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Privacy Policy

Effective: 10th October 2018

Who We Are

PlanYourTrip.online is a personal blog, not part of any company. We can be contacted via the ‘Contact Us‘ page on our website. The address is: https://planyourtrip.online

Our Commitment To You

We care about your privacy and take it seriously, and we want you to know what we do. Our Privacy Policy explains how we collect, use and share the information that we receive about our visitors, and explains the options that are available to you. We have tried to write this in a way that is clear and simple to understand, but if you do have any questions then please contact us (see “Who We Are” section above) and we will be glad to help.

What We Do

We are a travel blog. We post articles about attractions at certain travel destinations (for example “Museums in London”), as well as more general tips related to travel (for example “Things Not To Forget When Packing”). Since this is a personal blog, we write these articles ourselves. As a result, we are not paid a salary for writing them.

We do, however, have to pay out some money to build and maintain the site. This includes things like the domain name fees and hosting costs as well as any images for which we need to pay a licensing fee. To cover these costs we have monetized the site. Any additional money leftover will be used to pay for the odd travel/trip so that we can make even more content available.

The site is monetized in the following ways:

Affiliate Marketing

We use Skimlinks to automatically convert certain links to other sites into affiliate marketing links. As a result, we might be paid a small percentage of the value of any purchases you make at those sites as a “thank you” from those sites. You will not in any way be negatively impacted by this – the price you pay stays the same. To learn more about affiliate marketing, either take a look at the Skimlinks site or you could read this Wikipedia page. When deciding what content to include in our articles, we are not influenced based upon any commissions we might receive, as first and foremost we want to deliver the best and most relevant content to our visitors.

Advertising

We use banner adverts throughout the site. You are under no obligation to click these advertisements (of course we’ll be happy if you do). If you click one of these adverts you will be taken to a third party site.

Paid Content

From time to time we may accept payment to write articles about certain products (for example a tourist attraction or trip). In this case, the content will be clearly identified near the top of the respective article(s). The wording that we will use to identify this content will include one either “Advertisement”, “Paid Content” or “Article Sponsored by <companyname>“.

Information Collection and Use

Comments

If you leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection. Your email address will not be displayed to other visitors to the site.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Contact Us

If you use the “Contact Us” form on our site, a single email will be generated. Your mail will be sent to a single email address at the “planyourtrip.online” domain and delivered to our email Inbox. Our reply to you will be sent as a normal email to the address which you provide.

How Our Site Uses Cookies

To improve your experience when using our site, our site uses ‘cookies’. Cookies are small files which are placed on your computer by our site, for tracking and record-keeping purposes. Cookies can be refused/blocked by changing the settings on your web browser, and may also be deleted from within the web browser.

Some third party cookies are also placed on your computer by third party sites when you visit certain pages on our site.

Third party vendors, including Google, use cookies to serve ads based on a user’s previous visits to your website or other websites. Google’s use of advertising cookies enables it and its partners to serve ads to your users based on their visit to your sites and/or other sites on the Internet.

    • Consensu.org & Quantcast Consent Management Platform – This site is using and supports the IAB Europe Consent Framework whose proposed solution gives publishers, advertisers, and ad technology companies a common language with which to understand if a consumer has given his or her consent for their personal data to be used for the targeting of online ads. This cookie is created because we are using the Quantcast Consent Management Platform to allow you to accept or reject your consent. When you first visited the site, you have been asked to give your consent in the Privacy Settings panel. You can in at any time now or in the future change your consent settings by using the “Privacy Settings” link at the bottom right of the page.
    • Google-Analytics.com – Our site uses Google Analytics, which uses cookies and sends traffic data to Google’s servers in the United States. We are able to use reports provided within Google Analytics to help us understand how many visitors use our site and how they use it. More information about Google Analytics can be found here. It is possible to opt-out of Google Analytics by installing the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on, which can be downloaded at https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?
    • Google reCAPTCHA – Our site uses the Google reCAPTCHA v2 service to help identify whether users are real human beings (and not ‘bots’). This is done in an attempt to reduce the amount of comment & email spam and to prevent unauthorized logins to the site. Further information about Google reCAPTCHA can be found here.
    • Vimeo.com – You can opt out of non-essential Vimeo cooking by visiting Vimeo.com
    • YouTube.com – When we embed YouTube videos into our site, we turn on the Privacy-Enhanced mode. This means that YouTube won’t set any cookies unless you play the video. Additionally, you can opt out of personalised advertising which appears on embedded YouTube videos by visiting Ads Settings.
    • Instagram.com – You can find out more about how Instagram uses cookies and how you can set your preferences by visiting the ‘About Cookies‘ page at Instragram.com.
  • Skimresources.com/Redirecting.at – In order that your preferences regarding our affiliate marketing links can be stored and function correctly. You can opt out by visiting Skimlinks.

The legal basis on which we are collecting/using the information described above is that it is necessary for our legitimate interests. Ensuring that the site is well protected against malicious use, ensuring that the site is functioning correctly, ensuring that the content we deliver to you and ensuring that we comply with regulations related to your consent of our use of your data are all of utmost importance to us.

Additionally, if you have given us your consent via your opt-in in the Privacy Settings panel, further cookies may be created by the selected providers when clicking on out affiliate marketing links.

Furthermore, by clicking non-affiliated links within our site you will of course trigger loading of other websites which will, of course, have their own cookie and privacy policies, which are not in the scope in this Privacy Policy.

Other Third Party Services We Are Using

Comment Spam Filtering

Our site uses the Akismet anti-spam service to attempt to automatically filter out spam comments.

The Akismet anti-spam service collects information about visitors who comment on Sites that use the Akismet anti-spam service. The information collected 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). More information can be found here.

Web Server Log Files

Our web server logs all accesses in its internal log files. This helps us to identify issues with our site and to enhance it. Log file entries include your IP address and which pages/images have been accessed, as well as which searches you have performed. These log files are available only to administrators of this site and are not shared with any third parties.

Who Do We Share Your Data With

We will not share your data with any other third party companies, beyond what is described within this Privacy Policy.

How Long Do We Retain Your Data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

If you contact us, the email which we receive will only be retained as long as it is relevant and necessary in order to satisfactorily reply to you. Any subsequent replies you send directly to our email address (i.e. not via the Contact Us form on the site) will be considered unrelated to the site and outside of the scope of this Privacy Policy.

Our web server log files are removed after 14 days.

What Rights You Have Over Your Data

If you have left comments on this site, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include erasure of any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

How We Protect Your Data

Any of your personal data which is stored within our site (for example email address and IP address if you leave a comment) or in our web server log files, is available only to administrators of the site.

  • Access to the administrative section of the site is protected via username and password. Additionally, we have implemented bot detection (Google reCAPTCHA) as well as lock-out technology (in the case of multiple incorrect password attempts) in an attempt to prevent automated brute-force attacks on the site.
  • Remote logins to the web server itself can only be achieved from computers having a required certificate present. Simple username/password login is disabled. Additionally, we have implemented lock-out technology in an attempt to prevent brute-force attacks on the site.

Changes To Our Privacy Policy

We may update this Privacy Policy from time to time in response to changing legal, technical or business developments. Please review our Privacy Policy on a regular basis (there is a link in the footer of every page on our site).

The date of the last change to the Privacy Policy is always displayed at the top of the page. If we make material changes to our Privacy Policy, we will additionally place a link titled “Updated Privacy Policy” near the top of the site for a period of at least 30 days.