Who we are 

Travel Made Me Do It (and for the purposes of this Privacy Policy also include “travelmademedoit.com”, “we”, “us”, “our” “this or the website”) is dedicated to protecting your privacy and personal data when you are using our website. You can access the website and browse it without disclosing any of your personal data. Travelmademedoit.com does not collect personal information unless it is knowingly provided by the user, by which they would have agreed to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Use, herein embedded into the policy by reference, under which travelmademedoit.com has set out.

Please read our Privacy Policy carefully before using our website. By using travelmademedoit.com or by clicking to accept or agree to the Terms of Use, when this option is provided to you, you accept and follow the Privacy Policy. If you do not want to agree to the Privacy Policy, you must not access or use travelmademedoit.com.

Commitment to the children’s online privacy protection act

Travelmademedoit.com endeavours to protect the privacy of those aged under 18 years. Hence, we do not knowingly collect or keep information of those under the age of 18. Therefore, if you are under 18, do not use this website or provide any information about yourself to travelmademedoit.com. Information about yourself includes, but is not limited to, your name, address, telephone number, email address or any username you may use.

If you are a parent or guardian of someone under the age of 18 and you become aware of them providing us with their personal data, please contact us immediately (contact details at the bottom of the page). We will do our best to promptly remove this personal data from our website records as soon as we become aware that such information has been collected.

Disclosure of information

Travelmademedoit.com will not sell, exchange, or rent your personal data to others. We do not automatically log personal data. Information that is automatically logged by other means, is not connected with personal data about specific individuals. We may use IP addresses to collate and gather statistics about our users, traffic patterns and site administration but they are not linked to personally identifiable data. We collect only the personal data that you knowingly provide to us when prompted using the website. We do not collect data about the websites users from any other sources.

What personal data we collect – automated decision making / profiling we do with user data

Comments

When users leave comments on travelmademedoitcom, we collect the data shown in the comments section such as name, username and/or email address, and also the users’ IP address and anonymised browser user agent string to help with spam detection.

A string created from your email address, otherwise known as a hash, may also be provided to Gravatar to see if you are using their service. If your comment is approved, Gravatar assists in your profile picture being visible to the public in association with that comment. Please read the Gravatar service privacy policy for more information.

By leaving a comment on travelmademedoit.com, you consent to the posting of any personal information that you provide. Please be aware that such information can be read, copied or used by other users of the website. Therefore, please do not share any personal or sensitive information on travelmademedoit.com. We have no control over how any users could potentially use your personal information.

You may choose to also voluntarily comment on our social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Youtube) which may share association with the website.

You can delete any comments you have submitted on our website or social media platforms at any time or if you would like us to review, amend or delete any comments you have submitted, please contact us.

Newsletter optin

You may voluntarily provide your name and email address to optin to our newsletters by directly subscribing on a sidebar contact form or by a popup message or by other means which you are fully aware of.  If you no longer wish to receive the newsletter, you can opt out by directly unsubscribing via any emails sent to you or you can contact us directly to unsubscribe. Once we become aware, we will endeavour to promptly and completely delete your email address and associated personal information such as your name from our database and records.

For our newsletters, we use the MailChimp service which stores your name and email address in order to email you. For further information, please visit the MailChimp website and read their Privacy Policy.

Contact form

The contact form on our Contact page allows you to communicate with us voluntarily. You are consenting to share personal information when you contact us in this manner. Any information we receive through one of our contact forms is strictly confidential unless stated otherwise. If  there is any information you have sent to us that you would like to have reviewed, amended or deleted, please let us know and we will assist you.

Why we collect it

We may use your information which includes your personal data, to ensure the optimal and efficient operation and management of travelmademedoit.com. This ensures a professional website that aims to continually improve your user experience. By using information you have willingly provided us, we may send you a newsletter or email to communicate with you about content, products, services and/or promotions offered by us and/or others, that we think you may be interested in.

Specifically, the information collected allows us to respond to your comments and provide you with support and advice when required in order to provide excellent customer service.

We may monitor and measure data in relation to your use of our website to improve and personalise advertisements, content and features.

