Maybe I’m just exaggerating, but it seems like almost everyone I know has been traveling the world recently. I’ve seen pictures of friends visiting France, Spain, Ireland, Thailand, New Zealand, Brazil, and several states in the U.S., just to name a few. I’m thinking the fact that it’s summertime is probably the reason, but maybe I just know a lot of people with an intense wanderlust. Either way, I’m extremely jealous. I’ve been dying to get away recently.
One of the most important aspects of traveling is planning. And the first thing that comes to mind – at least for me – is my travel budget, the bulk of which usually goes into the actual journey there. If you’re traveling overseas, I think it’s safe to say you’ll be flying there. (Those of you on cruises don’t count!) And unless you know someone from your destination who can pick you up at the airport, chances are you’ll be taking a taxi to your next stop.
Thanks to GO Rentals, a rental car company in New Zealand, now you can compare the price of an airport taxi from the busiest cities in the country! Christchurch Airport in New Zealand is currently the most expensive taxi ride in the world at $4.50 a kilometer. In case you don’t see the city you’re visiting soon on the list, GO Rental has also provided a comparison of taxi rates by country.
So if the cost of renting a taxi worries you, maybe you should consider renting a car instead. Perhaps it will be the more budget friendly option for your travel plans in the long run.
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Logos are an extremely vital part of any business. They are the first visual projection of a company or product that the public eye sees. Living in the social media era, the importance of logos is at an all-time high. A logo should aim to capture the attention of the highest percentage of viewers’ idle visual perspective. Idle perspective could be anything from scrolling through news feeds on Facebook, to pictures of your best friend’s most recent food creation on Instagram.
Either way, the success of any given logo usually depends on a few main things: 1) Color; 2) Cost; and 3) Market Audience. According to Ruby Media Corporation, an online public relations and marketing business, color has a significant impact on the image and aura of a company’s logo. For example, the green woman in the Starbucks’ logo is supposed to make consumers feel calm, relaxed, and hopeful – exactly how someone in desperate need of a cup of coffee wishes they could feel. Coincidentally, the smooth, elegant, black lettering of Tiffany & Co.’s logo aims to make customers feel luxurious and exclusive.
Cost is also an issue in need of addressing when deciding on a company logo. Some of the most well-known business logos were created for nearly nothing. Phil Knight, the co-founder of Nike, paid an art student $35 to sketch up Nike’s iconic “swoosh” logo. On the other hand, the 2012 London Olympics paid a collection of artists more than $665,000 to design a logo that was to be used for less than three years.
Logos are undoubtedly an essential part of the business world, and it might be useful to take note of the different effects stimulated by a specific logo.
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I am a young adult and soon to be health insurance holder. I’ve always relied on my parents’ health insurance for my trips to the hospital and all that jazz, but soon it will be up to me to pick and choose my health insurance. I’m not sure exactly how it all works, but from the looks of the infographic below, short-term health insurance might be the way to go. At least for those of us who have found ourselves in a health insurance gap. So if you’re in a similar situation, or you’re just curious, stick around and learn something new!
Short-term health insurance can cover anywhere from 30 to 365 days, depending on what state you live in. Some of the benefits to having this type of insurance include coverage for unexpected trips to the ER, hospitalization, or ambulance rides. It’s also fairly inexpensive. The average premium for an individual with short-term health insurance is $67. For a family policy, the average is $153. All of these costs vary depending on certain attributes such as age, where you live, tobacco use, and all that good stuff.
To be without health insurance is a risky business. So if you’re in one these gaps, it might be best to just sign up for the short-term policy. Without it, if you are injured or have to visit the hospital for any reason, you could find yourself in serious debt. And that’s no bueno, my friends. The average cost of a hospital stay is $9,700, which is insane and definitely more than I can shell out. I mean, an estimated 3 in 5 bankruptcies can be attributed to medical bills. So get insured now while you’re still fully functional. You never know what tragedy lies around the corner, underneath the ladder, across the street from the black cat, sitting on the broken mirror. [via]
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It is very easy to get caught up in your own mess that you forget there are bigger things happening in this world. When life isn’t going the way you want it to, it is easy to go home and dwell on it. But what does that do for you? Nothing. Alone time is not bad by any means. My aim is only to suggest there are more fulfilling ways of spending your time that can help put your life into perspective, and make you feel whole and more connected to the community of your choice. In this infographic provided by United Healthcare, we are reminded of why it is good to put service above self.
Volunteering has been shown to improve the outlook on life. 94 percent of volunteers say it improves their mood. 96 percent say it actually enhances their sense of purpose in life. This alludes to the notion that we are all striving to be better and to leave our mark. We want to feel healthier and happier. More importantly, we want to feel like we made a difference for the better. There aren’t many things that you can actually give someone that are truly yours. When you volunteer, you are giving yourself and your time.
Positivity, vision, and the motivation to actively serve your community will lead to a better world in which to live. You’ll get to see first hand the positive impact you make on the life of another. [via]
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Who’s got the coolest dad? Your dad? My dad? Should there be a dad-off? These are all fascinating questions, but maybe dad coolness should be decided by the toys they played with as a kid. And depending on when your dad was born and when you were born, these toys will most likely be drastically different.
My dad is 60. So according to this infographic, he was all about Tonka, Silly Putty, and Gumby. (I happen to know his favorites were actually Tinker Toys and Lincoln Logs, but you get the point.) What about a 45-year-old dad? Well, he was probably more into walkie talkies, Connect Four, or Atari. This was the beginning of the tech-dads, or dads who grew up with video games and things of that sort.
Ok, here is where it gets weird. Dads under 24 were fans of Furby, Pogs, and Pokemon. Pokemon?! I still love pokemon! I’m 22. I’m not ready to be a dad! What is this infographic trying to tell me?
Maybe it’s just an informative, interesting infographic about how toys intended for young boys have changed over the last 50 years. I’m going with that, because I’m not ready for kids. [via]