Many people consider the "Holiday Season" their favorite time of the year. With so much going on from decorating the house, to baking treats, and getting all of your holiday shopping done in time, this time of the year can also bring some stress. Especially if you have a trip scheduled!

Packing for a trip can be difficult, no matter how many times you double check to make sure you have everything, it can feel like you are still forgetting something. Going on a trip this time of year also leaves you less time to complete all of your other holiday tasks. Don’t become overwhelmed and not properly prepare for your trip, follow these tips to help get you ready to go.

1. Do Your Research

No matter where you are going for your holiday trip, it is important to do your research. Even if you have been there multiple times, it's important to see what the weather forecast and temperatures are expected to be. This will let you pack the proper clothing needed to stay warm, or cool.

Also, it's a good idea to make a list of all the items that you need to pack. Cross off each item as you put it into the bag in order to keep track of everything and minimize your chances of forgetting something.

2. Bring Cash

I'm sure you have heard this saying time and time again, "Cash is king!" Carrying large amounts of cash may not always be the best idea, but going a trip is an exception. If your credit card happens to get compromised while you are away, it will be shut down leaving you with no other way to pay for things. Also, there is a chance that some places you are going don't accept credit cards. Don't take a chance and find yourself stranded in a foreign place.

3. Carry-On Luggage

If traveling on an airplane, there are certain items that should be put in your carry-on bag. Any breakables you are taking should be kept with you at all times. Also, your toiletries should be put in your carry-on luggage in case you need to freshen up at the airport. Most importantly, any prescriptions you have or medications you are taking should be kept in your carry-on. In the event that your luggage is lost, you will still have the medicine you need.

4. Save Space

Whenever you are packing for a trip, saving space is a must. There are several different tips to help you get the most out of your luggage. Try rolling your t-shirts instead of folding them. Also, you can stick rolled up clothing inside your shoes. If you have any large jackets, it may be a good idea to wear them or carry them so they don't take up space in your suitcase.

5. Gifts and Souvenirs

If you are going on a holiday trip to see family or friends, there is a good chance that you will be traveling with gifts. Depending on the gift, it may be better to ship the gift to your destination separately. Or you can plan ahead by only getting small presents that you know will be able to fit in your luggage. Be sure to leave space in your bag for any souvenirs that you may buy, or gifts that you may receive.

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. For more holiday travel tips, read our previous blog, "Save Time and Money with These Holiday Travel Tips". Happy Holidays!

Packing for a trip can be difficult, especially during the holiday season. Follow these tips to help get you ready to go.

activeDo you ever find yourself too busy to exercise? Is working a full time job making it difficult for you to find the time to stay active? Trying to find time for yourself, or time to work out can be quite a challenge when working full time. After all, spending the majority of your day at work and battling rush hour can take a lot of energy. Yet, there still is no excuse for taking care of yourself. Living a healthy lifestyle is important, and sometimes it can feel like work gets in the way of that. So if you find yourself willing to try something new in order to stay active while working full time, follow some of these great tips! 


1. Get Up Early Waking up early can be a drag if you aren't a morning person. Hitting the "snooze" button is almost unavoidable. While it may take some will power and extra motivation, getting up earlier to work out can have an amazing impact on your day. For one, exercising in the morning is a great way to start the day, get your blood pumping, and give you that feeling like you are ready to take on the world. You will even find that by working out in the morning that you may be sharper throughout the day.

2. Ride Your Bike or Walk to Work One fun way to try and stay active is to walk or ride your bike to work. While this option may not work for everyone, those that live in close proximity to their job should give it a try. Enjoy the scenery, get some fresh air, and have some time to clear your mind before starting your day at the office. The best part is that you will be saving money on gas!

3. Take Periodic Walks While on the job, you want to be productive as you possibly can. So taking a long walk might be a bad idea. However, try breaking that long walk into shorter ones throughout the entire day. Use a bathroom break to walk around the building for a few minutes. Doing this every couple of hours will add up, and by the end of the day you might be surprised how much you have walked. Try wearing a pedometer to help keep track of your steps and help you reach any daily goals you might have.

