Get Ready to Rock the Mountain: Musilac 2018

Get Ready to Rock the Mountain: Musilac 2018

If you’re planning a ski holiday to Chamonix with a group of mates and can’t decide when to go, my advice would be to wait until April 2018. That way, you can participate in Musilac Mont-Blanc 2018, the ultimate party on the mountain! This new spring festival is expected to become one of the biggest annual music events in Chamonix.
What to Expect

 

Musilac is already famous in Aix-les-Bains, where it is a popular summer festival. Past headliners have included everyone from Elton John and Sting to The Chemical Brothers and David Guetta. For Chamonix, festival organisers promise an equally stellar line up: so far, 15 acts are scheduled to play from April 19 to 21.

The Festival will be a massive affair: it’s estimated that up to 30,000 spectators will attend the three-day event. An open-air stage will be set up at the Bois du Bouchet paragliding landing area, which will play host to audiences of around 15,000 each night.

To ensure that this is one of the major events in Chamonix’s 2018 calendar, Musilac organisers have partnered with MontBlanc Médias, a renowned French media group that specialises in extreme sports.

Ski the End of the Season or Just Hang Out

Whether you’re a keen skier and want to take advantage of Chamonix’s cheap ‘end of season’ deals or you just love the party atmosphere of a festival, April in Chamonix is perfect for you.

Set at the foot of Mont Blanc, the resort’s skiing opportunities are guaranteed throughout the spring, during which there’s a fantastic range of glacial skiing that really comes into its own from April onwards.

There are a range of nursery runs for beginners, – although the snow cover this late in the season can be risky – and for intermediate and advanced skiers, Chamonix’s challenging runs provide the ultimate high-thrill playground.

In town, you’ll discover that Chamonix is a bustling place with a cool, hip crowd that populates the resort all year round. There are some great bars and clubs, and the pretty centre is equipped with many nice café terraces.

If you’re looking for a group holiday during which you don’t want to hit the pistes every day, combining a ski holiday with one of the best events in Chamonix ensures that you’ll have a blast!

How to Get There

Taking part in the many events in Chamonix couldn’t be easier, as there are regular flights from the UK to Geneva, Chambery, Grenoble and Lyon airports during the ski season.

For a good-value transfer option, book a group transfer with Shuttle Direct before you leave home. Choose either a private or a more economical shared group transfer, and our drivers will pick you up from the airport and deliver you straight to your resort. It doesn’t get easier than that!

Annual travel insurance Some alarming statistics

Annual travel insurance Some alarming statistics

Statistics relating to public understanding of the need for single or yearly travel insurance are truly terrible.
That means a large number of people leave the UK every year without proper cover – and the results can be disastrous.

 

Terrible facts

Regardless of the government’s efforts and the insurance industry to draw people’s attention to the importance of travel insurance:

• Almost a quarter of all people travel out of the UK without insurance • That number increases by almost 50% for people in the 15-24 year age group.

To understand why these numbers should be alarming, keep in mind that on 2011/12:

• Every day, an average of 10 UK people are hospitalized while abroad

Why Do People Not Take Closures?

There is no definite answer to the question but it is possible to draw two definite conclusions. Annual travel insurance Some alarming statistics

First, higher statistics in the 15-24 age range indicate that young people may suffer the invincible illusion of youth and the syndrome “will never happen to me”. Unfortunately, they are too often wrong.

That’s especially true for this age group, as they are most likely to exercise strenuous sports, hazardous sports or related activities.

A second and more worrying cause is the false belief that the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) provides ‘free health insurance’. Almost 20% of all age groups consider that the problem.

In fact, apart from only one or two non-EU European countries with affiliates, EHIC does not cover any other country outside the EU. Even in the EU country, EHIC covers only medical expenses that can also be free from local residents in the country itself. Therefore, it will not cover such things as medical repatriation, additional hotel and flight costs for health care providers etc.

The falsely linked assumption of about 17% of travelers without a single trip or annual travel insurance is that somehow the UK government will pay for their medical repatriation, if that need arises. That is not the case at all and even if the government does help, they may take legal action to return the money from you once back in England.

