Privacy and transparency is very important, and I do my best to ensure that I protect your personal details properly and am upfront about any collaborations or revenue I make through The Occasional Traveller.


Cookies

What are Cookies?

  • Cookies are small data files stored on your browser by the Website that store information. This website may use session cookies, which expire when you close your browser, and/or persistent cookies, which stay on your browser until deleted, to provide you with a more personalised experience on the Website

Which third parties use cookies on The Occasional Traveller?

  • Google Analytics – this service tracks Website usage and provides information such as referring websites and user actions on the Website. Google Analytics may capture your IP address, but no other personal information is captured by Google Analytics.
  • Mailchimp – see TOTmail below
  • Affiliate: Booking.com – the affiliate link ID is stored in a cookie that tracks that you clicked through to booking.com from my website, and if you make a purchase within a certain time period, I am awarded a small commission on the sale
  • Affiliate: Amazon.com –the affiliate link ID is stored in a cookie that tracks that you clicked through to amazon.com from my website, and if you make a purchase within a certain time period, I am awarded a small commission on the sale
  • Mediavine – the display ad partner I work with, more below

Can I disable Cookies?

  • As a rule, cookies will make your browsing experience better. However, you may prefer to disable cookies on this site and on others.
  • The most effective way to do this is to disable cookies in your browser. We suggest consulting the Help section of your browser or taking a look at the About Cookies website which offers guidance for all modern browsers

Comments

What are comments?

Comments can be found at the bottom of most blogposts, where users of the website are able to submit their own questions and thoughts about the blog article on that page.

What personal information is collected on the comments page?

  • Your Comment – whatever you have to say to me or about the article
  • Your Name – for identification
  • Your Email Address – so I can contact you if necessary
  • Your Website – Optional
  • Your IP Address – automatically logged
  • Your Profile Picture – if logged in using the wordpress.com comments system

What is the information collected used for?

The information collected is used solely to help identify the commenter as an actual person and not a bot or a troll, and used for me to respond to you if necessary

Comments Policy

  • All comments are screened before publishing
  • All comments may be subject to editing before publishing. This may include removing unnecessary hyperlinks, cleaning up of grammar and partial removal of comments deemed unnecessary
  • Not all comments will be published. I try my best but some genuine comments may be lost in the Spam filter while others may be determined as sneaky ads or actual spam
  • Trolls and personal rants that do not add value to the conversation are not welcome and will not be published

Contact Me Page

What is the Contact Me page?

The Contact Page is a way for you to personally reach out to me directly from the website

What personal information is collected on the Contact Me page?

  • Your Name – for identification
  • Your Email Address – so I can contact you if necessary
  • Subject/Your Message – whatever you want to tell me

What is the information collected used for?

The information collected is used solely to help identify the commenter as an actual person and not a bot or a troll, and used for me to respond to you if necessary


Akismet

What is Akismet?

Akismet is my spam filter that helps me sort out genuine comments from fake/spam comments

What information is collected?

We collect information about visitors who comment on Sites that use our Akismet anti-spam service. The information we collect depends on how the User sets up Akismet for the Site, but typically includes the commenter’s IP address, user agent, referrer, and Site URL (along with other information directly provided by the commenter such as their name, username, email address, and the comment itself).


Advertising and Sponsored Content

What types of Advertising and Sponsored Content can be found on The Occasional Traveller?

The Occasional Traveller does host advertising and sponsored content such as:

  • DISPLAY ADS
    • Display ads are images or videos that are not my content that pop up in content or at the bottom of feeds. What you see depends somewhat on the page content, but also on your own cookies
    • Revenue that I earn from Display Ads is based on the number of times the ads are seen
  • AFFILIATE LINKS
    • Hyperlinks in blog posts that link to external websites that are tagged with an identifier or a cookie by the advertiser(s) so that any sales generated from these links can be attributed to me
    • Revenue from affiliate links are usually a percentage of the sales made through that link, the actual % depends on the affiliate agreement
  • SPONSORED POSTS / SPONSORSHIP
    • Sponsored posts are blog posts in which I collaborate with partner(s) to produce original content that is posted on and/or promoted on The Occasional Traveller
    • Sponsorship involves longer-term collaborations with partner(s) beyond just a specific blog post
    • Sponsored posts and sponsorship may be a barter trade in which a service/good is exchanged for content, or I may receive cash, depending on my agreement with the partner(s)
  • FAM TRIPS
    • FAM trips or Media Familiarisation Trips are when I am invited to travel or participate in overseas activities by partner(s), and either all or some of the costs of my trip is covered by the partner(s)

How do I know which content is advertising or sponsored content?

