Terms and conditions

Shoestring Seeker products and services are provided by Shoestring Seeker Inc. These terms and conditions govern your access to and use of Shoestring Seeker’s website and services. Please read these terms carefully, and contact us if you have any questions. By accessing or using our services, you agree to be bound by these terms and by our privacy policy.

A) Accounts

When you create your Shoestring Seeker account you must provide us with current, accurate and complete information. You will not provide any false personal information on Shoestring Seeker, or create an account for anyone other than yourself without permission. You will not create more than one personal account. If we disable your account, you will not create another one without our permission. You will not use your account primarily for your own commercial gain.

B) Your Content

Anything that you post or otherwise make available through our services is referred to as "User Content." Shoestring Seeker allows you to post content, including photos, videos, comments, links, and other materials. Photos may not display links or photo edited fonts. You retain all rights in, and are solely responsible for, the user content you post to Shoestring Seeker. Information you share is relevant and strictly informational. You will not post unauthorized commercial communications (such as spam) on Shoestring Seeker. Please view our ‘Privacy Policy’ for further details.

1. How Shoestring Seeker and other users can use your content.

You grant Shoestring Seeker and its users a non-exclusive, royalty-free, transferable, sub-licensable, worldwide license to use, share, store, display, reproduce, modify, create derivative works, perform, and distribute your user content on Shoestring Seeker solely for the purposes of operating, developing, providing, and using the Shoestring Seeker services and products. Nothing in these terms shall restrict other legal rights Shoestring Seeker may have to the user content, for example under other licenses. Content you share will not promote a business, that is unrelated to traveling. We reserve the right to remove or modify user content for any reason, including user content that we believe violates these terms or our policies.

2. How long we keep your content.

Deleting your account removes your profile, your wisdom posts, likes, and comments. Once this is done, all of these contributions will no longer be available to the Shoestring Seeker community. You will not be able to reactivate your account later, everything you have shared via Shoestring Seeker will be gone forever. This will include all your wisdom posts that other users have liked and saved in their Scrapbook for trip planning. Users will not be able to retrieve the wisdom posts you created which they have found to be valuable to them.

C) Safety and Security

We care about the security of our users. While we work to protect the security of your content and account, Shoestring Seeker cannot guarantee that unauthorized third parties will not be able to defeat our security measures. Please notify us immediately if you learn that your account has been compromised or you suspect unauthorized use of your account. Committing fraud is unethical and a violation of the terms of service of Shoestring Seeker and is prohibited by international regulations and the law. You will do your best to keep Shoestring Seeker safe and secure. This includes:

  • You will not collect users content or information, or otherwise access Shoestring Seeker, using automated means (such as harvesting bots, robots, spiders, or scrapers).
  • You will not share your password (or in the case of developers, your secret key), let anyone else access your account, or do anything else that might jeopardize the security of your account.
  • You will not upload viruses or other malicious code.
  • You will not solicit login information or access an account belonging to someone else.
  • You will not bully, intimidate, or harass any user.
  • You will not post content that is hate speech, threatening, or pornographic, incites violence, or contains nudity or graphic or gratuitous violence.
  • You will not use Shoestring Seeker to do anything unlawful, misleading, malicious, or discriminatory.
  • You will not do anything that could disable, overburden, or impair the proper working or appearance of Shoestring Seeker, such as a denial of service attack or interference with page rendering or other Shoestring Seeker functionality.
  • You will not engage in unlawful multi-level marketing, such as a pyramid scheme, on Shoestring Seeker.
  • You will not use Shoestring Seeker if you are a convicted sex offender.
  • You will not facilitate or encourage any violations of this Statement or our policies.

D) General

1. Notification Procedures and Changes to Terms.

If we're making a big change to the terms, we'll let you know. Shoestring Seeker reserves the right to determine the form and means of providing notifications to you, and you agree to receive legal notices electronically if we so choose. We may revise these terms from time to time and the most current version will always be posted on our website. By continuing to access or use our services after revisions become effective, you agree to be bound by the revised terms. If you do not agree to the new terms, please stop using our services.

2. Usage

By using or accessing the Shoestring Seeker service you agree and understand the following:

  • You are responsible for all of the content and information you share on Shoestring Seeker.
  • The information you share on Shoestring Seeker is public.
  • We can remove any content or information you post on Shoestring Seeker if we believe that it compromises Shoestring Seeker security or our policies.
  • Shoestring Seeker has no tolerance for misleading information and is not a place for complaining, leaving long negative reviews, or promoting your business.
  • Information you share is true and unbiased.
  • You have no relationship with the establishment or it's competitors, personal or business, and have not been offered payment or an incentive originating from the establishment to post information.
  • For content that is covered by intellectual property rights, like photos and videos (IP content), you specifically give us the following permission and grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with Shoestring Seeker (IP License).
  • This IP License ends when you delete your IP content or your account unless your content has been shared with others, and they have not deleted it.
  • When you delete IP content, it is deleted in a manner similar to emptying the recycle bin on a computer. However, you understand that removed content may persist in backup copies for a reasonable period of time (but will not be available to others).
  • By signing up you agree to receive periodic emails about cool new places from us. You can opt out later if you don't like the content in the periodic emails.
  • Shoestring Seeker always appreciates your feedback or other suggestions. Be aware that we may use your feedback or suggestions without any obligation to compensate you for them (just as you have no obligation to offer them).

The three passages below are part of just about every online terms agreement. Basically, they ensure that a deal is a deal when you're using a site, including Shoestring Seeker.

Assignment: These terms, and any rights and licenses granted hereunder, may not be transferred or assigned by you, but may be assigned by Shoestring Seeker without restriction. Any attempted transfer or assignment in violation hereof shall be null and void.

Entire Agreement / Severability: These terms, together with the privacy policy and any amendments and any additional agreements you may enter into with Shoestring Seeker in connection with our products and services, shall constitute the entire agreement between you and Shoestring Seeker. If any provision of these terms is deemed invalid, then that provision will be limited or eliminated to the minimum extent necessary, and the remaining provisions of these terms will remain in full force and effect.

No Waiver: No waiver of any of these terms shall be deemed a further or continuing waiver of such term or any other term, and Shoestring Seeker’s failure to assert any right or provision under these terms shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision.