Do You Need Travel Insurance When Traveling To Foreign Countries?

Many people ask the question, “Do foreign countries require me to have travel insurance?” Countries will differ on what they will require as far as insurance go, but if you like to travel a lot or if you like to go to places that many people would not normally go, then having trip insurance is a good idea for you and your family.When opting for travel insurance it is best to go with a company that has reliable underwriters. This means that your insurance policy will have a lot of coverage and if you go with a large company then you will be able to get a high level of support 24 hours per day. Accidents happen at the worst times of day, and so having a 24 hour support team for travel insurance can do wonders for your peace of mind.The next key factor to look for when traveling in foreign countries and buying travel insurance is to make sure they cover every country that you’re going to travel to. There’s no reason on opting for an insurance policy that does not cover you in your destination. The next thing to consider are your activities. Are you planning on snowboarding, surfing, skiing or any other types of sports where you may get injured? If so, then it is very important that your insurance policy cover these types of activities while you are in another country.Another factor in traveling are health alerts and safety alerts. When getting travel insurance, it is very important that you stay informed on the most up-to-date alerts for your travel and your safety. Also, some travel insurance plans will come with a medical option which is very important when you’re going to other countries that may have outbreaks in flu and/or contaminated water.Travel insurance is also very helpful for trip protection. Trip protection can cover anywhere from 100% to 150% of your total trip cost depending upon what plan you decide to sign up for. This type of insurance will also cover you for trip cancellation, trip interruption, delay and will also cover you if there are safety alerts due to safety issues and your traveling. Having this type of coverage is extremely important for your peace of mind and also for your pocketbook.Remember, it’s better to be safe than sorry. There is no reason to plan your trip and have it canceled the last minute and having to be out money when traveling insurance to foreign countries will help reimburse you anywhere from 100% to 150% of what was spent.These plans are very affordable and they are covered worldwide. Many plans cover up to $100 per person per day and can even help you recover lost expenses if your trip is delayed for an extended period. As mentioned, some plans can also cover medical expenses up to $10,000-$100,000 per person with a very low deductible. Making sure that you and your family are taken care of is of the utmost importance. When it comes to choosing travel insurance to travel to foreign countries then it’s best to err on the side of too much coverage than not enough coverage.

What’s Your Working Journey in 2011?

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed and found fascinating the current TV series ‘Britain at Work’ hosted by Kirsty Young.It has raised a huge amount of questions prompting many conversations with my Mum looking back over the years studying people’s attitude towards work over different generations.One question raised this week with my Mum was why I couldn’t remember very much the 80′s miner’s strikes and the terrible times families suffered in the hands of industries being wiped out causing extreme unemployment with over 3 million out of the work. During this period when I was growing up as a teenager I remember well the scenario of Dad intensely watching the evening news when you dare not say a word or else you would be glared at and told to be quiet (which I wonder now how often this typical picture plays out in family homes). It occurred to me that because my parents were self employed and ran their own business what was happening around me, didn’t directly affect me as none of our family members worked down the mines either.My parents were lucky to be in a position where financial independence was possible, certainly didn’t earn pots of money but they didn’t have to rely on an employer to provide the work and wage packet. Yes I do remember things being tough with not a lot of money floating around but we certainly didn’t go without.This made me realise and ask the question about attitude to life and work and what impression parents and family make on you as you grow up. Definitely having a family that ran their own business made a mark on me, helped create my outlook and influences on life – having to stand on your own two feet and not solely rely on other people. My parents were very much about being an individual and not being a ‘sheep’, following the crowd. They knew life was going to get even tougher and having a certain amount of independence and self reliability was very important.Over the last few months I’ve had an increased amount of people contact me interested in finding out how to become a home working virtual assistant – which has been fantastic. As always I paint a realistic picture of what it’s like to start up your own new venture, all the excitement and buzz, opportunities of being your own boss and setting up your own virtual assistance business. What I always point out is the two sides of being self employed and what the real crux of running a business involves. You can be the greatest provider of your service in the world but if you can’t sell it then you’re going to have a hard time. When you say to someone that business falls into the 80/20 rule – 80% is running the business getting clients on board and 20% is doing the actual work, for some the idea of going self employed suddenly loses its appeal. Going self employed doesn’t automatically suite everyone!Going back to the TV series ‘Britain at Work’ – a large percentage of people are brought up with the ideals of getting a job with the strong reliance of large companies and authorities to provide the work and the wage packet every month. A large percentage of people will be looking for something different, wanting to be their own boss, choosing not to be reliant on a company to provide the work but want to be financially independent and generate their own work.But what is guaranteed these days – very little. So are we at a tipping point in society where people are being forced into rethinking their working life journey?After watching the tragic aftermath of the peaceful demonstrations in Hyde Park this weekend followed by the violent disruption at Trafalgar Square with the small percentage of people intent on causing violent chaos – are we walking into a worrying period of repeated demonstrations with the rise of unemployment on the up.Will we start to see a huge rise in more people taking up the self employment route – is it a survival strategy out of this mess?Having the confidence to go it alone when you’ve always been in work where the responsibility of finding the clients/customers/sales has been the manager/owner/executive’s role is like tipping a working role scenario on its head. All of a sudden it’s your responsibility to find the clients that want the services/products that you’re selling – you’re forced into the driving seat of being the sales person – it can be an overwhelming place to be. All of a sudden you’ve got to wear the hats of about 10 different roles usually held by different people made up in a company. Having the ability, energy, enthusiasm, drive and sometimes the courage to try something new doesn’t automatically exist in everyone.So who is going to provide the jobs for all these people who don’t fancy self employment?Is it up to you, individually to create your own work, take a look at what skills you already have and think hard about what you could provide as a service or a product to sell?What is the survival strategy – does anyone have the answer that’s likely to fit all the differing scenarios to look after all those millions of people out of work.Whose responsibility is it?