All Advertising or Sponsored Content on The Occasional Traveller is clearly marked and labelled for your information

  • Display Ads are labelled with ‘Ad’ and ‘Mediavine’
  • Affiliate Links are usually followed with a [XX Affiliate Link] and a disclaimer
  • Sponsored Posts are tagged and categorised as ‘Sponsored‘, and the post usually leads and ends with an explanation of who I am partnering with and how I am working with them
  • Sponsor Logos may be found in the footer or linked in the Work With Me Page
  • FAM Trips are tagged and categorised as ‘FAM Trip‘ and the post usually leads and ends with an explanation of who I am partnering with and how I am working with them

General Disclaimers

  • I endeavour to ensure that I only work with trustworthy partners and offer opinions and reviews based on my own experiences

Mailing List

What is TOTmail?

  • TOTmail is a e-mail subscription service for anyone who wishes to receive The Occasional Traveller blog posts in their email directly

How can I sign up for TOTmail? 

  • The sign up form is opt-in and can be found:
    • In a box on the Home Page (Sumome)
    • A pop-up box (sumome)
    • A separately linked sign up form (Mailchimp)

What happens when I sign up for TOTmail?

  • WELCOME EMAIL: A welcome email with information and discount codes for my subscribers is sent once you have confirmed your subscription to TOTmail.
  • BLOG POSTS:
    • Every time a blog is published on The Occasional Traveller, you will receive an auto-generated post that consists of that blog post content as it is first published in your email.
    • This email is usually sent in the evening on the day/following day, depending when the blog was posted.
    • It will not reflect any subsequent changes or amendments made by me on The Occasional Traveller
  • AD-HOC EMAILS: You may receive additional emails under the following circumstances
    • Not receiving the Welcome or subsequent emails due to errors (on a personal request basis)
    • Updated perks and discounts (on an adhoc basis depending on the seasonality of the promotions. Estimated 1-2 times a year maximum)
    • Notice of a security breach (whenever it happens)

What information is collected when I sign up for TOTmail?

  • The information collected for TOTmail by Mailchimp and/or SumoMe is stored in a mailing list on my Mailchimp account and includes:
    • Your First Name – so I can address you
    • Your Last Name – so I can address you more politely (optional)
    • Your Email Address – so you can receive the posts in your email as requested

What is the information that you collect used for?

  • The information collected is used solely for the purposes of administering the mailing list and sending you the blog posts via email whenever they are posted

Can I remove my information from this list?

  • Existing Subscribers are free to unsubscribe and/or resubscribe at any time. Please utilise the Mailchimp unsubscribe button/link on the emails to remove yourself from the Mailing List
  • No other physical or electronic copies of the Mailing List are kept
  • Non-identifying information like reasons for unsubscribing or total number of subscribers may be kept as records to improve future outreach efforts

Promotions

What are Promotions?

  • The Occasional Traveller sometimes conducts the following activities:
    • CONTESTS – readers are invited to participate in a contest by submitting entries, and the best entry(s) as judged by that specific contest requirements is awarded the prize(s) as determined by Me or Partner(s)
    • RAFFLES –readers are invited to participate in a contest by submitting entries, and the winner is selected by a randomizer

How do I participate in Promotions?

  • Each promotion will have its own mechanics as determined by Me or Partner(s)
  • Participants may be required to fill their information in on an external form (e.g. Google Forms) or contest widget (e.g. rafflecopter)

What information is collected for Promotions?

  • Personal identifying information collected for participation is stored in a document or contest widget and includes:
    • Your Name – for identification
    • Your Email Address – so I can contact you
    • Other information required as a part of the individual contest mechanic

What is the information used for?

  • The above information collected is used solely for administering the contest
  • Only the winner(s) personal identifying information may be passed on to the Promotions partner (if any) solely for the purpose of administering the prize to the winner(s)
  • All information from non-winners is NOT passed on to the Promotions partner UNLESS the participants have given their explicit consent to do so
  • Non-personal identifying information like total number of entries may be stored as records and to improve future Promotions

Can I remove my information from this list?

