We treat any information you submit to us as confidential. It is our policy not to sell or rent any of your personal information for any kind of commercial purpose.
Information We Collect
When you visit Off Exploring, we record your Internet provider's domain name (e.g. btinternet.com); information identifying the web browser you are using; and the paths taken as you move from page to page (i.e., your click-stream activity). We use analysis techniques including Google Analytics to help us count visitors and evaluate our site's technical capacity. We use this information to find out how many people visit the site, help us arrange the pages in the most user-friendly way, and make our pages more useful to our visitors. We record information on site traffic but not information on individual visitors browsing the site, so if you do not post any content or messages onto the site then no information about you in particular will be kept or used.
Registration, Membership, and Comments
Off Exploring only collects personal information that you choose to provide voluntarily when joining Off Exploring, contacting us, or otherwise explicitly volunteering personal information. "Personal information" includes information that can identify you as a specific individual, such as your name and e-mail address. You can browse our site without submitting any personal information, but you will need to do so in order to join as a member or to post comments or messages to existing members.
As a matter of course we will not delete data that you submit due the the long-term nature of a travel blog and the fact that most members want to keep it as a permanent record of their travel experience. Information you submit will therefore be kept on our database until you request that it should be deleted.
Off Exploring uses cookie technology to identify you if you log-in to update your travel blog. A cookie is a small piece of data sent by a web site that is saved on your hard disk by your computer's browser. If you configure your browser to not accept cookies then some aspects of the website will not function correctly and you may be unable to log in and update your travel blog. You will still be able to browse pages on the website.
When you register for an Off Exploring travel blog, or send a message to another member, we use your e-mail address and any other information you give us to provide you with the service you requested. We will occasionally send specific relevant e-mails to you about your Off Exploring travel blog. We never give or sell any of your personal information to any third parties for any purpose.
How to Update or Correct Your Personal Information
To modify your personal information, log-in to the Off Exploring website with the username and password you signed up with. If you have forgotten your password you can request a reminder to be sent to your email address.
To delete your account, log in to the Off Exploring website and go to Settings. Click the "Request Account Deletion" link. Your request will be processed by a member of staff as soon as possible.
Credit/Debit Card Payments
For payments for purchases such as printed books or personal domain names, we utilise SagePay, which is an established and reputable internet payment service provider. When you are ready to make a purchase, you are transferred to the SagePay website.
The payment service provider acts as an intermediary to conduct the transaction and DOES NOT provide us with your credit card number or other financial information. The information you provide is used only to process your payment. It is not shared with any outside parties except to the extent necessary to complete the transaction.
For hostel and accommdation bookings, we utilise HostelBookers, which is an established and reputable online accommodation booking service. When you are ready to make a purchase, you are transferred to the HostelBookers website.
The arrangement regarding the accommodation booking, including all contracts or payments, is made between you and HostelBookers. Off Exploring acts as an affiliate only and is not involved in the provision of accommodation or accommodation booking services.
HostelBookers DOES NOT provide us with your credit card number or any other financial information.