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3 Levels of Travel Medical Coverage for U.S. Visitors

3 Levels of Travel Medical Coverage for U.S. Visitors

Posted by Brianna Weidman on May 24, 2016 in Insurance

If you're in the process of planning your trip to the United States, you've probably come across hundreds of resources directing you toward the latest-and-greatest travel deals, hotel and flight accommodations, and must-see tourist attractions. But understanding your options when it comes to travel medical insurance? That can be tricky. It's important to understand that many standard medical insurance policies do not cover you outside of your home country -- and that, in the United States, people are responsible for their own health care costs. As a result, travelers without applicable healthcare coverage are exposed to these high costs, which can lead to deep debt or even bankruptcy.... Read More ...

Travel Medical Insurance for Parents Visiting the U.S.

Travel Medical Insurance for Parents Visiting the U.S.

Posted by Emmet Pierce on April 12, 2016 in Insurance

It's wonderful to receive a visit from parents who live in a foreign country, but don't forget to have a travel medical insurance policy in place to help cover any unexpected medical costs that might arise while they're in the U.S. When your parents travel, it's likely their domestic medical insurance policy will no longer cover them once they've left their home country. U.S. medical care is among the most costly in the world, and a simple fall could send your parents to the hospital, leaving them with large medical bills.... Read More ...

How Travel Medical Insurance Protects Your Family While Vacationing Abroad

How Travel Medical Insurance Protects Your Family While Vacationing Abroad

Posted by Brianna Weidman on April 5, 2016 in Insurance

Taking your family vacation international this year? Whether you're planning to soak up the sun in the Bahamas or knock some historical sites off your European bucket list, you're probably determined to relish every second you spend with your family abroad. And while you're bound to have an incredible vacation experience, there are certain health, safety, and financial precautions you can take to secure the welfare of your family. One safeguard worth considering, as noted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is travel medical insurance.... Read More ...

Moving to a New City After Graduation

Moving to a New City After Graduation

Posted by Brianna Weidman on March 16, 2016 in Life Transitions

Some college students graduate with the same dream they had when they first received their acceptance letters in the mail- to receive a job offer in a faraway state so they can pack up their things and begin their lives somewhere else. Others are perfectly content to remain in their college town, surrounded by friends (and maybe even family), but the reality of the job market forces them to start submitting applications across city and state lines.... Read More ...

Should You Take a Genetic Test to Learn More About Your Health?

Should You Take a Genetic Test to Learn More About Your Health?

Posted by John Egan on March 11, 2016 in Personal Wellness

Genetic testing has opened a window to some of the most intricate aspects of our health. Today, through testing available at medical offices or even at home, we can get a close-up look at our genes, which the National Human Genome Research Institute describes as the DNA instructions you inherit from your mother and your father. This peek at our genes offers an array of medical insights, assisting medical professionals in diagnosing disease, determining the severity of a disease or pinpointing the likelihood of developing a disease.... 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 ...

Tips and Tricks for Traveling with Kids

Tips and Tricks for Traveling with Kids

Posted by Cynthia Roush on May 7, 2015 in Travel

If you want to see as much of the world as you can, you may be worried about juggling kids and travel in the future—or you may be facing that conundrum already. Traveling is sometimes thought of as an activity for the young and childless, but many travel bloggers, including Feather+Flip, are proving... Read More ...

Family Travel with Kids

Family Travel with Kids

Posted by Kristen Kaweck on March 19, 2015 in Travel

With holiday seasons fast approaching, you are probably preparing for travel. But family travel with kids can be difficult and frustrating if you let it. Family travel with kids can also be an incredibly fun time. Here are a few tips to making your travel experiences smoother and more fun:... Read More ...

Benefit From Your Kids During Family Vacation

Benefit From Your Kids During Family Vacation

Posted by Kristen Kaweck on February 10, 2015 in Travel

Kids don’t always want to do what adults want to do on family vacations, and adults are not always interested in what kids want to do. Finding the middle ground can help both side of the issue learn more about themselves individually and as a family. Learn from each other While your kids may have ... Read More ...

5 State Parks for Affordable Family Vacations

5 State Parks for Affordable Family Vacations

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on January 8, 2015 in Travel

This summer, skip the hectic city vacation and take your family to one of America’s gorgeous and affordable state parks. The following five parks all allow camping and are outstanding for beauty, history, and family entertainment.... Read More ...

5 State Parks for Affordable Family Vacations - Part 2

5 State Parks for Affordable Family Vacations - Part 2

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on January 8, 2015 in Travel

This summer, skip the hectic city vacation and try one of America’s gorgeous state parks for affordable family vacations. In part two of this blog posting, we discuss the Blue Mounds Park in Minnesota, Hocking Hills in Ohio and three other natural treasures.... Read More ...

