What Is The You Should Be Here Sign All About? Travel Scam?

Dale
Born & raised in England, Dale is the founder of Living More Working Less & he has been making a living from his laptop ever since leaving his job as an electrician back in 2012. Now he shares what he's learned to help others do the same... [read more]

If you spend any amount of time on social media it’s likely you’ll have come across someone holding up a blue You Should Be Here sign, but what is the You Should Be Here sign all about?

You Should Be Here SignI myself was curious so I did the digging & in this blog post, I’m going to be revealing everything you need to know about this mysterious blue sign.

I’ll also be outlining why you might not particularly want to rush out to get one – and why you might also want to inform the friends that you’ve seen waving them around that they’re potentially involved in a scam.

So without further ado let’s dive right in & I’ll give you the scoop on this peculiar sign…

What Does The You Should Be Here Sign Mean?   |   The You Should Be Here Company   |   The Big Problem   |   Is You Should Be Here a Scam?   |   A Better Alternative

The You Should Be Here Sign Meaning…

The You Should Be Here sign is what it is, it’s a sign that reads “You Should Be Here” and it’s essentially designed as a way for people to rub it in your face that they’re on holiday and you’re not… But there’s more to it than that…

It’s actually a very clever marketing ploy of a company named Dreamtrips & it’s been designed as a way for people to promote their “business” by arousing your curiosity… And since you’re here reading this then chances are that it’s probably done a pretty good job of doing just that.

Basically, in short, the concept is that people join a network marketing company called Dreamtrips (also known as World Ventures) which gives them the promise of riches if they can promote their travel program & get other people to sign up to do the exact same thing.

And what easier way to promote a travel opportunity than to go travelling & then hold up a big blue “You Should Be Here” sign to arouse people’s curiosity and get them asking questions?

(there’s some sarcasm in that sentence because although it seems easy it’s actually a pretty expensive form of advertising since each time you want to promote the opportunity you’re going to have to book another holiday!)

But yeah, the conversation is supposed to go like this…

“Hey I seen from your pics you travel a lot, what’s that blue You Should Be Here sign all about?”

“Oh you know, I joined this company & I’m making loads of money through them so I go on loads of trips & all I need to do to make money is hold that sign up” (secret reality is that they’re probably not making a penny & that they’re paying for all the trips out of their own pocket & holding the sign up to desperately try & earn some money back through this “golden” opportunity)

“Wow sounds amazing where do I sign up??” (secret reality is that nobody ever says this ever)

Then if the conversation goes to plan, that person signs up – the person holding the You Should Be Here sign (the one that referred them) makes a little bit of money by suckering them into the program & now this new sign-up will find out that they have to go sucker other people into the opportunity in the exact same manner.

So whilst holding up a “You Should Be Here Sign” might look a little glorious in your photos, sadly the reality is that it absolutely isn’t. All those people holding up those signs looking rich & well-travelled are behind the scenes likely going broke trying to chase a dream.

Does anybody make money through the opportunity? Yes, they do – it would be wrong of me to say that nobody makes money. However just understand that a HUGE amount of people that join do not make a penny, and many of them actually spend more than they ever make back.

If you’re looking for a good way to lose money then sure it’s a pretty good opportunity but otherwise there are better ways to make money.

Anyway, that brings me onto the opportunity…

The You Should Be Here Company

At the start of this post, I briefly mentioned that the whole You Should Be Here sign thing is part of a “business” opportunity named DreamTrips (which is alternatively known as World Ventures) and I use the term “business” loosely because ultimately you are not getting your own business here, you are just getting the ability to promote some travel “scheme”.

I also use the term promote loosely too because “sucker other people into an overly priced program” might be a better way of putting it.

But anyway, you might be interested in how it all actually works & how much it costs right? Well if not you’re about to hear about it anyway LOL. So if somebody has recommended the You Should Be Here opportunity to you this is what will be going on…

After hitting somebody up about what the “You Should Be Here” sign is all about they’ll send you a link to a web page where you can “find out more”. Ultimately this page is a sales page & you’ll find out that there are 3 levels of membership inside the company which are:

  • DreamTrips Membership – $29.99 per month
  • DreamTrips Gold Membership – $249.98 initial membership fee + $54.99 per month
  • DreamTrips Platinum Membership – $399.99 initial membership fee + $99.99 per month.

