Who we are

Our website address is: https://www.explorewithed.co.uk and the terms of use of this website is available by clicking here.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymised 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.

This website uses Titan Security to monitor comment entries and block comments that it deems them to be spam. You can view more information about how Titan Security works by visiting their website.

Spam comments are saved and retained by this website and may be approved by the website owner if they’re deemed to not be spam. Spam comments are periodically deleted by the website owner, though some may be retained if the website owner believes they need to be investigated or passed on to authorities if we’re legally obliged too.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

If you get in touch via a contact form on this website you’ll be asked to provide an email address for us to reply to. Your email address and contents of the message will not be shared with anyone else without your permission unless we’re legally obliged too.


Please visit our cookie policy page for more information on how this website uses cookies. For information on third-party tracking and advertising cookies, please refer to the ’embedded content from other websites’ and ‘affiliate links and affiliate widgets’ sections below. 

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. You can delete these cookies manually in your web browser settings or update your web browser settings to block cookies altogether – however please be aware this could effect the functionality of parts of this website.

The website also uses Google Analytics which uses first-party cookies to report on your interaction with this website. In order to further comply with GDPR, this site has opted out of Google Analytics collecting data for remarketing and advertising reporting features. This site has also opted to block the acquiring of IP addresses – you can learn more about how this works in this Google article. For extra reassurance, if you would like to remove these cookies you can do this manually in your web browser settings or install the Google Analytics op-out browser add-on (external page). Please also visit Google Analytics privacy policy page for more information.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

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. 

External links

This website contains links to external websites that we believe to be relevant and useful in the context they’re used. If you click on a link to another website we encourage you to read their privacy policy as we’re not responsible for it.

Affiliate links and affiliate widgets (Advertising cookies)

Some blog posts and pages on this website may refer to brands, products or services using affiliate links or affiliate widgets. This will be disclosed within the post or page (view my terms of use page for more information). Affiliate links and affiliate widgets work by placing a cookie in your browser which tracks how you interact with the linked website. I may earn a commission in the form of money, coupons/vouchers or other incentives (like discounts) from you clicking on the affiliate link or interacting with the affiliate widget. This is usually, but not necessarily entirely, as a result of you paying for a product, service or stay within a set time period from the linked website. You can learn more about how affiliate tracking works through this article by Awin.com. Please refer to my cookie policy page to see a breakdown of cookies placed by my site.

Airbnb Associate

As an Airbnb Associate I may earn a commission when you click on an affiliate link or affiliate widget for Airbnb at no extra cost to you. Please refer to Airbnb’s Referral and Ambassador Terms and Conditions and the linked resources, including their privacy policy if you’d like more information.


The site is part of Awin’s Affiliate Program and I may earn a commission when you click on an affiliate link to an advertiser’s site (who are part of Awin’s Affiliate Program) and make a purchase. You can view Awin’s privacy policy, including information on their tracking cookies, and how your data is used and protected by AWIN here: https://www.awin.com/gb/privacy

For more information cookies placed by my site and how to enable/disable cookies, visit my cookie policy page: https://www.explorewithed.co.uk/cookie-policy-uk/


In addition to the section above on cookies, this website uses Google Analytics to monitor and analyse the success of articles and pages. You can view Google Analytics privacy policy by clicking here (external page) which outlines how your data is used and protected.

E-mail Subscription

When you subscribe to this website you’ll receive an email automatically when a new article is published containing a copy of the article or a snippet with a link to view the full article on this website. The email address you provide for this subscription service won’t be used for anything else. If you decide at anytime you’d like to unsubscribe from these emails there’s a link at the bottom of every email to do so. Alternatively, contact jamie@explorewithed.co.uk with the email address you’d like to unsubscribe.

WordPress.com Stats

Data Used: IP address, WordPress.com user ID (if logged in), WordPress.com username (if logged in), user agent, visiting URL, referring URL, timestamp of event, browser language, country code. Important: The site owner does not have access to any of this information via this feature. For example, a site owner can see that a specific post has 285 views, but he/she cannot see which specific users/accounts viewed that post. Stats logs — containing visitor IP addresses and WordPress.com usernames (if available) — are retained by Automattic for 28 days and are used for the sole purpose of powering this feature.

Activity Tracked: Post and page views, video plays (if videos are hosted by WordPress.com), outbound link clicks, referring URLs and search engine terms, and country. When this module is enabled, Jetpack also tracks performance on each page load that includes the Javascript file used for tracking stats. This is exclusively for aggregate performance tracking across Jetpack sites in order to make sure that our plugin and code is not causing performance issues. This includes the tracking of page load times and resource loading duration (image files, Javascript files, CSS files, etc.). The site owner has the ability to force this feature to honor DNT settings of visitors. By default, DNT is currently not honored.

You can also review the Automattic Privacy Policy, which covers their family of products.

Security Logs (iThemes Security)

The IP address of visitors, user ID of logged in users, and username of login attempts are conditionally logged to check for malicious activity and to protect the site from specific kinds of attacks. Examples of conditions when logging occurs include login attempts, log out requests, requests for suspicious URLs, changes to site content, and password updates. This information is retained for 7 days.

This site is scanned for potential malware and vulnerabilities by Sucuri’s SiteCheck. We do not send personal information to Sucuri; however, Sucuri could find personal information posted publicly (such as in comments) during their scan. For more details, please see Sucuri’s privacy policy.

Who we share your data with

Any personal information or data provided to us, for example if you win a competition or giveaway which requires your postal address, will only be shared in order to fulfil the prize after receiving your permission. A separate page detailing the terms and conditions will be available for each competition or giveaway.

This site is scanned for potential malware and vulnerabilities by the iThemes Site Scanner. We do not send personal information to the scanner; however, the scanner could find personal information posted publicly (such as in comments) during the scan.

How long we retain your data

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

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

Security logs are retained for 7 days.

What rights you have over your data

Right to access: If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us by emailing jamie@explorewithed.co.uk.

Right to amend: If you have left a comment on this website and later decide you’d like to remove your comment, please contact jamie@explorewithed.co.uk or select ‘delete’ under the comment itself if available. Please be aware any edits you make to one of your existing comments may need to be approved again by the website before republishing. Please notify us if you’d like us to amend the contact information we hold on you, i.e. changing the email address of your subscription.

Right to be forgotten: You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

This site is part of a network of sites that protect against distributed brute force attacks. To enable this protection, the IP address of visitors attempting to log into the site is shared with a service provided by ithemes.com. For privacy policy details, please see the iThemes Privacy Policy.

Visitor comments are checked through an automated spam detection service, you can view this here (external page).

Your contact information

The contact information you provide is not shared or sold to a third party.

Additional information

Please do not disclose any personal information, views or opinions on this website that could compromise your online security, identity, image or reputation.

How we protect your data

We will not sell or disclose your personal information to third parties or copy it to a database online or offline. We monitor our website security and perform checks to ensure the website is secure.

What data breach procedures we have in place

Should we become aware of any breach of data, we’ll notify the persons effected through the contact information they’ve provided if we’re legally obliged too.

Should you have any other concerns or questions about your privacy or data held by this website, please contact jamie@explorewithed.co.uk.

Updated: 07/01/2021.
Previous version update: 23/08/2019, 19/11/2020 and 23/11/2020.