Your Adult Child Moving Back In

Your Adult Child Moving Back In

Posted by Daniel Giffin on December 9, 2014 in Life Transitions

As a parent, you undoubtedly want what is best for you children. But sometimes it can be difficult to help them, especially if their goals are at odds with your own, or if your child or children do not welcome your advice or assistance. And even when you are all on the same page, things can be tough.... Read More ...

Moving Back Home After Graduation

Moving Back Home After Graduation

Posted by Kristen Kaweck on September 5, 2014 in Life Transitions

You probably did not plan to move back home after graduating from college. You may feel like you are taking a step backward or that you will miss out on certain experiences. However, in the long run, it may just be the best option for you and for you current situation. Because you may be leaving college with a mountain of student debt,... Read More ...

5 Tips For Preparing to Stay with a Host Family

5 Tips For Preparing to Stay with a Host Family

Posted by Courtney Guggenberger on July 30, 2014 in Study Abroad

When you picked a location to study abroad, most likely you were intrigued by your host country’s culture. Deeper research into the family structure and style of your host country will help tremendously in understanding your new family. Each culture has its own way and standard of living, and by gaining insight before even entering... Read More ...

Amusement Parks of the United States

Amusement Parks of the United States

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on July 30, 2014 in Travel

Amusement parks are excellent places to spend time with your family. They can be perfect for a fun getaway for a day, or you can organize an entire vacation around it to really take your time and enjoy the experience. Amusement parks provide fun for people of all ages, but depending on the ages of... Read More ...

Amusement Parks Around the World

Amusement Parks Around the World

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on May 27, 2014 in Travel

The clicking of a rollercoaster as it climbs its way to the top of a towering hill. The delighted screams of children and adults alike as they fly through inverted loops and whip around tight turns. The jolly music streaming from arcade games and fun houses. The sweet smell of cotton candy and caramel corn... Read More ...

Fun Family Vacation Destinations

Fun Family Vacation Destinations

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on April 22, 2014 in Travel

Summertime means no school, warm weather, and plenty of family time. It also, for many families, means taking a fun family vacation. Of course, not every family vacation turns out as anticipated; we have all been on that trip that just does not go the way we expected, and someone gets upset. But family vacations... Read More ...

5 Major Decisions for New Immigrants to the United States

5 Major Decisions for New Immigrants to the United States

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on April 9, 2014 in Life Transitions

Whether you’re transferring here for work or taking an extended stay with your family, coming to live in the United States can be a thrilling experience as you find your place in a new land filled with promise and possibilities. But once your “honeymoon period” ends you might become frustrated with the complexities of living abroad in a country that’s much different from your homeland. There will be all kinds of important decisions to make... Read More ...

U.S. Visa Information

U.S. Visa Information

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on April 4, 2014 in Travel

Visitors come from all over the world to travel in the United States. From short business trips to permanent immigration, most visitors must obtain a visa before entering the U.S. Knowing international travel requirements before embarking on your journey can save valuable time and prevent travel mishaps.... Read More ...

Tips For Traveling Internationally With Kids

Tips For Traveling Internationally With Kids

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on March 28, 2014 in Travel

One of the best gifts that can be given to children is the opportunity to travel abroad and experience different cultures. Foreign travel affords people of all ages with a view of wider horizons and offers the chance to better understand the conditions and issues that affect the rest of the world. Here are some tips for traveling internationally with kids.... Read More ...

Five Tips for Life After Graduation

Five Tips for Life After Graduation

Posted by Shelby Walton on March 27, 2014 in Life Transitions

The period of time following college graduation is often characterized by uncertainty.  On one hand, you’ve accomplished something both incredibly enlightening and rewarding. On the other hand, no college course has definitively provided an answer to the inquiry “What am I going to do with my life?” While you most likely have some idea of... Read More ...

Moving Back Home After College

Moving Back Home After College

Posted by Kristen Kaweck on March 27, 2014 in Life Transitions

It was only seven months ago that I was slaving away in a library while trying to maintain and mend friendships and relationships. My feeling of growth and accomplishment still depends on the achievements that I look back on in school.... Read More ...

Preparing Your Young Adult for Life After College

Preparing Your Young Adult for Life After College

Posted by Courtney Guggenberger on March 27, 2014 in Life Transitions

As your young adult is preparing for life after college, you no doubt want to help them in any way possible. For some, this means helping them find a job, or even providing them with financial support as they transition into the next phase of their lives. For much of your child’s life, you have... Read More ...

