As it’s been a few months now (nearly seven, to be exact!) since I first introduced you to new travel-planning and accommodation-booking website, Yonderbound, I felt it was time for a bit of an update.
So What Is Yonderbound All About?
As their website states,
“Yonderbound allows you to plan trips, share to inspire other people to travel and make money along the way.”
Whenever we go away, we spend weeks – possibly months – researching and planning our trips. We then share our experiences with friends, family and work colleagues – maybe even on review sites like Trip Advisor. For free.
On Yonderbound you can plan, share, and make money.
What’s more, if you sign up here, $25 worth of travel credit is yours for free, just for registering!
That will buy you (and your partner or a friend) a room for the night at any one of these amazing places:
- Sumayaq Hostel in the historic neighbourhood of San Pedro in Cusco, just minutes from the city’s Plaza de Armas
- Noble House in central Chiang Mai, Thailand
- Villa Senesouk, in the delightful Old Quarter of Luang Prabang, Laos.
Ok, so now you’ve swooned over the kind of places you can stay in for $25 a night, lets talk about how you can use Yonderbound to plan your trips, share your experiences, and make money along the way.
Yonderbound works much like a digital scrapbook. You can search for a hotel (or hostel or apartment; Yonderbound has them all) in any one of the 195 countries covered on the site. You can then filter your search by price or area, or factors such as Trip Advisor ratings (yes, that’s right; Yonderbound is linked to Trip Advisor), and available amenities.
Once you’ve found somewhere you like you can save it in a Yonderbox, and add notes about the property’s location or features, to help you remember why you chose to shortlist it in the first place.
You can also share these Yonderboxes with other people via Facebook or email, which I’ve found to be a super useful tool if you’re planning the trip with or for others.
When you return from your trip, you can add details about the hotel or hotels you stayed at, what sort of sights and activities you’d recommend in the area, as well as any favourite cafes, restaurants or drinking haunts. If you’re a blogger, you can even add a link to an article you’ve written about the town or city, to inspire or advise readers and to drive traffic to your site. Be sure to make your Yonderboxes available for public view, so that others can see them, take inspiration from them, and plan their own trips around your recommendations.
Ok, so you’re probably wondering how all this can make you money, right?
Well, once you have created your Yonderbox and made it available for public view, anyone who visits Yonderbound can potentially see it, and peruse your recommendations.
Users can ‘explore’ others’ Yonderboxes in their chosen destination, so make your Yonderbox stand out with an eye-catching cover photo and an attention-grabbing title. Make sure your notes add value to the listing. Point out something unique, interesting and useful to travellers.
The reason you should do this? Because every booking that is made through one of your Yonderboxes will earn you money, in the form of Yondercredits. In fact you can earn up to 70% of the net revenue produced from your Yonderboxes.
Yondercredits are exactly as their name suggests – monetary credits than can be used to offset (or completely cover, depending on the monetary value of the bookings that are made through your Yonderboxes) the cost of any booking made on Yonderbound.
You will also earn credits when you make a booking yourself, but there is obviously limitless opportunities to earn Yondercredits when you share your Yonderboxes with a growing network of world travellers.
- Yonderbound prices include all taxes and fees. The price you see is the price you pay – a price which I’ve often found to be cheaper than its competitors.
- The rates quoted on Yonderbound are per room, not per person.
- Yonderbound is still in beta so you can help shape the future of the site. Just send any feedback and ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
So what are you waiting for? Register here to join the Yonderbound revolution!
**Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. This means that, whilst the price stays the same for you, I earn a small commission if you make a booking by clicking through one of these links**