• 6 Best Travel Medical Insurance Providers

    6 Best Travel Medical Insurance Providers

    Posted by Robert DiGiacomo on: February 9, 2016 in Insurance

    Whether you're planning a relaxing beach getaway, foodie-themed city escape, or a safari adventure, you always run the risk of your international trip being cancelled or interrupted by illness. Travel medical insurance provides peace of mind by (typically) covering overseas medical treatments, hospitalizations and medical evacuations, as well as trip reimbursements if you have to go home early. Most policies also offer 24-hour assistance, coverage for terrorism incidents, and reimbursements for lost or stolen luggage.... Read More

  • US Department of State: Travel Warnings, Health Coverage Advice

    US Department of State: Travel Warnings, Health Coverage Advice

    Posted by Andrea Emerson on: February 8, 2016 in Travel

    Lost luggage. Running out of medication. A bad case of traveler's tummy. What overseas traveler hasn't considered these mishaps when packing for their journey? While prepping for possible misadventures, it's also smart to stay on top of the risks specific to the country you're visiting, and to know how to get help if things go haywire. Luckily for you, that's information you can access with a tap or two on your mobile device, courtesy of the U.S. Department of State. Below, we break down quick, resource-rich links you'll want to note or bookmark for your trip.... Read More

  • The Disadvantages of Study Abroad

    The Disadvantages of Study Abroad

    Posted by Brianna Weidman on: February 5, 2016 in Study Abroad

    Planning for your study abroad experience can be equal parts exciting and overwhelming, and every decision you make should involve an assessment of both the positives and the negatives. While it’s only natural to imagine the glamorous aspects of your trip abroad, these expectations can cloud your judgment of the reality that awaits you. Studying abroad is a worthwhile and often life-changing experience, but be sure to check out these 5 disadvantages of study abroad- before you start planning.... Read More

  • Coffee Brews Numerous Health Benefits

    Coffee Brews Numerous Health Benefits

    Posted by John Egan on: February 5, 2016 in Personal Wellness

    Every day, it seems, another new study touts the health virtues of coffee. For instance, a recent study in the American Journal of Epidemiology reports that coffee consumption can reduce the risk of death by decreasing inflammation, improving lung function, decreasing sensitivity to insulin and fighting depression. Meanwhile, a recent study in the American Heart Association's journal Circulation shows that among nonsmokers, drinking one to five cups of coffee a day is linked to a lower risk of death from type 2 diabetes, heart diseases, and neurological diseases.... Read More

  • 5 Career Advantages of Studying Abroad

    5 Career Advantages of Studying Abroad

    Posted by Eric Rosenberg on: February 4, 2016 in Study Abroad

    In addition to gaining life experience, seeing new places, and immersing oneself in a new culture, studying abroad has major career, education, and lifestyle benefits. From increased earnings to better job prospects, studying abroad can pay off big. One of the most important study abroad advantages that alumni look forward to seeing is the noteworthy difference in pay between those who have studied abroad and those who have not. A study found that study abroad students have a 25% higher starting salary than those who do not study abroad.... Read More

  • Top 9 Resources for U.S. Immigrants

    Top 9 Resources for U.S. Immigrants

    Posted by Eric Rosenberg on: February 3, 2016 in Life Transitions

    Moving to the United States is a challenging process. In addition to crossing borders and potential language barriers, new immigrants must consult with many government offices in order to acquire visas and green cards-both of which come with tons of forms and paperwork. While there is no way to remove all of the hurdles of immigration, the following resources may make the process a bit easier to navigate.... Read More

  • Open Enrollment is Closed: Now What?

    Open Enrollment is Closed: Now What?