Cost Annual travel insurance Some alarming statistics

The above statistics are alarming in themselves, but it is even more alarming because of poor awareness of how expensive medical care abroad.

In the United States, for example, major surgery and medical care can easily generate bills that reach hundreds of thousands of pounds – or even millions in extreme cases. It is not often recognized that in some situations, some countries may refuse to provide medical assistance to you unless you can indicate that you have the means to pay for it – usually a single or annual travel insurance.

Conclusion

The current level of misunderstanding regarding the risks and potential costs of medical care abroad coupled with significant confusion regarding the role of EHIC causes a large number of British people to travel abroad each year with little or no cover.

This must be resolved as soon as possible through some form of publicity campaign that is relaunched.

A single travel insurance, family or good travel insurance is usually not expensive and is a small price to pay for peace of mind.

Patrick Chong is the Managing Director of InsureMore, an award-winning specialist team in a single global travel and annual travel insurance policy. In addition to offering attractive offers for travel insurance, Patrick also collects and shares the best free travel competitions to help his clients get the most out of their holiday. Annual travel insurance Some alarming statistics

Introducing Young Minds to Intriguing India

Introducing Young Minds to Intriguing India

Planning a school trip brings with it more than administrative and organizational responsibilities. The challenge is on the shoulders of educators to choose goals that can engage young hearts and minds in such a way that deep and active learning can be achieved based on their immersion in culture. India is such a place – the school trip to this vibrant center of color and culture can transform life and life that is reinforcing for young minds.
Interesting Indians Introducing Young Minds to Intriguing India

School trips to India are enormous and, depending on the curriculum, can accommodate a myriad of religious sites, community projects, and aspects of local tradition and culture. The most successful trip will incorporate all of this to give a good view to all students in the country, but also some breathing spaces in places that quite often surprise their cultural system. Exploring the Unknown

For a school trip with a focus on economic and socio-political studies, experiencing striking community differences in India can give young learners valuable insights. While observing the pollution and marked trash that accompany daily life may be encountered at times, it provides an excellent opportunity for them to reflect on the need for environmental awareness.

On a different level, a visit to a community project like Father Ravi Shelter, working with homeless children in Delhi, can offer a deeper understanding of the problematic socioeconomic problems of the city and how this dedicated group works to combat them. Introducing Young Minds to Intriguing India

Religious place

A fusion of religious beliefs exist side by side in India, with relics and contemporary ornaments of Sikhism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism on a constant display. Students will have the opportunity to visit significant places of worship and witness firsthand how, even amidst diversity, tolerance, and peaceful coexistence so vast can and will last forever.

In the holy city of Rishikesh they can join in an important Hindu ritual called Gangga Aarti, which involves fire victims – in this case a small floating candle called diya – sent down the Ganges River, accompanied by prayer and song worship. While in Delhi they can follow the community food program at the beautiful Sikh temple, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, where volunteers prepare food and visitors of all races and religions are welcome to participate.

Finding Local Culture

The Indian identity is defined by deep cultural intonation. For young people, exploring cities and rural areas allows them to see how ancient traditions and contemporary innovations are closely intertwined.

A visit to the village of rural crafts offers another dimension to the tour, and Dilli Haat is a fascinating portrayal of tradition in action. This bazaar is a compilation of 62 kiosks, whose products are displayed in accordance with the birth status of the owner for 15 days. With a row of beautiful items, ranging from carvings of sandalwood to silk, this is an interesting cross section of the creative industry. Aravali Eco Village offers an immersive experience of a different kind, where visitors stay and get a chance to interact in local dances, crafts, and ceremonies.

Exploring a society very different from them in every way will bring young people beyond their comfort zone and provide a completely new facet with their worldview.

John Gardiner is Managing Director of The School Travel Company, a tour operator specializing in school trips for schools and youth groups to the UK, Europe and beyond. As a father and avid traveler, John is keen to provide students with a valuable and exciting learning experience outside the classroom. By sharing expert advice with teachers, he allows them to inspire their students and continue their studies into life. Introducing Young Minds to Intriguing India

The typical Victorian-style house in London

The typical Victorian-style house in London

Baroni Architects with color blasts in neutral palettes and unlimited space is a prime example of the new old architecture.
Using their minimal signature style, the architects completely transformed the weary old spaces in South West London into a warm open space complete with large, smooth openings into the wild, bringing stunning views of the surrounding landscape.

