PlanetHop! Terms and Conditions
PlanetHop! is a wholly-owned entity of Broad Skys LLC ("Broad Skys"). Any reference to PlanetHop! includes Broad Skys as the parent company. For further information on Broad Skys, please go to www.broadskys.com.
Welcome to PlanetHop! a multi-faceted Travel website that offers something for everyone. It combines everything a traveler needs to organize a trip to destinations around the world and then share all of their experiences "from the road" with the PlanetHop! community. By using the PlanetHop! website, both members and visitors ("Users") are bound to follow all of the terms and conditions outlined in this agreement. If you wish to become a member, you will be prompted to indicate your acceptance of this agreement during the Registration process. If you feel that you cannot accept these terms for any reason, please do not use PlanetHop!
These terms can be modified at any time at the discretion of PlanetHop! The most recent version of the Terms and Conditions will be posted on the website and supersedes any previous versions. It is the user's responsibility to check the terms and conditions. Continued use of the PlanetHop! website will indicate ongoing acceptance of these terms. A user's failure to abide by these terms will result in immediate suspension of all user accounts and termination of services.
PlanetHop! requires that all individuals who sign up to become members of our website with the intention of accessing our products/services must be 13 years of age or older. To create an account you will be required to enter your full name, email, a username and a password. In addition, other demographic information may be requested in order to improve the quality/functionality of the website. The user agrees to provide accurate information and to keep this information updated as required. The allocation of usernames is strictly at the discretion of PlanetHop! and should be as unique as possible. All information which may potentially represent a danger to any other user with regard to identify theft, personal offence, or may result in the impersonation of another user is strictly prohibited.
All PlanetHop! users are responsible for safeguarding the confidentiality of their personal information. Users may not sub-license, transfer, sell or assign their account or information to any third parties without the prior written consent of PlanetHop! Violation of these terms will result in immediate suspension of the registered member's account.
Products & Services
PlanetHop! is dedicated to providing a safe and secure environment for like-minded people to socialize and network. To help achieve this, PlanetHop! places the following requirements on all users:
You will not send or otherwise post unauthorized commercial communications (such as spam) on PlanetHop!
You will not collect users' content or information, or otherwise access PlanetHop! using automated means (such as harvesting bots, robots, spiders, or scrapers) without our permission.
You will not engage in unlawful multi-level marketing, such as pyramid schemes.
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 hateful, threatening, pornographic, incites violence, or contains nudity or graphic or gratuitous violence.
You will not post content containing alcohol-related or other mature content (including advertisements). You will not offer any contests, giveaways, or sweepstakes ("promotion") on PlanetHop! without our prior written consent.
You will not use PlanetHop! to do anything unlawful, misleading, malicious, or discriminatory.
You will not do anything that could disable, overburden, or impair the proper working of the PlanetHop! website, such as a denial of service attack or "click-bombing".
You will not facilitate or encourage any violations to these Terms and Conditions.
PlanetHop! Passport / Destinations Stamps
The PlanetHop! Passport has been designed as a fun way to document your personal travel history in a way that can be shared with your friends on the PlanetHop! Travel Network. This feature is your link to the world of PlanetHop! and bestows upon you the title of "PlanetHopper!" – something that should not be taken lightly or abused, as it represents your own personal little slice of PlanetHop! real estate. Thus, it is important to be aware of and abide by the following specific terms and conditions:
The claiming of PlanetHop! destination stamps works to a large degree on the honor system. If you've visited the destination and are prepared to submit a photo of yourself standing at the destination, then you are awarded the stamp. If you haven't visited, start planning a trip and don't look for shortcuts. This isn't the PlanetHop! way.
Each of the PlanetHop! stamps was developed and created as a means to help PlanetHoppers! commemorate their travels around the world. All of the information in the destination text is original and fully protected under both US and international copyright laws. However, mistakes happen and, if you identify anything that isn't correct, please let us know so that we can correct the error immediately. Photos used to generate the stamps may not be PlanetHop! originals and may have been sourced from a variety of copyright free or free for commercial use photo websites.
PlanetHop! Passport Rankings are another fun way to help compare your own personal travel resume against other PlanetHoppers! Rankings are based upon a variety of site activities, including legitimately claiming destination stamps.
PlanetHop! Quick Guides have been developed to provide our PlanetHoppers! with a streamlined view of what each of the world's countries and territories has to offer in a variety of different categories. The ratings assigned to each country is not an indication of how good it is, as this is a truly subjective and intangible thing that every PlanetHopper! must assess for themselves. The ranting is simply a snapshot summary of how the country rates on a cumulative basis, taking into account its many and varied offerings. Again, please don't get upset if you don't agree. As far as we're concerned, every country on the planet is worth visiting. It just depends on what you're looking for.