Why Use Video Promotion?

Promotion through web videos is the up and coming trend. If a single picture is worth 1000 words then a video is priceless.Today, YouTube is the single largest video sharing site on the internet. This stems from individuals’ desire to quickly locate videos without spending hours skimming through countless websites. Nowadays, the simplest means of attracting a viewer’s attention is through the use of web videos. When added to your website these will help draw in visitors and keep them on your site longer, reducing the bounce rate, increasing your search ranking, and ultimately drawing in more visitors.

With the exception to YouTube, too few companies apply web videos effectually as a marketing technique. Web videos have the dual benefit of both high popularity and accessibility through various platforms (computers, smart phones, and tablets). Any public relations specialist who is unable to recognize and embrace video as a highly beneficial technique is needlessly restricting their marketing capabilities.

One of the latest studies from Forrester Research discovered that including an online video on your site increases the probability of converting a visitor into a client by six fold.This research also revealed that a sparse 20% of visitors will read the text content on a website, whereas 80% will view the same articles when paired with video.

If a company’s site includes video it has increased its likelihood of being rated on Google’s top page by 50%. Web videos are a requirement for any company with a major internet existence. It is calculated that by 2012 if a site does not have video, it will not make Google’s front page. Videos are a highly influential method when it comes to snaring a visitor, enhancing their experience by making it far more memorable and effective when compared to text content and still images. In another study, it was also discovered that retail website browsers who watch a web video tend to linger on the site two minutes longer and are roughly 65% more likely to buy.

Video production is one of the most highly successful methods of marketing,particularly when used in conjuncture with a number of social networking platforms.Web videos operate most efficiently when they are the adhesive that bind strategies together.For instance, when a video can be published on YouTube, posted on FB, and shared through Twitter, the level of dispersal is optimal for maximum web exposure.

While web video production can be incredibly effectual, the content is important. For instance, a video that is neither useful nor interesting cannot possibly meet with success. In order to be effective videos need to stop wasting time and cut to the chase. There are high expectations for videos these days and those that are the most successful tend to be brief and concise.

If you want to be successful get a professional and experienced video production company to assist you in creating a script, provide the necessary equipment, and help you plan your concepts so as to be as aesthetically engaging as possible to potential visitors.

Another ideal use for videos is in email advertising. Studies show that email advertisements that contain only text are viewed only 20% of time. In comparison, emails containing a video will be viewed 75% of the time, and 85% of those will be viewed in their entirety. Individuals recall photos and visuals even after they have seen the information. The ability to utilize web videos is at your fingertips, so why not you utilize them. The sooner you begin using videos the sooner you will begin to increase your client base.