Privacy Policy For THENWEWALKED.COM

At Then We Walked (thenwewalked.com) one of our main priorities is your privacy.

If you’re reading our Privacy Policy then I suspect you’re interested in some of the nuts and bolts of our website. Transparency is important so if you’re interested in how we (try) to make money from affiliate income and the data that maybe stored when you visit our site, then read on and I hope you find the answers below.

Our Privacy Policy contains details of the type of information that is collected and recorded by THENWEWALKED.COM and how we use it.

If you have additional questions or require more information about our Privacy Policy, do not hesitate to contact us.

This Privacy Policy applies only to the online activities of THEN WE WALKED and is valid for visitors to our website. This policy is not applicable to any information collected offline or via channels other than this website.

Remember: As with all websites, at any time, you have the right to disable cookies on your browser and Unsubscribe from mailing list.

  • We use the term “personal information” to refer to data we collect that may, directly or indirectly, identify, describe, relate to or be associated with you. 
  • This privacy policy (“Privacy Policy”) applies to personal information we collect when you interact with us through different means, including by visiting and using our website.   The term “you” refers to any visitor, viewer or user of the website and/or any user of any Product. 
  • Please note that we cannot control the privacy practices of websites and services that we do not own.

Online Privacy Policy Only

This Privacy Policy applies only to our online activities and is valid for visitors to our website with regards to the information that they shared and/or collect in THENWEWALKED.COM. This policy is not applicable to any information collected offline or via channels other than this website.

Consent

By using our website, you hereby consent to our Privacy Policy and agree to its Terms and Conditions.

Information That We Collect

This website uses cookies.  In general, cookies are used to retain your preferences, store information for things like shopping carts on some websites and also to provide tracking data to third party applications such as Google Analytics.

Cookies can be useful but you have the choice to disable them if you prefer.  The easiest way is via your web browser but you also should have the opportunity every time you visit a website to choose your cookie preferences.

Any personal information that you are asked to provide, and the reasons why you are asked to provide it, will always be made clear.  Generally, from our website the only request from us is that you subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on social media.

If you contact us directly, we may receive additional information about you such as your name, email address, and the contents of your message and any other information you may choose to provide.

How We Use Your Information

We use the information we collect in various ways, including :

  • Provide, operate, and maintain our website
  • Improve, personalize, and expand our website
  • Understand and analyse how you use our website
  • Develop a better user experiences with our information and website functionality
  • Communicate with you via our newsletter and emails to provide you with updates and other information relating to our website and for affiliate marketing purposes
  • Find and prevent fraud

Cookies And Web Beacons

Like any other website, THENWEWALKED.COM uses cookies.

These cookies are used to store information including visitor preferences, and the pages on the website that the visitor accessed or visited. The information is used to optimize the user experience by customizing our web page content based on visitors’ browser type and/or other information.

Advertising Standards and Disclosure (ASA, CAP & CMA)

  • The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA)
  • Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP)
  • Competition and Markets Authority (CMA)

We are advised to be clear with our relationship with brands and how we earn income from those brands.

THENWEWALKED.COM is currently not sponsored or working with any brand, hotel, product, tourism board or indeed any other business.  When we recommend a product it is because we either own it, would love to own it, or we know someone who has.

However we do use Affiliate Marketing and we do earn money from this.

Affiliate Marketing

Most of our posts contain affiliate links.  In practice this means if you click on an affiliate link it comes with a cookie.  If you make a purchase, that cookie (some only last a day) means that I earn a small commission.   

IMPORTANT : My affiliate commission in no way adds cost to you or impacts on your purchase or contract with the company selling the product.  The price for you is the same regardless of any affiliate income I make.

Although I use affiliate links on my website you are under no obligation to purchase or use any of these products. Every post on my site includes an affiliate disclaimer.   

Companies We Work With?

Skyscanner : a good resource for finding fights. Clicking on any of those links and purchasing a flight/hotel will result in a small commission for us.

Travelpayouts : Wayaway, GoCity, Get Your Guide, Rental Cars, Economy Bookings, Booking.com, Agoda, Klook, Hostelworld, VRBO, Trainline, 12GoAsia, Discover Cars, TripAdvisor, Busbud and Airalo. We will receive a comission from any of the sites that we link to. Our affiliations with all of the these website are managed through Travel Payouts.

TrueTraveller, Globelink : We believe that everyone should travel with travel insurance. We use both of these companies personally and we are happy to recommend them.  I gain a small commission, through affiliate links.  We do not represent these companies, we are simply a happy customer.   This is information only and not a recommendation to buy travel insurance.

SafetyWing : Many of my travel colleagues use and recommend Safety Wing.  This policy may be more suitable for some of our readers, hence we include it on our recommendations and we earn a small affiliate commission if you buy. 

Viator, GuruWalks, Tourradar : We use Viator and GuruWalks a lot when travelling and I recommend their tours.  If you book a tour by clicking on our links I gain a small commission at no cost to you.  IF searching for multi-day tours TourRadar is my go-to site too.

Expedia : Gerry has been a fan of Expedia for years and where possible we include recommendations for their hotels.

