Who we are

The Urge to discover is a travel blog, produced by July Rocha and launched in September 2018. The website address is:

What personal data is collected and why

Comments and contact forms

When visitors leave comments on the site, data is collected from 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: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you leave a comment on this 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.

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.

Please be aware that The Urge To Discover is not responsible for the content or privacy practices of such other sites. I encourage my users to be aware when they leave my site and to read the privacy statements of any other site that collects personally identifiable information.


CurrentlyThe Urge To Discover is using Google Analytics to analyse the audience of the website and improve its content. No personal information is collected from Google Analytics. For further information on the privacy policy concerning Google Analytics, please go here:

How long your data is retained

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is how I can recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on The Urge To Discover, the personal information they provide in their user profile is also stored. Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

Your rights

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data this site hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that this site erase any personal data is hold about you. This does not include any data The Urge To Discover is obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

To where your data is sent

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