Ten Travel Tips You Need to Know

When I travel for any reason, I always need to be prepared. I need to know where I’m going, where I’m staying, and what I will be doing when I get there. So it would not surprise you that I would also need to be well prepared for anything when I pack my suitcase.Now I’m not talking about clothes…although I always bring enough of everything for 7 days of hot or 7 days of cold. But these tips I listed are good reminders of what you need to bring along.Here are the ten great travel tips you need to know before packing your suitcase and heading to the airport for your dream vacation. I would not want anything to happen to you that may spoil your well deserved vacation.Read and remember the helpful tips listed below to assist you in a stress free, relaxing vacation getaway!!TEN TRAVEL TIPS!!
Several months in advance, before you plan to travel, make sure you have a valid US passport and/or any visa you may need.

Research and read any public information, announcements or travel warnings for the location you plan to visit. You can find this information on the US State Department’s website.
Get familiar with local laws, customs, and currency exchange rates for the countries you are visiting.

Make 2 copies of your passport identification page. In the case that your passport is lost or stolen while you are abroad, you’ll be well on your way to getting it replaced and finding your way home. Leave one copy with family or a friend back home and take one copy with you (packed in a separate location from your passport).

Leave your contact details with friends or family, so that you can be contacted in case of emergency. Be sure you determine with them what actually constitutes an emergency, so that you are not called about something you can do little about…except worry.

Do not leave your luggage unattended at any time in public areas.

Do not accept packages from strangers. (What you were taught at a very young age still applys)

Avoid being a target of crime!! Do not wear conspicuous clothing or expensive jewelry. Do not carry with you large sums of money, a wallet full of credit cards or other gadgets not needed for travel.

To avoid violating local laws, deal only with authorized agents when exchanging money or making a sizable purchase.

If you find yourself in trouble, contact the nearest embassy for your country.

Enjoy yourself!! Have a lot of fun!! Vacations are designed to recharge your batteries and give you memories of a lifetime!

Universal Life Insurances Can Be Popular – But Is It For You?

Of all the different types of policies, the universal life insurance seems to be the most favorite among today’s policyholders. It is a much later innovation, conceived to meet a modern need. However, it does not mean that the earlier policies have all become redundant. No, even term life, the original life insurance policy, has quite a big following even today and so have the whole life policies. Nonetheless, people seem to prefer universal life because it combines the low cost protection of the term life with the saving elements of a whole life to provide a perfect solution to modern insurance need.I am sure you are aware that the term life is the original type of insurance policy. Indeed, life insurance may have actually started in the form of burial clubs and artisans’ guilds in the Middle Ages, but the term insurance that we know of today is a much refined version. It is a pure life insurance policy valid a temporary period only. You can buy one for a period of 1/5/10/15/20/25/30 years. Since these policies do not accrue any cash value, you can have a large coverage at a very reasonable rate.However, on the con side, unless you die within the valid period, the term insurance policies offer no return. The whole life policies were next conceived as its antidote. They had saving element incorporated in them. However, such policies were little too expensive and premium payment mode was little too rigid. The universal policies came next. It became instant hit because it offered more flexibility when it comes to cost and coverage.Indeed, if you want to take advantage of the market without loosing the security of the life policy, there can be nothing better than a universal life. Following are some of its salient points:• It is a permanent policy valid for the life of the insured and so whenever the insured dies, his beneficiary is sure to get the benefit.
• These policies are slightly overpriced and amount paid above the cost of insurance is credited to a cash value account.
• Interest too is credited to the account. It may either be determined by the insurer or pegged to financial indexes such as stock, bond etc.
• If you fail to pay the premium, the amount will be debited from this account, thus keeping policy in force in spite of occasional lapses.Today we also have variable universal insurance, which allows the cash value to be directed to a number of separate accounts that operate like a mutual fund. However, since these policies are equity based, they can offer higher return, but if the market goes down, they offer greater risk too. If you are buying the policy solely for insurance purpose, such a policy may not be a very good idea because the death benefit will be paid as long as you have enough cash value to pay the costs of insurance in the policy.However, it is not for me to tell you what type of policy to buy. Receive different categories of life insurance quote on line and then decide. All said and done, I cannot stop myself from adding that, for life insurance purpose, you will do well if you buy only a term life insurance. It is true that a term life does not offer cash value, but its rates are so low that only a financial fool will expect it from the policy. Instead, the financial advisers say that one should buy a low cost term life for insurance purpose and then invest the difference in separate fund.However, not every type of term insurance is cheap. The term life insurance no medical exam policy for example is so expensive that the concept of investing the difference cannot be applicable here; in fact, the price structure of such a policy does not leave any difference to invest. Sometimes they are as expensive as a universal life policy is. Yet, such policies are no less popular because they too have some unique advantages.No medical policies provide instant coverage. You apply today and if you qualify, your family will start being covered by the policy from tomorrow and that too for the full amount. Of course, just as every other case, suicide within first two years is always excluder from its purview; otherwise, every other type of death in included under this policy. You may wonder why this policy is so expensive. Actually, without the medical test, the carriers can never work out the exact cost of insurance and so they charge more. Remember, they are here to do business, not for charity.