    Posted by Eric Rosenberg on: February 2, 2016 in Insurance

    If you've missed the open enrollment window to sign up for an ACA-compliant health plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace, all hope is not lost. You still have several options to get coverage for the year. Take these steps to find a plan that will work for your needs, no matter the time of the year. Short-Term Policies If you do not have insurance coverage and you need it in a hurry, one of the first places to look is short-term medical coverage. While these types of plans are not compliant with the Affordable Care Act... Read More

  • 10 Things Every Serious Golfer Needs to Improve

    10 Things Every Serious Golfer Needs to Improve

    Posted by Ashley Norman on: February 1, 2016 in Travel

    Bob Hope once said, If you watch a game, it's fun. If you play it, it's recreation. If you work at it, it's golf. Golf is a game of skill, and all the seasoned pros have learned to master a combination of techniques and essential tools. But whether you are a novice or have been at it for years with no luck, if you want to be a serious golfer, here are the 10 things you need to improve your game.... Read More

  • Five Tips for Choosing the Perfect Spring Break Vacation Spot

    Five Tips for Choosing the Perfect Spring Break Vacation Spot

    Posted by Lauren McNitt on: February 1, 2016 in Travel

    When you have just one week to travel, whether because of work, school or your budget, you want to make the most of it. Here are five tips for choosing the perfect spring break destination. 1. Consider travel time: With just one week, you want to spend as little time en route to your destination as possible. Do you know all the direct flights out of your airport? An app like Skyscanner can help you narrow down a destination based on direct flight options and flight duration. Also consider how much you can truly fit into one week.... Read More

  • How to Avoid the Flu This Season

    How to Avoid the Flu This Season

    Posted by Cheryl Alkon on: January 29, 2016 in Personal Wellness

    While January is a time for new beginnings, it's also right in the middle of flu season, which peaks from December to February. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, flu vaccines are usually first available in October, and flu season can continue right through the warmer months in May. If you haven't already gotten a flu shot, but you would like to, it's not too late. You can typically get one at your doctor's office, your local health department, urgent care clinics, and possibly at your school, college, or workplace.... Read More

  • Top 5 Study Abroad Destinations

    Top 5 Study Abroad Destinations

    Posted by Eric Rosenberg on: January 28, 2016 in Study Abroad

    Each year, hundreds of thousands of American students depart for a study abroad experience. In recent years, the number of students taking part in international study programs has grown steadily. For many, the destination is the most important factor when selecting a program or organization. Here are our top 5 destinations for American students going abroad:... Read More

  • Managing Health Insurance Through Divorce

    Managing Health Insurance Through Divorce

    Posted by Robert DiGiacomo on: January 27, 2016 in Life Transitions

    For couples going through a divorce, making decisions dividing your home and other assets and resolving custody issues may be top of mind. But you should also make it a priority to maintain health coverage for you and your children. Among the issues to resolve: Can you retain coverage under your spouse's plan? Will your children be covered? What options do you have for temporary coverage? No matter what, you don't want a gap in coverage. Know your healthcare rights and find out which insurance options are available to you as you finalize your divorce.... Read More

  • Travel Insurance Five Types and Why You Need Each

    Travel Insurance Five Types and Why You Need Each

    Posted by Lauren McNitt on: January 26, 2016 in Insurance

    There are various types of travel insurance, so how do you know which policies are right for your trip? Below are five common types of travel insurance that can help you protect yourself when you travel.... Read More

  • Top Jobs for Couples Abroad

    Top Jobs for Couples Abroad

    Posted by Ashley Norman on: January 25, 2016 in Travel

    Have you ever thought about leaving your 9 to 5 to take off and explore the world with your significant other? In the United States, there are very limited opportunities for couples wanting to work side by side, but there are many opportunities overseas designed specifically for couples wishing to work together.... Read More

  • 20 Non-Health-Related Resolutions

    20 Non-Health-Related Resolutions

    Posted by Lauren McNitt on: January 22, 2016 in Personal Wellness

    Have you already broken those New Year resolutions? Or do you find you're always making health-related goals, and need some new ideas for good New Year's resolutions for 2016? Here are 20 non-health related New Year's goals that can help you have a better year.... Read More

  • Timeline for Study Abroad Planning

    Timeline for Study Abroad Planning

    Posted by Kelli Vorndran on: January 21, 2016 in Study Abroad

    Study abroad preparation is important for a smooth trasition and successful experience. This timeline breaks down the process into helpful steps to follow, beginning as early as 18 months prior to departure. Timelines for all students will vary based on country of origin, the procedures of the university they will attend, and more. For some students, the process can take as long as two years; for others as short as 6 months.... Read More