Cookies

A cookie is a small file that contains some information including an anonymous unique identifier (a string of letters and numbers). When you visit a website, the site’s computer communicates with your computer, asking for consent to store this file (cookie) on your computer’s web browser. The identifier embedded in the cookie is then sent back to the website’s server each time the user’s browser requests a page from the server. Websites can continue to send cookies to your browser if your browser’s preferences allows it. To protect your privacy, your browser only allows a website to access cookies it has already sent to you, and not other cookies sent by other websites.

Cookies may be either sessional or persistent. Session cookies will usually expire when the user exits the browser. Persistent cookies are stored by a web browser and can remain there indefinitely unless there is an embedded expiry date or the user chooses to deny cookies initially or delete them afterwards (see instructions below on how to do this). Cookies do not usually contain any personally identifiable information of the user, but personal information that we store about you may be linked to information stored in cookies.

Travelmademedoit.com uses cookies and server logs to collect data about how our website is used by visitors. Information gathered through cookies and server logs will help us monitor user specific habits, patterns and preferences so we can enhance your experience on travelmademedoit.com and optimise the website’s function for future visits. For instance, we may measure whether you have visited the website before and what pages you have viewed, to ensure you are not getting the same repetitive content the next time you visit.

Travelmademedoit.com will also use cookie equivalents including social media pixels. These allow social media sites such as, but not limited to Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Youtube, to track users’ visits of other websites in order to individualise advertisements users see whilst using that social media platform. Travelmademedoit abides by the policies of these social media platforms when using these pixels.

When initially visiting travelmademedoit.com, you may choose to reject cookies. There is a banner at the bottom of the page that will prompt you about this decision. At a later time, if you wish to reject cookies and delete any previous cookies this website may have used up to that point and are not sure how to do so, please visit the ‘Help’ section of your internet browser. Please be aware that by not allowing the use of Cookies, that the function of the website may be compromised in some ways, such as speed and usability.

If you leave a comment on travelmademedoit.com, you may opt in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. This means that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for 1 year.

Third party use of cookies

Some of our content, applications and advertisements are served by third party entities which include, but are not limited to, advertisers and content and application providers. These third parties may use cookies to collect information about you when you use our website. Some of the information they collect may include personal information about your online habits and activities across different websites. They may use this information to provide you with targeted advertising content.

Travelmademedoit.com does not and cannot control these third parties’ tracking technologies or how they use them. If you have any questions about an advertisement, you should contact the responsible provider directly.

To help inform our users, posts on travelmademedoit.com may include embedded content such as links from other websites that provide additional information or services. These websites are not under our control and therefore we cannot be held responsible for content on their websites. Such content behaves in the exact same way as if the user has visited the other website. These websites may collect information about you, use cookies, embed additional third party tracking and monitor your interaction with that embedded content.

Please consult the terms and conditions, terms of use, privacy policy or any other associated guidelines of other websites and third parties to find out how they monitor, measure and use your personal data. Please note that we have no control over third party policies or practices in regards to privacy. Therefore, we assume no responsibility for the content, policies or methods used by any third parties.

Who we share your data with

We use Google Analytics to analyse data and statistics about how users engage with our website. This allows travelmademedoit.com to identify what our users like, so we can produce the best content possible and improve the overall user experience. For instance, Google Analytics may tell us what pages were viewed the most. Hence, we will look at what type of content was on that page and then reproduce similar content. Your information will be anonymised and aggregated as to not show analysis of specific individuals. If you would like more information, please read their Privacy Policy.

As aforementioned, we use Mailchimp for our newsletters which store your name and email address in order to reach you. We do not share our mailing list with any third parties. We will not email you spam content. For further information, please visit the MailChimp website and read their Privacy Policy.

We use an app called Social Warfare which allows you to easily share our content on your social media. We do not take any personal information from you regarding your social media accounts nor do we monitor what happens after you share a post via our website. Hence, we are not responsible or liable for any potential consequences from sharing our website’s content on your social media feeds. For more information, please read the Privacy Policy of Warfare plugins.

User comments will be checked through Akismet; an automated spam detection service to control spam comments. This ensures you have a safe environment on travelmademedoit.com to comment. Akismet is a plugin of Automattic Inc. Please read their Privacy Policy.

