Policies

Welcome to the policies for Well Planned Journey. Below you will find the privacy policy, disclosure policy, and terms of use.  If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me at julia@wellplannedjourney.com.

Last Updated: June 2021

Disclosure Policy

Well Planned Journey is a site run by me, Julia (check me out here). This site is first and foremost a passion project. My ultimate goal is to provide value to my readers in the form of helpful resources and tips.

That being said, I’m also living in San Francisco and welcome a little side hustle cash to make writing a sky-high rent check a little easier each month. On occasion, I may accept payment for advertisements, sponsorships, or paid experiences. Well Planned Journey may also contain affiliate links (this is where I receive a small commission if you decide to make a purchase through a link I’ve provided, at no additional cost to you!). Any post that contains any sort of paid advertising, sponsorship, paid experiences, or affiliate links will include a written disclosure of such.

I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, which is an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

I want to be totally clear: while I may receive compensation for some content on Well Planned Journey, I will NEVER EVER recommend a product, experience, or service that I do not full-heartedly believe in. Your respect and loyalty is much more valuable than a paid advertisement or affiliate link for a product I don’t believe in.

Lastly, I currently run this site on my own and everything on Well Planned Journey reflects my thoughts and opinions. I’m only human, meaning my opinions may be flawed or inaccurate. If you see something you don’t agree with, feel free to fact check me via email at julia@wellplannedjourney.com or let me know through the Contact Form! I will also gladly accept compliments and positive feedback.

Terms of Use

Intellectual Property

All content on Well Planned Journey is owned by me, Julia. No part of this website can be reproduced, stored, or transmitted without prior written permission. Requests for permission can be sent to julia@wellplannedjourney.com.

WPJ allows backlinks to this site as long as credit is clearly stated and a hyperlink to this site is provided.

Users of this sight may not:

  • Reproduce any material on this site
  • Modify this site; or
  • Frame or embed any material from this site in another website

In summary, you cannot modify, reproduce, republish, frame/embed, or distribute the content of Well Planned Journey.

Use of Third Party Sites

WPJ may contain links to third party sites we do not own or control. WPJ does not assume any responsibility for the content, privacy policies, or practices of any third party websites. We will not be held responsible or liable for any damage or loss causes through the use of third party sites and their services and products.

Termination

If at any point you violate the Terms of Use of this site, your access to the site will be terminated.

Changes

At any time, we reserve the right to modify or replace the Terms of Use. If any material revisions are made, email notification will be made to those who subscribe to the site. What constitutes a material change will be determined at our sole discretion.

Privacy Policy

What is Well Planned Journey?

Well Planned Journey (“WPJ”) is a travel blog run by me – Julia! My mission is to simplify travel planning by providing resources, tips, and destination guides.

All this and more can be found on the site: wellplannedjourney.com

What personal information do you collect?

Well Planned Journey is committed to protecting your privacy. You can access and browse the site without providing any personal information. If you choose to opt-in to an email subscription, comment, or download any content, WPJ may collect certain information to provide you with up to date content and an improved user experience.

Opt-In Email Subscription

To subscribe to WPJ’s email newsletter, you’ll be required to input your first name and email address. No additional personal information, such as last name, is collected.

Contact Forms

When you contact WPJ via a contact form, you will enter your first name, email, and a message. Under no circumstances should you provide any personal information other than first name and email address, such as last name, phone number, address, or credit card numbers.

Comments

When you leave comments on the site, WPJ collects the data shown in the comments form, your IP address, and a browser user agent string to help with spam detection. Under no circumstances should you provide any personal information other than first name and email address, such as last name, phone number, address, or credit card numbers.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/.

After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

If you choose to upload any images in a comment, make sure your image does not contain any embedded location data. Any site visitor can download and extract location data from an image left in a comment.

Downloadable Content

To download content you will be required to opt-in to an email subscription. By doing so, you’ll be providing the same information specified in the Opt-In Email Subscription section above.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behave in the exact same way it would if you visited the site directly.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Mediavine Programmatic Advertising

For information regarding data collection by Mediavine ad partners including how to opt out of data collection, please click here.

How do you use my personal information?

Well Planned Journey uses the information collected via contact forms, subscription, and comments to provide you with the most update to date content and improve your user experience on our site. Other information gathered through surveys, site use, Google Analytics, and other communications is used solely in aggregated form and does not collect any personally identifiable information. 

How do you protect my personal information?