4. Join a Gym Close to Work If you work close to a gym, consider getting a gym membership there. You can go for a work out on the way in or just after you get off. Waiting until you get home to exercise is another option, but after having along day on the job and having to battle through rush hour can leave you feeling exhausted by the time you get home.

5. Use Your Lunch Break Going on your lunch break is one of everyone's favorite parts of the day. If you plan on eating at nearby restaurant or are picking up food to take back, try walking instead of driving. Or if you joined a nearby gym, try going there during your lunch break to save time. Just be sure to shower before heading back to the office, no one wants to sit next to the sweaty person. 

Here at MHG Insurance Brokers, we look forward to sharing tips and information with you that may help keep your stress levels down, and your quality of life up! Whether you are purchasing health insurance for the first time or already have a plan in place, or are simply looking for better coverage, we want to help you find an affordable health plan that works for you. MHG Insurance Brokers is an Affordable Care Act certified insurance brokerage, and can offer you expert advice and solutions for you, your family, or your business. If you have any further questions or concerns about the Affordable Care Act and open enrollment, please feel free to contact us here by calling 954-828-1819, or visiting mhginsurance.com! Don’t forget, Open Enrollment began on November 1st and runs through January 31st, 2016.

5 Tips for Staying Fit and Active While Working Full Time

Kelly Morris

Fort Lauderdale (December 10, 2015) – MHG Insurance Brokers announced today that Kelly Morris has joined the company as Claims Specialist. Morris will be part of the claims team, based in the US, extending MHG’s claims support capabilities across 3 time zones. Her primary focus will be on claims support for international health policies.

Morris joins MHG Insurance Brokers with over 12 years of international insurance experience. Throughout her insurance career at International Medical Group (IMG) she has had several responsibilities from sorting mail in the missionary claims department in her early days to becoming the primary sales service contact for mission, marine and Bahamian brokers, who represented over $25 million in annual premiums.

“Kelly is extremely experienced in the international insurance industry.” said Peter Dudzinski, Underwriter and Broking Director for the MHG Group of Companies. “For several years she was our go to person on the claims handling side at International Medical Group. Not only was she a great advocate for MHG but also a great partner to work with and I’m pleased to now have her as a member of my team.”

MHG continues to be at the forefront of developing insurance solutions and products to meet the changing needs of businesses and individuals around the world. Most recently, the Insurance Specialists at MHG developed a new travel insurance program exclusively for U.S. Superyacht Association’s members which covers medical expenses while employees are traveling outside their home country.

About MHG Insurance Brokers 

Since 1991, MHG Insurance Brokers has been committed to providing expert insurance advice and innovative solutions for the marine, aviation, energy and related industries. Today, with over two decades of experience and relationships with some of the world’s top insurance markets, MHG has established an enviable reputation for providing quality advice, products and service for groups, businesses and individuals around the world. Based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida MHG has Insurance Specialists worldwide, with offices in Houston, Isle of Man, the Cote d’Azur and Hamburg. For more information, please visit https://mhginsurance.com/.


MHG Insurance Brokers Hires New Claims Specialist

hamburg

Achtung! When thinking of Germany, there are a few things that come to mind like Oktoberfest, the Autobahn, German automobiles, etc. Germany is considered to have one of the top economies in the world, with major international companies such as Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Adidas, and Allianz based within its borders. Germany is also one of the most popular migration destinations in the world, partly because it is famous for having a universal health care system. You'll have no problem finding fellow expatriates and making lifelong friends with others who are going through the same experiences as you. So start brushing up on your German, and get ready to make the transition of a lifetime to Hamburg, Germany!

Unique 

Home to over 1.7 million people, Hamburg is the second largest city in Germany and the eighth largest in Europe. One of the reasons Hamburg is a great place to live is because there is such a large international community, creating somewhat of a “melting pot”. There is so much creativity throughout the city, from the art, to the architecture, to the food, it is easy to see the impact of many different cultures living in one place.