  • All personal identifying information collected through Promotions will be stored for a maximum of 6 months after the contest has ended in document or contest widget
  • All personal identifying information will be deleted in a Purging Exercise every 6 months
  • No physical or electronic copies of personal identifying information will be kept

Display Advertising

Mediavine Programmatic Advertising

The Website uses Mediavine to manage all third-party advertising on the Website. Mediavine serves content and advertisements when you visit the Website, which may use first and third-party cookies. A cookie is a small text file which is sent to your computer or mobile device (referred to in this policy as a “device”) by the web server so that a website can remember some information about your browsing activity on the Website. The cookie may collect information relating to your use of the Website, information about your device such as the device’s IP address and browser type, demographic data and, if you arrived at the Website via a link from a third-party site, the URL of the linking page.

First party cookies are created by the website that you are visiting. A third-party cookie is frequently used in behavioral advertising and analytics and is created by a domain other than the website you are visiting. Third-party cookies, tags, pixels, beacons and other similar technologies (collectively, “Tags”) may be placed on the Website to monitor interaction with advertising content and to target and optimize advertising. Each internet browser has functionality so that you can block both first and third-party cookies and clear your browser’s cache. The “help” feature of the menu bar on most browsers will tell you how to stop accepting new cookies, how to receive notification of new cookies, how to disable existing cookies and how to clear your browser’s cache. For more information about cookies and how to disable them, you can consult the information at www.allaboutcookies.org/manage-cookies/.

Without cookies you may not be able to take full advantage of the Website content and features. Please note that rejecting cookies does not mean that you will no longer see ads when you visit our Site.

The Website may collect IP addresses and location information to serve personalized ads and pass it to Mediavine. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices to opt-in or opt-out of this data collection, please visit https://www.networkadvertising.org/managing/opt_out.asp. You may also visit https://optout.aboutads.info/#/ and https://optout.networkadvertising.org/# to learn more information about interest-based advertising. You may download the AppChoices app at https://www.aboutads.info/appchoices to opt out in connection with mobile apps, or use the platform controls on your mobile device to opt out.

Mediavine partners with the following data processors:

