New Orleans Road Trip Reminder

Recently I had an opportunity to do some traveling in the south. This business mixed with pleasure trip turned out to be very interesting. Being in the construction business for the past 30 years I have traveled to nearly every state in the US. On this latest trip, my first impression was that the recession is certainly not over. Things have changed drastically since 9-1-1. The current recession has caused dramatic changes in our business climate. Closings of small businesses as well as large companies are evident everywhere. “Closed” and “Out of Business” signs are posted in numerous store-front windows that used to display operational products.

The South is probably doing somewhat better than the North. While passing through Jackson, MS, the old Jackson area revealed many closed strip malls and business areas. However, the larger businesses such as Nissan had a full shift working on Sunday.

From Jackson we traveled to Vicksburg, MS where we stayed for the night. Vicksburg is a very historic town. I stayed in Vicksburg several years ago and, for its size, it seemed to be flourishing. Hotels were full and there were tourists everywhere you went, restaurants, museums, National Military Park & Cemetery, walking tour and casinos were all hustle bustle activity. This stay was very different. There were very few people anywhere, including the casinos, which was a real mind-blower.

After completing business in Monroe, LA we traveled to New Orleans for a business convention and some fun. Keep in mind, this was Super Bowl weekend (Saints playing) as well as Mardi Gras season. Wow, what a shocker! The Big Easy was not herself. While the aftermath of Katrina should be long since past, some areas of Bourbon Street are still under construction. Many of the establishments are closed and vacant. This was not what I expected. I was in New Orleans for Mardi Gras pre-Katrina and pre-recession. You could not even make your way through the crowds along Bourbon Street. Nearly every place we stopped was packed, and forget sitting down, it was standing room only. Not so this trip.

The long and short of it is, it is quite apparent that the recession is not over. So when political powers that be try to tell us that the recession has ended, don’t believe them. Take a road trip, anywhere, and see for yourself.

Different Types of Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is indispensable to your travel. There are some people who do not think much of travel insurance, and there are others who take low-budget ones that covers the basic things. But hold on; is your life trivial that you’d go without insurance? The right kind of insurance for your travel needs can be the best thing that will bridge the gap of a travel disaster and the emotional-financial loss. You may have coverage for travel in your credit card but that is not of much help because they have limited coverage.

Here are the three general types of travel insurance that you should take:

Travel Health Insurance: It is unarguably, the most important type of travel insurance. To know if you really need one, contact your health insurance provider and find out how much can be covered though health insurance when you are travelling. If you find things that are lacking in your health insurance, you need to take insurance for travel. You will be able to get instant hospitalization in the network of hospitals in the cashless scheme or you will be reimbursed for treatment costs in the destination country, if you take the insurance. Even expenses for medicines and transportation from the airport or hotel to the hospital and back can be covered. However, there are some clauses in which this insurance can become void. So make sure that you study the insurance thoroughly before signing the dotted line.

Luggage insurance: Most people are prone to lose their baggage, luggage and belongings while on travel, especially in flight travel. So, if you take luggage insurance in travel, you will be reimbursed for luggage that gets stolen or damage during the course of your trip. However, you may note that certain expensive products like jewelry, laptop, high resolution digital cameras and obviously cash are not included in it. Even if some of them may be included in the insurance, there may be some conditions that you may have to adhere to.

Travel Insurance for canceled trip: Travel insurance covers the cost of cancellation of trip for certain reasons. Some of the cases include sickness or death of the passenger, death of a family member, sudden job loss etc. However, every policy may have its own customization for this kind of insurance.

It is therefore important to study the travel insurance that you are taking; understand what it covers so that you are not inadequately covered. For instance, if you take budget travel insurance, you may not be covered for damages through natural disasters because they are deemed as ‘acts of nature’ and therefore excluded. So before you buy a travel insurance, make sure you go beyond just the price quotes and understand the insurance and the coverage properly. Find out things that are clear and look for the ones that flock your mind with questions. Highlight them and call up the prospective insurance provider and ask questions. It is the job of the travel insurance agent to help you make the right decisions.

Online Flirting Tips You Need to Know

Online flirting tips are very vital. They guide you to establishing great connections with people who are of interest to you. We all need some form of guidance when it comes to online flirting and dating. It is essential for every single person to look for flirting tips before they start engaging in a relationship. The flirting impulses come naturally to us but, before we make use of them, we must master them and ensure that we have good pointers that will lead us.

The following are some of the online flirting tips that will be very helpful to your relationship. Keep in mind that the tips are free for you to absorb and use. The first thing is to ensure that you are generous with compliments. Everybody appreciates being adored and your partner will be more than delighted to receive the genuine compliments from you. You need to come off as cute in your interactions. Everyone appreciates this and they will look forward to being with you. Keep your conversation short and sweet.

There are people who find the need to go all out in conversation. You need to take a deep breath and take time as you think of the sweet things you can use to communicate with your date. Men and women might find different online dating tips but, they will generally do the same things to flirt effectively. Online flirting tips advocate for a person to represent themselves very accurately to the other person. There is nothing that puts people off more, than to discover that the other person is not what they say they are.

The other thing about flirting according to online flirting tips is to avoid sexual overtones. In reality, flirting is all about sexual impulses but, they are made in a subtle way. Being too obvious will not go well with many. Maintain a good rapport with the person you are relating to. Men should make sure they hear out the lady. This is one way that men can learn how to read the mood of the relationship. You will also find online flirting tips for people who are conducting off line relationships. The first thing is usually about the eye contact. This is the sure flirting tool that needs to be monitored well.

When somebody develops romantic feelings for you, you need to look at their eyes. Some people who are not ready to flirt will always avoid the eye contact. The eye will dilate when you are attracted to a person. People will even have staring eyes when it comes to flirting. Confidence is one of the flirting tips that will see people get what they want in relationships. Lack of confidence can be sniffed a mile away. Both men and women appreciate people who appear to know what they are doing. Make no second guesses when it comes to flirting. You must decide on it and go for it. There is no doubt that with the above online flirting tips, you will be in a position to master the art of flirting.