Ultimately these memberships give you discounts on various things related to travel, such as hotels, flight bookings & travel insurance etc…

You may or may not want those discounts but if you wish to participate in the Dreamtrips opportunity then you will no choice but to purchase them, and you can only earn commissions on the level up to which you are personally purchased.

So if you buy the Dreamtrips basic membership for $29.99 you will only be able to earn commissions on that particular package even if you refer somebody who then goes on to upgrade to the Platinum Membership package. It’s what’s known as a “pay-to-play” program, something I really don’t like.

On top of that, you can’t just join willy-nilly, instead, you’ll be forced to find a sponsor (somebody who is already involved in the opportunity to sign you up).

Now Here’s The Real Kicker…

You’ve probably already noticed but the Dreamtrips is VERY expensive. Personally I’m not a big fan of paying money in order to access “savings”, in my opinion, it just doesn’t make sense – however, there are a few small examples where it could possibly work in your favour.

In this particular instance with Dreamtrips I just feel that it really cannot work in your favour, not unless you were going on an insane amount of trips per year & even then I imagine the savings (compared to the cost) would likely be minimal.

It seems to me that the only “real” way to get cheaper travel through this program is to try & get as many people to join as you can so that you can earn commissions at their expense (which is likely why you see so many people holding up the You Should Be Here signs).

If the savings opportunity was really as great as they make it out to be then I’m pretty sure I’d have heard about it from people who are NOT promoting the opportunity – but guess what? I haven’t.

Literally the only people I’ve heard about this company from are people that are involved with the business opportunity & are promoting it, and it’s clear to see what their interest is in getting you to use it.

So yeah, it may “look” okay but in reality, the likelihood is that as a member of Dreamtrips unless you’re super heavily promoting the program you’re probably just going to be spending more money on memberships than you’ll ever save yourself on travel.

My Verdict – Is You Should Be Here a Scam?

Well, the company is not a scam, it is technically legit – but in my opinion, it is pretty borderline… It’s certainly not something I would personally want to be involved in & it’s certainly not something I would recommend to anyone either.

Basically Dreamtrips sells travel savings packages but the price of these packages is so astronomical that you will likely end up spending more money on the memberships than you will ever earn back in savings.

It’s clear to me that this program has been designed with the business opportunity in mind, so what’s really going on here is that people are just signing up to it then promoting it as “the best travel savings ever” in an attempt to sucker people out of their hard-earned cash based on false promises.

In reality, the majority of these people holding up these “You Should Be Here” signs will not be making any money, in fact, they’ll likely be doing the opposite – they’re probably sending themselves broke by pouring insane amounts of money into the Dreamtrips program in the hope of achieving that the dream they’ve been sold in on… Sadly, in my opinion, it’s just a pipedream.

If you are travelling a LOT, and I mean a lot then it is possible you could save money through Dreamtrips, but for the average person, it’s unlikely… That’s my final say on the matter.

Overall despite being technically legit, the company will be getting a thumbs down from me because it’ll just likely see you spending more money than you’ll ever earn back.

If you really want to travel & make money there are many more legitimate opportunities that don’t require any crazy upfront investment (such as just starting a travel blog for example). You don’t need to sign yourself up to a hyped-up opportunity like World Ventures.

A Better Alternative

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So if you're looking to get started but don't know which route you should go down or which program you should join (and don't want to waste money on bogus things that don't actually work), then I'd highly recommend checking out Commission Academy first. You can learn more about it here.

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22 thoughts on “What Is The You Should Be Here Sign All About? Travel Scam?”

