Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

By visiting and/or using our website, you agree to the following. These apply to current and former visitors to our website.

  1. Terms of Use
  2. Privacy Policy
  3. General Conditions

backpackingseries.com Terms of Use

The website located at https://www.backpackingseries.com is a copyrighted work belonging to Backpacking Series. Certain features of the Site may be subject to additional guidelines, terms, or rules, which will be posted on the Site in connection with such features. All such additional terms, guidelines, and rules are incorporated by reference into these Terms.

Section 0: Requirements and Relationship

  • These Terms of Use describe the legally binding terms and conditions that oversee your use of the site. Our failure to exercise or enforce any right or provision of these Terms shall not operate as a waiver of such right or provision.
  • By logging into the site, you are being compliant that these terms and you represent that you have the authority and capacity to enter into these terms. You should be at least 18 years of age to register and / or login to the site. If you disagree with all of the provision of these terms, do not log into the site.
  • Your relationship to Backpacking Series is that of an independent contractor, and neither party is an agent or partner of the other. These Terms, and your rights and obligations herein, may not be assigned, subcontracted, delegated, or otherwise transferred by you without Backpacking Series’ prior written consent, and any attempted assignment, subcontract, delegation, or transfer in violation of the foregoing will be null and void.

Section 1: Accounts

  • For you to use certain features of the Site, you have to start an account and provide information about yourself. You warrant that: (a) all required registration information you submit is truthful, up-to-date and accurate; (b) you will maintain the accuracy of such information. You may request deletion of your account at any time by writing to [email protected] At it’s sole discretion, Backpacking Series may suspend or terminate your account without prior notice.
  • You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your Account login information and are fully responsible for all activities that occur under your Account. You approve to immediately notify Backpacking Series of any unauthorized use, or suspected unauthorized use of your Account. Backpacking Series cannot and will not be liable for any loss or damage arising from your failure to comply with the above requirements.

Section 2: Access to the Site

  • Subject to these Terms, Backpacking Series grants you a non-transferable, non-exclusive, revocable, limited license to access the Site solely for your own personal, noncommercial use.
  • The rights approved to you in these Terms are subject to the following restrictions: (a) you shall not sell, rent, lease, transfer, assign, distribute, host, or otherwise commercially exploit the Site; (b) you shall not change, make derivative works of, disassemble, reverse compile or reverse engineer any part of the Site; (c) you shall not access the Site in order to build a similar or competitive website; and (d) except as expressly stated herein, no part of the Site may be copied, reproduced, distributed, republished, downloaded, displayed, posted or transmitted in any form or by any means unless otherwise indicated, any future release, update, or other addition to functionality of the Site shall be subject to these Terms. All copyright and other proprietary notices on the Site must be retained on all copies thereof.
  • Backpacking Series reserves the right to change, suspend, or cease the Site with or without notice to you. You approve that Backpacking Series will not be held liable to you or any third-party for any change, interruption, or termination of the Site or any part.
  • You agree that Backpacking Series will have no obligation to provide you with any support in connection with the Site.
  • All the intellectual property rights, including copyrights, patents, trademarks, and trade secrets, in the Site and its content are owned by Backpacking Series. Note that these Terms and access to the Site do not give you any rights, title or interest in or to any intellectual property rights, except for the limited access rights expressed in Section 2. Backpacking Series reserve all rights not granted in these Terms.

Section 3: User Content

  • “User Content” means any and all information and content that a user submits to the Site. You are exclusively responsible for your User Content. You bear all risks associated with use of your User Content. You hereby certify that your User Content does not violate our Acceptable Use Policy. You may not represent or imply to others that your User Content is in any way provided, sponsored or endorsed by Backpacking Series. Because you alone are responsible for your User Content, you may expose yourself to liability. Backpacking Series is not obliged to backup any User Content that you post; also, your User Content may be deleted at any time without prior notice to you. You are solely responsible for making your own backup copies of your User Content if you desire.
  • You hereby grant to Backpacking Series an irreversible, nonexclusive, royalty-free and fully paid, worldwide license to reproduce, distribute, publicly display and perform, prepare derivative works of, incorporate into other works, and otherwise use and exploit your User Content, and to grant sublicenses of the foregoing rights, solely for the purposes of including your User Content in the Site. You hereby irreversibly waive any claims and assertions of moral rights or attribution with respect to your User Content.
  • We reserve the right to review any User Content, and to investigate and/or take appropriate action against you in our sole discretion if you violate the Acceptable Use Policy or any other provision of these Terms or otherwise create liability for us or any other person. Such action may include removing or modifying your User Content, terminating your Account, and/or reporting you to law enforcement authorities.
  • If you provide Backpacking Series with any feedback or suggestions regarding the Site, you hereby assign to Backpacking Series all rights in such Feedback and agree that Backpacking Series shall have the right to use and fully exploit such Feedback and related information in any manner it believes appropriate. Backpacking Series will treat any Feedback you provide to Backpacking Series as non-confidential and non-proprietary.

