*Update on 13 May 2015: I’ve recently met with a WV rep to get updates on what the company has done differently since I met with that initial rep about 2 years ago, and which prompted me to upload this blogpost. I do have a few friends who are in WV, but who know (from my blogpost) that I’m not keen about joining, and who don’t bother trying to tell me more about WV, but they do share with me that they are having fun thus far. So I think it is only FAIR that I find out what’s different now, and update this blogpost if necessary. I have a few new insights about WV, which I’ll share in an upcoming blogpost.
[Comments Policy : ALL comments are moderated] They will wait in the comments queue till I have time to approve them. So if you leave a comment and do not see it appear immediately on this post, please don’t leave another one asking why I deleted your comment. I didn’t. I was either busy or sleeping or actually living a life. And please be civil too. If you choose to be rude, I will DEFINITELY trash your comment! If you REALLY need to leave a rude comment, read this post first.
And remember, this is MY blog. If I don’t want to publish your comment. I have every right to. Same for if someone wants to enter your house but you don’t know who that person is or if that person wants to walk into your house with dirty shoes on, you can refuse that person entry. Scroll towards the middle of the comments section where you will see one comment by a WP rep who wants to rape me over this blogpost, and you will understand why I do not allow comments to be posted without moderation. Still want to join WV? Join at your own risk!]
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? :P
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 appears to be another Pyramid 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 shared their take on the company. You should do some simple research online first. I’ve read a couple of those 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: https://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