  1. You’re ignorant with this and clearly someone who has no idea how the network marketing industry, or specially WorldVentures compensation works. First off.. you don’t have to have ANY membership to earn commissions on sales of memberships. You become a rep to market them and the comp plan is exactly the same for all. Second.. there is no limitation on what you can earn according to what Membership you are in. All of the money you pay into a membership just goes into an account to help pay for part of a vacation, so you’re not spending any of that anyway, just moving it. The club itself is like the Costco of luxury travel, so to say it has no value is ludicrous. Bulk buying clubs are a wildly successful idea, and Dreamtrips Just leads that market into travel and entertainment.
    Would be happy to educate you on how it really works, so that you may rid the false claims that might push others out of the amazing opportunities provided by this great company.

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    • Hi Colton, thanks for stopping by & sharing your opinion – clearly you feel very strongly about WorldVentures. If you like it then that’s fair enough – each to their own… But what I will point out is that this news article here backs my concern & states that a whopping “77.76 per cent of so-called “Independent Representatives” did not earn a commission during the year & that of the 22.24 per cent who did, the median was $196 ($US150)”, which in my opinion doesn’t sound too great at all.

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    • My friend lost money in this scam… Years ago. Almost got dragged into this BS. Left the room popped into a pub… My friend didn’t leave.. that was the best decision I mad that day. Major scam.

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  2. The biggest red flags (outside of Dreamtrips’ being an MLM):

    -Non-members cannot view sample vacations/costs, making it impossible to do any sort of comparison before signing up
    -Vacations and dates are determined by Dreamtrips, not you
    -No vacation includes airfare
    -Their vacations are full of members taking selfies with the ‘you-should-be-here’ banner. Gee, what fun…

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  3. Hi Dale
    I see your points but that is with any business.
    You do this to travel and have fun cheaper than anywhere you can find in the world ! That’s it !
    If you make money doing it great if not great !
    Just like anything, if you go into it thinking your gonna get rich now, your an idiot !
    The possibility is there at least ! Might as well travel and have fun while trying!
    I have had more vacations and travel fun in the last 2 years than I have in my whole 38 years! And can afford it ! That’s the bad ass part !
    Open your mind and look and touch try out things before you bash them , I am not a network marketer and have had bad taste from them but there are a few that are legit and do want to better the world as they grow and I will say this company is second to none!

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    • Hi Nick – I did actually try World Ventures, I was told it was a place I could get cheap travel as you claimed so I decided to check it out. Nothing on the site seemed “cheap” at all, instead most of the prices were higher than they were anywhere else (and the guys who published the news article I linked to in a previous comment came to the same conclusion too). Doesn’t look good!

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  4. I been to one or two of those World ventures meeting when I was invited by people I know. I had no interest in joining. I can’t afford to pay upfront fee to join and then I monthly fee! I also got tricked by a former friend into joining Usana and wasted my money!

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  5. I am going to completely hold my composure because when I read what you wrote I am thinking WHY would someone lie like this and I am only saying this because as a new WV member (4 months now) YES I do own commission and yes it is based ONLY on the amount of work I put in. Everyone wants 80 thousand dollars a month but none put in the 80K worth of work. Same goes with millionaires wannabes. As far as prices go again a lie because I am willing to give you 10 trips to 10 different countries at only 4 star or 5 star hotels and if you find it cheaper on the internet at the same hotel, dates, floor or whatever it is included in ours etc. I’ll tell you what, I am giving them all to you for free but if you take this on and fail, I WANT a public apology !PS.80% of the information you have put here is either completely wrong or a lie in comparison with how the club really works and same goes for the information on how one can also develop business on top of that. Only when doing business too you bring in other members otherwise just for traveling, NOTHING is requested of you while this is coming from a 100% percent gal next door beginner who just started with WV and is doing great with it.

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    • I honestly wish I could take you up on that offer to prove that I could indeed get it cheaper however here is one of the biggest problems I have with World Ventures – all of the prices are hidden to non-members… So there is no way of finding out what the trip/flight/experience is going to cost until you actually sign up for a membership. I believe in transparency, and I believe if a website doesn’t offer transparency it is likely because there is something untoward going on… So for that reason it gets a thumbs down from me.

