Who we are

Our website address is: https://suitcaseandamap.com


Disclosure Statement/Affiliate Links

Disclosure: Posts on this website may contain affiliate links. An affiliate link is a link to a product or service that we promote, and that if a reader clicks and purchases, we receive a commission on that purchase. We do not however promote product or services that we do not love or did not try ourselves.

Where such an affiliate link ( or links) exists anywhere within the website, we may receive a small commission if you click a link and subsequently purchase something. In accordance with FTC and various affiliate programs we participate in, and in the spirit of being transparent to my readers, we are disclosing that we do often include affiliate links in our blog posts. As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases.

This blog is personal in nature and is written, as well as, edited by William & Nicole Claesen. For questions or concerns about this blog, please email us by utilizing the Contact functionality within www.suitcaseandamap.com.  

As with most every other blog in the world, this blog may accept forms of cash advertising, sponsorship, paid insertions or other forms of compensation. As the blog abides by word or mouth marketing standards, we believe in honesty of relationship, opinion and identity. Any post that may contain affiliate links will be clearly identified at the beginning, or within any blog post. 

On a final note, the views and opinions on this blog are purely those of the owners. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question.


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 anonymized 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.


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.


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.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

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.


How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize 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.

What rights you have over your data

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. 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

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.


Copyright, Permissions,Terms

Readers, by using this website, you are indicating your acceptance and agreement to the following terms and conditions. If you do not agree and accept the following information, please refrain from using this website.

Copyright & Trademark – This website and all the information it contains, including, but not limited to, articles, blog posts, designs, photographs, opinions and logos (“Protected Content”) are the property of  the Suitcase and a Map website and is protected from unauthorized use, copying, distribution and dissemination by Copyright law, trademark law, and other intellectual property laws. All rights reserved. You may not use our Protected Content without William or Nicole Claesen’s (AKA “suitcaseandamap.com”) written consent.

 Permissions Policy –

What you can do:

  • Printing – print posts/content off my site for non-commercial use (up to 20 copies only). You can do this as long as you include the following copyright notice: “© suitcaseandmap All rights reserved. Originally published at www.suitcaseandamap.com. ” If you would like to use my posts or any content found on my website for commercial use, please contact me directly at nclaesen@hotmail.com.
  • Re-posting – you can re-post a blog post as long as it is a summary of the blog post with a link back to the original post on suitcaseandamap.
  • Linking – you can link to the suitcaseandamap website or any of my public posts. Links are always appreciated.

What you cannot do:

  • Re-post my content without linking back to the original post or providing credit to the suitcaseandamap website. Especially not verbatim.
  • Alter, sell, or change any of the content from this website without first receiving written permission.