How long we retain your data

By default, WordPress; the website’s content management software generates 2 types of cookies that have different retention times. Session cookies are set when a user logs into a WordPress site such as travelmademedoit.com and contains a user’s authentication details. Cookies are set up to save login information and screen display choices. Login cookies last for 15 days and screen options cookies last for 1 year.

Cookies related to comments contain information about a person’s username, email address and IP address. Hence, those who have left a comment will have this information automatically filled in the relevant fields on subsequent visits. The comment cookie expires in around 347 days. However, if you leave a comment on travelmademedoit.com, the comment and its other metadata will be retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognise and approve any follow up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

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

Google Analytics has a setting called Data Retention which by default, retains user and event data for 26 months. Read their Privacy Policy for more information.

Mailchimp will retain personal information where there is ongoing legitimate business or legal need to do so. When there is no ongoing legitimate business, they will either delete or anonymise it. Read their Privacy Policy for more information.

Data protection

Travelmademedoit.com uses commercially appropriate and acceptable processes to ensure the security of the personal data you have provided to us and the information we collect automatically. Our measures include using standard security protocols and only working with reputable third parties.

We have installed a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificate. Hence, some of the information you may enter on our website may be transmitted securely through this secure medium.

For website security, the company uses software programs including, but not limited to, Jetpack which assists us in monitoring website traffic to help us identify, and hopefully prevent any illegal activity and/or unauthorised attempts to alter information or otherwise cause damage. Jetpack is another plugin of Automattic Inc., and their Privacy Policy can be found here.

Contact us directly if you would like to request access to your data. You can ask for amendment or complete removal of this. We reserve the right to ask you for proof of identity to ensure you do not act on someone’s behalf or dishonestly. Email is not recognised as a secure method of communication. Therefore, please do not send private information to us via email. If you do so, it is at your own risk.

What data breach procedures we have in place

The GDPR introduced a duty for us to report, in the event of, certain types of personal data breach to the relevant supervisory authority. In the unfortunate event that there is a data breach, there is no single method of responding as they are dealt with by travelmademedoit.com on a case by case basis.

Depending on the nature of the data breach, in any case, we will attempt to the best of our ability to contain the breach and assess the risks associated with the breach. Using that risk assessment, we will decide the appropriate course of action which may involve considering a breach notification to be completed within 72 hours of becoming aware of the breach. Reviewing the incident and taking steps to nullify future breaches will also take place.

For more information on how we would endeavour to manage a data breach, please do not hesitate to contact us by email.

Industry regulatory disclosure requirements 

As far as travelmademedoit.com are aware, there is no industry specific protection regulation in the travel industry. We endeavour to keep up to date with any mandatory industry regulations required that may come to fruition.

Advertising privacy statement 

Media.net collects technical data and usage data regarding your behavior and usage patterns on this website and on their partner sites. They collect this type of information about you using cookies, web beacons and other web tools. Media.net do not use these functions to store any personally identifiable data. Unless you choose to provide it to Media.net, they do not collect any sensitive consumer information about you during the ad delivery process. They do not have access to or control the tools used by third parties on the website or on any partner sites. Media.net does not govern the use of such tools by any third parties. Some of the tools and the ways in which we use them are further described below:

  • To inform us if an advertisement has been served to the same computer before, and if so, when the advertisement was served. These cookies are not used by Media.net to build a profile of a user’s behaviour. They are also used by Media.net for the purposes of behavioural tracking or targeting.
  • To conduct research and identify fraud and malicious activity.
  • When you visit one of their partner sites, we may assign your computer one or more cookies which enable us and our partners to deliver targeted advertisements. This form of advertising is called behavioural advertising. Media.net believe that this type of advertising is helpful because you will see ads that are relevant to your interests. However, if you would like to opt-out of these these advertisements, please opt-out.

As noted above, media.net uses cookies. Your browser may give you the ability to adjust your settings to delete or disable cookies. If you choose to disable cookies, you may not be able to use certain features on their partner site. You can also opt-out of receiving personalised ads and other third party advertisers and ad networks who are members of the Network Advertising Initiative (“NAI”). The NAI’s opt-out tool can be found here http://www.networkadvertising.org/choices/

More information about system privacy controls and instructions for opting out via your mobile device can be found at http://www.networkadvertising.org/mobile-choice. Media.net comply with the Self-Regulatory Principles for Online Behavioral Advertising set forth by the Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA). Please note that you may have to opt out on different devices and web browsers separately.

