Get to Know Travel Lens

About Us

What started as a small travel blog has evolved into a digital publication dedicated to featuring high-quality travel articles about worldwide destinations, best hotels, restaurants, cafes, bars, and many more.

Much has changed since the publication’s inception in 2019. In a span of merely three years, Travel Lens has garnered millions of visitors from across the globe, and our team now comprises of 40-plus writers with years of experience in writing for local and national newspapers.

As an online travel publication, our primary goal is to inform, inspire, and entertain travelers by connecting them with the best attractions from around the world while ensuring that every piece of information is accurate and factual. Our adherence to objectivity is what sets us apart from other travel websites.

So, if you’re looking for the best travel website, look no further than Travel Lens! With our comprehensive itineraries, you are guaranteed to have the best place and experience in your search for top-rated worldwide destinations!


The Travel Lens Editorial Team

Michael John Otanes

Michael John Otanes, the current Editor-in-Chief of Travel Lens, is a poet, fictionist, opinion writer, and editor. He earned his bachelor’s degree in English at Mindanao State University-General Santos City.

His works have also appeared in the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Rappler, Sunstar Davao, Philippines Graphic, Lagunlón: Anthology of 21st Century Filipino Crime and Mystery Fiction, Rambutan Literary, Cotabato Literary Journal, and many more. Currently, he is working on a poetry book entitled “The Thing with Feathers.”

Gabriella Salud

Gabriella is a writer and editor whose work has been published in magazines, books, and websites. With an ever-growing passion for crafting high-quality content, she started out as an editorial assistant at a magazine and worked her way to becoming an editor and writer at an online publication, where she wrote SEO, organic, and branded content. She currently has six years’ worth of writing and editing experience up her sleeve and intends to continuously learn and improve along with her chosen industry.

Mike Gomez

Mike Gomez has taught literature, arts, and technical writing at the University of the Philippines Mindanao.  He has also worked as a copywriter and editor for various institutions and projects both in the Philippines and abroad. Other project involvements include working as a layout artist and editor for a book project for a Japanese university.

Previously, he worked as a content specialist in the communications and promotions office of the Ateneo de Davao University.

His stories have also appeared in the Philippines Graphic, Philippine Speculative Fiction, TRASH: A Southeast Asian Urban Anthology, Fiction International, and Ilahas Literary Journal. He has received the Palanca Award for the full-length play.


Editorial Criteria and Processes

With our strict adherence to high-quality writing, Travel Lens strives to produce compelling, factual, and accurate articles.

Below is an outline of the editorial process in Travel Lens and how editors and writers communicate with each other in providing high-quality content.

Editing Process

All articles submitted to Travel Lens undergo rigorous editorial screening. Upon submission, the Editor-in-Chief will do a quick review of an article to see if it is of sufficient quality and meets the company’s house style and editorial standards.

The editors will then perform two types of editing: substantive and mechanical. During a substantive edit, the editors ensure that the organization and logical flow of writing is evident throughout the article. Once done, the editors proceed with mechanical editing, wherein spelling, grammar and usage, formatting, and readability are edited to parallel the company’s editorial standards. Also, the editors provide feedback to the writers during editing to help them hone their writing skills.

Finally, after substantive and mechanical editing, as well as fact-checking, the Editor-in-Chief will reexamine the article to ensure that it is of the highest quality and free of errors.

Editorial Decision and Revision

Based on the company’s editorial standards, the Editor-in-Chief determines which of the articles must be published. If deemed unpublishable, some articles may be rejected, and the EIC will notify the writers with explanations of the reason for rejection.

Furthermore, in cases where revisions are recommended (chiefly due to low-quality content or plagiarism, be it minor or major), the editors will ask for necessary revisions from the writers. Once done with the revisions, the editors will reassess the articles to ensure that the suggested corrections are applied.

Updates

From time to time, we update the articles in our content library with new information and images. This is to ensure that our content is recent and relevant to the readers.

Fact-Checking

Articles written by writers in Travel Lens are fact-checked by editors. Writers are expected to be accurate, and should there be any vague information found in articles, our editors will reach out to the writers for verification before publishing any content.

Sources

All information used in our articles is not based on other travel websites. We value originality, and we solely rely on reputable primary sources. We are also transparent about the sources we use, as evident in the hyperlinked attractions in each subsection.

Corrections Policy and Procedure

Similar to other publications, Travel Lens also commits mistakes, be it about grammar, spelling, word usage, or any factual information. What we do in such cases is correct our errors immediately. Our writers will investigate these mistakes and correct them, which will then be reviewed by our editors and Editor-in-Chief.

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