I didn't start this blog intending to leverage it into a source of income. In almost 3 years, that is still true. Would I like to just travel at my leisure and blog about it without having to work my 'day job'? Sure, but I don't see that happening right now.
I discuss my blog ethics in detail on my profile page. I refuse to post credit card affiliate links; since I don't like the effect they have had on the content of so many miles/points blogs. I certainly discuss miles/points, and use credit card bonuses to build balances, but I've tried to focus the content here on travel experiences. I am not against credit card links, and other upgrd bloggers use them, which I understand, it is just not something that I am comfortable with for myself.
People have asked me about some products that I recommend and ways to thank me, and the intent of this post is to address that. I may post affiliate links to products I endorse, typically on Amazon, but never for credit cards. I have listed some below. Some of these are Amazon affiliate links which pay me a small percent if you choose to purchase via my link. The price to you is the same. I appreciate if you choose to support the blog in this way.
Long time Bose user, and I upgraded my QC2 to this model. A bit bulky, but so nice to eliminate the drone of a long flight. I rarely leave for a trip without them in my backpack.
This is a nice compact bottle that I carry when traveling. It rolls up when not in use, and to get through security, but can easily be filled after screening. Its very light and packs down very small. I like the 0.7 L bottle, but there are larger options and various colors available.
I'm a tea drinker, and this is perfect option for travel. I often also carry this with me. There is a screen to separate out loose tea leaves. It seals great, and keeps beverages warm for hours.
I'm not a fan of big obnoxious cases on phones. I prefer to let the work of the designers show. Of course, within the first week I had it, I dropped my new iPhone 5, and decided I should do something to protect my investment. This is simply a bumper, going around the outside edges, with a very low profile.
This is a key component to help me sleep comfortably on a plane. I don't carry it often, but I do for a domestic redeye or something similar. The fleece covered pillow inflates/deflates in seconds and packs down very small.
I use this Eagle Creek product on nearly every trip I take. I've found this really helps compress clothing in my luggage, and thanks to the folding board, it does a decent job of preventing wrinkles in my dress shirts when packed.
Another travel related product I'm a big fan of is Award Wallet. Although several airlines have limited access via the site, its still a great place to keep track of your points/miles, as well as all of the account numbers for all kinds of companies. Click here to join Award Wallet. After joining, if you'd like a free upgrade to your account, drop me a line at brad (at) upgrd.com and I can provide an upgrade for new users.
I also use Ebates to pick up a small cash rebate on some online purchases. Kevin detailed a nice way to leverage some cash back for airline ticket purchases with Big Crumbs (a now defunct, but similar service). Here is my referral link to Ebates.