Media.net will only retain information relating to you for as long as necessary to fulfill the purposes we collected it for, including for the purposes of satisfying any legal, accounting or reporting requirements. To determine the appropriate retention period for such information, we consider the amount, nature, and sensitivity of the information, the potential risk of harm from unauthorised use or disclosure of the information, the purposes for which they process your information and whether they can achieve those purposes through their means, and the applicable legal requirements. Unless contrary to applicable laws, except with respect to information about their partners with whom they have an ongoing relationship, their policy is to retain the non-aggregated information we collect for up to 24 months, after which the data is either anonymised or deleted from their systems. As permitted by law, they may continue to retain aggregated information.

You may opt out of personalised advertising by visiting Ads Settings. Alternatively, you can opt out of a third-party vendor’s use of cookies for personalised advertising by visiting www.aboutads.info. If you haven’t opted out of third-party ad serving, the cookies of other third-party vendors or ad networks may also be used to serve ads on your site.

Throughout this Privacy Policy, we have provided links to the websites of third-party companies, that may be collecting cookies. This allows you the opportunity to opt out of the use of cookies by these potentially advertising companies. Alternatively, you can opt out of some third-party vendors’ uses of cookies for personalised advertising by visiting www.aboutads.info.

For additional details regarding cookie consent notices, please refer to cookiechoices.org.

Please visit the Media.net Privacy Policy for more information.

Users’ General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) rights 

If you are within the European Union, you are entitled to certain information and have rights and privileges under the GDPR. Your rights are centered around the right of access, amendment, and restriction to data collected about by us. These include the following:

  • We will retain any information you choose to provide to us until you ask us to review, amend or delete the information or we decide to cease using our existing data providers or we decide that the value in retaining the data is outweighed by the costs of retaining it.
  • You have the right to pursue restrictions on the processing of your data and can object to the processing of this data.
  • You have the right to the portability of your data.
  • After you have provided consent to us using your personal data, you can withdraw said consent at any time
  • You can lodge a complaint with the relevant supervisory authority that presides over problems arising in relation to the GDPR.
  • We only use the minimal amount of information required to enter into contact with you. We will not ask for any unnecessary or irrelevant information to carry out any contact with you.

Please contact us directly if you want any of your information reviewed, amended or deleted.

Users’ General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) rights – WP Google Maps

You agree for your personal data to be processed by Travel Made Me Do It, for the purpose(s) of displaying map tiles, geocoding addresses and calculating and display directions..

You agree for your personal data, provided via map API calls, to be processed by the API provider, for the purposes of geocoding (converting addresses to coordinates), reverse geocoding and generating directions.

Some visual components of WP Google Maps use 3rd party libraries which are loaded over the network. At present the libraries are Google Maps, Open Street Map, jQuery DataTables and FontAwesome. When loading resources over a network, the 3rd party server will receive your IP address and User Agent string amongst other details. Please refer to the Privacy Policy of the respective libraries for details on how they use data and the process to exercise your rights under the GDPR regulations.

WP Google Maps uses jQuery DataTables to display sortable, searchable tables, such as that seen in the Advanced Marker Listing and on the Map Edit Page. jQuery DataTables in certain circumstances uses a cookie to save and later recall the “state” of a given table – that is, the search term, sort column and order and current page. This data is held in local storage and retained until this is cleared manually. No libraries used by WP Google Maps transmit this information.

Please see here and here for Google’s terms. Please also see Google’s Privacy Policy. We do not send the API provider any personally identifying information, or information that could uniquely identify your device.

Changes to privacy policy

We may change this Privacy Policy at any time. If we do, we will let you know by updating the date at the top of this page. If any changes are considered substantial or significant, like introduction of new regulations like the GDPR in 2018, we will provide you with additional notice, likely through our website or by email. We encourage you to regularly review our Privacy Policy if you regularly use our website to ensure you maintain your understanding of our privacy practices. If you continue to use our website after Privacy Policy changes are made, you consent to the revised policy.

Contact us

If you have any questions about our Privacy Policy or wish to contact us regarding any of the above information or to submit any requests, please email us at admin@travelmademedoit.com