Most travel, products, experiences and any associated costs are completely at the expense of Bemused Backpacker. Where this is not the case and services or travel have been provided and a fee paid for marketing services it is both site policy and my personal promise to my readers that any and all financial stakes in any post or review will be clearly stated as such in a full, open and transparent disclaimer.
Any financial transaction for marketing services provided is compensation for work, time and site resources only. In no way do these financial transactions influence the integrity, authenticity or honesty of any opinion or work produced, and pay does not influence a positive or negative opinion.
Bemused Backpacker contains affiliate links. Attempts are made to keep these links to an absolute minimum but they are used sporadically. Where they are used I will earn a commission from any purchases made by you, at no extra cost to you. This helps keep the running costs of the logistical and business aspects of Bemused Backpacker down.
Prices are EXACTLY the same whether you purchase through an affiliate link or a non-affiliate link. You will NOT pay more by clicking through our affiliate links.
In no event will Bemused Backpacker be liable for any loss or damage including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any loss or damage whatsoever arising from loss of data or profits arising out of, or in connection with, the use of this website.
Comments are published at the absolute discretion of the site owner. Comments used with the intention of financial gain are prohibited, as are affiliate-based comments, comments designed for SEO purposes, and hurtful, harmful or abusive comments.
The health information provided by Bemused Backpacker and the Travel Clinic is here for general travel health advice and information only. It is not a replacement for a personal consultation with a travel nurse specialist, your GP or a doctor specialising in travel medicine if you need physical examination or treatment. This advice is based on current health advice and guidelines and given by a qualified nurse, but you will still need to make a physical appointment with your GP or travel nurse specialist to seek any physical examination or test, or obtain any vaccinations or medications and responsibility for the diagnosing of any clinical need and the prescribing and dispensing of any vaccination or medication lies with those relevant professionals. Advice on which vaccinations or antimalarial prophylaxis is advisable to use is based on national guidelines and Bemused Backpacker can accept no responsibility for negative side effects of any vaccination or prophylaxis. Dependent on the nature of your medical history and the information you supply, an online consultation may not be the best fit for you and in those circumstances I will point you to your own GP or nurse specialist who will have full access to your medical history and will be able to perform a range of observations and tests that could supplement or inform any advice given. Bemused Backpacker cannot accept any responsibility for any use or misuse of the general advice given.
The safety information provided by Bemused Backpacker and the Travel Safety Consultation is here for general travel safety advice and information only. Bemused Backpacker cannot accept any responsibility for any use or misuse of the general advice given.
Every effort is made to keep the website up and running smoothly as much as is reasonably possible. However Bemused Backpacker takes no responsibility for, and will not be liable for, the website being temporarily unavailable due to technical issues beyond our control.
Bemused Backpacker and the gecko logo is owned and copyrighted by Michael Huxley 2013 – 2019. Unless otherwise stated, all blog and website content, including but not exclusive to text, images and video is owned and copyrighted by Michael Huxley 2013 – 2019. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from Michael Huxley is strictly prohibited. Short excerpts and links may be used in accordance with fair use legislation, provided that full and clear credit is given to Michael Huxley and Bemused Backpacker with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.
Bemused Backpacker is morally and vigorously committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected and that we are fully compliant as far as is reasonably possible with current GDPR legislation. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website, then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement and GDPR legislation.
Bemused Backpacker may change this policy from time to time by updating this page as required. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes. This policy is effective from 01/05/2018.
You as an individual using Bemused Backpacker have full and complete rights to:
- Be informed as to how your data is being collected and used.
- Have full access to the data about you.
- Ask Bemused Backpacker to change or delete the information about you.
- Ask Bemused Backpacker to cease and desist sending newsletters.
What information we collect about you.
Bemused Backpacker may collect the following information:
Information You Voluntarily Submit to the Website: Bemused Backpacker may collect personal information such as your name and email address when you voluntarily sign up to receive email alerts or our newsletter, or leave a comment. Email sign ups will have a clearly identified double opt in and comments will have a clearly identified tick box if you do not wish to leave your personal data.
Automatically-Collected Information: Bemused Backpacker will automatically collect certain information about you for use with third party statistical analysis with Google Analytics, including your IP address, operating system type, browser type, referring website, pages you viewed, links clicked and the dates/times when you accessed Bemused Backpacker. It is important to note that there is no personal information attached to this data, it is completely anonymous and has only been collected for aggregate and statistical purposes.
Cookies: Bemused Backpacker may log information using cookies, which are small data files stored on your browser by the Website and are used only to improve your user experience. Bemused Backpacker may use both session cookies, which expire when you close your browser, and persistent cookies, which stay on your browser until deleted, to provide you with a more personalized experience on the Website. You can decline or delete these at any time.
What we do with the information we gather.
Bemused Backpacker requires this information to understand your needs and provide you with a better service, and in particular for the following reasons:
- To operate and maintain Bemused Backpacker.
- To send you newsletters or updates for new posts. This information is given entirely voluntarily and at your own request. Each email will provide a double opt in to ensure you want the information provided and an easy and clear opt-out button if you no longer wish to receive them.
- To respond to your comments or inquiries via the contact forms.
- To track and measure statistics/advertising on Bemused Backpacker.
- To protect, investigate, and deter against unauthorized or illegal activity.
At no point will Bemused Backpacker ever sell any information you provide nor provide it to anyone else unless required to do so by law.
Bemused Backpacker is strongly committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure, we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online. However no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure. While we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your Personal Information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.
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Bemused Backpacker uses traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data about web page traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes and then the data is removed from the system.
Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.
You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.
Links to other websites.
Bemused Backpacker may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.
Personal and sensitive information.
At no time should you submit sensitive personal information to Bemused Backpacker in either email, contact form or blog comment. This includes any personally identifying information including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, political opinions or any other sensitive information.
If you do elect to disclose sensitive health information via the Travel Clinic, then this information will only be used in the immediate and direct consultation with you for your benefit, will be kept in the strictest confidence as required by the NMC until then and will never be kept or held on the site or any database after that.
If you leave a comment then your name or handle (as you provide it) will be publicly visible but your email or no other identifying information will be. The details you provide via the comment box will never be held or used in any other way by Bemused Backpacker, and there will be a clearly identifiable tick box for you to state explicitly that you do not want your information to be kept as well.
Bemused Backpacker does not knowingly or willingly collect any personally identifiable information from anyone under the age of 16. If a parent or guardian believes that anyone under the age of 16 has accessed the site and given any information such as names or emails then please get in touch with us immediately via the contact form here. Bemused Backpacker will make every reasonable effort to remove any details as requested as quickly and professionally as possible.
Controlling your personal information.
Bemused Backpacker holds your information in the strictest confidence and will never sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties unless we are required by law to do so.
If you believe that any information Bemused Backpacker is holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, please write to or email us as soon as possible by using the contact form here. We will promptly correct any information found to be incorrect.
If you wish Bemused Backpacker to amend or delete your information, please use the same contact form here.