We don’t do anything out of the ordinary on this site.

As travelers, privacy is important to us. In fact, watching privacy become a thing of the past as Net Neutrality is lost in favor of corporate profit. We promise to never save or sell your information to anyone. Ever.

Privacy Policy for www.startbackpacking.com

Google likes for sites to have privacy policies in place. If you require any more information or have any questions about our privacy policy, please feel free to contact us.

We don’t do any deliberate cookie setting, however, plugins in WordPress and our advertisers may do things.

Log Files

Like all other web sites, www.startbackpacking.com makes use of log files. We don’t use Google Analytics at this time; the software we use is a self-contained WordPress plugin. Information such as IP address, timestamp of visit, what type of device (e.g., Android, iPhone, etc) may be logged, but it is kept at our host. None of the data is personally identifiable. Metrics are used only to improve the site and user experience by making tweaks to content, SEO, and linking structure.

Your personal activity is anonymous. We don’t sell site metrics or data about our visitors to anyone.

Cookies and Web Beacons

www.startbackpacking.com does not implement cookies aside from those built into WordPress functionality and/or associated plugins. Browser cookies are (mostly) harmless and can be cleared by you at any time. Alternatively, you can view this site in a private browsing tab to block cookies.

Some of our advertising partners may use cookies and web beacons on our site. Tracking pixels may be in place on our site to track when we send a customer to an affiliate. This is to ensure that startbackpacking.com receives the pitiful commissions that keep the site running. These do not affect your life in any way.

Our advertising partners may include:

  • Commission Junction
  • LinkShare
  • Amazon
  • World Nomads
  • Other Direct Advertisers (ads are clearly marked as “advertisement” on the site)

As you can see by clicking around the site, there aren’t many ads at all. Affiliate ads provide us a small — very small — commission if you click through and purchase something (e.g., travel insurance, hotel room, etc). Tracking of the transaction is handled by our affiliate networks.


If you signed up for updates or RSS notifications when something new pops up, we will be able to see your email address. That’s it. We keep these addresses private and do not share them with any third party, including our partners. We hate SPAM as much as you do!

If for some reason we do contact you with this email address (i.e., to announce a site relaunch or other rare news), there will always be an easy way to unsubscribe. Feedburner (a Google service) handles all of our RSS subscriptions at this time.