What are cookies?

Cookies are small pieces of data, stored in text files, that are stored on your computer or other device when websites are loaded in a browser. They are widely used to ‘remember’ you and your preferences, either for a single visit (through a ’session cookie’) or for multiple repeat visits (using a ‘persistent cookie’). Cookies may be set by the site that you are visiting (known as ‘first party cookies’), or by third parties, such as those who serve content or provide advertising or analytics services on the website (‘third party cookies’).

Both websites and HTML e-mails may also contain other tracking technologies such as ‘web beacons’, or ‘pixels’. These are typically small transparent images that provide us with statistics, for similar purposes as cookies. They are often used in conjunction with cookies, though they are not stored on your computer in the same way. As a result, if you disable cookies, the web beacons may still load, but their functionality will be restricted.

How to Control and Disable Cookies

If you wish to restrict the use of cookies or completely prevent them from being set, most browsers provide ways to control cookie behavior, such as the length of time they are stored, either through built-in functionality or by utilizing third party plugins.

If you disable cookies, please be aware that some of the features of our service may not function correctly.

To find out more on how to manage and delete cookies, visit

You can opt out of Google Analytics by installing Google’s opt-out browser add-on.

About the Cookies on Our Website

Below are examples of the cookies used on North to South, with explanations of their purpose. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list, but rather aims to be representative. Information about cookies that may be set by third parties, such as our ads partners, is below.

Cookies Essential for Site Functionality and GDRP Compliance

The following cookies are necessary to maintain the smooth functionality of our website in compliance with the GDRP.

country_codeUsed in order to determine whether or not the cookie banner should be shown. Set immediately on page load and retained for 6 hours to remember the visitor’s country.
sensitive_pixel_optionRemembers the state of visitor acceptance to the cookie banner. Only set when the visitor clicks Accept.
wordpress_test_cookieChecks if cookies are enabled to provide appropriate user experience.
eucookielawRemembers the state of visitor acceptance to the EU Cookie Law banner.

Blog Comments

North to South runs on WordPress, which allows users to leave comments on our blog posts. If you leave a comment, a cookie is stored on your computer as a convenience, so that you won’t need to re-type your information again when you want to leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year. The following cookies are set for commenters:

comment_author_{HASH}Remembers the name you enter.
comment_author_email_{HASH}Remembers the email address you enter.
comment_author_url_{HASH}Remembers the URL you enter (if applicable).

Additional cookies are set if you elect to check the available boxes when you leave a comment on a blog post:

jetpack_comments_subscribe_{HASH}Remembers your choice to subscribe to future comments on a post.
jetpack_blog_subscribe_{HASH}Remembers your choice to subscribe to future blog post notifications.


akm_mobileRemembers whether or not a user wishes to view the mobile version of a site.

Embedded Content from Other Websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other (source) website, and we do not have direct control over the cookies created by this content.

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.

Common sources of embedded content on our website are listed below, including links to the cookie policy of each.

Advertising and Link Tracking

We operate our ads program in partnership with third party vendors. In order for North to South to receive a commission for our sales referrals, cookies are used to track clicks on our website.

Affiliate Marketing

North to South is funded in large part by affiliate marketing. When you click an external link on our site, your click may be tracked via cookies so that we can receive a commission from any purchases made after that click. The amount of time that these cookies are stored varies by partner.

Below is a representative list of our advertising program partners. The partners we work with change from time to time, and this is not an exhaustive list.

  • Amazon
  • Avantlink (REI)
  • B&H
  • Commission Junction (

Personalized Advertising

North to South is funded in part by embedded banner and text advertisements from our advertising partners.

Advertising cookies enable us and our partners to serve ads and to personalize those ads. Ad personalization is based on information such as visits to our site and other sites on the Internet.

Below is a representative list of our personalized advertising program partners, along with information on the cookies that each partner sets.

For more details on your choices regarding use of your web browsing activity for interest-based advertising you may visit the following sites:

Privacy Policy

This page is all about cookies. View our full privacy policy here.