Editorial & Disclosure Policy

At Awaken Travels, our goal is to help readers to get out and find their next adventures.

Part of how we do that is recommending gear, places to explore, places to stay and more. Below, you can find more information on our editorial process, including how we pick products and places, and how we may be compensated through our content.

Editorial Process

Our main goal as a travel agency and content-driven blog is to find the best solutions for our readers. That may be finding the best places to hike, camp or backpack in a state or park, or it may be recommending some of the best gear related to those activities.

In any case, we’re committed to useful, accurate and practical information above all else. Solving our readers’ problems and challenges is our top priority, and we firmly believe that if we do that the right way, everything else will fall into place. We do our best to keep our stories updated with links to brands, parks and government sites that provide additional info.

In the case of travel stories, we strive to find writers who’ve personally explored these areas and can vouch for their beauty and brilliance. For gear reviews, we try to find writers who have some experience with the types of products being reviewed, and in many cases we personally field test the products being recommended.

We pride ourselves on our research and commitment to putting out the best possible stories for our readers, and welcome suggestions on how to do that better.

Each story we publish has hours of research, writing, fact-checking and editing behind it.

In many of our articles, especially gear-based stories, we may earn a small commission when readers purchase products through our links.

This doesn’t affect which products are included in the articles, and in most cases our writers are not aware of which brands and products offer us a sales commission. All of the products we highlight are recommended for their quality, performance and overall reputation regardless of any affiliate relationships.

In fact, much of the services, products, and gear we recommend comes from small, boutique retailers and shops that make small batches of products and don’t offer any sort of affiliate relationships at all.

But, they are some of the best products out there and so we recommend them.

We strive to recommend the products, destinations, and services that would fit best for most audiences.

The commissions we make from these articles allow us to pay our writers the best rates possible. We don’t want to cut corners, and we want to pay our writers what they’re worth.

If we receive gear to review directly from brands, it’s noted in the review itself, though most of the gear we review is purchased. Any brands or products that pay for promotion or advertising on the site is considered “Sponsored.”

Amazon Associates & Other Programs

As an Amazon Associate, Awaken Travels may earn commissions from qualifying purchases from Amazon.com. We also partner with sites like Squaremouth, Viator, TripAdvisor, and other travel related companies.

Our reputation as a place to find quality travel information is important to us, and that helps us navigate what we recommend to our readers. You can learn more about us here, or get in touch if you have questions or comments our mission at Territory Supply.