If PlanetHop! discovers that a stamp that was awarded was acquired through any "false" means, PlanetHop! reserves the right to revoke that award, along with any associated ranking points given. PlanetHop! also has the right to cancel the member's account and bar that individual from re-registering on the website in the future.
PlanetHop! Articles / Blogs
PlanetHop! Articles and Blogs are one of the most important ways that we provide inspiration and advice to PlanetHoppers! Travel articles fall into two (2) categories; PlanetHop! original articles written by our staff of experienced travelers (including our co-founders), and other articles that have been sourced from freelance writers from around the world. While we always try to bring you the most timely and informative information, we are not responsible for what PlanetHoppers! choose to do with the information that has been provided. That's strictly up to you. Thus, it is important to be aware of and abide by the following specific terms and conditions:
The opinions stated in all travel articles are strictly those of the individual travel writers and do not necessary represent the opinions of PlanetHop! or any of its affiliates. PlanetHop! is not liable for the accuracy of any information contained in travel articles posted on the website.
The opinions stated in all travel blogs are strictly those of the individual member who posted the blog and do not necessarily represent the opinions of PlanetHop! or any of its affiliates. PlanetHop! reviews each blog that is posted to help safeguard the appropriateness of content on the website. However, we do not actively edit any of the content, independently verify content, or in any way vouch for the accuracy of the information contained in blogs. PlanetHop! is not liable for the accuracy of any information contained in blogs posted on the website.
PlanetHop! original travel articles are the exclusive US and international copyright of PlanetHop!, including but not limited to all text, logos, trademarks, taglines accompanying our images (or affiliates images) and graphics. No article, in full or part, can be used in any fashion without the prior written consent of PlanetHop! However, it is important to note that in some cases photos that accompany articles may have been sourced from a variety of copyright free or free for commercial use photo websites.
PlanetHop! reprint articles are solely the copyright of the writer. If you wish to obtain permission to copy or reprint these articles, you must contact the writer directly. However, the introduction and summary of the articles are the sole copyright of PlanetHop! and cannot be reprinted without our prior written consent.
All blogs, including all associated photos, are the sole copyright property of the member who posted them on the PlanetHop! website. However, any blog that is posted in a "Public" location on the website automatically authorizes PlanetHop! to reuse all or part of the blog in any way that it sees fit to help users better enjoy the various services of the website. This includes modifying any associated text or photos for reuse on the website.
While we obviously do our utmost to ensure that all information contained in posted travel articles and blogs is accurate, the fact of the matter is that information changes and often very quickly in the modern world and PlanetHop! will not be held responsible for any of these changes.
Any travel plans made, based upon opinions and experiences outlined in any travel articles or blogs posted on PlanetHop!, are the sole responsibility of the individual making the booking and careful consideration should be made in relation to all associated aspects of the journey (including, but not limited to traveler's health and security). As the traveler, the responsibility is yours and yours alone in relation to ensuring that all of the many and varied aspects of your trip have been carefully assessed and PlanetHop! will not be held responsible for any decisions made by anyone who books a trip through means provided via the PlanetHop! website.
A wise man (or perhaps woman) once said, "A picture is worth a thousand words" and at PlanetHop! we wholeheartedly agree with this statement. The photos that our PlanetHoppers! take to chronicle their travel adventurers (many of which may be once in a lifetime) are beyond any possible monetary value. Thus, it is important to be aware of and abide by the following specific terms and conditions:
PlanetHop! respects the skill it required to take a truly awesome photo. As such, we claim no copyright to any photo posted on our website. However, as a stipulation of using our website, we retain the right to keep and display anything posted in a "public" area of our website and available for the entire PlanetHop! network to see. In this case, you grant PlanetHop! a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free license to copy, distribute, reproduce, modify and publically display anywhere and in any form we see fit on an indefinite basis. If you're not happy with this, please do not post any material on the site.
Sometimes you may not have that perfect photo to accompany something that you want to post on our website. We understand this fact and accept that sometimes the photos posted may not have been personally taken. This is fine, as long as the photos are free of copyright and able to be used under the appropriate license agreement(s). If the person who took the photo needs to be credited or notified of use, please make sure that these steps have been taken. We reserve the right to remove any photos on the website that are in violation of any copyrights or appropriate credits that are required.
No photos of any explicit or pornographic nature are to be posted on the PlanetHop! website. If any such photo is discovered, it will be removed at our discretion, and the user's account may be deactivated immediately. Please keep it clean!
