10 Safety Tips for Travelers

Casual young woman sitting, using her cell phone while waiting to board a plane at the airport terminal waiting room.Don’t be afraid to travel alone. Traveling can be one of life’s greatest, must fulfilling experiences. However, there are some precautions to consider, and preparation you can do to ensure a safe and successful trip.

1. Research

Researching the area that you will be traveling to. It can assist you in learning the local customs and other ways that can help you blend in. It is also important to research the area in order to get a grasp of how to find your way around, such as learning major roads, landmarks, etc.

2. Don’t Over-Drink

Drinking too much alcohol can slow your reaction time and dull your senses. This can cause you to have a lapse in judgment that can put you in a really compromising situation.

3. Dress like the Locals

Depending where you are traveling to, there may be customary wardrobes for people. It’s important to blend in, and not draw too much attention to yourself.

4. Don’t Wear Expensive Jewelry

Wearing a lot of jewelry can make you a target, especially in unfamiliar places.

5. Register with the U.S. Department of State

Registering with the U.S. Department of State is one of the easiest and quickest tasks you can complete to help keep you safe when traveling. It only takes minutes to fill out a form, and the department will contact you if there is any news relating to your destination.

6. Make Copies of All Important Documents

Make copies of all important documents such as passports, tickets, reservations, boarding passes, etc. Keep them in a safe place in case the originals are lost. Also, you can take pictures of them and keep digital copies in your email, or in an online storage like Google Drive. This will allow you access to them as long as you have access to a computer or mobile device.

7. Consider a Money Belt

Theft can happen anywhere, but the last place you want to be stolen from is when you are away from home. Look into getting a money belt to carry cash in. If someone steals your purse or your wallet, you won’t be left completely stranded. It’s also important to mention that if your purse is taken from you, let it go and do not put up a fight.

8. Keep in Touch

Give someone back home a copy of your itinerary. Keep in touch with them by checking in regularly and letting them know you are okay. Also, keep them updated with any changes you are making to your itinerary.

9. Spend on Safety

Traveling on a budget is always a good idea, however there should be no budget when it comes to your safety. If you do not feel comfortable walking home at night, call a cab. If you are flying into a rough area, plan your transportation ahead of time from a trustworthy source.

10. Get Travel Insurance!

No matter how many precautions you take, accidents happen. There is no better preparation than getting the proper medical coverage no matter where you are in the world.

For more help when traveling overseas, read our previous blog, “Tips for Traveling Abroad.” We wish you safe travels along your journey. If you are interested in purchasing travel insurance, or have any questions or concerns, please contact us at +1 954 828 1819 or +44 (0)1624 678668 or visit us at mhginsurance.com. Our insurance brokers have the experience to assist you in selecting the right plan for you and/or your family for the best value.

Traveling can be one of life’s greatest, must fulfilling experiences. However, there are some precautions to consider, and preparation you can do to ensure a safe and successful trip.

successful indian businesswoman using laptop computer at airportLet’s face it, traveling for business can be stressful. From packing and putting the final touches on your presentation, to worrying if you’ll make your meeting on time, there is a list a mile long of different scenarios, to-dos, and unexpected events that are sure to raise anyone’s blood pressure! Travelling internationally can add an additional layer of stress as well! With so many things on your mind, the last thing you need to worry about is uncertain travel details and what-ifs. Having a proper travel insurance plan can help ease that stress and let you focus on having a successful meeting.

The Unknown

People traveling abroad for business should have a good travel insurance plan for many reasons, especially for, the unknown. Emergencies can happen anywhere, anytime, and most of the time there is no way to prepare for them, especially when you’re out of the country. Suppose you get into an accident and need emergency medical attention? Maybe second nature made you drive on the wrong side of the road, not being used to the driving laws of another country.

There are many other scenarios that can happen requiring emergency medical attention. Obviously, this is just one reason to get travel insurance no matter if you are traveling for business or leisure. Another unknown factor that you cannot prepare for, yet is very common when traveling abroad, is food poisoning. Food poisoning, unclean water, parasites, and changes in diet make gastrointestinal issues one of the most common medical threats that travelers face. Without travel insurance in place, expenses for treatment can be costly.

Trip Cancellation

It could be a waste of money if you don’t have travel insurance with trip cancellation coverage. For those that think it doesn’t happen, what if there was an unexpected storm that cancelled your flight? There are a plethora of reasons that a trip can be cancelled, and not many reasons why you shouldn’t have coverage for it, even for business trips.

24 Hour Assistance

Being in a foreign country can bring a lot of questions. Not knowing where to go, who to talk to, how to talk to them, etc. Having a 24/7 assistance line can give you a peace of mind, once again letting you focus on your work, which is the most important part of a business trip. Also, many times when people travel for business, they are traveling alone. Knowing that you have someone to back you up and be there for you when in a foreign place can make things much easier on your mind as well.

Having proper travel insurance can help to limit your distractions and help you to have an efficient and successful business trip. Maybe having an eased mind will allow you to enjoy some of the sites while you are there! If you have any questions about your travel insurance plan, or are interested in purchasing a travel insurance plan for your next business or leisure trip please contact us at +1 954 828 1819 or +44 (0) 1624 678668 or visit us online at mhginsurance.com. MHG has the insurance specialists to assist and advise you, your loved ones, group, or business, on all of your insurance needs. Safe travels!

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Winter Sports: Are You Covered?

Little boy skiing on a winter day. The happy boy aged 7 is smiling. Sunny winter day.
When you hear pizza and french fries, it’s unlikely that your initial thought is to go skiing. For those that don’t know, pizza and french fries refers to the way you position your skis. Point your skis together so they form a pizza shape in order to slow down, or keep them straight like french fries in order to go fast. Now you’re ready to hit the slopes!

The stress of the holidays are over, and we are in what is generally the coldest time of the year. The snow has built up and should now offer perfect conditions for an adrenaline rush skiing down a mountain. Many people take this time to go on a ski trip, or snowboarding trip, etc. So start dusting off your skis and jackets, and begin making checklists to make sure you pack everything. Including insurance coverage for winter sports!

Dangerous

It’s no secret that skiing and snowboarding can be a dangerous hobby. While moving down the side of a mountain at exhilarating speeds can be the time of your life, there is also opportunity for you to injure yourself. According to the National Ski Areas Association, skiing and snowboarding are responsible for 44.7 serious injuries per year.

Be Smart

While that may be a scary thought, it shouldn’t keep you from enjoying yourself! It should just make you wary and want to fully protect yourself. In order to help avoid injury, make sure you are wearing proper protective equipment such as a helmet and other padding. Take beginner’s classes if you are going for your first time, or need any refreshers if it has been awhile. Practice on easier slopes before trying to go on the more dangerous areas, and don’t try to “keep up” with those who may be much more experienced than you.

Coverage

If you are traveling abroad to go on a ski trip in the coming months, you should consider purchasing a travel insurance plan, if you haven’t already. In addition to travel insurance, you should also be looking to add coverage for extreme sports. Some travel insurance policies already include coverage for extreme sports, others you may have to purchase the extra coverage as an add-on to your current policy. Either way, it’s imperative that you look at your policy in order to determine if you will be covered for any medical attention that is needed from experiencing an injury while on the slopes. Here is a link to some more information of a plan that we offer here at MHG Insurance Brokers.

For more help on traveling abroad, read our previous blog, “Tips Everyone Should Follow When Traveling Abroad,” and don’t forget to pack your travel insurance! Not sure which plan is right for you? Speak with the insurance specialists at +1 954 828 1819 or +44 (0)1624 678668 or visit us at mhginsurance.com to help identify the right travel insurance plan for your particular situation. Safe travels and don’t forget, pizza and french fries!

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Car tires on winter road covered with snowIt’s the Holiday Season! Many people pack their bags and head to the airport, drive cross country, even get on a cruise. The offices are closed, businesses aren’t as busy (except for retail of course), and people want to take a break from the stress of the daily grind, to relax and get ready for the year to come. And there are those who travel to see their family, friends, and loved ones. It really is a busy time of year for the travel industry, and if you aren’t an experienced traveler, you could face some headaches of your own trying get to where you’re going through all of the craziness. Where will you be traveling? Are you traveling to a family holiday, or a nice getaway?

Book Early

Not many people start thinking about their holiday travel plans in June, however, if you want the best price, then it’s time to start planning ahead! Airline prices typically increase at a slower rate, going up and down narrowly from June to November. But, once November comes along, prices skyrocket. Travelers waiting to book their tickets in November and December can pay up to 50% more for their ticket than at any other time of year!

Try Different Airports and Airlines

When booking a flight, try to include multiple airports in your area, as well as in your destination city. Some airlines have different flight times at different airports, so you may be able to find a flight that better matches your schedule. Also include different airlines to see the different times and prices. You may find a flight that is a lot cheaper, and get a better deal by keeping your options open.

Pack Light

Airlines are becoming increasingly strict when it comes to luggage. With checked bag allowances, weight limits, packing light could save you time and money. You also won’t have to wait for your luggage on a conveyor belt, battling a crowd of 100 people. Plus, if you are driving a long distance, you could get better gas mileage as well, since your vehicle may be lighter. Are you bringing presents with you? Purchase gifts online and have them shipped to your destination to cut down on luggage.

Leave Early

Don’t be in a rush when dealing with crowded airports. There is only one speed, slow. So give yourself enough time. Bring some reading material or something to keep your mind busy in the event of long lines or weather delays. Even de-icing the plane can take up to an hour.

Have your car checked

The last thing you need when driving across the country, is your car to break down. It’s enough of a nuisance to have your car fall apart when you are home, but when you are in the middle of nowhere, with no one nearby, it could quickly turn into a nightmare. Have your oil checked, tires, brakes, etc. It’s always good to pack a winter safety kit in the event you do break down. It could be hours before help arrives, so make sure you have blankets, flashlights, water, food, etc.

Travel Early in the Day

When traveling by airplane, flights that leave earlier in the day are less likely to be delayed or late. Also, if your flight does happen to be delayed or cancelled, you will have time to book a flight for later that day, rather than having to wait until tomorrow, and having to find a hotel nearby to stay the night.

Take a deep Breath!

Traveling can be overwhelming, especially when you have the kids, grandparents, and a whole ton of luggage to look after. So just take a deep breath, and try to remember that this is the time of year to be happy and cheerful. A delayed flight, or traffic jam will pass, enjoy the time while you can!

Traveling Internationally?

If you are traveling abroad for the holidays, don’t forget to secure your trip with travel insurance. Unexpected events can happen at any time, complicating even the most meticulously scheduled travel plans. An allergic reaction, broken bone, sprained ankle, food poisoning, or other mishaps can turn a fun, relaxing trip, into a nightmare of hassles. Get proper coverage so you can fully enjoy your holidays, stress-free!

Before setting off on your next adventure, call MHG Insurance Brokers at +1 954-828-1819 or +44 (0) 1624 678668 or visit us online at mhginsurance.com to obtain trip cancellation and travel insurance, along with other insurance plans that will make your trip an exciting, hassle-free experience! MHG Insurance Brokers hopes that you arrive and return safe and sound.

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flightThe “fasten your seatbelt” light has just lit up! You are now on your way to your destination. Isn’t it exciting traveling to different places? I’m sure it would be even more exciting if long flights didn’t take such a toll on you, mentally and physically. Long international flights can almost make it hard to enjoy your trip, with all the time being seated, and the long customs lines you must go through.

With all the things everyone dreads about international flights, it is all worth it when you get to experience new cultures and traditions, see sights you could never imagine, or relax on a beach for your vacation. Since long flights get a bad rep, use these 5 tips to help survive your next flight, and get you to your enjoyment with more peace of mind!

Request a Special Meal

It used to be customary for you to receive a free meal on all flights, domestic and international. Now you are lucky if you get a bag of peanuts. However, there are still many foreign airlines that may serve you a meal during an international flight. Look up airlines that still have this feature, or try requesting a special meal when you are booking. Having a substantial meal instead of snacking can give you energy and keep you from feeling drained.

Set Your Time

One of the harder things to get accustomed to when traveling internationally is the local time. Your body typically runs on its own clock. So if you are traveling somewhere that is 5 hours ahead, you could be in for a rough transition. Set the time of your destination when boarding the flight. This will give you better judgement of how much time you will have left in the day upon arrival, and also allow you to use the flight to adjust if needed.

Bring a Survival Kit

Don’t you hate sitting next to a screaming baby for 20 hours? One way to help prepare is by bringing a survival kit to help you get the rest you need, and keep you in the best mood possible. Pack ear plugs, an eye mask, snacks, toiletries, etc. It is also a good idea to freshen up halfway through the flight to give you your second wind. This will also give you an excuse to get up and move around.

Don’t Forget the Entertainment

A long international flight can sometimes feel like a lifetime, and if you don’t have things to keep you busy, it will feel like an eternity. Pack an iPod, iPad, tablet, laptop, etc. to keep your mind busy. You can also bring a book(s), word puzzles, Sudoku, and other items as well.

Take Care of Your Body

Did you know that flying can dehydrate you? Stay hydrated, and bring water to drink regularly throughout the flight. Also, try to get up and stretch regularly to keep your blood flowing and keep from getting stiff.

For more help when traveling overseas, read our previous blog, “Tips for Traveling Abroad.” We wish you safe travels along your journey. If you are interested in purchasing travel insurance, or have any questions or concerns, please contact us at +1 954 828 1819 or +44 (0)1624 678668 or visit us at mhginsurance.com. Our insurance brokers have the experience to assist you in selecting the right plan for you, with the best value.

Since long flights get a bad rep, use these 5 tips to help survive your next flight, and get you to your enjoyment with more peace of mind!

Plane lands at an airfield at the sunsetDid you know that taking at least one trip a year, reduces your risk of heart disease by 30%? With a statistic like that, how can you not already have your bags packed?! Before you rush out to book your next trip, be sure to use our checklist below when making any decisions about travel insurance, as well as traveling abroad. Traveling abroad can create some of life’s greatest experiences. Seeing other countries, cultures, and people can create memories that can be shared for a lifetime. In order to ensure that those memories are happy ones, travel insurance should be on the top of your list before you book that flight.

Having an emergency while you’re abroad can be a scary experience for many reasons. You are far from home, in a country that you do not know much about, and may not know where to go in the event of an emergency. Maybe you don’t speak the language which could make it impossible to try and get assistance from a local. You don’t have the family/ friend support that you do at home. Travel Insurance should provide you with the proper coverage to protect from an array of unplanned events that can really ruin a trip.

Travel Insurance Checklist

A good travel insurance policy should include the following:

· Maximum plan limit of at least $1,000,000.

· Provide coverage in most countries around the world.

· Provide coverage for accidents, illness and the acute onset of a pre-existing condition.

· Emergency air/ground transportation to the nearest qualified hospital.

· 24-hour worldwide emergency assistance.

· Pre-trip health and safety advisories on your destination such as required vaccinations, health risks and travel restrictions, medical monitoring, provider referrals for Western-style medical facilities, medical and dental practices and pharmacies. Other useful services include travel document replacement, lost luggage assistance, emergency travel arrangements and translation services.

· Simple online enrollment.

· Easy claim submission.

Travel Insurance benefits can vary based on policy or company, so it’s best to review a few different options from a reputable company to see which plan is best for you. Also, using an Insurance Broker can provide with you benefits that you may truly value. An insurance broker will typically work for you, the client, and offer you advice and assistant to getting the best l plan possible according to your budget. One reason they may be able to get you better coverage is because they represent several companies as opposed to just one. So their best interest is in the customer rather than the company. They can also assist you in with any claims you make and work on your behalf.

What should I Bring?

Once you purchase your travel insurance, you can begin fully to enjoying yourself and look forward to your adventure without having to worry about the unknown. Packing is very important, , be sure to include the following to make it as hassle free as possible:

1. Travel insurance card

2. Passport and visa

· Make sure the expiration date is not during your trip, also bring a copy of your passport for back up purposes

3. Flight itinerary

4. Immunization documents

5. A Full list of all accommodations

· Including addresses and phone numbers from all the locations you will be staying. Also be sure to include this information with a friend or family member who will be staying home.

7. Contact information for your country’s embassy or consulate in your destination

8. Emergency contacts

· It is smart to keep in touch with loved ones during your trip, checking in every so often.

9. Money

· Never have all of your cash in one place. Cash, cards, checks, passport, if you include them all in your day bag, and it happens to be misplaced or stolen, you may be stranded.

10. Map of where you will be going, along with a translation dictionary.

Once you have completed these checklists, you can officially kick back and enjoy your time. Don’t forget to take lots of pictures!

MHG Insurance Brokers wishes you safe travels along your journey. If you are interested in purchasing travel insurance, or have any questions or concerns, please contact us at +1 954 828 1819 or +44 (0)1624 678668 or visit us at mhginsurance.com. Our insurance brokers are experienced and can assist you in selecting the right plan for you, with the best value.

