Your Smartphone’s Worst Enemy – Water Damage

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The 4th of July is rapidly approaching. An American holiday filled with fireworks, watermelon, barbecues and gatherings around bodies of water. With the summer warmth, we love nothing more than kicking up our feet up and getting some sun before diving (or being thrown into) a friend’s pool, lake or ocean. But, with water (and some beer in celebration) comes your smartphone’s worst enemy.

 

That moment when you’re suspended in the air – water below you – and you realize, “oh crap – my phone is in my pocket!!!” You quickly reach for it, throw it through the air — before hearing a loud PLOP as it lands at the very edge of the water. You pick it up, it’s dripping wet… and… it’s dead… broken… time to panic…

 

Despite the affection we feel for these magical toys, and the amount of money we often spend on them, we all have our moments of weakness. Those times where the sheer joy – or terror – of the moment makes us forget about everything else — even that pricey iPhone that you just bought a week earlier for $300. An iPhone that actually costs $700 to replace if you don’t have insurance.

 

Why? Because the price of your smartphone is subsidized by your mobile carrier when you sign a two-year contract. Your smartphone costs much more than you think it does, and your carrier won’t give you a new phone at the original price your purchased it for if you happen to break it.

 

Water damage happens to the best of us. So why worry? Take a look at the Protect Your Bubble smartphone insurance offerings and protect your smartphone against water damage this Fourth of July. It’s only $7.99 a month and we’ll protect you against loss, theft or damage.

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Shopping for a puppy? Here are breeds that are more prone to issues…

Bulldog Puppies It’s summer and everywhere you look there’s someone walking around with an adorable dog. We know that there’s a lot of dog envy going around right now and since the shelters and pet stores are also out in full force trying to secure adoptions, we know how tempting it can be to go home with the world’s cutest puppy!

 

Of course, we support pet adoptions 100 percent, but for those who are planning to do more research on what breed might be best, here’s a rundown of the dog breeds that are the most prone to medical issues.

 

  1. Bulldogs – congenital heart disease, heart attack, collapsed nostrils, heatstroke, respiratory difficulties, eyelid abnormalities, skin conditions
  2. German Shepherds – hip Dysplasia, bloat, gastric disorders, penosteitis, spinal paralysis, eye disease, and skin conditions
  3. Great Danes – hip Dysplasia, bloat, bone cancer, heart disease, tumors
  4. Golden Retriever – hip Dysplasia, PRA, VWD, serious heart problems, cataracts, skin conditions, eye abnormalities, epilepsy.
  5. Bull Terrier – deafness, eye disease
  6. Pinscher – demodectic Mange, Epilepsy, Patellar Luxation, Legg’s Perthes Disease
  7. Poodle – PRA, cataracts, glaucoma, eye and ear infections, digestive problems, skin conditions, heart disease, and epilepsy
  8. Schnauzer – cataracts, corneal disorders, kidney stones, bleeding disorders, liver disease, heart disease, diabetes, skin conditions, cysts
  9. Pug – eye lacerations, eyeball prolapse, eyelid abnormalities, respiratory difficulties, heatstroke, collapsed nostrils, and heart problems

Of course, if a dog has issues, it doesn’t mean that you can’t love it as much or won’t treat it as part of your family. And, dogs not included on this list can have costly accidents or injuries as well. The best thing to do when you’re looking to adopt a pet is plenty of research on the breed you’re looking for and to always purchase insurance that can help you save money on routine and catastrophic care.

 

Sources: Dogpack.com, SmallDogBreedsList.net, Mainstreet.com, Huffington Post, MedicineNet.com

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Tips to Avoid Having the Lost Luggage Blues

After considerable money-saving, research on finding the perfect vacation spot and months of searching for the best travel times, prices and accommodations, you’ve finally landed at your destination. A vacation you have long been waiting for and desperately needing for months. After waiting at the carousel for what has seemed like eternity, you realize that your baggage isn’t showing up. It’s LOST (cue the depressing music).


