Privacy & Disclosure Policy

Privacy & Disclaimer Policy

The Urge To Wander cares about your privacy and the security of your information. The following disclaimer and privacy policy details what information we collect and how it is used and shared, along with our terms and conditions.

Terms & Conditions

The content published in The Urge To Wander is for information purposes only. While every effort is made to keep the blog updated it is impossible to keep up with changes in opening hours, location of businesses etc. The authors, therefore, make no representation regarding the accuracy or authenticity of the information and are not liable for any loss or damages incurred from it’s display or use.

Comments Policy

We value your feedback and appreciate your taking the time to read my posts and let me know what you think. Offensive/insensitive language will be filtered out and The Urge To Wander reserves the right to edit or delete any comments submitted to this blog without notice. The Urge To Wander is also not liable for any comments made by others on the blog.

Copyright

All text and images in this blog are the exclusive property of the author (unless otherwise indicated). Unauthorised use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission is strictly prohibited and illegal. Excerpts may be used, provided full and clear credit is given to Madhu Shetty and theurgetowander.com with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

If you would like to use any of the photographs or republish any posts, please do send an email to madhu@theurgetowander.com requesting rates.

Affiliate Disclaimer

This blog is proudly ad-free.
Some of the links on this blog are affiliate links, and if you purchase products or services through these links, I earn a little commission at no extra cost to you. As an affiliate, The Urge To Wander will only ever recommend products and services that I feel are of high quality and helpful to readers.

Partnerships & Links Disclaimer

Occasionally posts on this site will include links to other websites for which I might have received a one-off payment, My partnerships with select travel brands, tourism boards, accommodations and travel websites, to help them reach out to my audience through social media and blog posts, are always disclosed.

I value your trust, so although paid for, these articles will only ever contain my unbiased opinion of services I have personally utilised and can vouch for.

Our Mailing List Subscribers

Any information stored on our mailing list is solely kept for the distribution of posts, newsletters and online magazines by The Urge To Wander. We do not share personal information with third-parties. Neither will I spam you with unsolicited mail.

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Compliance

We respect your privacy and are committed to protecting it. We use your private data only to offer a personalised experience. The purpose of this Privacy Policy is to inform you what personally identifiable information we may collect and how it may be used. This statement only applies to this Website.

The Urge To Wander found at https://theurgetowander.com (“Website”) is governed by the following privacy policy (“Privacy Policy”):

  • We use Mailchimp for our newsletter, which you can opt out of, and Google Analytics for analysing website data.
  • If you subscribed to our newsletter, you will receive our newsletters. You can always unsubscribe by following the link in email or by emailing us.
  • If you gave us your name, it will only be used to personalise the newsletters.
  • We have never sold, we are not selling, and we will not sell any of your personal data provided to us.
  • All of our affiliates are GDPR compliant.

Right Related To Your Personal Information

  • Be informed regarding how the data is collected and used.
  • Have access to the data about you.
  • Ask us to change the data about you.
  • Ask us to delete the data about you.
  • Ask us to stop sending your newsletters.

Please note that we may need to retain certain information for record keeping purposes or to complete transactions, or when required by law.

The Urge To Wander abides by GDPR regulations, so if you wish to have your information (e.g. comments removed) and you’re an EU resident, please submit a request to madhu@theurgetowander.com.  We are happy to amend/remove your information/comments/email from the mailing list if you contact us.  We do not retain secondary copies of commenters/reader contact information without permission. Similarly, we do not resell or share your contact information with third parties and once you opt out of the mailing list, you are permanently removed.

Privacy Policy

The Urge To Wander, found at https://www.theurgetowander.com (“Website”) is governed by the following privacy policy  (“Privacy Policy”).  We respect your privacy and are committed to protecting it. The purpose of this Privacy Policy is to inform you what personally identifiable information we may collect and how it may be used and to govern the manner in which The Urge To Wander collects, uses, maintains and discloses information collected from users (each, a “User”) of the website. This document applies to the website and all products and services offered by The Urge To Wander.

What Information We Collect

Information You Voluntarily Submit to the Website: We may collect personal identification information from Users in a variety of ways, including, but not limited to, when Users visit our site, register on the website, submit a form, place an order, subscribe to the newsletter, respond to a survey, leave a comment email us, and in connection with other activities, services, features or resources we make available on our website.

We do not seek sensitive personal information such as your race, political beliefs, religion, political associations, sexual preference, or genetic information.

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. The Website utilizes the Facebook commenting system, so if you choose to comment on a Website post, your profile picture will appear.

Anonymous Automatically-Collected Information: We automatically collect non-personal identification information about Users whenever they interact with our Website. We use this information to monitor and improve our website. This includes 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.  Your information has been anonymised and only is viewed aggregately.

Cookies: We may log information using cookies, which are small data files stored on your browser by the Website. 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 personalised experience on the Website.

How Your Information May 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 authorise 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.

This 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.  We have anonymised our Google Analytics data and never look at non-aggregated data.

MailChimp – this service is used for delivery of email updates and newsletters. We store your name and email address for purposes of delivering such communications that you have opted-in to receive.  Please refer to Mail Chimp’s privacy policy for further information.

WordPress.Com – this service is responsible for hosting and operating the website platform The Urge To Wander uses.

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.

Browsing and interaction on any other website, including websites which have a link to our Website, is subject to that website’s own terms and policies.

Except when required by law, we will not sell, distribute, or reveal your email addresses or other personal information without your consent; however, we may disclose or transfer personal information collected through the Website to third parties who acquire all or a portion of our business, which may be the result of a merger, consolidation, or purchase of all or a portion of our assets, or in connection with any bankruptcy or reorganisation proceeding brought by or against us.

Cookies

We may log information using cookies, which are small data files stored on your browser by the Website. 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 personalised experience on the Website.

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

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.

Affiliate Program Participation
The Website may engage in affiliate marketing, which is done by embedding tracking links into 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.

Newsletters
On the Website, you may subscribe to our 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 behavior will not be passed on to third parties.

Sensitive Personal Information

If you leave a comment, certain information (your name as you provide it) may be publicly visible, however your email address will not be.  We will not contact you using your email as this goes against GDPR regulations, so if you wish to be contacted by The Urge To Wander, please contact us directly.  Please do not request that we contact you in the comments.

At no time should you submit sensitive personal information to the Website. This includes your sensitive personal identifiable information, identification or documentation numbers, 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 madhu@theurgetowander.com and we will use our best efforts to promptly remove such information from our records.

View, Edit or Delete Your Personal Information

You have the right to view, edit or delete the personal data we have collected about you. Furthermore, you have the right to withdraw consent or to object to the processing of your personal data. And you have the right to data portability: this means that you can request that we send you, or another organisation named by you, the personal data that we have about you in a computer file. Requests to view, edit, delete or port your personal data, and withdrawals of consent can be sent to madhu@theurgetowander.com

Your Acceptance Of These Terms

By using this Website, you signify your acceptance of this policy. If you do not agree to this policy, please do not use our Website. Your continued use of the Website following the posting of changes to this policy will be deemed your acceptance of those changes.

Contact Information

If you have any questions about our Privacy Policy, please get in touch with us at madhu@theurgetowander.com

Privacy Policy last updated on 09/07/2019