The typical Victorian-style house in London

Like most houses of the time, this house also has many cross walls and members of the structure that disrupt the open plan. When structural components are unavoidable, they have been hidden in the carpenter’s workshop to maintain a clean wall line, while the rear-framed sliding door is designed with buried frames to allow uninterrupted views of the garden to the fullest. Added to this, the neutral palette makes the house appear larger.

Bespoke is a magic word here; Right from the oak plywood workshop engineered to the kitchen, many elements are made especially for this house. Simple white matte emulsion walls and warm floors provide the basis for this minimal property, while stainless steel tread ladders and oak open to steal the show. The lifted platform and Vitsaya shelves ensure a cool bedroom with ease. In the bathroom, the walls and floors of Italian sandstone, and teak drawers maintain a clean aesthetic that adds luxurious elements to the property.

Immaculate play and strong attention to Ray Thompson and Carolina Baroni ensured that their project was welcomed. Combining clarity and warmth, the project is integrated with a strong understanding of return on investment that ensures a user-friendly space in terms of form, The typical Victorian-style house in London

The River Thames: A Guide to Barging

The River Thames: A Guide to Barging

The River Thames is the spine, the lifeblood and the main attraction of one of the best-known and historically important cities on the planet. But while the section that flows through London is certainly the most high profile, the 215 miles of the Thames slice England, stretching from the Cotswolds at Cirencester, through rural towns and villages to Oxford, London and finally emptying out into the North Sea.
Historically, the Thames has been a vital trade route right back to Roman times. Today, while the Port of London handles around 10% of the entire country’s commercial shipping, the quieter sections of the waterway appeal to private leisure vessels and barge cruise operators.

 

Built On a River

When the Romans arrived in Britain in AD 43, they settled at the most strategic site on the river to build their city, Londinium. From the port they traded extensively throughout the Mediterranean and also made roads to link the capital with the rest of the country. It was the Romans who built the first bridge to span the river, on the site that would later be the crossing of the city’s famous London Bridge.

Bridges and Locks

The bridges that were built across the Thames have become icons of engineering in themselves. Tower Bridge is one of the most acclaimed, and has been an instantly recognisable landmark of the capital since its construction in 1894. The incredible mechanism that allows for its raising and lowering still functions with perfect precision. Westminster Bridge sits under the shadow of Big Ben and is considered one of the most elegant of all in terms of its architecture. The Millennium Footbridge is the city’s newest, opened in 2000 and crossing the river at St Paul’s Cathedral.

There are 45 locks along the river and each has its own history; some date back to the 1500s while others were variously constructed through the 1700-1800s. While in earlier times weirs were built in order to divert the flow of the water to use in mills, as the traffic increased, many of these were converted or used alongside locks, to allow the passage of vessels to navigate the fall of the river. Today, for those on a barge cruise, navigating the locks is one of the most interesting and anticipated parts of the experience.

Attractions en Route

The beauty of exploring the route of the Thames by barge cruise is the constant accompaniment of scenic views and historical and cultural attractions. Runneymede, the site where King John signed the highly significant Magna Carta document, is a popular disembarkation point. As well as the official monument to the event, the lovely woodlands are filled with wildlife and walking paths.

Windsor Castle is another high profile attraction that can be visited along the river, and the oldest and largest castle in the world lives up to the pomp and grandeur of its reputation (the Queen may even be in residence). At Henley-on-Thames, the renowned River and Rowing Museum celebrates not only the river itself, but also the international sport of rowing for which the town has become globally recognised.

Meandering Through History

The elegant curves of the Thames have defined the history of Britain in so many ways. The privilege of being able to traverse its length on a modern day barge cruise offers a unique insight and a truly memorable way in which to see to the country.