Hamburg is unlike many of the other cities in the country. There is a rich maritime history, diverse cultures, and always something to do. You also may notice that there are a plethora of bridges, over 2,300 to be exact! That is more than London, Venice, and Amsterdam combined!

Maritime 

The city is located on the southern point of the Jutland Peninsula, right on the River Elbe. Since it is so close to the North and Baltic Seas and located right on a major waterway, Hamburg is the largest port in all of Germany. Over time, Hamburg has become a very important trading hub due to its port and harbor, and today it is one of the busiest ports in Europe, second only to Rotterdam.

It’s no wonder Hamburg has such a rich maritime history dating back to its establishment in the 12th century. You can learn more about its history at many of the museums in the city, and there are tons of other things to do involving the water! Also, due to its close proximity to many bodies of water, it is also one of the best places in Germany to get fresh fish.

Stay Busy 

There is always something to do in Hamburg; different festivals, a variety of community events, and seemingly never ending options for night life, it will be hard for you to find yourself “bored”.  Hamburg also has a great shopping district. Everything from worldwide household brand name stores, to local boutiques that are sure to offer items that can’t be found anywhere else. It is also easy to stay active as many choose to walk or bike everywhere. 

Before relocating to another country, trying to find expatriate health insurance coverage on your own can be a daunting task. Not to mention the checklist you must complete before leaving.

Many of us at MHG are expats ourselves and we understand the global insurance needs of international businesses, and individuals and families living and working around the world. Our Insurance Specialists have the experience, knowledge, and access to multiple international insurance carriers to find you the most suitable plan based on your budget and future plans. Our commitment to your well-being does not end once you have purchased a plan; through our “Concierge Broker Service”, we will continue to assist you with questions about your policy and provide assistance throughout the claims process. Call us at +1 954-828-1819 or +44 (0) 1624 678668 or visit us online at mhginsurance.com for help finding expatriate insurance coverage for you and your family or business!




Home to 1.7+ million people, Hamburg is the 2nd largest city in Germany, and a great place to live. Learn why you'll never be bored calling this place home.

Packing for Your Next Contract

It's no secret that those who work on cruise ships can be away for long periods of time. Contracts can last anywhere from a few months to almost a year. Being on a ship for that amount of time can be difficult to pack for. How are you to know what items you will need a month from now?  Here are some tips you should use to make packing for your next contract simpler and more efficient, after getting proper insurance of course!


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Packing for Your Next Contract

travel insuranceReady, SET, go! Did you know that your health insurance may not cover you while you’re traveling abroad? Although we hate to think about becoming sick or injured, sometimes it is unavoidable, no matter how much you precaution you take. Whether it’s a car accident, food poisoning, or a stroke, the lack of international health insurance coverage could expose you to serious financial liability. 


The Basics

Take the worry out of international travel with the SET plan! SET is an annual travel insurance plan available exclusively to U.S. Superyacht Association (USSA) members which offers affordable international health insurance coverage to employer groups. This plan is perfect for any companies whose employees take frequent trips outside their home country and are looking for an easy way to provide health insurance protection while traveling. One of the great benefits of the plan is that it saves you time whenever you are required to travel by not having to purchase travel insurance before each trip. All you have to do is estimate the number of days that you will be abroad for the year, and make one purchase! Another great benefits is that it gives you a peace of mind knowing that your employees will be fully covered when they are traveling internationally. This is important because many do not realize that their domestic health insurance plan does not follow them when they leave the country, which means many people are traveling uncovered!

How it Works

One of the great things about this plan is how simple it is to get signed up. Here’s how the plan works. First, fill out the Request for Proposal with some basic information. Then, select your coverage level. There are two coverage options to choose from, Essential and Elite.

Essential benefits:

  • Service and support provided by MHG Insurance Brokers
  • Purchase trips days in advance and subtract as you go
  • $500,000 plan limit
  • Global medical protection
  • Emergency medical evacuation
  • Hospital stays
  • $0 deductible
  • No coinsurance outside of the US
  • Acute onset of a preexisting condition for US citizens
  • Simple enrollment and administration
Elite benefits: ALL of the benefits of the Essential plan plus:

  • Upgrade to $1,000,000 plan limit
  • $100,000 Accidental death and dismemberment
  • Adventure sports coverage
Next, enter some basic details and then you purchase a block of days. Unused days will be rolled over to the following year. Coverage can be as little as $1.50 a day! Last, pack your bags, bring your passport, and go on your trip worry free! I know you must be thinking that there is more paperwork, or that you must wait a certain amount of time, but once you are finished you are good to go!

This is All Made Possible by…

A lot of people have worked really hard to bring this great travel insurance solution to you. The U.S. Superyacht Association partnered with Point Comfort Underwriters and MHG Insurance Brokers to develop this customized product that is only available exclusively for USSA members. USSA values its members, and wanted to make sure that people and organizations are offered the benefits that they deserve. Don’t fly naked, make sure you are covered by the SET plan! Go to http://www.ussuperyacht.com/ for a quote now! Safe travels!

Are You Flying Naked? Cover Up with the USSA SET Plan

Sandra3FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA (September 22, 2015) – MHG Insurance Brokers announced today that Sandra Rollins has joined the company’s Business Insurance Division as Broker. The division specializes in insurance solutions for businesses that struggle to obtain insurance. Rollins’ primary focus will be quoting Workers’ Comp, Marine General Liability, General Liability and Commercial Auto, in addition to providing support to clients.


“Sandra is a great addition to the team.” said Mady Acosta, Business Division Manager at MHG Insurance Brokers. “Not only does she have a strong sales and operational background as both a producer and as an agency manager but she also understands the business insurance needs and requirements of the community. Her experience and skills will strengthen our division.” 

Rollins joins MHG Insurance Brokers with over 10 years of business insurance experience. Throughout her insurance career she has held various jobs including operations manager, underwriter and producer. Most recently, Rollins managed the Personal Lines Department at a large, independent agency in Lighthouse Point where she was responsible for managing a $1.5 million personal lines and marine book of business in addition to servicing all VIP and high profile accounts. "I'm excited to work with MHG as they have a reputation for being an innovative company and are always looking for ways to serve their clients.” said Sandra Rollins. “I’m looking forward to a long future with them.” MHG continues to be at the forefront of developing insurance solutions and products to meet the changing needs of businesses around the world. Most recently, the Insurance Specialists at MHG identified a potential liability risk for cruise line operators and designed a new liability plan to fill the gap in coverage.

About MHG Insurance Brokers 

Since 1991, MHG Insurance Brokers has been committed to providing expert insurance advice and innovative solutions for the marine, aviation, energy and related industries. Today, with over two decades of experience and relationships with some of the world’s top insurance markets, MHG has established an enviable reputation for providing quality advice, products and service for groups, businesses and individuals around the world. Based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida MHG has Insurance Specialists worldwide, with offices in Houston, Isle of Man, the Cote d’Azur and Hamburg. For more information, please visit https://mhginsurance.com/

MHG Insurance Brokers Welcomes New Broker

travel insuranceFORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA (September 15, 2015) – The US Superyacht Association (USSA), a non-profit trade association promoting the superyacht industry of the United States, is proud to have partnered with MHG Insurance Brokers and Point Comfort Underwriters to provide its members with an exciting new membership benefit designed to protect themselves, and their employees, while traveling outside of their home country.    


“We found that many of our member’s conventional health insurance plans simply did not cover their foreign travel and/or evacuation in the event of an emergency,” said John Mann, U.S. Superyacht Association Chairman. “This program allows our members to simply “SET it” and forget it and we are thrilled to partner with MHG and Point Comfort Underwriters to provide this customized travel insurance plan.” 

