Welcome to the Traveltomtom Privacy Policy & Disclaimer. This is by far the most boring blog post I have ever written and unfortunately it hasn’t even anything to do with traveling. Unfortunately there are so many rules in this world, because of all those bad guys out there. One of those rules requires me to have a Privacy Policy & Disclaimer, because through this website I am making money.

My name is Tom Grond and I am the only one who is running Traveltomtom with some technical support from one of my best friends who also advised me to write a Privacy Policy. In case you feel like something is going wrong, please contact me as I feel like I have done as much as I can to protect your privacy, but if Im failing let me know.

Affiliate marketing

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.

Sponsored trips

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.

Amazon Associate Disclosure

As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Privacy Policy

Traveltomtom found at https://traveltomtom.net/ is governed by the following privacy policy (“Privacy Policy”).

Traveltomtom respects your privacy and therefore I will explain what personally identifiable information we may collect and how it may be used.

In the following my website traveltomtom.net is referred to as the Website.

Information You Voluntarily Submit to Traveltomtom.net: We may collect personal information from you such as your name or email address. For example, you may voluntarily submit information to Traveltomtom.net by leaving a comment, subscribing to a newsletter, or submitting a contact form. 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. You may link your Facebook, Instagram, and/or Google accounts to your user profile. If you choose to link your Facebook, Instagram, and/or Google accounts to your user profile, we will receive your name, email address and profile picture associated with that account. Traveltomtom.net may utilizes the Facebook commenting system, so if you choose to comment on a Website post, your profile picture will appear.

Automatically-Collected Information: We automatically collect certain information about you and the device with which you access Traveltomtom.net. 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 delicious baked treats I’ve been shovelling in my mouth while writing this privacy policy). 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 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.

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.

Anonymous Data

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.  At your option, you may also add an avatar, a profile description, and a link to your website.

If you choose to leave a comment, people will see your, avatar, name and any website information you leave.

Cookies

The Website uses cookies to store visitors’ preferences, record user-specific information on what pages users access or visit, ensure that visitors are not repeatedly sent the same banner ads, customize Website content based on visitors’ browser type or other information that the visitor sends. Cookies may also be used by third-party services, such as Google Analytics, as described herein.

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.

Advertising

Display Ads

Traveltomtom may use third-party advertising companies to serve content and advertisements when you visit the Website, which may use cookies, as noted above. 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.

Retargeting Ads

From time to time, the Website may engage in remarketing efforts with third-party companies, such as Google, Facebook, or Instagram, in order to market the Website. These companies use cookies to serve ads based on someone’s past visits to the Website.

Facebook: Opt-out of Facebook remarketing here

Google: Opt-out of Google remarketing here

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.

Agoda: I use Agoda for recommending hotels. Click here for their privacy policy.

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).

GetYourGuide: I recommend GetYourGuide for various tours and attractions. You can read their Privacy Policy here.

Performance Horizon: I use Performance Horizon for their Hostelworld affiliate program. Here is their Privacy Policy.

Simoption: I use SimOption links on The Website when recommending sim cards for travelers.

ShareASale:  I use ShareASale for a few different affiliate programs including Tailwind. Here is their terms of use.

WorldNomads: I often recommend WorldNomads for travel insurance. See their Privacy Policy here.

Newsletters

On Traveltomtom, you may subscribe to my newsletter, which may be used for advertising purposes. All newsletters sent may contain tracking pixels. The pixel is embedded in emails and allows an analysis of the success of online marketing campaigns. Because of these tracking pixels, we may see if and when you open an email and which links within the email you click. Also, this allows the Website to adapt the content of future newsletters to the interests of the user. This behaviour will not be passed on to third parties.

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.to be removed from our mailing list.

Access – You may access the personal information we have about you by submitting a request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Amend – You may contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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

At no time should you submit sensitive personal information to the Website. This includes your social security number, information regarding race or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious beliefs, health information, criminal background, or trade union memberships. If you elect to submit such information to us, it will be subject to this Privacy Policy.

Children’s 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will use our best efforts to promptly remove such information from our records.

Contact Information

Please contact me through email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Last updated: June 2019

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