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F.A.Q.

Chances are, it’s been asked.

Check out our most frequently asked questions.

I’m having trouble figuring out this hack. Can I email you?

Sure. The Map Happy team receives a ton of email and we try to answer every email from every reader. It might take us a while to get back to you, though, so if you’re on a time-sensitive deadline, take the time to read through the comments. Chances are someone’s already asked and answered.

Can you book my ticket for me? I need to book it like now!

Unfortunately, Map Happy does not function as a travel agency.

Will you cover my travel company? We’re going to disrupt the travel market!

The team always loves hearing from people working on new products. Perhaps your new product is the greatest thing since sliced bread. Keeping this in mind, the number one thing that keeps us from covering an innovative new product is usability.

Products and services still in beta, testing, and prototype phase are usually too limited in functionality and too early-stage to be of any use to the average consumer. There’s no greater red flag than when we’re “invited” to try something out. (Please don’t add us to another mailing list. Trust me, I am not a lonely soul.)

From an editorial perspective, this is the question we use the most when evaluating coverage:

Is this useful to me when I plan my travels? Can I use this in every market I go to? Are there lots of markets covered?

Take the time to consider these questions before you hit the Send button to us.

(That said, Kickstarters are great. There should be innovative travel gear. The problem with Kickstarter is these products usually fall under the “prototype” problem. Unless I can see how one actually holds up in real life, I’m probably not inclined in covering it. What happens if I write about your product and it never goes into production? Or if it falls apart after five seconds?)

Occasionally, we’ll hear about something really great with a fantastic concept. But we still may pass because a) you don’t have the traction and breadth to be widely useful or 2) the functionality isn’t quite ironed out.

But don’t forget to come back and e-mail us again! Make something so compelling that we have to write about it. A great example of this is Splitwise.

Besides, it’s not like anyone wants to write [company name] and [said product] sucks. No one enjoys that.

Can you give us feedback over our product?

Maybe. Most likely not.

Do you accept guest posts?

No. Those acting on behalf of companies and their clients may look into advertising options and contact our team for a more accurate quote.

What do you consider a sponsored post?

These posts follow our advertising guidelines. That means it’s labeled and disclosed as such—instead of appearing to come from an individual—and follow FTC and Google guidelines (there’s really no negotiation on that). Posting it any other way is sneaky. And we don’t like being sneaky to our readers.

Why not?

Because I don’t like to be sold false information that’s purposefully misrepresented. Do you?

Can you run my sponsored post for free? Will you accept (product/service) as payment?

No, because people got to eat.

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