Awin : Osprey, Craghoppers, GAdventures : I have been using Osprey packs since I started hiking and wearing Craghoppers for the same duration.  I 100% recommend their products because they are my preferred choice.  If you buy from my site the affiliate earns a small commission.

Direct Ferries : This is a useful website when travelling and we include links to help with planning transport.  We include affiliate links on our site.

REI : As a go to shop for many of our readers in the US, we do use links on our website and earn a small affiliate income if you purchase.

Trusted House Sitters : as with all our recommendations, we use Trusted House Sitters and have done so for years.  As with all affiliate links we earn a small commission if you join.

Liability

Once you have purchased a product from my affiliate links, we, Colleen and Gerald Sims and our website THENWEWALKED.COM or our Company Then We Walked Ltd, is not liable or responsible for the product quality or satisfaction.

The support, review or return of that product must be progressed with the company in question. We are simply offering our views, we are not offering guarantees or quality approval.

Will You Know If Then We Walked Has Been Sponsored or Given A Product or Service?

So far on our blogging journey, we have never been gifted a product, not offered a service or worked in collaboration with other companies. All the opinions on our site are ours.  All of our trips paid for by us.

If that changes It will be very clear on the relevant posts.  We have no desire to be anything but transparent. Indeed legally we are expected to be very clear if a product is sponsored or in any form.   

We will use terms such as  ‘Ad’, ‘Invite’, ‘Sponsored’, or ‘Gifted’ on and within the content and mention the company we work with. We will always disclose on the post the company and the level of collaboration or sponsorship.  

Advertising Partners Privacy Policies

You may consult this list of affiliate above the Privacy Policy for each of the advertising partners of Then We Walked.

Third-party ad servers or ad networks uses technologies like cookies, JavaScript, or Web Beacons that are used in their respective advertisements and links that appear on Then We Walked, which are sent directly to users’ browser.

They automatically receive your IP address when this occurs. These technologies are used to measure the effectiveness of their advertising campaigns and/or to personalize the advertising content that you see on websites that you visit.

Important : Then We Walked has no access to or control over these cookies that are used by third-party advertisers.

Third Party Privacy Policies

ThenWeWalked.Com’s Privacy Policy does not apply to other advertisers or websites. Thus, we are advising you to consult the respective Privacy Policies of these third-party ad servers for more detailed information. It may include their practices and instructions about how to opt-out of certain options.

You can choose to disable cookies through your individual browser options. To know more detailed information about cookie management with specific web browsers, it can be found at the browsers’ respective websites. What Are Cookies?

Then We Walked Email and Newsletter Subscribers

I use ConvertKit (https://convertkit.com/privacy) to collect subscribers to my newsletter.  You are only subscribed if you provide me the information direct. There is no other way that I collect this data.

Part of that sign up process asks that you acknowledge how my site collects your information and that you are protected by GDPR.

I will not knowingly share your information with any third parties.  My subscriber list is for my use only. I collect your name and email address in the sign up process and I also ask your travel preferences (Camino or Travel).  This information is stored within Convertkit.

You retain the right to opt-out and unsubscribe at any point.

Google Analytics

I use Google Analytics and it tracks how people use my website. It provides information such as how you found me (web search or from another site) and it tells me how users move around on my site.   

Google Analytics will capture an IP address with location, but no other personal information is captured by Google Analytics.

You can find more information on this data capture from their Partner Site PolicyGoogle’s Privacy & Terms and Safeguarding your data

Log Files

THENWEWALKED.COM follows a standard procedure of using log files. These files log visitors when they visit websites.

All hosting companies do this and a part of hosting services’ analytics. The information collected by log files include internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, Internet Service Provider (ISP), date and time stamp, referring/exit pages, and possibly the number of clicks.

These are not linked to any information that is personally identifiable. The purpose of the information is for analysing trends, administering the site, tracking users’ movement on the website, and gathering demographic information.

GDPR Data Protection Rights

We would like to make sure you are fully aware of all of your data protection rights. Every user is entitled to the following:

  • The right to access – You have the right to request copies of your personal data. We may charge you a small fee for this service.
  • The right to rectification – You have the right to request that we correct any information you believe is inaccurate. You also have the right to request that we complete the information you believe is incomplete.
  • The right to erasure – You have the right to request that we erase your personal data, under certain conditions.
  • The right to restrict processing – You have the right to request that we restrict the processing of your personal data, under certain conditions.
  • The right to object to processing – You have the right to object to our processing of your personal data, under certain conditions.
  • The right to data portability – You have the right to request that we transfer the data that we have collected to another organization, or directly to you, under certain conditions.

If you make a request, we have one month to respond to you. If you would like to exercise any of these rights, please contact us.

Children’s Information

Another part of our priority is adding protection for children while using the internet. We encourage parents and guardians to observe, participate in, and/or monitor and guide their online activity.

THENWEWALKED.COM will never knowingly collect any Personal Identifiable Information from children under the age of 13. If you think that your child provided this kind of information on our website, we strongly encourage you to contact us immediately and we will do our best efforts to promptly remove such information from our records.

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