  1. Pubmatic. You may find Pubmatic’s privacy policy through this link. The data collected on the Website may be transferred to Pubmatic and its demand partners for interest-based advertising. Statistical information and other non-cookie technologies (such as eTags and web or browser cache) may be used by third parties on this Website. Browser settings that block cookies may have no effect on these technologies, but you may clear your cache to delete such trackers. Data collected from a particular browser or device may be used with another computer or device that is linked to the browser or device on which such data was collected.
  2. Criteo. You may find Criteo’s privacy policy through this link. The data collected on the Website may be transferred to Criteo and its demand partners for interest-based advertising. Criteo may collect, access, and use non-identifying data to improve the Criteo Technology and other Criteo products, programs, and/or services. This non-identifying data may include on-site user behavior and user/page content data, URLs, statistics, or internal search queries. The non-identifying data are collected through the ad call and stored with a Criteo cookie for a maximum period of 13 months.
  3. Pulsepoint. You may find Pulsepoint’s privacy policy through this link.
  4. LiveRamp. You may find LiveRamp’s privacy policy through this link. When you use the Website, we share information that we may collect from you, such as your email (in hashed, de-identified form), IP address or information about your browser or operating system, with LiveRamp Inc, and its group companies (‘LiveRamp’). LiveRamp may use a cookie on your browser and match your shared information to their on- and offline marketing databases and those of its advertising partners to create a link between your browser and information in those other databases. This link may be shared by our partners globally for the purpose of enabling interest-based content or advertising throughout your online experience (e.g. cross device, web, email, in-app, etc.) by third parties unaffiliated with our website. These third parties may in turn link further demographic or interest-based information to your browser. To opt out of LiveRamp’s targeted advertising, please go here: https://liveramp.com/opt_out/
  5. RhythmOne. You may view RhythmOne’s privacy policy through this link. RhythmOne uses cookies and similar tracking technologies (such as mobile device identifiers and digital fingerprinting) to provide its services. RhythmOne may use aggregated information (not including your name, address, email address or telephone number) about your visits to this and other Websites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies, please visit the following webpage: https://www.networkadvertising.org/managing/opt_out.asp.
  6. District M. You may find District M’s privacy policy through this link.
  7. YieldMo. You may find YieldMo’s privacy policy through this link. If you want to opt out of receiving interest based ads from Yieldmo or exercise your right under the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”) to opt-out of the sale of your personal information, you may do so through this link.
  8. The Rubicon Project. You may find Rubicon’s privacy policy through this link. If you want to opt out of receiving interest based ads from Rubicon or exercise your right under the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”) to opt-out of the sale of your personal information, you may do so through this link. You may also utilize the Network Advertising Initiative’s opt-out page, the Digital Advertising Alliance’s opt-out page, or the European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance’s opt-out page.
  9. Amazon Publisher Services. You may find Amazon Publisher Services’ privacy policy through this link.
  10. AppNexus. You may find the AppNexus privacy policy through this link.
  11. OpenX. You may find OpenX’s privacy policy through this link.
  12. Verizon Media formerly known as Oath. You may find Verizon Media’s privacy policy through this link. You may also utilize the Network Advertising Initiative’s opt-out page, the Digital Advertising Alliance’s opt-out page, or the European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance’s opt-out page to opt-out of the use of cookies for interest-based advertising.
  13. TripleLift. You may find TripleLift’s privacy policy through this link. To opt out of receiving interest-based advertising (including retargeting) from TripleLift’s services through the use of cookies in your current browser and for more information on what it means to opt-out, please go to www.triplelift.com/consumer-opt-out.
  14. Index Exchange. You may find Index Exchange’s privacy policy through this link. You may also utilize the Network Advertising Initiative’s opt-out page, the Digital Advertising Alliance’s opt-out page, or the European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance’s opt-out page to opt-out of the use of cookies for interest-based advertising.
  15. Sovrn. You may find Sovrn’s privacy policy through this link.
  16. GumGum. You may find GumGum’s privacy policy through this link. GumGum may (i) use place and use cookies on end users’ browsers or use web beacons to collect information about end users who visit such Publisher Websites and (ii) link such collected end user information to other end user information provided by third parties in order to deliver targeted Advertisements to such end users.
  17. Digital Remedy. You may find Digital Remedy’s privacy policy through this link.
  18. MediaGrid. You may find MediaGrid’s privacy policy through this link. MediaGrid may collect and store information about end-user interactions with this website through cookies, advertising IDS, pixels and server-to-server connections. MediaGrid was receive the following information: the page an End-User has requested and the referring/exit pages; Timestamp information (i.e., the date and time the End-User has visited the page); IP address; mobile device identifier; device model; device operating system; browser type; carrier; gender; age; geolocation (including GPS coordinates); clickstream data; cookie information; first-party identifiers’; and hashed email addresses; demographic and inferred interest information; and post-conversion data (from both online and offline behaviour). Some of this data is gathered from this website and others is gathered from advertisers. MediaGrid uses this data to provide its services. You may also utilize the Network Advertising Initiative’s opt-out page, the Digital Advertising Alliance’s opt-out page, or the European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance’s opt-out page to opt-out of the use of cookies for interest-based advertising or review their privacy policy for more information.
  19. RevContent – You may find RevContent’s privacy policy through this link. RevContent may collect information about your browser or device, including browser type, IP Address, device type, user agent string, and operating system. RevContent also collects information about the websites you visit through their services, such as date and time of access and specific pages accessed and the content and ads you click on. You may opt-out of any personalization track by opting-out of RevContent’s data collection.
  20. Centro, Inc. – You may find Centro’s privacy policy through this link. You may find opt-out information for Centro’s services through the privacy policy link.
  21. 33Across, Inc. – You may find 33Across’s privacy policy through this link. To opt-out of personalized advertising, please visit https://optout.networkadvertising.org/?c=1.
  22. Conversant. LLC – You may find Conversant’s privacy policy through this link. Conversant uses information that does not directly identify you, such as information about your browser type, time and date of visit, your browsing or transaction activity, the subject of advertisements clicked or scrolled over, and a unique identifier (such as a cookie string, or a unique advertising identifier provided by your mobile device) during your visits to this and other websites and apps in order to provide advertisements about goods and services likely to be of greater interest to you. Conversant may use technologies such as cookies and other tracking technologies to collect this information. To learn more about interest-based advertising, or to opt-out, you can visit www.youronlinechoices.eu or https://www.networkadvertising.org/.

For any queries, please contact me for further details.

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