Cookie Policy uses a very limited number of cookies to collect and store information about your visit to this website in order to better meet your needs and ensure website security. This information is used to operate the website, analyze traffic on the site, and target our marketing. It may be shared with third-party service providers, but it is not sold.

This Cookie Policy should be read in conjunction with our Privacy Policy, Terms and Conditions, and Disclaimer.

What is a cookie?
Use of cookies
Managing cookies

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small piece of data or a text file that is downloaded to your computer or mobile device when you access certain websites. Cookies may contain text that can be read by the web server that delivered the cookie to you. The text contained in the cookie generally consists of a sequence of letters and numbers that uniquely identifies your computer or mobile device; it may contain other information as well.

Cookies can be “persistent” and remain for a period of time or “session” cookies that expire as soon as you leave the website.

  • Session Cookies: These cookies allow websites to link the actions of a visitor during a browser session. They may be used for a variety of purposes, such as remembering what a visitor has put in their shopping cart as they browse a website. Session cookies also permit visitors to be recognized as they navigate a website so that any item or page changes they make are remembered from page to page. Session cookies expire after a browser session; thus, they are not stored long term.
  • Persistent Cookies: These cookies are stored on a visitor’s device in between browser sessions, which allows the visitor’s preferences or actions across a site (or, in some cases, across different sites) to be remembered. Persistent cookies may be used for a variety of purposes, including remembering visitors’ choices and preferences when using a website or to target advertising to them.

You can learn more about cookies at AllAboutCookies:

Use of cookies

We use a limited number of cookies or similar technology to secure this website, increase user functionality, and track traffic in order to provide a better experience for you. Most of these cookies are used only within this site, however, a couple may be linked to third party services.

Once you’ve accepted our cookies through our opt-in form, a cookie is used to save a record of your opt-in for one year.

By agreeing to accept our use of cookies, you are giving us and third parties we partner with permission to place, store, and access some or all the cookies described below on your computer.

Types of cookies

Strictly necessary cookies

These cookies are necessary to authenticate visitors and prevent fraudulent use of the website. They are also required for proper functioning of the website, such as displaying content, logging in, validating your session, responding to your request for services, and other functions.

We collect IP address and browser user agent string data to secure the website and detect spam.

Performance cookies

These cookies collect information about the use of the website, such as pages visited, traffic sources, visitors’ interests, content management, and other website measurements.

Functional cookies

These cookies enable the website to remember a user’s choices – such as their language, user name, and other personal choices – while using the website. They can also be used to deliver services, such as letting a user make a blog post, listen to audio, or watch videos on the website. A number of functional cookies may be present when you access these features on this website. Most of these 

This website may use a third-party “pop-up” form to market our newsletter, offer special promotions, or market products. These forms track whether or not you have opt-ed in to the offer.

If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

Media cookies

These cookies can be used to improve a website’s performance and provide special features and content. They can be placed by third parties who provide services to us or by our company.

Advertising or targeting cookies

These cookies are usually placed and used by advertising companies to develop a profile of your browsing interests and serve advertisements on other websites that are related to your interests.

While there is no third-party advertising on this website, affiliate links contain tracking cookies to ensure I get a commission for your purchase.

Web Beacons

We may also use a technology called web beacons to collect general information about your use of our website and your use of special promotions or newsletters. The information we collect by web beacons allows us to statistically monitor the number of people who open our emails. Web beacons also help us to understand the behavior of our customers, members, and visitors.

Third-party cookies and tracking technology

This website uses third-party service providers for a variety of functions and they, in turn, use cookies.

  • Automattic, which includes the Jetpack and Akismet Anti-Spam tools. This website uses these to monitor traffic, manage comments, identify spam, and improve general site functionality and security. Additional information on the cookies used by Jetpack is available on the Automattic website.
  • CJ Affiliates manages my TripAdvisor affiliate links. CJ is implementing an opt-in procedure for cookies. Once you have accepted, your consent is valid for 13 months.
  • Google Analytics mainly uses first-party cookies to report on visitor interactions on customers’ websites. Users may disable cookies or delete any individual cookie. It is also possible to opt out completely. Learn more about Google Analytics’ data practices and your options for managing your data.

Social media sharing is provided on this website. Using these links may result in cookies from these businesses. Please consult the specific social media site to read their privacy policy.

This website offers emailed newsletters, marketing, and promotions using pop-up forms. Subscribing creates a cookie that indicates you have accepted the offer.

Managing cookies

Opt-in/out of cookies on the website

When you first visit the website following the adoption of this cookie policy or a change in this policy, you will be offered the option to accept the cookies delivered through this website. By choosing to opt-in and accept all cookies, you will be able to use all features of this website. This cookie will remain in place for one year.

Some features on the website will require an additional opt-in to use. These include comments on posts, subscribing to our newsletter or other promotions, and using our affiliate links.

Disable cookies through your internet browser

Most web browsers can be set to disable the use of cookies. However, if you delete or disable all cookies, you may not be able to access features on our website correctly or the website may fail to function at all.

You can also delete cookies that have already been installed in your cookie folder.

The following links explain how to manage cookies on the most common internet browsers:

Do not track settings

Some web browsers have settings that enable you to request that our website not track your movement within our website. Our website does not obey such settings when transmitted to and detected by our website. You can turn off tracking features and other security settings in your browser by referring to your browser’s user manual.

Contact us

If you have questions about our Cookie Policy, contact us at [email protected]

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