Paul Newman is the Marketing and E-Systems Executive for European Waterways, the UK’s most respected provider of all-inclusive, luxury barge cruise itineraries. Part of a team of experienced barging aficionados, Paul is first in line to endorse the perks of a slow-paced barge cruise to anyone looking for a unique holiday experience.

Dare to Dream of a White Christmas in Courchevel

Dare to Dream of a White Christmas in Courchevel

Imagine waking up to a scene of snowy mountains and pine trees capped with a fresh dusting of snow on Christmas morning. Well, if you book a ski holiday to Courchevel for the festive period, this is exactly what you and your kids can expect!
In addition to enjoying a perfect winter wonderland, you and your family will be able to enjoy many festive activities in the resort, ranging from fantastic French-cooked Christmas dinners to a torch-lit descent for the kids to enjoy when the sun goes down.

 

The best part is that all of this couldn’t be easier to reach from the UK, as there are regular flights to Geneva from most UK airports, as well as excellent transport links from Geneva to Courchevel.

Courchevel for Families

While the exclusive Courchevel resort of 1850 is a perfect destination for many couples and ski enthusiasts, families with young children may prefer the lower resorts of 1550 and 1650, which are smaller and have a more family-friendly and intimate feel.

All of the resorts have their own children’s ski schools (I highly recommend learning with the French ESF – let them know that your children are English, and they will put them in an English-speaking class). What’s more, there are nursery runs, snow playgrounds and beginner slopes in each of the resorts.

When you venture away from the slopes, you’ll find that there is as much to do off as on the snow. For example, why not take the family ice skating, bowling or to the cinema?

What to Expect During the Festive Season

As you make your way from Geneva to Courchevel, you’ll feel the excitement of your children growing when you drive into the heart of a Narnia-esque landscape of snowy mountains and pine forests.

When you reach the resort, you’ll discover that the French embrace the magic of the festive season just as much as we do back home. The high streets in all of the resorts sparkle with Christmas lights, giving the entire area a truly magical feel.

Festive treats are likely to include carols and fireworks, traditional markets, a parade, tons of hot chocolate and live music events, as well as traditional Christmas meals in its many restaurants.

Highlights for 2017 include a torch-lit descent that’s led by ESF instructors and that features Santa as a special guest, as well as a special Boxing Day luge event.

Lastly, don’t forget that you’ll also be able to ski on Christmas Day. All of the resort’s lifts and pistes are open all day. Who knows – you might even discover Santa practicing his carving turns!

How to Get There

The resort is served by four airports during the ski season: Chambery, Lyon, Grenoble and Geneva. For the most regular and stress-free connection, choose a flight to Geneva with providers such as easyJet, British Airways, Swiss International or Air France.

For a completely hassle-free way of getting your family from the airport to your resort, simply book an airport transfer with Shuttle Direct before you leave home.

Let us know how many of you will be travelling, how many child seats you will need, and what ski equipment you will be carrying, and we’ll meet you at the airport with the perfect transport for you and your family.

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How to Choose a Life Insurance Policy

How to Choose a Life Insurance Policy

There are many things to consider when choosing a life insurance policy in Greenville, SC, and every insurance company offers their own pros and cons. The fact that there are various kinds of policies in the insurance industry for good life insurance because not one insurance policy is good for everyone. It’s important to find policies that match your family’s and family’s expectations, needs, and budgets. Here are 5 important factors to consider when looking for a life insurance policy.
Amount of Insurance

How to Choose a Life Insurance Policy

You will have various options regarding how much coverage you will buy in a life insurance policy. Consider the debt on your behalf, the value of your assets, and how much money you have saved. The bottom line considering these things is to determine how much financial burden you will spend on your family after you die. Then, buy enough life insurance so your family will not feel the financial burden of your death.

Policy Type

There are two different categories of life insurance policies. You can purchase a policy of futures or a permanent policy. Term policy is enacted if the insured dies within the policy period purchased. If the individual does not pass, the policy may be renewed after the expiration date. This policy may be difficult to obtain for those over 65 because they are at high risk of death. Future policies can often be converted into permanent policies.

