I have financial relationships with many of the companies and brands mentioned on this site. The majority of my blog posts contain affiliate links, which means I earn a small commission if you click through and buy from them. For you nothing changes and will cost you nothing extra. Those big multi million dollar companies will have to pay me a small fee for the lead.
Yes traveling is my full time job and I spend a lot of my own money earned through this travel blog to explore the world, but just as often I go on sponsored trips. This doesn’t make a difference either because I will always be honest and authentic even if it is sponsored. But just to explain you a little about media trips: they mostly make sure everything is arrange perfectly.
Happy to explain everything about and when you have questions don’t hesitate to contact me through email.
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How your information maybe be used
We may use the information collected in the following ways:
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Third-Party Use of Personal Information
We may share your information with third parties when you explicitly authorize us to share your information.
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.
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
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Mediavine Programmatic Advertising (Ver 1.1)
The Website works with Mediavine to manage third-party interest-based advertising appearing 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.
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 All About 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. In the event you opt-out, you will still see non-personalized advertisements on the Website.
The Website collects the following data using a cookie when serving personalized ads:
- IP Address
- Operating System type
- Operating System version
- Device Type
- Language of the website
- Web browser type
- Email (in hashed form)
Mediavine Partners (companies listed below with whom Mediavine shares data) may also use this data to link to other end user information the partner has independently collected to deliver targeted advertisements. Mediavine Partners may also separately collect data about end users from other sources, such as advertising IDs or pixels, and link that data to data collected from Mediavine publishers in order to provide interest-based advertising across your online experience, including devices, browsers and apps. This data includes usage data, cookie information, device information, information about interactions between users and advertisements and websites, geolocation data, traffic data, and information about a visitor’s referral source to a particular website. Mediavine Partners may also create unique IDs to create audience segments, which are used to provide targeted advertising.
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Affiliate Program Participation
As mentioned above, Traveltomtom uses affiliate marketing to finance his travels, which is done by embedding tracking links all over the Website. If you click on a link for an affiliate partnership, a cookie will be placed on your browser to track any sales for purposes of commissions (but this comes at no extra cost to you).
I am part of the following affiliate programs, who may be using cookies to track any sales/commissions coming via my recommendations on this Website.
Affiliate Window: I use Affiliate Window for a few different affiliate programs, including Etsy. You can read more about Affiliate Window’s GDPR Compliance here.
Amazon: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This program utilizes cookies to track visits for the purposes of assigning commission on these sales.
Booking.com: I use Booking.com affiliate links throughout this site when I recommend hotels or places to stay. You can read more about how Booking handles privacy/data here.
CJ: CJ is another affiliate network I use for several programs, including GoEuro. You can check out their privacy here (via Conversant LLC).
Performance Horizon: I use Performance Horizon for their Hostelworld affiliate program.
Simoption: I use SimOption links on The Website when recommending sim cards for travelers.
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Rights Related to Your Personal Information
Please note that we may need to retain certain information for record keeping purposes or to complete transactions, or when required by law.
Sensitive Personal Information
Last updated: June 2019