Travel Bloggers, you are doing it wrong!

Although I might be generalizing due to my recent bad experiences, I want to share what I think about travel bloggers that have step into my life latety, I'm making this entry mostly to leave a written proof to the next person that contacts me to do an blog/accomodation exchange.

First of all and I'm sure everyone with a brain understands that  as an accomodation provider my main goal is making money, fun and giggles are perks of having a successful hostel, but the bottom line is profit; if this wan't the case then I'd be running a NGO.
This profit is then invested in many things, like stuff I don't need, trips, experiences

When a travel blogger contacts us about staying for free in exchange for an entry in their blog we take into consideration many things, but mostly the amout of hits his/her website receive, that's why we always ask for their analytics access, I know depending in your business plan this is considered secret information, but this is a non negotiable request for us that helps us filter a lot undesirable requests.

Here's a list of experiences we've had.

Bruno contacted us and stayed with us, it was all awesome, but he never wrote anything supposely because his computer got ruined. I still have access to his analytics.
I made the mistake to ask one of my friends to give him a couple of fun dives in exchange for a blog entry, I regret that.

http://www.votretourdumonde.com/

Emails exchanged: 28
Facebook messages exchanged: 17
Money Lost Hostel: $330.000 COP
Money Lost Dive Shop: $160.000 COP
Repercutions: My friend from the dive shop brings it up all the time.

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This guy contacted us, assured he was coming and then stopped answering emails.

http://acrobatadelcamino.com/

Emails exchanged: 11
Money Lost: $140.000 COP (this is based on the nights I wasn't able to sell due to availability being closed for the blogger, this is a hipotetical number, because even if the availability had been open, is not certain that I would have sold it.)
Repercutions: My girlfriend/business partner thinks I'm an idiot.

But not all experiences have been bad, a few years back we got an offer from Luiz Jr. Fernandes from http://www.boaviagem.org/ who turned out to be a great guy and became an instant friend and who made us very happy with the end product, we have actually gotten around 5 guest that have openly told us that choose our hostel because they read our entry on his blog.

Recommendations to travel bloggers.

  1. Get Google Analytics: If you can't prove that you have visitors, you are as good as nothing.
  2. You are taking a "dent" on someone's profit, be serious the exchange is a business transaction and a binding contract.
  3. Think of people's time, money and resources.

 

The Booking button and Joomla

This is for all hostel owners out there that rely on the booking.com Booking button to add a booking functionality to your Joomla powered websites. If you didn't know if a reservation is made through the use of the booking button you pay booking.com zero commission.

For years we have used it in our websites with very good results, but always hated the implementation forced upon us by booking.com, which was basically a ugly script that you had to put in a HTML module, which made you lose control of the client when they made a booking.

So we developed a module/component to handle this in a more beautiful way, this module is by no means perfect and I'm sure someone could better it up, but for the time being we are happy with it.

This module is not for free to download as it costed us money to have it developed, however we are only charging 2 USD which you can pay via PayPal and then we will send you the instalation files and a small instalation manual, please keep in mind that the fact that we charge for it in no way means we are going to be doing any kind of support or updates for it.

 

Traveling Finnish girls


Traveling Finnish girls
Jumping Finnish twins
We recently got a visit from 2 beautiful Finnish girls, unfortunately they didn't stay very long as they were only traveling for 4 days which they split between our hostels in Providencia and San Andres.
Although I'm a well traveled person, for me is always nice to share a conversation with people from different nationalities,...

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We know best.

We know best.
Nice Souvenir to take back home.
Why is it so hard to trust our advice?
This is one of the many reasons we don't recommend taking Mototaxis in San Andres. We know they are cheap, but they can ruin your travels if you are not careful.
I'm sure they will love her in Japan!...

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We are opening a hostel in Providencia

Yes, is true! We are opening a hostel in the beautiful island of Providencia.
We have been working on this for quite sometime, but couldn't find a business partner that didn't want to screw us over!
Our hostel there is a bit different than the one in San Andres, and unfortunately for the time being it won't feature a kitchen, however we have score...

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  • Booking engine

Important Information

  • Looking far into the future? Most of our guests are spontaneous travelers, so we only open up availability 1-2 months prior to arrival date.
  • We don't take 1 night bookings in neither hostel(they are not profitable for us) and we ONLY take online reservations.

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