Policy persists to death. The premium for a permanent life insurance policy is slightly higher than a term policy. In this category of life insurance policies there are other subcategories, such as universal life insurance, variable, single premium, and survivor. Your insurance agent can communicate with you in this subcategory in depth and help you determine the right type for you, if any.

Cash Value Projection How to Choose a Life Insurance Policy

Term life insurance policies have no cash value that can be offered by a permanent policy. With a permanent life insurance policy, a small portion of your premium payment is sent to a cash account that grows throughout the year. For some, this can be a very desirable part of life insurance.

Affordability How to Choose a Life Insurance Policy

When considering a life insurance policy, make sure you buy a policy that will run well for your monthly budget. Do not make the mistake of buying life insurance with hard-earned payments every month and diluting your bank account. This will only negate the entire life insurance objective, ie to ensure that there is money in the bank for your dependents after you leave and can not meet their needs. When buying life insurance, there should be a balance between how much you pay and how much your family will get.

Insurance company

Again, every insurance company has their own unique policies to bring to the table. They each have different prices, packages, and incentives. Carefully research the insurance company you are considering. Ask trusted friends and family about what insurance companies they are and their policies they choose to help you find a direction.

One of the best ways a person can research a company is to consult the company itself. Take advantage of free consultation and talk directly with insurance agents. Ask all questions and record to compare. Life insurance in Greenville, SC, and elsewhere in the country, should be carefully selected and carefully selected. With the right policy, you can have peace of mind that your family will be well taken care of, if something happens to you, and it’s priceless.

General Pension Planning Sense Financial planning for retirement is the main focus of our company. Let us help you find the many opportunities available to help you plan your financial future. How to Choose a Life Insurance Policy

How to Prepare Your Pool for a Party

How to Prepare Your Pool for a Party

If you want to take advantage of the stunning summer weather by having a fun pool party, you should make sure your pool is ready for your guests. This means more than just hanging ornaments and out of chairs and umbrellas. You must be sure your pool water is safe and clean. We recommend calling the pool maintenance service in Cumming to handle this, but here’s what to do.
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How to Prepare Your Pool for a Party

The pool needs to be surprised about a week before your party. The amount used should be measured carefully. It is based on the amount of water in your pool and the type of pool pool you use. This will help to get rid of algal growth and clean water. Any use of chemicals is best left to the professional because too many chemicals can cause serious health effects for pool users. So, you may want to at least check with the pool maintenance service at Cumming before trying to surprise yourself, especially if you’ve never done it before.

Treat

You may also want to take care of water to get rid of skin oil, hair and other pollutants that end up in the water after people swim. After heavy use, the pool can begin to develop an oily layer above it, which is not something one wants to jump on. So, you can use enzymes to help get rid of organic matter that decreases the quality of your pond water.

Explain

Before the party, can help add clarification. This will help reduce the water mist that you can develop with many uses. If you have a smaller filter, it acts as a helper and can prevent your fitler from working hard or not being able to clean water properly. It will also brighten water and ensure fog or dull is removed. How to Prepare Your Pool for a Party

Introduce Young Learners to the Opal Coast

Introduce Young Learners to the Opal Coast

For teachers planning school trips to France, a clearer option such as Paris certainly holds much appeal in terms of their historical depth, culture and accessibility. However, this is not the only objective to consider: The beautiful Opal Beach, which covers the region from Picardy to the Belgian border, provides some excellent options for school trips to France with a focus on subjects such as history, language, or science. Introduce Young Learners to the Opal Coast
The Value of Education for Getting to Beaten the Ticket

There is much to say to bring students to destinations that have not been so touched by modern tourism traps. Exploring Opal Beach will allow deeper levels of intimacy with people and cultures, and expose students to languages ​​and cultures at a comfortable pace. The beauty, tradition and authenticity of the Opal Coast make it an absolute gem for groups of all ages.

Come out in Nature

In addition to its historical and cultural cache, Opal Beach is an area of ​​outstanding natural beauty. For young students on a school trip to France, the opportunity to get out into the coastal environment can offer a warm welcome and help build a profound appreciation of the flora, fauna and spectacular scenery that determines this beautiful region.