Surviving the Holidays in the U.S. for International Students

Surviving the Holidays in the U.S. for International Students

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on March 27, 2014 in Study Abroad

The months before Christmas in the United States can be intimidating for someone not familiar with the colors, music, festivity, and shopping that surround this widely-celebrated holiday. While you might celebrate Christmas—or a different holiday—already, recognizing holidays in the U.S. begins as early as November and continues into January. You need to prepare for just... Read More ...

Air Travel with Infants

Air Travel with Infants

Posted by Jonathan Daniel on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Having a baby is a major life change, but for some, it’s not as scary as the prospect of Air Travel with Infants. New parents face a big adjustment in their traveling style. The addition of a third person who is completely dependent on you can make you feel like you’ve never traveled before. But ... Read More ...

Family Travel Abroad

Family Travel Abroad

Posted by Jonathan Daniel on March 27, 2014 in Travel

The opportunity to experience different cultures and see the world is something that can expand your horizons. Like some great things in life, it can all come to a screeching halt once you have kids. But it doesn’t have to. When looking into family travel abroad, know that your travel style will change, but your... Read More ...

Family Travel Utopia When Traveling with Children

Family Travel Utopia When Traveling with Children

Posted by Jonathan Daniel on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Give many parents the choice between a leisurely car ride with their young kids and a two hour flight and they would choose the car in a heartbeat. Facts are facts: Air traveling with children can be challenge in a best-case scenario. If a few things go wrong, it can quickly turn into a one... Read More ...

Kid Friendly Vacations on a Budget

Kid Friendly Vacations on a Budget

Posted by Jarred Juett on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Planning a family vacation can be difficult process, but planning one on a budget can be even more difficult. However, just because you are planning on a budget does not mean that your vacation cannot be memorable or enjoyable for everyone. Kid-friendly vacations on a budget can be a great experience for your entire family.... Read More ...

Great Zoos Around the World

Great Zoos Around the World

Posted by Jarred Juett on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Zoos are a great way to get the family out in the fresh air to have some fun, while enjoying an educational experience at the same time. Although the sizes of zoos vary, most have many kinds of activities to entertain their guests. There are zoos all over the world that offer a fun adventure... Read More ...

How to Stay in Touch When You Travel Abroad

How to Stay in Touch When You Travel Abroad

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Even though the economy is down, large numbers of Americans are still traveling overseas. According to the Office of Travel and Tourism Industries, over 28,000,000 Americans traveled abroad last year. The chance to be completely immersed in a new culture can really open someone’s eyes.... Read More ...

Travel to Europe with Kids: Let Her Eat Cake

Travel to Europe with Kids: Let Her Eat Cake

Posted by Jonathan Daniel on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime. ~Mark Twain Marty’s Story Travel to Europe with kids can be challenging. But does traveling with your children make you a better parent? One of our customers, Marty Muse, believes it does. ... Read More ...

Will They Remember Family Trips?

Will They Remember Family Trips?

Posted by Jonathan Daniel on March 27, 2014 in Travel

I’m a Dad and I love to travel. My boys are older now (12 & 9) and my wife and I would like to travel with them. That brings up the question parents have been asking for years: If we spend the money for this trip, will they remember family trips?... Read More ...

Cheap International Family Vacations

Cheap International Family Vacations

Posted by Jonathan Daniel on March 26, 2014 in Travel

The United States offers thousands of travel destinations for families. A trip to Disney is almost a rite of passage for many children. Throw in New York, Washington D.C., Yellowstone and other natural wonders and the obligatory beach vacation and you could spend the rest of your life touring the U.S. and not see everything.... Read More ...

Planning the Perfect Family Vacations with Toddlers

Planning the Perfect Family Vacations with Toddlers

Posted by Jarred Juett on March 26, 2014 in Travel

Nothing rejuvenates quite like a vacation. The chance to get away from the everyday, relax your mind, and unplug can reinvigorate and refresh your spirit. The opportunity to successfully do so, however, can be a challenge when you have little ones in tow.... Read More ...

Travel in Eastern Europe - Finding My Family Roots and Battling Techeniye

Travel in Eastern Europe - Finding My Family Roots and Battling Techeniye

Posted by Jonathan Daniel on March 26, 2014 in Travel

Last year, Phil headed to Europe. The plan was to visit friends in Italy, then head to Bulgaria and end up in Istanbul, Turkey. Phil ended up in Koper, a small port town in the southwest of Slovenia. Koper is the oldest city in Slovenia and was part of Italy and Yugoslavia before gaining independence in 1991. But none of that was on Phil’s mind as he walked the streets of the city.... Read More ...