog to get discounts on travel stuff in exchange for a review of the “stuff”. Wow. Mind=blown. Now I know that this is probably not groundbreaking to a lot of you…it wouldn’t be to me either if I had any sort of business sense. But I don’t. My skills lie in other areas…creativity, math, science, listening, compassion, reading, swimming, is stubbornness a skill? Anyway, you get the idea. I’m good at a lot of things, business not being one of them. Maybe I could be good at business-y stuff, but I’ve never tried. So this whole “selling an idea” concept, which is basically what I’m trying to do with this blog, is brand new to me. Every time I get a new follower on here, my mind is blown. To me, a new follower means I have somehow been able to convince somebody that I am an expert in ecotourism and budget travel and that they should listen to what I have to say. In reality, I’m sure their thought process leading up to hitting the follow button is somewhat less complex, but that’s how I think of it.
Anyway, yea, Morocco. My point, if I even had one, is that I might be able to negotiate a lower rate on something (say, a tour to Morocco) if I include a review of the company on my blog. Let me just say though, I will never push a company or product that I don’t fully believe in. Yes, it would be nice to get a discount, but NOT at the expense of lying to or misleading my readers. One of my goals with this blog is to be completely transparent about my travel.
Hopefully, I will find a Moroccan tour that is everything I want it to be for the price I need it to be. If anyone knows of a 14 day tour that covers Marrakech, Casablanca, Fes, Meknes, Essaouira, a Saharan camel trek, a stay at a Berber camp, and a jaunt through the Atlas Mountains for under $1200 US including meals, accommodation, transport, and activities, please let me know.