To find a different side to nature, a visit to the impressive French National Marine Life Center, also known as Nausicaa, provides an introduction to the diverse marine life. Nausicaa is the largest aquarium in Europe and provides an interactive and highly entertaining experience for children. Introduce Young Learners to the Opal Coast

Engage in history

This coastal region has been an important history for centuries – not only to France but also to the rest of the world. From this coast Julius Caesar invaded England in 55 BC, and the area also played an important role in the second battle of the world war. There are many relics that continue to bring past lives for young students, including the 1916 Somme Museum in Albert, Hitler’s podium rocket at La Coupole, and the Mimoyecques Fortress in Calais.

Find the Authenticity

Not just history students who can benefit from traveling to this area on a school trip to France. The small traditional fishing town that forms the shoreline is an ideal situation for young people to discover their first taste of French language, culture and cuisine. In this relaxed and less touristy atmosphere, the experience is often more authentic and generally less intimidating. Students can practice their beginner language skills with local market vendors, and friendly and always positive responses help them grow in confidence to interact more. It is also an opportunity to expand their appetite to include some regional delicacies to the source.

Though less well known than the larger tourist towns, the Opal Coast is no less important for students in terms of native cultural experience. His ability to facilitate curriculum-based curriculum learning opportunities across a range of subjects provides tremendous educational value potential.

John Gardiner is Managing Director of The School Travel Company, a tour operator specializing in travel for school trips to France and educational tours for school and youth groups to the UK, Europe and beyond. As a father and avid traveler, John is keen to provide students with a valuable and exciting learning experience outside the classroom. By sharing expert advice with teachers, he allows them to inspire their students and continue their studies into life. Introduce Young Learners to the Opal Coast

Five Tips for Choosing the Right Health Insurance

Five Tips for Choosing the Right Health Insurance

One of the best ways to maintain your personal wellbeing is by having a health insurance plan. Because of the large number of companies that offer this type of insurance policy, choosing the right one can be a daunting task. Here are five tips to help you find the best plan on the market today.
Check Network of Plans

Five Tips for Choosing the Right Health Insurance

If you have a select group of doctors you choose, ask them which insurance network they are part of. You can also use one of the many accredited online directories to know which networks each plan on your list. On the other hand, if you have just moved to a new city and you do not yet have a doctor of choice, choose a plan that has a large network of healthcare practitioners.

Know the Maximum Premium Budget

Consider your average monthly spend to see how much money you can spend on a policy without compromising your financial ability. Low premiums often result in high out-of-pocket costs. Therefore, what seems to be the cheapest plan may actually be the most expensive, because you will be forced to pay for most services. One of the best ways to choose the right premium is to estimate the total amount of money you spent on health care last year, including costs and premiums out of pocket. Then choose a plan that has the same deductible, copays, and monthly premiums. High premium plans will save thousands of dollars for out of pocket expenses if you need expensive procedures or frequent medical care services.

Look for Additional Benefits Five Tips for Choosing the Right Health Insurance

In an effort to attract more clients, insurance companies usually offer policies that have additional benefits other than medical coverage. Based on this fact, it is wise to check the summary of the benefits of each policy on your list until you find it that has the scope of service of your choice. For example, some policies provide better coverage for mental health care and physical care while others have more comprehensive emergency coverage.

Structure of Research Plan

Once you estimate your monthly premium, the next step is to determine the structure of your ideal plan. Some of the most common plans are HMO, EPO, POS, and PPO. The plan you choose will determine which doctors you can see and your costs. More often than not, referral plans, such as POS and HMO, require that you first consult a primary care physician before ordering an appointment with a specialist. If you already have a network of doctors you want to see, avoid plans they do not do.

Compare Out-of-Pocket Costs

Your preferred health insurance plan should clearly indicate which service will be required to pay and the amount. The amount includes coinsurance, co-pay, and deductible. Plans that have low out-of-pocket costs are an ideal choice if you regularly need emergency services, use expensive drugs, have planned upcoming operations, or have recently been diagnosed with chronic conditions such as cancer or diabetes.

Finally, make sure that the health insurance company is legally accredited, reputable, and reliable to protect yourself from any inconvenience.