The SET (Superyacht Executive Travel) Plan is different from other standard travel insurance plans in that it is sold in blocks of days where the company decides when to use them. Any unused days are simply rolled over to the following year at the existing premium – so there is no risk. To make it even more valuable - this coverage is available for USSA members for as little as only $1.50 per day of travel! 

The plan has two coverage levels designed to fit everyone’s need and budget: Essential and Elite.  The Essential plan benefits include up to $500,000 in medical expenses, global medical protection outside home country, emergency medical evacuation, $0 deductible and no coinsurance.  The Elite plan includes all of the benefits of the Essential plan with an upgraded limit to $1MIL in coverage, plus accidental death and dismemberment as well as adventure sports coverage.

“Many USSA members travel outside their home country frequently and it’s important to have the right insurance coverage in place in case something happens, whether at work or on holiday,” said Clayton Swart, MHG Business Development Manager. “We have seen many cases where people have gotten stuck with huge medical bills—because they thought they had the right plan in place.  The SET plan is so affordable and easy to administrate—that it is the perfect addition for peace of mind for your family or employees’ security.” Don’t fly naked, make sure you are covered by the SET plan! Go to www.mhginsurance.com/ussa for a quote TODAY!

About the U.S. Superyacht Association 

The U.S. Superyacht Association (USSA) is a non-profit trade association incorporated in 2006, whose mission is to promote and support the U.S. superyacht industry and its members worldwide through advocacy, marketing and education. The USSA is comprised of more than 300 member companies representing 24 U.S. states and 17 foreign countries.  For more information, visit our website at ussuperyacht.com or call 800-208-5801.

About MHG Insurance Brokers

Since 1991, MHG Insurance Brokers has been committed to providing expert insurance advice and innovative solutions for the marine, aviation, energy and related industries. Today, with more than two decades of experience and relationships with some of the world’s top insurance markets, MHG has established an enviable reputation for providing quality advice, products and service for groups, businesses and individuals around the world. Based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, MHG has insurance specialists worldwide, with offices in Houston, Isle of Man, the Cote d’Azur and Hamburg. For more information, please visit mhginsurance.com 

About Point Comfort Underwriters 

Point Comfort Underwriters provides expert underwriting, claims administration, and assistance services for large international groups traveling and living abroad. They deliver world-class customer service from its headquarters located in the international insurance center of Indianapolis, Indiana. Staffed with a dedicated team of medical, technical and insurance professionals, Point Comfort Underwriters provides care to its customers around the world 24/7/365. They also understand that you may prefer the convenience of self-service. That’s why they empower all SET customers with their own personal travel insurance portal, my.pointcomfort.com, where most routine service needs can be handled. And, it’s where you can purchase coverage for new trips, and add Top-Up days to your current trip with just a click. For more information visit pointcomfort.com .

USSA Announces New Travel Insurance Plan Exclusively For Members

word When looking for a job, many people put just as much importance on the benefits the job offers as they do on salary. This is because sometimes those benefits help increase the amount of our salary we can take home, by saving money on health insurance or not having to purchase as much life insurance. People like to feel taken care of, and working at a company that offers great benefits can create a loyal workforce. However, there are still things people need to consider when it comes to their insurance benefits. 


Health Insurance

In most cases, if you could have a choice between individual health insurance and group health insurance, you should choose group health insurance. One reason is being part of a group plan offered through your employer may be less expensive for you than purchasing your own individual plan. That is because your employer is required contribute at least 50% towards your premium. Also, you should note that networks for group plans are much larger than networks for individual plans. One thing to be aware of when using a company sponsored health insurance plan is that you may lose insurance coverage if you lose your job. There are options that can allow you to keep your coverage, but it will be more expensive. 

Life Insurance

There are some companies who will offer their employees life insurance coverage as a benefit. Typically the policy has a low face value. $10,000 and $15,000 are common. Some may think that they don’t need to purchase their own life insurance policy because it is offered through their work, however, you still should have your own policy for several different reasons. One reason is if you were to ever leave your current job, you would lose that life insurance policy. If you have people that depend on you, having your own life insurance could be just what your family needs. Even if you happen to stay at your job, the policy may be too low, and may not cover all of your needs and debts if something were to happen to you prematurely.

Disability Insurance

Disability insurance is a great way for your employer to give you and your family the coverage you need in the event you develop an illness or sustain and injury and are unable to work. It’s important to know whether your employer offers a short-term or long-term disability insurance plan. If your company offers short-term disability insurance, you may want to think about purchasing a long-term disability insurance plan in case you are unable to work for two or more years. If your company offers long-term disability insurance, you may want to think about purchasing a short-term disability insurance plan to give yourself coverage until the long term coverage kicks in.

Our insurance specialists have the knowledge and experience to assist and guide you, your family, or group to the best coverage for your budget. If you are interested in purchasing a disability plan, health insurance, or life insurance, contact us at mhginsurance.com or call us at +1 954 828 1819.

What You Need to Know About Company Sponsored Insurance Benefits

houstonHave you ever heard the saying, “Everything’s bigger in Texas!”? For those that haven’t been to Texas, I can assure you that statement is very true. Texas is home to three of the top ten largest cities in the United States, and six of the top twenty! The largest city in Texas, and fourth largest in the country, is none other than the great city of Houston. With the entire metropolitan area being home to over six million people, there is something for everyone, no matter what their interests are. It’s no wonder this city is growing fast, and expats should consider it a top destination. 


More than just Oil

While Houston is notorious for being run by oil billionaires, its business goes much deeper than just oil. The oil industry is a great industry to be involved in, and brings a great amount of money to the area, but Houston can also offer opportunities for those who don’t see themselves in the oil industry. According to Business Insider, Houston is the number one job creator in the United States and is home to 26 Fortune 500 companies, which is sure to draw a large amount of expats to the area. One of the large industries in Houston that you may want to be a part of include the IT industry, which is always growing and looking for top talent. Other industries include the aerospace industry (NASA has a headquarters there), as well as the healthcare industry (Houston’s medical center is as large as downtown Dallas!).

More than just Cowboys and Cattle

When some people think of Houston and Texas they think of cowboys, horses, farms, etc. However, Houston is not like some place straight out of a John Wayne movie. It is a metropolitan city with plenty of trendy offerings. According to the New York Times, it is “one of the country’s most exciting places to eat.” The city offers all kinds of great food from barbecue, to seafood, to Mexican, and even Cajun. Houston is close in proximity to New Orleans so there is a strong Cajun presence. And what better way to spend a weekend than in New Orleans? Houston is also home to a plethora of parks and one of a kind museums if you’re looking for things to do. Many people visiting the city for the first time are quite surprised at the abundance of greenery and landscape it has to offer. It is also a home to teams from some of America’s top sporting leagues, including the NFL and NBA.

Things to be Aware of

After everything I have covered, it’s easy to picture yourself living in this great city. However, there are some things to be aware that you should plan accordingly. One is that Houston’s climate is very warm. If you are from a country that is predominantly cold, you may want to get a new wardrobe featuring some short sleeves and shorts. It is practically on the Gulf of Mexico, so it can be humid and muggy at times. While it may be hot in the summer, you’ll be quite happy in the winter when you aren’t experiencing frigid temperatures.

Before relocating to another country, trying to find expatriate health insurance coverage on your own can be a daunting task. Not to mention the checklist you must complete before leaving. Many of us at MHG are expats ourselves and we understand the global insurance needs of international businesses, and individuals and families living and working around the world. Our Insurance Specialists have the experience, knowledge, and access to multiple international insurance carriers to find you the most suitable plan based on your budget and future plans. Our commitment to your well-being does not end once you have purchased a plan; through our “Concierge Broker Service”, we will continue to assist you with questions about your policy and provide assistance throughout the claims process. Call us at +1 954-828-1819 or +44 (0) 1624 678668 or visit us online at mhginsurance.com for help finding expatriate insurance coverage for you and your family or business!

Why it’s great to be an Expat in Houston!