WYSIWIG - What You See Is What You Get

Having years of experience as a software engineer, I think this expression was originally coined from software editors where content (text and graphics) could be edited in a form closely resembling the appearance of the finished product.  In general, WYSIWYG implies a user interface that allows the user to view something very similar to the end result while the document is being created.  An example of this would be an editor that allows you to move objects or graphics around to build your presentation such as a web page or slide presentation without having to write complex code to accomplish the same thing.

So why are we talking about this?

There is a major difference between the information we provide on our site and that of some other travel sites.  We have only posted content based on our personal travel experiences.  Everything you see here is designed to give you a true, real life glimpse of the locations and activities we have experienced.  If you see it here, it's true, it really happened.

You may not always agree with us and that's okay.  We are only telling you what we have experienced ourselves and what has worked for us and what has not.  This is why we say WYSIWIG, what you actually see here is what you will actually get or experience.  There are no made up stories to persuade you to do something.

Other sites may obtain their content from marketing companies or directly from the vendors such as tour companies and hotels.  Other sites will post photos and comments provided to them from these companies without having first hand experience as to what a package or hotel is actually like.  These companies will post the best looking clean and immaculate photos and information to persuade you to use their services.

There is an episode of NBC Nightly News where they talked about internet travel deals that seemed too good to be true.  If you click the link below, you can watch the NBC video giving similar information to what we have already stated here and what they found when booking some of these travel deals. 

Spring break travel: How to find great deals (and avoid big problems)

As we have stated on other pages, just because you find what seems to be a great deal, you should still do your research.  Check with the vendor directly as they may offer much better rates for the exact same package that you would find on another websites.  See our Accommodations page for more information and examples.