PlanetHop! Social Network / Forums
Keeping in touch with friends and family – while both home and "on the road" – is one of the primary reasons that PlanetHop! has come into existence. Just imagine the look on your 90 year old grandmother's face as she reads your blog and sees the photos of you standing in front of the Taj Mahal or rafting Class V rapids on the Zambezi River. This is what Social Networking is all about – keeping in touch with those you love (or at the least like a lot). Thus, it is important to be aware of and abide by the following specific terms and conditions:
Social Networking and Forum usage are one of the 21st century's greatest inventions, but it has a downside in that it can be used to circumnavigate another person's copyrighted work. This can come in the form of providing pirated copies of software, music, movies and virtually every other type of media in existence. Simply put, if you do it on PlanetHop! – you're out – never to return again. Don't risk it – it's not worth it.
It is important not to share any information that you do not want your friends or anyone who has access to your posts to view. What you post on the PlanetHop! Social Network and Forums is entirely up to you and, assuming it does not violate any of our policies, will be available for the network to view, based on the privacy features that you have selected. Think carefully before you hit that ENTER key.
By posting content in any "public" areas of PlanetHop!, you automatically grant an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, fully paid, worldwide license to PlanetHop! This license may be used to copy, display, modify and distribute the information in any form that we see fit to further enhance the products and services associated with the website or any other website operated by PlanetHop!
Any events that are organized via the PlanetHop! Social Network Events – or the Forum - feature are strictly the responsibility of the person who organized the event and those who have accepted an invitation. PlanetHop! does not take any responsibility for the event, the health and well-being of anyone who attends the event or any of the details associated with the event.
PlanetHop! allows members to form Groups as part of the website's Social Network. However, we do not allow any Groups that encourage illegal drug use, contain nudity or other graphic or sexually suggestive content, promote violence or that attack an individual or group.
As mentioned previously in the Products & Services section, content posted on the Social Network and Forum sections may not be used to contact, advertise, solicit or sell information and/or products/services to any user of the website without the prior consent of PlanetHop! In addition, you may not transmit chain or junk mail and are restricted from engaging in unlawful multi-level marketing, such as pyramid schemes or unsolicited spamming.
Now for the single most important cardinal rule at PlanetHop! WE ABSOLUTELY WILL NOT TOLERATE THE BULLYING OR HARRASSMENT OF ANY OF OUR PLANETHOPPERS! Any such harassment, in any form, and your user account may be deactivated immediately.
Finally, although PlanetHop! cannot continually monitor the conduct of our users, any violation to any of the above points (or anything else in these Terms and Conditions) may result in the immediately deactivation of the violator's user account.
PlanetHop! Auction and Classifieds
Most of us at PlanetHop! have dreamt about the ultimate adventure, diligently planned it down to the last detail, purchased those golden flights, left home wondering what the future holds in store, had the time of our life experiencing this wonderful planet of ours, and finally made our way home to settle back into normal, everyday life (at least for a while). All of this ultimately leads to one thing – heaps of barely-used equipment that you may no longer need, but is perfectly suited to another PlanetHopper! who is on a parallel path of adventure. So what do you do? Get onto the PlanetHop! Auction or Classified section and move the gear that served you so well onto the next lucky PlanetHopper! There's nothing more sustainable to both the travel world and the environment as recycling. However, the PlanetHop! Auctions and Classified features don't end here, as you can also Buy and Sell virtually every other conceivable type of Goods and Service (as long as it's legal) that our members could possibly want or need. All you've got to do is keep in mind a couple of important facts to ensure that every transaction goes off without a hitch.
Thus, it is important to be aware of and abide by the following specific terms and conditions:
Only PlanetHop! registered members in good-standing can Buy, Sell and Post on the Auction and Classified features.
Joining PlanetHop! and bidding on listed items as part of the Auction feature is free. PlanetHop! charges a commission on all items sold through Auctions and collects this commission from the Seller as part of the overall transaction process. In addition, there is an additional upfront fee for those items which a Seller may want to feature for greater visibility and sale. The fee schedule is detailed with the Auction FAQ from the link posted on the Auction home page.
All Ads posted as part of the Classified feature are subject to an upfront fee. This fee is payable by the member posting the ad and must be paid in order for the Ad to be made public on the website. There is also an upfront fee for those Ads which a member may want to feature for greater visibility and sale. The fee schedule is detailed with the Classified FAQ from the link posted on the Classifieds home page.