Section 4: Acceptable Use Policy

  • You agree not to use the Site to collect, upload, transmit, display, or distribute any User Content (i) that violates any third-party right or any intellectual property or proprietary right; (ii) that is unlawful, harassing, abusive, tortious, threatening, harmful, invasive of another’s privacy, vulgar, defamatory, false, intentionally misleading, trade libelous, pornographic, obscene, patently offensive, promotes racism, bigotry, hatred, or physical harm of any kind against any group or individual; (iii) that is harmful to minors in any way; or (iv) that is in violation of any law, regulation, or obligations or restrictions imposed by any third party.
  • In addition, you agree not to: (i) upload, transmit, or distribute to or through the Site any software intended to damage or alter a computer system or data; (ii) send through the Site unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, promotional materials, junk mail, spam, chain letters, pyramid schemes, or any other form of duplicative or unsolicited messages; (iii) use the Site to harvest, collect, gather or assemble information or data regarding other users without their consent; (iv) interfere with, disrupt, or create an undue burden on servers or networks connected to the Site, or violate the regulations, policies or procedures of such networks; (v) attempt to gain unauthorized access to the Site, whether through password mining or any other means; (vi) harass or interfere with any other user’s use and enjoyment of the Site; or (vi) use software or automated agents or scripts to produce multiple accounts on the Site, or to generate automated searches, requests, or queries to the Site.

Section 5: Copyright Policy.

  • Backpacking Series respects the intellectual property of others and asks that users of our Site do the same. In connection with our Site, we have adopted and implemented a policy respecting copyright law that provides for the removal of any infringing materials and for the termination of users of our online Site who are repeated infringers of intellectual property rights, including copyrights. If you believe that one of our users is, through the use of our Site, unlawfully infringing the copyright(s) in a work, and wish to have the allegedly infringing material removed, the following information in the form of a written notification must be provided to the designated Grievance Officer:
    • your physical or electronic signature;
    • identification of the copyrighted work(s) that you claim to have been infringed;
    • identification of the material on our services that you claim is infringing and that you request us to remove;
    • sufficient information to permit us to locate such material;
    • your address, telephone number, and e-mail address;
    • a statement that you have a good faith belief that use of the objectionable material is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or under the law; and
    • a statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that you are either the owner of the copyright that has allegedly been infringed or that you are authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner.
  • Please note that any misrepresentation of material fact in a written notification automatically subjects the complaining party to liability for damages, costs and attorney’s fees incurred by us in connection with the written notification and allegation of copyright infringement.

Section 6: Publishing, Reviewing a Book, or Entering a Contest

The following applies to all users seeking to publish on Backpacking Series, review a book by Backpacking Series, or entering a contest.

  • Contributors must submit original stories only (not published anywhere else)
  • A submission is subject to quality checks and does not guarantee publishing
  • Only published articles are eligible to earn badges or to win contest prizes
  • No cash equivalent will be offered in substitution of contest-prizes or badges earned
  • All submissions must follow our minimalist submission guidelines
  • All contest-related entries must follow the submission dates (when specified)
  • Backpacking Series reserves the right to edit your article/s and to replace or omit images
  • Backpacking Series reserves the right to remove or retain all published content on its site
  • Backpacking Series reserves the right to change or alter the rules, method of submission and/or method of earning badges / prize(s) without prior notification
  • Promotions run by Backpacking Series on 3rd party social media platforms (such as but not limited to Facebook or Twitter) are not sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with said third parties
  • The decisions of Backpacking Series shall be final as to all submissions including those made for contests

