Shoestring Backpacking
Site Policies

Thank you for visiting I am dedicated to protecting your privacy on my website.

This page outlines the types of personal information I receive and collect when you use the site, as well as some of the steps I take to safeguard that information.

Personal Information

Shoestring Backpacking collects personally identifiable information on a voluntary basis only.

This information is collected if you subscribe to my e-zine, participate in a contest or request some other service or information. It's used solely to respond to your inquiries and improve site content. Once used, it's either discarded or securely stored.

Your personal information is never sold or provided to third parties.

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Non-Personal Information

In some cases, I may collect information from you that is not personally identifiable. This is done to analyse trends, track users' movements around the site and gather general demographic information about my visitors as a whole.

As with your personal information, your non-personal information is never shared with anyone.

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How to Correct or Remove Information

Shoestring Backpacking always strives to maintain the highest standards of decency, fairness and integrity. This privacy policy is a statement of my absolute commitment to protecting your personal information.

Nevertheless, if you've submitted personal information to me that you'd like to have deleted from my records, or if you need to update or correct anything, please contact me here.

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Advertisements and Recommendations

Shoestring Backpacking uses Google AdSense to display advertisements for goods and services that might interest you. If you respond to any of these advertisements, I may receive a small payment.

As I do not have complete control over the products and services advertised, an advertisement should not be taken as an indication that I recommend or endorse a particular service or product.

You'll also come across many of my own personal recommendations on this site. I am not paid for these but in some cases I may earn a small commission if you make a purchase.

Rest assured I will only ever recommend products and services which I have genuinely used (and liked) or would use myself.

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Cookies and Web Beacons

To customise your online experience, Shoestring Backpacking may sometimes use cookies and web beacons.

Cookies are identifiers transferred to your computer through your web browser, enabling my systems to recognise when you've returned to a specific page on the site.

Web beacons are transparent image files commonly used to monitor traffic. Along with cookies, they help to understand how visitors interact with the pages and content of a website.

Where Shoestring Backpacking serves a third-party advertisement that uses cookies or web beacons, no personally identifiable information is provided to the third party.

Third-party advertisements by Google use DART cookies. These enable Google to show you ads based on your visits to this and other sites on the Web. You can opt out of these cookies in the Google Privacy Center.

You can also set your browser to accept or reject cookies and even notify you when a cookie is being sent. Declining a cookie, however, could stop you from fully experiencing the interactive features of a site.

Privacy software can be used to override web beacons.

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Children's Issues

Shoestring Backpacking is directed to adults and complies with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.

I will never knowingly collect or use personal information from anyone under the age of thirteen (13).

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All contents on this website (including articles, e-zine issues, emails, ebooks and other publications) are protected by copyright under international conventions defined by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

Copying, reproducing or distributing any part of this site in any form is prohibited.

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Release of Information

If Shoestring Backpacking is ever sold, the information obtained from you through your voluntary participation in the site may transfer to the new owner so that the service being provided to you can continue.

In that event, you will receive notice through the website of a change in control and practices, and I will make reasonable efforts to ensure that the purchaser honours any opt-out requests you may have made.

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The information on Shoestring Backpacking is for general information purposes only. The views and opinions expressed on the site are those of the author (that's me!) and other contributors only.

I do my very best to ensure that every article is thoroughly researched and periodically updated, but I cannot guarantee that every page on the site is always current, complete or correct.

Shoestring Backpacking does not accept any responsibility for any loss which may occur from using any part of this site.

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Agreeing to Terms

Shoestring Backpacking reserves the right to make changes to these policies. Any policy changes will be clearly indicated on the site and posted to this page.

If you do not agree to the Shoestring Backpacking site policies, please do not use this site or any of its services.

Your use of this website indicates acceptance of the site policies.

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