The security of your data is of utmost importance. While WPJ employs commercially reasonable methods to ensure the security of the information you provide to us and the information we collect automatically, remember that no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure and WPJ cannot guarantee absolute security. Therefore, the only personably identifiable information we collect is first name and email address.

Our data security practices include 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. Any information provided via comments is public information and can be viewed by any user of the site. Please do not provide any personally identifiable information via comments such as last name, phone number, address, or credit card numbers. 

How long do you retain my data?

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is done to recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For readers who opt-in to an email subscription, your first name and email address are retained until you choose to unsubscribe.

What rights do I have to my data?

You can request to receive an exported file of the personal data WPJ stores about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we store about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Do you store cookies?

First of all, cookies are files with small amount of data, which may include an anonymous unique identifier. Cookies are sent to your browser from a web site and stored on your computer’s hard drive.

Similar to other commercial websites, WPJ utilizes cookies and server logs to collect information about how the 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. This site uses cookies to gather aggregated data about site traffic and interaction to improve offerings and your user experience. You can choose to turn off cookies via the browser settings for the specific browser you utilize. However, if you do not accept cookies, you may not be able to use some portions of our Site.

Some content or applications, including advertisements, on WPJ are served by third-parties, including advertisers, ad networks and servers, content providers, and application providers. They may use this information to provide you with targeted content. We do not control these third parties’ tracking technologies or how they may be used. If you have any questions about an advertisement or other targeted content, you should contact the responsible provider directly.

Well Planned Journey uses Google Analytics to monitor traffic to this site. Google Analytics collects information that includes your IP address, browser type and pages visited on this site, by placing a tracking cookie in your web browser. It does not collect names, emails or any physical addresses.

What about protection of children’s personal information?

This site is not intended for use by those under the age of 18. If we learn we have collected or received personal information from a child under 18, we will delete that information. If you believe we might have any information from or about a child under 18, please contact us at julia@wellplannedjourney.com.

What about the rights of those under GDPR?

If you are within the European Union, you are entitled to certain information and have certain rights under the General Data Protection Regulation. Those rights include:

  • We will retain the any information you choose to provide to us until you ask us to delete this information
  • You have the right to request access to your data that the Company stores and the rights to revise or erase your personal data.
  • You have the right to seek restrictions on the processing of your data.
  • You have the right to object to the processing of your data and the right to the portability of your data.
  • You have the right to withdraw that consent to the use of your personal data at any time.
  • You have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority that has jurisdiction over issues related to the General Data Protection Regulation.

We require only responsibly necessary information. Should you wish to have your data deleted, please contact julia@wellplannedjourney.com.

What about the rights of those under the California Online Privacy Protection Act?

Any user can visit the site anonymously. The link to this Privacy Policy can be found in the footer of every page and includes the word ‘Privacy.’  You can change or revoke access to your data by contacting julia@wellplannedjourney.com.

What about third parties?

Under no circumstances do we ever sell, trade, or transfer your data to third parties. This does not include website hosting partners and other parties who assist us in operating our website, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential. If necessary, we will release information when appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect ours or others’ rights, property or safety.

If we ever provide any third party links via our site, these sites have separate privacy policies; therefore, we have no responsibility or liability for activities on these sites.

One service I use is Affilimate — This service tracks clicks on affiliate links on my site. You can read their privacy policy here.

What about advertisements?

Well Planned Journey uses first-party cookies (such as the Google Analytics cookies) and third-party cookies (such as the DoubleClick cookie) or other third-party identifiers together to compile data regarding user interactions with ad impressions and other ad service functions as they relate to our website. Google’s advertising requirements can be summed up by Google’s Advertising Principles. They are put in place to provide a positive experience for users. Users can set preferences for how Google advertises to you using the Google Ad Settings page. Alternatively, you can opt out by using the Google Analytics Opt Out Browser add on.

How often may this page be changed?

This Privacy Policy is in effect as of January 1, 2020 and onward. WPJ reserves the right to update or change this Privacy Policy at any time. Your continued use of the Service after any modifications to the Privacy Policy constitutes your acknowledgment of the modifications and your consent to the modified Privacy Policy. If we make any material changes to this Privacy Policy, we will notify you either through the email address you have provided us, or by placing a prominent notice on our website.

How can I contact you?

For further information , feel free to contact Well Planned Journey by emailing julia@wellplannedjourney.com or filling out the contact form at https://www.wellplannedjourney.com/contact/.