This policy is effective as of August 29th, 2020. Last updated: March 26th, 2023
WHO ARE WE?
We are Sandra and Bojan, authors of Blue Marble Vagabonds (“bluemarblevagabonds.com”, “we”, “us” “Website” or “Site”), a travel blog that provides travel stories and tips.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
All content provided on bluemarblevagabonds.com is provided for informational purposes only. We make no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information and will not be liable for any errors or omissions in this information nor for the availability of this information. Blue Marble Vagabonds will not be liable for any losses, injuries, or damages from the display or use of this information.
This also applies to any one-on-one information or advice provided by us in the form of, but not limited to, responses to comments, responses to email, and interactions via social media accounts associated with Blue Marble Vagabonds.
While we shall endeavour to ensure that all information on the Site is accurate, we cannot vouch that all information will be accurate and up-to-date at all times. The Site contains a large amount of data, and errors are likely to occur in tracking changes such as but not limited to changes in dates and times of events, restaurant information, prices, exchange rates, accommodation, or other travel information.
The views and opinions expressed on this Website are ours (Sandra & Bojan) and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of anyone else.
We make no representations as to the political, economic, or social situations in the destinations about which I write. Because we visit a destination or because we write about a destination does not in any way suggest that we support the politics or government of that destination.
Unless otherwise stated, all written content on this Site and photographs are owned by Blue Marble Vagabonds and are protected by copyright. The Site is provided solely for your personal noncommercial use. You may not use the Site or the materials available on the Site in a manner that constitutes an infringement of our rights or that has not been authorized by us.
Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s author and owner is strictly prohibited. Small excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to this site’s author and Blue Marble Vagabonds, with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.
If you would like to use any of our photography or republish our articles, please email us.
BLOG COMMENTS POLICY
We want to make this Site a community therefore comments and discussions are encouraged. However, we will not tolerate inappropriate or abusive language of any sort. We reserve the right to delete any comments submitted to this blog without notice. Additionally, we are not responsible or liable for any comments made by others on this blog.
WHAT INFORMATION IS COLLECTED
We do not collect information from visitors to the Site unless voluntarily submitted. Ways information can voluntarily be submitted include but are not limited to: visiting the site, registering on the Website, submitting a form, placing an order, subscribing to the newsletter, responding to a survey, leaving a comment, or emailing us.
Information collected from visiting the site (Automatically-Collected Information) is non-personal identification information about the visitor and the device used to access the Site. Examples of such information include but are not limited to, IP address, operating system type, browser type, referring website, pages viewed, links clicked, and the date and time accessed.
We do not seek sensitive personal information such as race, political beliefs, religion, political associations, sexual preference, or genetic information.
When visitors 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.
If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.
HOW INFORMATION MAY BE USED
We may use the information collected in the following ways:
- To operate and maintain this Website;
- To improve your experience on this Website;
- To respond to your comments;
- To send you promotional information, such as newsletters. Each email promotion will provide information on how to opt out of future mailings
- To provide you with user support;
- Monitor and analyze Site statistics;
- To protect, investigate, and deter against unauthorized or illegal activity
Blue Marble Vagabonds has never sold, is not selling, and will not sell any personal data provided.
THIRD-PARTY USE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION
We may share your information with third parties when you explicitly authorize us to share your information.
Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.
Additionally, the Site 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 also dictated by their respective privacy 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 Site 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 reorganization proceeding brought by or against us.
A cookie is a very small text document, which often includes an anonymous unique identifier. When you visit a website, that site’s computer asks your computer for permission to store this file in a part of your hard drive specifically designated for cookies. Each website can send its own cookie to your browser if your browser’s preferences allow it, but (to protect your privacy) your browser only permits a website to access the cookies it has already sent to you, not the cookies sent to you by other sites.
Cookies may also be used by third-party services.
Blue Marble Vagabonds utilizes a standard technology called “cookies” and server logs to collect information about how our Site is used. Information gathered through cookies and server logs may include the date and time of visits, the pages viewed, time spent at our site, and the websites visited just before and just after our own, as well as your IP address.
If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.
If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.
When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.
Users may, at any time, prevent the setting of cookies, by the Site and its third parties, by using a corresponding setting of their 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.
SENSITIVE PERSONAL INFORMATION
If you leave a comment on an article, certain information, such as your name as you provide it, may be publicly visible, however, your email address will not be.
At no time should you submit sensitive personal information to Blue Marble Vagabonds.
This Site uses commercially reasonable methods to ensure the security of the information visitors provide to it and information collected automatically. This includes using standard security protocols and working only with reputable third-party vendors.
Email is not recognized as a secure medium of communication. For this reason, we request that you do not send private information to us by email. However, doing so is allowed, but at your own risk. Some of the information you may enter on our website may be transmitted securely via a secure medium known as Secure Sockets Layer, or SSL. Credit Card information and other sensitive information is never transmitted via email.
The Company may use software programs to create summary statistics, which are used for such purposes as assessing the number of visitors to the different sections of our site, what information is of most and least interest, determining technical design specifications, and identifying system performance or problem areas.
HOW LONG WE RETAIN YOUR DATA
f 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.
For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.
OUR COMMITMENT TO CHILDREN’S PRIVACY
We do not knowingly collect any personally identifiable information from children under 18 years old, nor do we market to children under the age of 18 years old.
If you are under 18, do not use or provide any information on this Website or on or through any of its features/register on the Website, use any of the interactive or public comment features of this Website or provide any information about yourself to us, including your name, address, telephone number, email address, or any screen name or user name you may use.
If a parent or guardian believes the Site has personally identifiable information about a child under the age of 18, the parent or guardian should contact us immediately and we will use our best efforts to promptly remove such information from our records.
CONTACT INFORMATION: [email protected]
VIEW, EDIT, OR REMOVE YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
Site visitors have the right to view, edit, or delete the personal data that the Site has collected about them, as well as to withdraw consent or to object to the processing of their personal data. In order to do this, please email us at [email protected] and submit a request.
Please note that we may need to retain certain information for recordkeeping purposes or to complete transactions, or when required by law.
The Website is GDPR compliant. Visitors from within the EU are protected under the GDPR and have the following rights:
1. The right to be informed
2. The right to access
3. The right to rectification
4. The right to erasure
5. The right to restrict processing
6. The right to data portability
7. The right to object
8. Rights related to automated decision-making and profiling
EXTERNAL AND AFFILIATE LINKS
Please note that bluemarblevagabonds.com contains links to other websites. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the privacy practices of these other sites. We encourage our users to be aware that when they leave our Site you read the privacy statements of each website that might collect personally-identifying information.
This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by bluemarblevagabonds.com.
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. [This basically means when you click we get a small percentage of the purchase at no extra cost to you. You will not pay more by clicking through to the link. This allows us to keep sharing great travel tips, so feel free to click away!]
These links are always disclosed. Examples of affiliate programs we use: Booking.com, Rentalcars.com, CJ Affiliate and Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, and affiliate advertising programs designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and links to Amazon.com. As Amazon Associates, we earn from qualifying purchases.
On bluemarblevagabonds.com, 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.
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.
Have any questions? Contact us at [email protected]