      Anyway, I’ve said it once & I’ll say it again – when I last looked at the income disclaimer it literally stated the following:

      “77.76 per cent of so-called “Independent Representatives” did not earn a commission during the year & that of the 22.24 per cent who did, the median was $196 ($US150)”

      I think that says it all – so whilst I wish you the best, I certainly believe there are much better opportunities available.

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  6. I do want to say that some of your information is misguided. I understand your concerns and they are legitamate. This is set up for people to save a little on travel. It’s specifically coordinated. These same hotels are high class. It’s great for members. I’m not speaking on the sales side. The benefit to me is that I get to bump elbows with other professionals. I’m going to travel regardless so I’d like to save some money. It’s basically a travel savings.. every dollar put in on your monthly membership goes directly towards your trips. So to me it makes sense. This is better for middle to upper class because obviously they would have easier time travelling. Say you have passive income comming in enough to live off of. And you also get to enjoy travelling through this program, meeting new people seeing the world. Having fun. I’m in it for that.. just trying to share a new perspective.. love you bro. Shoot me an email if you want to chat.

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    • I appreciate your response, however the main point that you state is that “this is set up for people to save a little on travel”… But the problem is that realistically it doesn’t provide savings – and it’s actually quite easy to find much better deals elsewhere without having to pay any monthly fees etc. In reality the savings are “unlocked” by promoting the opportunity to others & earning commissions, which they then factor in as “savings”. The problem though is that as with all MLM companies most who join will fail to make any commissions at all. The FTC themselves stated in a report that less than 1% of all MLM participants make a profit.

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  7. The “company” clearly caught wind of your blog and directed their army of angry members your way. WV IS A COMPLETE SCAM!!

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    • Yeah Crystal it sure seemed odd that I was getting a lot of people suddenly coming here saying “how great it is” when all I’ve personally managed to find are stories of how bad it is. Thanks for your comment 🙂

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      • So, my friend tried to recruit me. Long story short. We vacationed together and I was about to save $400 compared to her “deal” as a WV member. Plus I stayed at a nicer hotel. I won’t divulge further because I love her but I would recommend people do their homework. MLM are just legal pyramid schemes, no different than LuLaroe. Best of luck to ya’ll.

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        • Yep, I’ve seen many members claiming that WV is providing much better deals but I’ve yet to see ANY proof backing up the claims… And of course WV keep all of their prices hidden until you hand over your cash to become a member (or they did, at least). Plus whenever it comes to travel saving programs that require you to pay money to save it generally requires you to take a LOT of trips before you start actually seeing any savings.

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  8. Direct quote from the FTC
    World Ventures
    ―World Ventures Highlights – Marketing‖ 28
    ―In November 2007 we gave away a brand new 2008 Mercedes C-300 Sports Sedan.
    ―In March 2008 we gave away a brand new 2008 Porsche Cayman. In November 2008 we gave
    away a brand new 2009 Mercedes C-300 Sports Sedan. In March 2008 we launched a brand
    new Premium Service Program (PSP), featuring Video. [etc.]‖. [All this sounds exciting, but
    World Ventures fails to disclose that approximately 99% of all participants lose money]

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    • The FTC also put out a publication which stated that overall throughout all MLMs less than 1% of participants make a profit. They literally said that “MLM makes gambling look a safe bet in comparison”.

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  9. What a great concept, from the business side of course….not the consumer side. As a consumer, you are basically paying the company to work there as an independent.

    I was approached once by a member, not telling her I lived in Thailand and worked in Hong Kong and travel extensively in Asia, I listened to her pitch. She did show me a trip to Phuket in Sept (low season) to a hotel on the beach. I quickly looked up the rate, it was same cost as WV, but without the membership. Same with the hotel in Kowloon. A little cheaper but when u add the membership fees it cost more. Also as a family man, I don’t want to travel the world. I like staying home with my kids.

    I find it much easier researching companies and finding investment opportunities in the comfort of my home. Just invest in the next “big thing” like blockchain technology or AI companies

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