Traveling abroad can create some of life’s greatest experiences. Seeing other countries, cultures, and people can create memories that can be shared for a lifetime.

507498998Just picture it. Looking out the window of a plane, on your way to see some of the most breathtaking sites from 20,000 feet up. You then glance at your significant other to see if they are as excited as you to finally get away from the rat race, and begin planning what you guys will do next. Then, one of you finally remember that this isn’t exactly a honeymoon, the kids are tagging along!

Family vacations create some of our most cherished memories. Ones that we will one day try to create with our own children. From driving across the border, to flying across an ocean, traveling the world is one of life’s most exhilarating activities. Maybe even more so when traveling with children. Follow these do’s and don’ts when traveling with kids in order to make the trip as smooth and stress-free as possible.

Do’s

· Do take your time. Don’t stress out about trying to see and visit everything. Children can get tired quickly, and may not be cut out to be on their feet all day.

· Do keep track of your kids. If traveling with more than one child, regularly count them. Traveling can be very tiring, and easy for a child to run off without you paying attention. Especially if you are rushing to make a connecting flight. It may also be a good idea to “brand” them by writing your phone number on their arm.

· Do ask if the hotel is full. If not, try to reserve a room that doesn’t have any other rooms occupied on either side. This can allow your children to be themselves, and you won’t have to continue telling them to be quiet.

· Do plan for extended downtime. There could be lengthy layovers or delayed flights. Kids can get restless when sitting for an extended period of time. Bring snacks and be prepared to keep them busy with games, books, or other activities.

· Do ask for help. Many hotels and airlines are quite accommodating when it comes to making children comfortable. This can help make your trip more enjoyable, cutting your stress level.

· Do check your travel documents. Make sure your passport is still valid, you have the necessary visas, and that all of your booked dates for flights and hotels are aligned.

Don’ts

· Don’t wait until the last minute to pack. Waiting until the last minute can raise the chances of you forgetting something, or even missing your flight. Also, be prepared for the weather. Pack jackets if it is expected to be cold, raincoats and umbrellas for stormy weather, etc.

· Don’t forget to pack medicine. Getting sick with no relief in sight is a sure way to ruin a trip. Also, check with your pediatrician regarding inoculation and vaccination requirements.

· Don’t let your child roam the hallway of the hotel unattended. Being away from home can multiply the chances your child gets lost.

· Don’t pay for your kids to stay at a hotel. Try to find a hotel that doesn’t charge for kids that are under the age of 12.

· Don’t lose it. If your child has a security blanket, or a favorite stuffed animal, it is a good idea to leave it at home. Don’t risk it getting lost, unless it can be easily replaced.

· Don’t forget travel insurance! Having the proper coverage while on your travels can be the difference between having a great trip, and a major headache. Not only will you not have to worry about medical coverage if something happens to you or your children, but you will have a 24/7 assistance hotline to call in case you get lost, or need help with any other travel arrangements.

If you are interested in purchasing travel insurance, or have any questions or concerns, please contact us at +1 954 828 1819 or +44 (0)1624 678668 or visit us at mhginsurance.com. Our insurance brokers have the experience to assist you in selecting the right plan for you, with the best value.

Family vacations create some of our most cherished memories. Follow these do’s and don’ts when traveling with kids in order to make the trip as smooth and stress-free as possible.

529081140Summer time is here, which means one thing for a lot of families, road trip! There are few better cross-country road trips in the United States than the world-famous Route 66. How many other roads do you know of that inspired songs and television shows? Often referred to as the “Main Street of America”, Route 66 was one of the original highway systems of the U.S. and a major path for those who migrated west. Constructed in 1926, U.S. Route 66 spans over 2,400 miles along across the heartland of America, crossing over 9 states in total, starting in Chicago, Illinois and ending in Santa Monica, California. While it was shut down in 1985, much of it remains to be driven via “Historic Route 66”, serving as the perfect route for an All-American road trip! So here are some destinations that you should consider stopping at along the way in each state.

Illinois

The Route 66 Arcade Museum is a must stop for anyone who has ever played a video game. It is home to many of the classic video games that people grew up playing in arcades, and features games from 1935 to 1980. Oh, and did I mention that many of these games are waiting to be played?!

