Cookie Policy

This policy explains how cookies are deployed on this website and the options you have in controlling them.

If you want to find out how your data is collected and used on this website, you can read our privacy policy.

Who are We?

Rob on Holiday is an unofficial travel blog, designed for informational and entertainment purposes only.

This website is hosted by Automattic (the parent company of wordpress.com) and was built using a wordpress.com free plan. As such, Automattic can also collect and use data from visitors to this website.

What Are Cookies?

A cookie is a small text file stored on your computer that contains information about your preferences for this website. Cookies data is sent to Automattic every time you visit our site.

Automattic uses Cookies, and other technologies such as pixel tags (small code blocks placed on sites) to identify and track visitors of this website. Cookies are also used to target the ads shown on Rob on Holiday to you, our readers.

This site uses session cookies (which remember your preferences during your current visit to our site) and persistent cookies (which remember your preferences from previous visits).

Both first party cookies (those deployed by Automattic) and third party cookies (those deployed by other parties who provide services to Automattic) are used on our website.

Please note that Automattic uses pixel tags/web beacons on this site and in emails we send to you. These are deployed for statical purposes. It is important to note that, even when you disable cookies, these pixel tags will still run, but with limited functionality as they are not stored on your computer like cookies.

How We Use Cookies

Cookies we use on this site have a number of functions:

  • To remember your preferences and/or remember you as a wordpress.com user
  • For technical reasons
  • To record visitors to the site via the site stats function

Some cookies are activated whenever you load a new page on our site, while others are only activated when you interact with our site in some way e.g. by hitting the like button.

Some cookies used by Automattic only apply to registered wordpress.com users and others are activated for every visitor to Rob on Holiday.

Where We Place Cookies

Automattic places cookies both on our website and in emails sent to our subscribers.

Types of Cookies

  • Required Cookies: these cookies are necessary for the operation of this site. These cookies store preferences set by users such as their account name, language preference and approximate location.
  • Analytics and Performance Cookies: these cookies are used to compile site stats, which we use to improve the content we post. These cookies collect information such as which pages are visited most often by our readers.
  • Advertising Cookies: these cookies are set by both Automattic and their advertising partners who place ads on our site. Cookies are used to target the adverts you see to your preferences and to analyse how effective the adverts they place on our site are. These cookies may also be used to track your online activities across other websites to build a visitor profile so that advertising partners can personalise ads to you.

Third Party Cookies

If you would like to read more information about third party cookies, click here.

Controlling Cookies

Most web browsers will allow you to disable or restrict the use of cookies when you visit a website.

If you choose to disable cookies, some functions on our website may not work as they should.

To find out more on how you can manage and delete cookies, visit aboutcookies.org.

For more information on your choices related to your browsing activity and its use for providing internet advertising, you can visit one of the following websites:

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If you are from the European Union, you may see a “cookie banner” displayed at the bottom of our site. Neither Automattic nor their ad partners are allowed to set cookies to show you targeted ads before you click ‘accept’ on this banner.

You can view and manage your privacy preferences for third party advertising cookies for this website by clicking on ‘Learn More’ on this banner. You can also change your preferences at any time by clicking the ‘Privacy’ link displayed underneath every ad shown on this site.

Automattic also uses cookies to learn how site visitors engage with the websites taking part in their ad programme. You can opt out of having your information used in this way by clicking this link (once clicked, your request will be processed automatically). If you change your mind, you can opt back in by clicking this link.

Opting in and out of this feature is device and browser-specific. This means that if you use a difference device, browser or clear your cookies in your current browser, you will need to opt in/out again.