All content on this site is written by experienced journalists who have traveled extensively and who have professional travel writing credits (e.g., we have been paid by and published in respected newspapers and magazines, not just the annual family newsletter—though of course everyone needs to start somewhere).
All destinations have been visited by the authors for investigation. We don’t simply take a vendor’s or publicist’s word that the hotel is lovely, the food delicious, the activities fun, and children won’t be seen and never heard. Our first-hand experience with any featured place extends beyond a mere walk-through. (Exceptions may be made for advertisements and sponsored editorial, which will be labeled as such.)
Not all destinations and venues featured are guaranteed vacant of children and teens. We will honestly assess their grownup appeal, ability to cater to an adult audience and the likelihood of encountering youngsters. Destinations that are truly adults-oriented as well as programs, services or venues exclusive to adults will be labeled as having earned our “21 Plus Salute!” top honors.
All writers on assignment for Getaways for Grownups are traveling without children in tow and are well-versed in becoming thoroughly annoyed as appropriate to the situation.
“Odds of Encountering Children” is our honest evaluation based on observation and research, though it’s not a guarantee. Odds may be reported as a percent, ratio or other terms (e.g., slim, guaranteed, etc.) This information is included in most but not necessarily all articles as deemed appropriate by editors; if you encounter a very different situation than what we’ve reported, please post a comment.
We routinely travel around the world. Thus we have a deep, fresh understanding of current travel options for valid evaluations and comparisons. If we say something is top-notch, world-class or state-of-the-art, it’s no mere brag.
Our writers may travel on their own or with a group. They may be traveling at their own expense or on a press trip. Rest assured, the issue of who pays the bill has no impact on the opinions of the authors. If we say we liked something, we really did.
We are sticklers for fact-checking. What we say is true to the best of our knowledge when we publish it. But in today’s fast-paced society things do change, so you’re asked to confirm details with the businesses featured in our pages before booking a trip. If you find any discrepancies, please let us know.
Our editors will monitor all comments and will not publish any posts that are mean, inappropriate, include links, or drone on-and-on about how children are precious and how great it is to be a parent. We hear enough of that from our friends.
We cover a broad range of topics to interest a diverse adult audience (see our Editorial Calendar for details). However, Getaways for Grownups does not cover religion or faith-based travel, one-time events, charities or fundraisers, restaurant specials or any pricing “deals” with limited availability (unless these discounts are specifically offered to our readers), or anything we consider boring, overdone or manipulative.
PR pros are asked to contact firstname.lastname@example.org prior to hosting a travel writer who claims to be on assignment for Getaways for Grownups, to verify that individual is indeed working for us. We’ve been lied to and don’t want it to happen to you. We know press trips are expensive and don’t want you to waste money.
Products, services and places featured in this publication may have been received complimentary or at discounted media rates. This affords the research opportunity; it does not sway opinion. Getaways for Grownups writers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words.
Getaways for Grownups policy is to meet journalism ethics, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations.
Disclaimer / Disclosure…
The Federal Trade Commission requires that bloggers come clean about some of the behind-the-scenes aspects of our work.
Hope S. Philbrick is an active member of the travel journalism profession; she’s a long-standing member of the Atlanta Press Club and was recently invited into the American Society of Travel Writers (SATW). As a freelance journalist specializing in the subjects of travel, food, wine and spirits, and as publisher/editor-in-chief of this online magazine, she frequently receives product samples and participates in press trips sponsored by destinations, hotels, restaurants and other businesses, industry groups, PR firms, tourism agencies and partners.
Travel journalists are routinely invited to come explore and see what is available to the traveling public. Sometimes a portion or all of the expenses are covered by the host—it may be as small as a meal at a local restaurant or admission to a museum or might include transportation and overnight accommodations. Sometimes a media outlet picks up the tab or negotiates a “media rate.” Sometimes, Hope pays the full cost of admission to a venue and/or the entire trip.
These are all industry standards.
All the professional travel journalists who write for this site can say the same thing.
While not all products and places featured on this site have been provided for free, readers of GetawaysforGrownups.com should assume that any product or destination mentioned on this site has been provided or paid for by a third party.
This affords the research opportunity, it does not sway opinion.
Unless otherwise noted, no direct compensation was received for writing/publishing any bylined article on this site; links are provided solely for readers’ convenience.
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Getaways for Grownups is aimed at adults age 21 and older.