Missouri

The Fantastic Caverns are one of the many natural marvels along Route 66. They were discovered by a farmer’s dog in 1862, and were further explored 5 years later by 12 women from Springfield. Today it is a great stop for the family along Route 66. Take a tram tour through the caves and see all the natural features that these caves have to offer. It is also a nice relaxing attraction that can help break up a road trip.

Kansas

Cars on the Route is an old school Kan-O-Tex gas station that has since been restored. It is a perfect place to stop for a snack and a photo opportunity. The kids will also love this place as they also have a few cars such as a tow truck and a fire engine dressed up like characters from the movie “Cars”!

Oklahoma

Ever watch the hit TV show Diners, Drive-ins and Dives? Then you will want to stop at this next place along Route 66 as it has been featured on the show! Rock Café is a great place to stop in for a meal while you are road tripping. They pride themselves on using the original grill from when they opened in 1939! Stop in for some All-American cuisine.

Texas

Texas is home to the midpoint of Route 66, and of course there is a place to commemorate crossing the midpoint. MidPoint Café is another great place to stop in for a meal and are the home of the famous MidPoint “Ugly” Pies! There are also great photo opportunities to add to your scrap book or photo album.

New Mexico

New Mexico is home to one of the more famous stops along Route 66, the Blue Hole. Located in Santa Rosa (also known as the “City of Natural Lakes”) this area is full of pristine bodies of water that are bright blue. The most famous is the Blue Hole! The Blue Hole is an 80-foot-deep artesian spring fed from an underwater aquifer. Visitors come from all around the world to take a dip, and you will want to stop here to refresh yourself for the home stretch of the road trip!

Arizona

When in Arizona, take a night to stay in the Wigwam Village! Staying at the Wigwam Village will take you back to the times when Route 66 was in it’s prime, and it is an iconic part of the Main Street of America. Wigwam Village. I mean where else can you spend the night in a giant concrete teepee?

California

Finally, you have made it to California, the last state along Route 66, and what better place to see then the world-famous Santa Monica Pier. There are restaurants, shopping, and an amusement park, all along the Pacific Ocean. Also enjoy live entertainment as there are always some kind of street performers from musicians to artists. Considering you were in America’s heartland when starting this trip, seeing the ocean shows you have far you have come. Before you decide to pack up, be sure to experience one on the best sunsets you will see along California’s coast.

For more help regarding working out while traveling, read our previous blog, “10 Different Workouts You Can Do in Your Hotel Room”. We wish you safe travels along your journey. If you are interested in purchasing travel insurance, or have any questions or concerns, please contact us at +1 954 828 1819 or +44 (0)1624 678668 or visit us at mhginsurance.com. It is important to have proper travel insurance coverage in case of an unexpected emergency while traveling abroad. Our insurance brokers have the experience to assist you in selecting the right plan for you, with the best value.

Ready for an All-American road trip? Check out these stops along Route 66!

175545573Many people in the insurance industry work hard to avoid the bad reputation that insurance typically carries. However, people often jump to negative conclusions about anything involving insurance. Time and time again, we come across people who have the wrong idea of what an insurance broker is and why they are actually advantageous to the consumer. We have heard they are a waste of time, waste of money, and only care about making their commission. Being a dedicated group of insurance brokers, we can tell you that those descriptions are often false! Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but when we hear information that is incorrect, it encourages us to step in. Do you know what an insurance broker does?

If you know the answer to, then you are already aware of all the benefits of using an insurance broker. If not, learn why you should be using one. Take the time to find a quality, reputable broker to work with you in fulfilling your insurance needs. Not only will it be time well spent in the beginning, but it will also serve you well for the entire time that you have insurance needs, whether you are working on a yacht or wherever your travels may take you.

Brokers Can Offer More of a Selection

One benefit of an insurance broker is the selection of policies and plans. Typically, brokers can help you select insurance from a variety of different companies. Different insurance companies offer different plans, so having access to plans from multiple companies can afford you the opportunity to find the coverage that fits you best.

Also, depending on the insurance brokerage they may sell different types of insurance, allowing you to have a one stop solution for all your insurance needs.

Brokers Do Much More Than Sell Insurance

While brokers may act as the middle man between you and the insurance company, they can be so much more than that. An insurance broker will conduct research for you, file and assist you with the claims process, and work to get you the best coverage option for your situation. Often times a broker has direct connections with decision makers at the insurance companies so you may not have to sit on a 1-800 line for a long time, only to learn someone doesn’t have the authority to help you. Brokers also know which carriers provide consistent service, allowing you to avoid companies that may not deliver the level of care that you deserve at time of claim.