PlanetHop! does not offer any Insurance, Guarantees, Warranties, or Buyer/Seller Protection Plans for any transactions made through the Auction or Classifieds features. Buyers and Sellers share the responsibility for making sure transactions that occur via the PlanetHop! website occur without issue. We strongly encourage Buyers to work with Sellers amicably during all transactions. Any issue that arises as a result of a transaction must be resolved between the Buy and Seller. PlanetHop! will not be responsible for managing, investigating or resolving any issues that may arise as a result of a transaction between and Buyer and Seller. However, if there is evidence that any Buyer or Seller violated these Terms and Conditions during the course of a transaction, PlanetHop! should be contacted and provided with evidence in order to take appropriate action to bar that Buyer or Seller from using any of the website's associated services.
All transactions are in the currency that the Seller has indicated as part of the Auction or Classified Ad posting. However, Auction commission fees, Classified Ad fess, or fees to post "featured" Auctions or Classifieds are payable to PlanetHop! in USD.
Changes to the Auction and Classified Ad fees may occur at any time. It is the user's responsibility to check for any associated fees before using any feature. We may choose to temporarily change the fees for our services for promotional events or new services, and such changes are effective when we post the temporary promotional event or new service on the website. Promotions may be rescinded at any time without prior notice.
PlanetHop! Book It! / Travel Service Desk
Dreaming about travel is something that takes up a lot of our time here at PlanetHop!, but in the end it's the actual planning and booking of a grand adventure that transforms dreams into reality. Utilizing the PlanetHop! Book It! and Travel Service Desk features will give you access to a powerful tool that will enable you to explore all of your options and ultimately book that dream vacation to virtually any destination in the world. But as with anything that takes a lot of planning, there are a variety of important details that you need to keep in mind. Thus, it is important to be aware of and abide by the following specific terms and conditions:
PlanetHop! utilizes an external service provider for all bookings made. Book It! properties and tours that are posted are done so under the Terms and Conditions of the property and tour operators offering their goods and services for sale. Anyone making a booking using the Book It! feature must comply with the Terms and Conditions (if any) associated with the particular property or tour. It is important to review all associated 3rd party policies in conjunction with this document.
PlanetHop! is not responsible for managing, investigating or resolving any issues that may arise as a result of a Book It! or Travel Desk transaction. Resolving any disputes is solely the responsibility of the Property, Tour Operator, or Service Provider and the individual who made the booking. PlanetHop! reserves the right to not be actively involved in any such disputes.
Items booked through the Travel Service Desk may be conducted either on the PlanetHop! website or on the website of a 3rd Party Supplier, via a link redirecting you to the Supplier's website. In this case, all bookings are subject to the Terms and Conditions of the Supplier and should be reviewed prior to making any bookings and/or transactions with the Supplier.
It is important to note that documents (i.e. airline tickets, hotel vouchers, tour vouchers, or any other document used to confirm travel or booking arrangements) may be subject to a variety of conditions and/or restrictions (i.e. non-refundable, non-date-changeable, subject to cancellation, or amendment fees, etc.). It is important to note that all of the above mentioned fees, including all cancellation fees, are strictly the responsibility of the person who has made the booking and subject to the Supplier's Terms and Conditions.
The collection of all documents is the responsibility of the person who has made the travel booking and is subject to the Terms and Condition of the Supplier with whom the booking was made. PlanetHop! is not responsible for the collection, distribution or transfer of any such documents.
Confirming travel times and schedules is the responsibility of the person who has made the booking and PlanetHop! is not responsible for providing any updates in relation to changes to travel itineraries.
Confirming all passport and visa requirements is the responsibility of the person who has made the travel booking and PlanetHop! is not responsible for providing any advice in relation to any such requirements. All such requirements should be confirmed with the appropriate embassy/consulate prior to any bookings being confirmed and paid for.
Confirming allowable baggage limits (both internationally and domestically) is the responsible of the person who has made the travel booking and PlanetHop! is not responsible for specifying what is permissible to take onto a flight.
Confirming all health and well-being requirements (i.e. recommended vaccinations, etc.) is the responsibility of the person who has made the travel booking and PlanetHop! is not able to provide any such advice. It is recommended that you consult with the appropriate medical practitioner prior to any bookings being confirmed or paid for.
The payment of all fees and charges associated with bookings and transactions is the responsibility of the person who has made the booking or transaction and PlanetHop! is not responsible for covering any associated costs, including cancellation fees. As stated in point #1 above, it is recommended that you review all associated 3rd party Supplier Terms and Conditions in conjunction with this document.
