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Code of Ethics

Foreword


Our SerialHikers adventure started at the end of 2016 and since then, our alternative travel blog records nearly 150 posts and 10,000 monthly views. You are about 10,000 subscribers on all our social networks (thank you so much!).
This code is intended to explain our editorial line and be transparent with our readers and potential partners.

Ecology

Responsible Travel

Ethics

Our editorial line

The goal of Serial Hikers is, first and foremost, to share personal content about an alternative travel, share our experience of such a trip, promote the benefits of a no-flight travel and help you prepare for this type of adventure. The transparency of our content is essential for us; proximity and mutual support with our readers remain our best priority!

Alternative Travel

This blog only deals with Alternative Travel, such as hitchhiking, boat-hitch, hiking, biking, couch-surfing (free homestays), bivouac, volunteering …
Alternative travel is often more economical, and sometimes tends to drastically reduce the use of money.

You will not find on this website:
– The best deals for cheap flights,
– The best hotels in Ibiza or Saint-Brévin-les-Pins

No flight

We value only slow travel and no flight travel.
We advocate mainly for hitchhiking.

You will not find on this website:
– Tips to find cheap flight tickets from Limoges to Timbuktu

Responsible Travel

Even if the concept of “responsible travel” remains extremely subjective and vague, we believe that a responsible trip is defined by a slow and low carbon footprint transportation, an ethical and ecological way of accommodation, another way of visiting, eat or consume in general. Most of the time, we are eating on a vegetarian diet (with rare exceptions, especially when we are invited somewhere to eat and there is no other choice) and share, in this sense, vegetarian recipes.

You will not find on this website:
– Agencies offering excursions with animals
– The best restaurant chains to eat cheap

Minimalism

We are trying to reduce our consumption as well as our waste. We prefer bartering when traveling. When this is not possible, we buy second-hand products. We prefer local products, with the least possible packaging.

You will not find on this website:
– A list of “trendy” gadgets to offer to your backpacker friend
– “Made in China” brand recommendations

Collaborations & Sponsorships

From time to time we receive partnership offers or affiliate link integration within a post. When we accept a partnership, we always mention it in the relevant article – the affiliate link or our partner’s contact at the bottom of the article.
We accept collaborations if they correspond to our code of ethics, or if the usefulness of the product is justified in an alternative travel (such as our travel health insurance). This will always be done transparently and written in the posts in question.
We are not sponsorized for our travel.

Advertisements:
Our alternative travel blog, we do not want to use your available brain time to earn a few $ and fatten up large groups that would have nothing to do with our travel. We also categorically refuse any advertising banner on our website.

Affiliate links:
An affiliate link is a link that allows us to receive a minimal commission if you make a purchase from the partner, without costing you more. You should know that:
– the presence of affiliate links does not allow us to pay us. The received commissions will help us to cover the costs of our website hosting costs (which amounts to about 50 € / year);
– the product concerned by the affiliate link is always tested by us, and the company that markets it has received our full trust (in terms of ethics in particular);
– we refuse to place on our blog “Amazon type” affiliate links
Currently, only one article is affected by affiliation: How to save money from withdrawals in travel

Partnerships:
We strive to deliver consistent content regarding our code of ethics, which is why we are committed to:
– Select our partners carefully and in accordance with our editorial line (alternative travel, ecological, no flight);
– Give maximum priority to volunteering experiences (content creation in exchange for accommodation and meals) rather than paid partnership offers;
– Mention, within the framework of an agreement, the contact of our partner without any obligation of purchase for our readers;
– Refuse commercial offers that we believe would not bring anything to our readers who share the same vision of travel as us.
We do not accept articles exchanges (especially when the goal is only to allow a better visibility on Internet).
Note that our opinion will never be bought, and that each of our partner understands and respects our total editorial freedom.
You can find our created content for partners on our production page.

Blog & Social networks

We design our blog and animate our networks by ourselves. We do not cheat: our readers are real, we did not buy any subscribers or “likes”.
We are making a point of honor to answer every email, every comment even if we can not always do it immediately.
All photos are from us (except exceptions with special mention at the bottom of the article).

You can find other answers to your questions in our Q&A,

or by contacting us:

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