Section 7: Third-Party Links & Ads; Other Users

  • The Site may contain links to third-party websites and services, and/or display advertisements for third-parties. Such Third-Party Links & Ads are not under the control of Backpacking Series, and Backpacking Series is not responsible for any Third-Party Links & Ads. Backpacking Series provides access to these Third-Party Links & Ads only as a convenience to you, and does not review, approve, monitor, endorse, warrant, or make any representations with respect to Third-Party Links & Ads. You use all Third-Party Links & Ads at your own risk, and should apply a suitable level of caution and discretion in doing so. When you click on any of the Third-Party Links & Ads, the applicable third party’s terms and policies apply, including the third party’s privacy and data gathering practices.
  • Each Site user is solely responsible for any and all of its own User Content. Because we do not control User Content, you acknowledge and agree that we are not responsible for any User Content, whether provided by you or by others. You agree that Backpacking Series will not be responsible for any loss or damage incurred as the result of any such interactions. If there is a dispute between you and any Site user, we are under no obligation to become involved.
  • You hereby release and forever discharge the Backpacking Series and our officers, employees, agents, successors, and assigns from, and hereby waive and relinquish, each and every past, present and future dispute, claim, controversy, demand, right, obligation, liability, action and cause of action of every kind and nature, that has arisen or arises directly or indirectly out of, or that relates directly or indirectly to, the Site.

Section 8: Our Advertising Partners

Some of advertisers on our site may use cookies and web beacons. Our advertising partners include:

  • Amazon

Each of our advertising partners has their own Privacy Policy for their website.

Section 9: Disclaimers and No Liability

  • The site is provided on an “as-is” and “as available” basis, and Backpacking Series and our suppliers expressly disclaim any and all warranties and conditions of any kind, whether express, implied, or statutory, including all warranties or conditions of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, title, quiet enjoyment, accuracy, or non-infringement. We and our suppliers make no guarantee that the site will meet your requirements, will be available on an uninterrupted, timely, secure, or error-free basis, or will be accurate, reliable, free of viruses or other harmful code, complete, legal, or safe.
  • You agree to indemnify and hold Backpacking Series and its officers, employees, and agents harmless, including costs and attorneys’ fees, from any claim or demand made by any third-party due to or arising out of (a) your use of the Site, (b) your violation of these Terms, (c) your violation of applicable laws or regulations or (d) your User Content.
  • In no event shall Backpacking Series be liable to you or any third-party for any lost profits, lost data, costs of procurement of substitute products, or any indirect, consequential, exemplary, incidental, special or punitive damages arising from or relating to these terms or your use of, or incapability to use the site even if Backpacking Series has been advised of the possibility of such damages. Access to and use of the site is at your own discretion and risk, and you will be solely responsible for any damage to your device or computer system, or loss of data resulting therefrom.

Section 10: Terms and Termination

  • These Terms will remain in full force and effect while you use the Site. We may suspend or terminate your rights to use certain or all features of the Site at any time for any reason at our sole discretion, including for any use of the Site in violation of these Terms. Upon termination of your rights under these Terms, your Account and right to access and use certain features of the Site will terminate immediately. You understand that any termination of your Account may involve deletion of your User Content associated with your Account from our live databases. Backpacking Series will not have any liability whatsoever to you for any termination of your rights under these Terms.

backpackingseries.com Privacy Policy

Please read our privacy policy carefully to get a clear understanding of how we collect, use, protect or otherwise handle your ‘Personally Identifiable Information’ (PII) in accordance with our website.

What personal information do we collect from the people that visit our blog, website or app?

When ordering or registering on our site, as appropriate, you may be asked to enter your name, email address, mailing address, phone number or other details to help you with your experience.

When do we collect information?

We collect information from you when you register on our site, subscribe to a newsletter, fill out a form, Use Live Chat or enter information on our site.

How do we use your information?

We may use the information we collect from you when you register, make a purchase, sign up for our newsletter, respond to a survey or marketing communication, surf the website, or use certain other site features in the following ways:

  • To personalize your experience and to allow us to deliver the type of content and product offerings in which you are most interested.
  • To improve our website in order to better serve you.
  • To administer a contest, promotion, survey or other site feature.
  • To quickly process your transactions.
  • To send periodic emails regarding your order or other products and services.
  • To follow up on correspondence (live chat, email or phone inquiries)
  • To share with vendors who help us manage our online registration process or transactional message processors.
  • To respond to a court order or subpoena, or when a government agency or an investigatory body requests
  • To share with any successor to all or part of our business

How do we protect your information?

Our website is scanned on a regular basis for security holes and known vulnerabilities in order to make your visit to our site as safe as possible.