PlanetHop! does not accept any responsibility for any bookings or transactions made between any of our PlanetHoppers! and a 3rd party Supplier. It is important that you plan your trip carefully and take all of the above mentioned restrictions into account before confirming any bookings.
Suppliers of 3rd Party Information/Services
PlanetHop! allows access and utilizes a variety of third party service provides ("Suppliers") from which you may purchase or otherwise obtain goods, services or information. PlanetHop! does not operate or control the products or services offered by these Suppliers, such as in the case of the Auction, Classified, Book It!, Travel Desk and Resources features of the website. Suppliers are responsible for all aspects of order processing, fulfilment, billing and customer service. We are not party to the transaction entered into between you and Suppliers. As the user, you agree that use of such Suppliers is at your own risk and it is recommended that you review all associated Supplier policies prior to conducting any transaction.
PlanetHop! utilizes both custom software and 3rd Party Advertising on our website. All fees associated with the usage of the various features/services that we provide on the website, including Advertisement, must be made to us within 30 days. In the event that these fees are not paid, the associated users account(s) may be disabled pending the payment of fees owed.
PlanetHop! also links to various 3rd Party Social Networking sites such as Digg, Facebook, Google+, Twitter, YouTube, etc. PlanetHop! is not responsible for any postings made to any of these accounts and assumes no liability for any content contained within these posts. These posts are strictly bound by the Terms and Conditions of the site on which they were posted.
PlanetHop! is not liable for any damages arising from any transactions between you and Suppliers or for any information appearing on Supplier sites or any other site linked to our site. All such matters are between the Suppler and the individual making the booking, transaction or receiving the information in question.
All content posted by PlanetHop! on the website, including, but not limited to, logos, graphics, interactive features, photos, videos, and other files are the proprietary property of PlanetHop! with all rights reserved. No content (other than what is specified in these Terms and Conditions) can be copied, modified or used in any way without the express written consent of PlanetHop!
Content posted as part of the Social Network, Forum, and Blog features is the sole copyright property of the member who posted them on the PlanetHop! website. However, by posting in any "pubic" area of the site gives PlanetHop! license to reuse all or part of that content in any way that we see fit to help users better enjoy the various services of the website. This includes modifying any associated text, photos or video for reuse on the website.
Members of the PlanetHop! network are responsible for upholding any copyright requirement associated with content such as photos, music, video and other files posted on the website using their account. If you believe that your work has been infringed on this website, contact PlanetHop! immediately. By posting in any "public" are of our website, you automatically grant PlanetHop! unlimited non-exclusive, royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual, fully paid, transferable, worldwide license to copy, modify, distribute and show in public such content.
PlanetHop! reserves the right to remove any member content that it considers to be unsuitable and/or is in violation of these terms.
Disclaimers & Limitations of Liability
All PlanetHop! users acknowledge that they use all products / services at their own risk. PlanetHop! is not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate content posted on the website or in connection with our products and services, including any redirects to other sites (i.e. YouTube or other similar services). PlanetHop! is not responsible for the conduct, whether online or offline, of any of its users. In addition, PlanetHop! is not responsible for the loss, deletion, destruction or unauthorized use of any member content or communications. These are the sole responsibility of the user.
Accordingly, to the extent that the law allows, you release PlanetHop!, its affiliates, officers, directors, employees, consultants, agents, representatives from any liability arising from use of PlanetHop! services and/or content, including content posted by users and other third parties.
As a user, you agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless PlanetHop!, its affiliates, officers, directors, employees, consultants, agents, representatives from any and all third party claims, losses, liability, damages, and/or costs (including reasonable attorney fees and costs) arising from your access to or use of the PlanetHop website. Any violation of these Terms and Conditions, including any infringement, or infringement by any other user of your account, is the sole responsibility of the user in question.
Disputes between PlanetHop! and users of our products/services should be resolved in the most neutral and cost effective means possible. Users are solely responsible for their interactions with other PlanetHop! users. PlanetHop! reserves the right (but is not obliged) to monitor disputes between users of our products/services. However, PlanetHop! is not bound in any way to get involved in or resolve any disputes between users and/or users and 3rd Party Suppliers.
This agreement and the relationship between you and PlanetHop! shall be governed by the laws of the United States of America. Both PlanetHop! and all users of its products/services agree to submit to the jurisdiction of the courts of the United States of America in respect to any matters arising from or relating to this agreement or the PlanetHop! website. The failure of PlanetHop! to exercise or enforce any right or provision of these Terms and Conditions shall not constitute a waiver of these rights or provisions. If any provision of this agreement is found by a court or competent jurisdiction to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the balance of terms herein contained shall continue in full force and effect.