I’ve been mocking HuffPo Travel, saying it will publish posts by Alec Baldwin about what he did on his summer vacation. Then I realized that I would read a post by Alec Baldwin about what he did on his summer vacation. Guess that sums up what I know, or care to know, about running a travel website that doesn’t pay writers.
Also, regarding press trips: HP that was founded on the principle that contributors needn’t be paid if they’re so rich they wouldn’t bother asking for money in the first place. The Travel vertical, therefore, was never going to be attuned to the panoply of issues surrounding the press trip. Can’t you just write about your vacation in Barbuda?