Monday, July 16, 2007

Travel Insurance for Australians

People of all nationalities, age groups, health conditions, etc. travel within outside of their country for various reasons. Some travel for business reasons. Some take vacations. Some to visit friends or relatives. Some because they became a volunteer and have to go to another place to do their voluntary work. Some travel because they like to see new places, experience different culture, trying out the different kind of food available in different places.

Australians, like other nationalities, also travel. Australia is a huge country. In fact it is a continent. There are plenty of places to go. It has a magnificent reef, the Great Barrier Reef, the world's largest coral reef system. There is a very interesting huge monolithic rock, Ayers Rock, also known as Uluṟu. Adelaide is known for its cultural events, particularly the Adelaide Festival of Arts, a popular biannual event with local and international participants. It has unique wild life which no other country have, like the kangaroo, the Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) often mistakenly called koala bear, and many more.

But Australian don't just do intra-travel. They are also international traveller. Some are international businessmen. Many are backpackers who may travel for months. Some somehow manage to do it for years. Many Australians are migrants who have relatives overseas they would like to visit.

Irrespective of whether you are doing intra- or international travel you will need travel insurance to protect yourself for the unexpected. It might be an accident, a medical emergency, extra expenses because of delayed, postponed or cancelled flights, etc. Some are young travellers. There are even those who are in their eighties. Some are healthy. Some may have medical conditions.

Different Insurance offers different kind of insurance with different conditions for people of different circumstances and needs. It would be tough to walk or drive from one insurance company to another to get the insurance policy that suit your needs and circumstances. It would be great to be able to have online travel insurance so you can get information on the kind of travel insurance policies, their conditions and the premium you have to pay for the travel insurance policy you need, suit your circumstances and budget, all conveniently from the computer in your home. Travel Insurance Direct even provide travel insurance policies for people with some pre-existing medical conditions or are of elderly age - up to the age of 86 years of age. And their website says they are underwritten by Allianz which is one of the world’s largest financial services providers, including insurance. They claim they can provide cheap travel insurance which is great news for those who are price conscious or have to keep to a budget.

Saturday, July 7, 2007

Johannesburg, Cradle of Humankind and now Host to 2010 FIFA World Cup

Johannesburg has been called the cradle of humankind, and rightly so. Forty percent of all human ancestor fossil finds have been made here. The Cradle of Humankind is about 50 kilometres northwest of Johannesburg contains a complex of limestone caves which include the Sterkfontein Caves where the 2.3-million year-old fossil Australopithecus africanus which is estimated to be 2.5-million years old (nicknamed "Mrs Ples") and an almost complete ape-man skeleton estimated to be 3 to 3.5-million years old nickname Little Foot. Many excavation sites have yielded hominid remains and these cave sites have yielded over 850 hominid fossil remains and thus represent one of the world's richest concentrations of fossil hominid bearing sites. The Cradle of Humankind was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999.

That was ancient history. Now Johannesburg has developed so much that it has won the right to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup sometime in July which is expected to attract a lot of football fans here. In fact the organisers are anticipating so many fans to come that they expect many to be without tickets and for them they have planned a soccer fan park at Mary Fitzgerald Square they can watch all the live action on a large screen at the square.

If you are planning to visit Johannesburg either to see the origin of humankind or to see the FIFA World Cup, book your accommodation ahead of your arrival. One place you can do so online is Johannesburg Hotels where you have a great choice of cheap hotel if you are on a budget. They have a Lowest Rate Guarantee, so you can be assured of a good deal.

Johannesburg has many airports, including the Tambo International Airport which was formerly named Johannesburg International. It is the busiest airport on the African continent and is the air transport hub of Southern Africa. If you are planning on a transit via Johannesburg and planned to stay a short stay to enjoy the sights and attractions of Johannesburg, you can stay at Hotels near Johannesburg Airport.