  • Retirement Planning: Advantages and Disadvantages of Early Retirement

    Retirement Planning: Advantages and Disadvantages of Early Retirement

    Posted by Ashley Norman on: January 20, 2016 in Life Transitions

    Early retirement is often an opportunity to restore order to a proper life balance by spending more time with family and working on your favorite hobbies. But with these joyous prospects comes an income reduction, regardless of whether you take Social Security or an early pension. Different employers have different plans, but it pays to be aware of both the advantages and disadvantages of taking an early retirement.... Read More

  • How a High Deductible Health Plan Affects Your Finances

    How a High Deductible Health Plan Affects Your Finances

    Posted by Eric Rosenberg on: January 19, 2016 in Insurance

    Your health insurance plan is a major factor in your finance. If you've arrived here, you likely have questions about how you can save money on health insurance and medical expenses. No two situations are alike, so read on to determine whether a high deductible health plan is a good match for your needs.... Read More

  • Everything You Need to Know About Zika Virus

    Everything You Need to Know About Zika Virus

    Posted by Brianna Weidman on: January 19, 2016 in Travel

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a Level 2 (practice enhanced precautions) travel advisory following an alarming number of reports in Brazil of microcephaly and other severe birth defects in babies born to mothers infected with Zika virus while pregnant.... Read More

  • Does Your Health Insurance Cover You on Vacation?

    Does Your Health Insurance Cover You on Vacation?

    Posted by Robert DiGiacomo on: January 18, 2016 in Travel

    For many travelers, having an accident or getting sick during an overseas trip can result in a rude awakening: Your treatment may not be covered by your U.S.-based health insurance, or it could trigger a high deductible for the use of out-of-network facilities. What’s more, if you break a leg in a remote area and require immediate surgery or risk losing the limb, costs to evacuate you to the nearest hospital for treatment could run as high as $100,000.... Read More

  • Why Soda is So Bad for Your Health- and How You Can Kick Your Habit for Good

    Why Soda is So Bad for Your Health- and How You Can Kick Your Habit for Good

    Posted by Brianna Weidman on: January 15, 2016 in Personal Wellness

    Did you know that just one can of regular soda is over 100% of your recommended daily intake of sugar? By now, you’re probably aware of the growing pile of research disparaging your soda habit- after all, most of us know that the frequent consumption of soda has been linked to weight gain and high blood pressure. But the sweet, refreshing taste of soda (and the sugar rush it provides) can be hard to give up. Read on to discover just how these sugary beverages affect your body in the long run- and how you can kick your habit for good.... Read More

  • 8 Ways Students Can Stay Safe Studying Abroad

    8 Ways Students Can Stay Safe Studying Abroad

    Posted by Robert DiGiacomo on: January 14, 2016 in Study Abroad

    Students interested in study abroad can take pro-active steps to fully reap the benefits of the experience, despite concerns about global security in the wake of recent terrorist attacks. Study abroad offers many personal and practical benefits, according to IES Abroad. Alumni of such programs report starting salaries that are $7,000 a year higher than other graduates; have much greater success in finding a job within one year of graduation, and have a 90 percent acceptance rate into the first or second graduate school on their list.... Read More

  • Short-Term Health Insurance Can Bridge the Gap

    Short-Term Health Insurance Can Bridge the Gap

    Posted by John Egan on: January 13, 2016 in Life Transitions

    Thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), otherwise known as ObamaCare, interest in short-term health insurance has spiked significantly. According to health insurance exchange eHealth, there was a 134 percent jump in applications for short-term health insurance between 2013 and 2014, when many ACA rules took effect.... Read More

  • Managing the Health Insurance Waiting Period

    Managing the Health Insurance Waiting Period

    Posted by Eric Rosenberg on: January 12, 2016 in Insurance

    Signing up for healthcare coverage is an important step to take in protecting yourself and your family from financial expenses should a medical issue arise unexpectedly. However, simply signing up does not mean your coverage will begin immediately. If you are enrolling in a new healthcare plan, you can take the following steps to ensure that you remain protected throughout any gaps in coverage.... Read More

  • 4 Tips for Global Travelers on a Budget

    4 Tips for Global Travelers on a Budget

    Posted by Eric Rosenberg on: January 11, 2016 in Travel

    Traveling the world can be an exciting and rewarding experience. Unfortunately, many people believe that they're unable to travel due to the high costs that accompany plane tickets, hotels, and excursions. Travel does not have to be cost prohibitive, however. Here are some tips to save money on your next international trip.... Read More

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