You MUST have seen them before – those people on Facebook with pictures in which they are grinning widely and holding a “Wish You Were Here!” or “You Should Be Here!” banner.
Some may have even sent you private messages to ask if you like to travel, want to travel to exotic destinations at great prices, and/or make money while you travel (thereby getting free holidays). Others just write cryptic messages on their own Facebook walls about how they are flying off for free AGAIN or making lots more money while having fun (thus prompting you to ask them what exactly they are doing, ‘cos you’re now curious).
If the above sounds familiar to you, you’ll know I’m referring to World Ventures.
I have gotten too many private messages and emails from people (some friends, some strangers) who want to tell me about this awesome company called World Ventures. One even went so far as to tell me that if I didn’t sign on immediately, I’d regret it for life. [Erm... I'm still not feeling an ounce of regret, mister!]
Here are the 5 reasons why I have refused to join World Ventures despite being harassed multiple times:
#1: Too many invites – some are not even personal [like a copy-and-paste job]
The most recent Facebook message from a World Ventures dude
I’m from Singapore too, dude! Which country do you think I’m from?
The questions also seem very scripted and if you look at them carefully, all three questions are likely to elicit YESes from most people. Very sneaky.
#2: I don’t fancy traveling with many other people.
The good news: yes, you may end up getting free holidays. The bad news: you’ll get many people joining you on your free holiday – somewhat like a company retreat. Bummer.
I like solo holidays or holidays with just one pal or my fiance. The last thing I want is to travel with a bunch of people carrying blue banners.
#3: It is quite obviously another Pyramid
scam scheme kind of company!
Don’t believe me. Just read the comments below.
#4: The holidays are NOT cheap – One young and very enthusiastic “rep” of World Ventures [the same one who said I'll be regretting] offered to show me how travel would be much more affordable once I joined WV. So I said ok, I’m planning a trip to the Maldives, how much would my holiday cost? He logged in to the WV site and found the figures for me and lo and behold, they were much steeper than what I’d found via my own research!
So no, holidays are NOT cheaper with WV. If anything, they are more expensive as you have to pay a joining fee to get into the whole WV programme.
Don’t ask me about the fees (I don’t have the details as I obviously did not join WV) but check out the comments below, to find the answer.
#5: The insiders have already revealed that the company is not what it seems to be. If you fall prey, you can only blame yourself for not doing simple research online first OR believing that friend of yours who just wants to make some money off YOU. I’ve read a couple of insider accounts online. But you can simply scroll through the comments on this blogpost for an idea.
If someone asks you to join WV again, send them this blogpost link k? If you just respond with a simple ‘no’, they will want to know why and also ask to meet up with you. I’ve done all the explaining for you right here.
Update: My response to all those horrible WV people who have sent me nasty emails or left horrid comments here.
And here’s one particular comment from a WV dude who hasn’t got his facts right: http://workingwithgrace.wordpress.com/2013/12/29/why-i-believe-some-world-ventures-members-are-wasting-their-time/
Another really long comment from a World Ventures member. (If your argument makes sense, really, one sentence will do. Send me chunks of fluff and I’ll tear it all apart for you!) – 5 More Reasons Why I Refuse To Join World Ventures