We Work for You

As brokers, we do not work for any insurance company, we work for you! Our goals are to please you, and make sure all you questions and concerns are handled. If you think about it, with all the benefits of using an insurance broker, it is certainly better than just going out and buying a policy from an insurance agent. Will an agent fight for you and your best interests?

Having proper insurance is important in every aspect of life. Whether you are at sea needing international coverage, looking for proper life insurance coverage, going on a vacation, etc. MHG is your specialized broker. Our insurance specialists have the knowledge and experience to find the policy that works best for you. If you are interested in purchasing, or have any questions about marine crew insurance, travel insurance, U.S. life and health, expatriate insurance, or property and casualty, please contact us at +1 954 828 1819 or +44 (0) 1624 678668 or visit us online at mhginsurance.com. For more information on debunking insurance broker myths, read our previous blog, “Debunking 5 Myths About Insurance Brokers”.

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but when we hear information that is incorrect, it encourages us to step in. Do you know what an insurance broker does?

492989930Monaco is a sovereign city-state located on the French Riviera in  Western Europe. It is the second smallest and the most densely populated country in the world! It is also considered to be a very luxurious destination, fit for celebrities and royalty. Which makes it a perfect location for a yacht show!

The Monaco Yacht Show is almost here, just a few weeks away. Will you be going to this year’s show? Whether you are flying in for the show, or you are already there preparing your vessel and have some time to kill over the coming weeks, Monaco is a place most people only dream about visiting, so why not make the most of your trip! Here are some things that you must see/do while you are in Monaco.

1. Larvotto Beach

beachLarvotto Beach is a public beach located near Monte Carlo. Like many other beaches along the French Riviera, Larvotto Beach has pebbles rather than sand, so be sure to wear sturdy shoes or sandals. The water is clear and clam, the beach is clean and well kept, and the hotels and mountains along the shoreline will make you feel like you are in paradise, just be sure to arrive early as spaces are sure to fill up. While this beach is great for visitors of all ages, it should be mentioned that some beachgoers lay out topless.

2. Princess Grace Rose Garden
This Rose Garden was created in 1984 as a memorial to Grace Kelly, who was the wife of Prince Rainier III. The garden includes a statue of Princess Grace and features 4,000 roses. There are also palm trees, olive trees, and other plants. Visitors say the park is a great place to walk and enjoy a peaceful oasis. While at the gardens, you should also tale the time to explore Fontveille Park.

3. Thermes Marins Monte Carlo
Thermes Marins Monte Carlo translates to “The Sea Baths of Monte Carlo”, and is one of Monaco’s most beloved spas. The spa includes gyms, salons, treatment rooms, and restaurants. Treatments that are offered include underwater massages, seaweed body wraps, and anti-aging sessions. Take a dip in the indoor heated pool, or in the Jacuzzi that overlooks the harbor.

4. Palais du Prince
prince palaceThe Palais du Prince (or Prince’s Palace) is home to, well you guessed it, the prince! This lavish royal residence has been home to many royal families over the years such as Prince Rainier III and his wife, Princess Grace. Today, it is the home of Rainier’s son, Prince Albert II. Visitors have said that the palace offers incredible views, and recommend a tour of the state rooms to see what royal living is really like!

5. Museums
476168634There are two museums to visit while you are in Monaco. The first is the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco. This museum and aquarium was founded by Prince Albert I, who was a sea captain, in 1910. The museum includes many of the findings from his explorations. While the aquarium is often considered one of the best in all of Europe with more than 90 tanks. The second museum you should visit is the Museum of Antique Automobiles. This museum was gifted by Prince Rainier III with his personal collection of cars. There are about 100 vehicles including racing cars, carriages, even the Rolls Royce that Grace Kelly rode in on her wedding!

Bonus: Monte Carlo Casino
511850234A visit to Monaco really isn’t complete without a trip to its capital city’s casino, Monte Carlo Casino. This casino was the inspiration for the casino in Ian Fleming’s first James Bond book, “Casino Royale”. It was also in the Bond films, “Never Say Never Again” and “Goldeneye”. Many consider it a must visit because of its grand décor and tons of different gaming options. The Casino officially opens for gaming at 2 p.m. and you must be 18 or older to enter with proper attire.

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