  • We only provide articles and information. We never ask for credit card numbers.
  • We use regular Malware Scanning.
  • Your personal information is contained behind secured networks and is only accessible by a limited number of persons who have special access rights to such systems, and are required to keep the information confidential. In addition, all sensitive/credit information you supply is encrypted via Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology.
  • We implement a variety of security measures when a user enters, submits, or accesses their information to maintain the safety of your personal information.
  • Financial transactions, as applicable, are processed through a gateway provider and are not stored or processed on our servers.

Do we use ‘cookies’?

Yes. Cookies are small files that a site or its service provider transfers to your computer’s hard drive through your Web browser (if you allow) that enables the site’s or service provider’s systems to recognize your browser and capture and remember certain information. For instance, we may use cookies to help us remember and process the items in your shopping cart. They are also used to help us understand your preferences based on previous or current site activity, which enables us to provide you with improved services. We also use cookies to help us compile aggregate data about site traffic and site interaction so that we can offer better site experiences and tools in the future.

We use cookies to:

  • Understand and save user’s preferences for future visits
  • Keep track of advertisements.
  • Compile aggregate data about site traffic and site interactions in order to offer better site experiences and tools in the future. We may also use trusted third-party services that track this information on our behalf.

You can choose to have your computer warn you each time a cookie is being sent, or you can choose to turn off all cookies. You do this through your browser settings. Since each browser is a little different, look at your browser’s Help Menu to learn the correct way to modify your cookies.

If users disable cookies in their browser:

If you turn cookies off, some of the features (such as social login) that make your site experience more efficient may not function properly.

More on Cookies

For more details on our cookie policy, adopted from Jetpack, please visit:

Cookie Policy Details

Third-party disclosure

We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your Personally Identifiable Information unless we provide users with advance notice. This does not include website hosting partners and other parties who assist us in operating our website, conducting our business, or serving our users, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential. We may also release information when it’s release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect ours or others’ rights, property or safety.

However, non-personally identifiable visitor information may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses.

Third-party links

Occasionally, at our discretion, we may include or offer third-party products or services on our website. These third-party sites have separate and independent privacy policies. We therefore have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites. Nonetheless, we seek to protect the integrity of our site and welcome any feedback about these sites.

Google

We may use tracking tools like Google Analytics, Google Webmaster, browser cookies and web beacons for collecting information about your usage of 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. https://support.google.com/adwordspolicy/answer/1316548?hl=en

We have not enabled Google AdSense on our site but we may do so in the future.

COPPA (Children Online Privacy Protection Act)

When it comes to the collection of personal information from children under the age of 13 years old, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) puts parents in control. The Federal Trade Commission, United States’ consumer protection agency, enforces the COPPA Rule, which spells out what operators of websites and online services must do to protect children’s privacy and safety online.

We do not specifically market to children under the age of 13 years old.

CAN SPAM Act

The CAN-SPAM Act is a law that sets the rules for commercial email, establishes requirements for commercial messages, gives recipients the right to have emails stopped from being sent to them, and spells out tough penalties for violations.

We collect your email address in order to:

  • Send information, respond to inquiries, and/or other requests or questions

To be in accordance with CANSPAM, we agree to the following:

  • Not use false or misleading subjects or email addresses.
  • Identify the message as an advertisement in some reasonable way.
  • Include the physical address of our business or site headquarters.
  • Monitor third-party email marketing services for compliance, if one is used.
  • Honor opt-out/unsubscribe requests quickly.
  • Allow users to unsubscribe by using the link at the bottom of each email.

If at any time you would like to unsubscribe from receiving future emails, you can email us at

[email protected] and we will promptly remove you from ALL correspondence.

 

backpackingseries.com General Conditions

Copyright/Trademark Information

All rights reserved. All trademarks, logos and service marks displayed on the Site are our property or the property of other third-parties. You are not permitted to use these Marks without our prior written consent or the consent of such third party which may own the Marks.

Jurisdiction

If you choose to visit the website, your visit and any dispute over privacy is subject to its Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. In addition to the foregoing, any disputes arising under this Policy shall be governed by the laws of India and adjudicated at registered address (Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India) of this domain (backpackingseries.com) and not at any other place.

Grievance Officer

In accordance with the Indian Information Technology Act 2000 and rules made there under, the name and contact details of the Grievance Officer are provided below:

Mr. Abhijeet Deshpande

IB#14, Kasliwal Marvel (West), Satara Parisar, Beed By-Pass

Aurangabad- 431005

Maharashtra, India

Email: [email protected]

Updates to this policy

From time to time we may change our terms and privacy practices. Please check this page periodically for updates. Our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy was last updated on 20 January 2018.