Last updated: January 25, 2019
You have every right to know how your data/information is being collected, and also any financial relationships I have going on with third parties. So without further ado, let get right down to the details. My name is Josh Miller, and this site is a one-man show, which means I’m also the Data Protection Officer, so if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to send me an email about it!
What information do we collect and how is it used?
Information You Voluntarily Submit to the Website: We may collect personal information from you such as your name, email address, or phone number. For example, you may voluntarily submit information to the Website by leaving a comment, subscribing to a newsletter, or submitting a contact form. *I have installed a special consent checkbox for these instances so you are fully aware that your information will be stored for this purpose. In addition, you are able to create a user profile, which allows you to create a username and password. We will store the username, but your password will not be visible in our records.
Information We Collect from Others: We may receive information about you from other sources if you create an account using Facebook or Google+ we will receive your name, email address, and avatar.
Automatically-Collected Information: We automatically collect certain information about you and the device with which you access the Website. For example, when you use the Website, we will log your IP address, operating system type, browser type, referring website, pages you viewed, and the dates/times when you accessed the Website. We may also collect information about actions you take when using the Website, such as links clicked.
Cookies: We may log information using cookies, which are small data files stored on your browser by the Website (and not the chocolate chip kind). We may use both session cookies, which expire when you close your browser, and persistent cookies, which stay on your browser until deleted, to provide you with a more personalized experience on the Website.
How Your Information Will Be Stored
The website is hosted on the Wix.com platform. Your data may be stored through Wix.com’s data storage, databases, and the general Wix.com applications. They store your data on secure servers behind a firewall.
How Your Information Maybe Be Used
We may use the information collected in the following ways:
To operate and maintain the Website;
To create your account, identify you as a user of the Website, and customize the Website for your account;
To send you promotional information, such as newsletters. Each email promotion will provide information on how to opt-out of future mailings;
To send you administrative communications, such as administrative emails, confirmation emails, technical notices, updates on policies, or security alerts;
To respond to your comments or inquiries;
To provide you with user support;
To track and measure advertising on the Website;
To protect, investigate, and deter against unauthorized or illegal activity.
Third-Party Use of Personal Information
We may share your information with third parties when you explicitly authorize us to share your information. When requesting travel quotes the information you submit will be shared with our partner so we can provide you with the best prices available.
Additionally, the Website may use third-party service providers to service various aspects of the Website. Each third-party service provider’s use of your personal information is dictated by their respective privacy policies.
The Website currently uses the following third-party service providers:
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. You can also opt out of Google Analytics you can also use Google Analytics' currently available opt-outs browser add-on.
Visitor Analytics is a simple website analytics service which measures the traffic and visitors' general details of the customers' websites. Collecting these statistics, a website can make their visitors' experience better (e.g. which pages they visit and when, where they are approximately located, where does a user land first or if they are coming from a specific referral).
Basically, as a website owner using Visitor Analytics, we are using cookies to collect data about visitors' device type and screen size, approximate location, browser, OS, IPs, page visits, bounce rate, conversions and popular content on the website. All this data is pseudonymized and Visitor Analytics will never use the collected data to identify individual users or to match it with additional information on an individual user. Each visitor has control over the cookies placement.
How to control cookies
You can control and/or delete cookies as you wish by checking your browser settings on each device - for details, see aboutcookies.org.
At this time, your personal information is not shared with any other third-party applications. This list may be amended from time to time in the Website’s sole discretion.
Except when required by law, we will not sell, distribute, or reveal your email addresses or other personal information.
From time to time, we may use anonymous data, which does not identify you alone, or when combined with data from other parties. This type of anonymous data may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses. Examples of this anonymous data may include analytics or information collected from cookies.
Publicly Visible Information
If you create a user profile on the Website or leave a comment, certain information may be publicly visible. To create a user profile, you must choose a username and password and input your email address for profile confirmation. Your email address will never be available publicly. If you choose to leave a comment, people will see your name and avatar.
Cookies (not the chocolate chip kind)
Users may, at any time, prevent the setting of cookies, by the Website, by using a corresponding setting of your internet browser and may thus permanently deny the setting of cookies. Furthermore, already set cookies may be deleted at any time via an Internet browser or other software programs. This is possible in all popular Internet browsers. However, if users deactivate the setting of cookies in your Internet browser, not all functions of our Website may be entirely usable.
For more info on specific cookies we use see our Cookie Disclosure.
Rights Related to Your Personal Information
Opt-out – You may opt-out of future email communications by following the unsubscribe links in our emails. You may also notify us at firstname.lastname@example.org to be removed from our mailing list.
Access – You may access the personal information we have about you by submitting a request to email@example.com.
Amend – You may contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to amend or update your personal information.
Forget – In certain situations, you may request that we erase or forget your personal data. To do so, please submit a request to email@example.com.
Sensitive Personal Information
The Website does not knowingly collect any personally identifiable information from children under the age of 16. If a parent or guardian believes that the Website has personally identifiable information of a child under the age of 16 in its database, please contact us immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will use our best efforts to promptly remove such information from our records.
The folks at the FTC would like me to tell you that I have financial relationships with some of the merchants mentioned on this site. You should know that some of my posts may contain affiliate links, which means I earn a commission if you click through and buy from them. This costs you nothing extra but helps offset the cost of keeping this website running and providing you with new exciting content.
EXAMPLE: If I recommend a badass waffle margarita maker and include a link to buy it online, then I earn a commission from that “merchant” if you click through my affiliate link and make a purchase. It’s that simple.
I will only recommend products or experiences that I truly believe will bring you value. If it wasn’t already obvious, I travel a lot. Thanks to this blog and social media profiles, some of my trips and experiences may be sponsored. With that being said, you should know I will always disclose when something has been sponsored. Keywords are “in collaboration with”, “____ invited me to”, etc. etc. If you ever have questions about this though, just hit me up via email!
Amazon Associate Disclosure
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