Unfortunately many of us have faced these situations during our travels. Whether it’s your honeymoon, spring break or family vacation, it’s never a fun experience, and even worse, you don’t have anything to wear for the remainder of the trip! While we don’t have control over what happens to our luggage after the check-in counter, we can take some simple measures to decrease the likelihood of it being lost. Below you will find some tips to help ensure your baggage makes it to your destination (or gets to you much quicker in the event a misstep does happen):


1) Keep ID Tags Inside and Out.
Most of us already do this, but make sure you have a tag attached to your bag with your name, address and contact information. If you’re a frequent traveler, invest in a durable and water-proof tag that won’t tear off. It’s also a best practice to keep a tag or piece of paper on the inside of your bag in case your outer tag falls off.


2) Keep a Copy of Your Itinerary in Your Bags.
If you don’t have a printer at home, ask the check-in counter for a copy of your itinerary. In the case that your baggage does go missing, keeping a copy in your bags will help the airline identify who and where the owner is.


3) Take a Photo of Your Bags.
Prior to parting ways with your luggage, make sure you have a picture of it on your phone or camera. All of our baggage looks similar these days, and it can be hard to tell which one is yours. A picture will help the airline identify your luggage and get it back to you safe and sound.


4) Make Them Stand Out.
To follow up on keeping a photo of your bags, also make them stand out! If you don’t have a pink, yellow or lime green bag you should consider a colorful strap or duct tape to help mark your stuff. On another note, buying Gucci and other expensive bags may increase the risk of your luggage being stolen. Play it safe and use simple and quality luggage.


5) Get to the Airport On Time!
Arriving to the airport late is already stressful enough. Wondering whether your baggage will make it to your plane by the time it takes off only makes it worse. Get to the airport early to ensure you and your things will make it to your destination.


6) Sometimes It’s Just Lost:
In some cases your baggage will not be found. To prevent yourself from losing your baggage and it’s worth, remember you always have the option of travel insurance prior to your travels. Protect Your Bubble’s travel protection plan provides reimbursement for lost, stolen or damaged baggage. No matter what happens you’ll know your things are covered.

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Should You Buy the New Macbook Pro with Retina Display?

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The new Macbook Pro with Retina Display debuted last week at WWDC in San Francisco and, as expected, it has the technology community drooling. If you’re like us, you likely can’t wait to get your hands on one. But do you really need it?

 

Well, that depends on the kind of person you are and what you plan on doing with it. It’s important to remember that Apple is a premium brand and they make premium products. Premium products come with a premium price. The new Macbook Pro with Retina Display is no exception starting at $2,199 – over $1,000 more than their entry-level laptops.

 

Pro means professional so unless you plan on doing some serious video editing or working with the latest graphics software, you might want to consider a different Apple laptop. However, if you like to have the latest and greatest toys and you can afford the price, well, then you are one lucky person because you’ll have yourself the greatest personal computer on the planet. No doubt.

 

The Macbook Pro with Retina Display is a beast. The screen has the highest resolution of any laptop on the market (2880×1880), it’s faster than any laptop out there and it’s almost as thin (.71 inches) as their highly publicized Macbook Air brand. The resolution on the screen is so sharp that your eye can’t even see the individual pixels. Now that sounds like some Apple marketing speak but it really is true. Ask anyone who has used a New iPad in comparison to an iPad 2, and they’ll likely tell you that it’s impossible to go back. It’s like taking off a pair glasses – everything just seems fuzzy.

 

So if you’re planning on buying this new pricey gadget from Apple, make sure that you protect it!

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Tips to Ensuring a Stress-Free Vacation

Planning that last minute summer getaway? Check out the tips that our expert team here at Protect Your Bubble has curated to ensure a successful, satisfying, and stress-free vacation:

 

1) Consider Off-Peak Destinations: Yes, we all love Hawaii and the Bahamas but if you’re looking to avoid the crowds, think outside the box! Minimal research can result in maximum savings and an equally as gorgeous getaway sans the crowds and chaos. Some hints: Scottsdale, Arizona if you want to stay stateside; Belize if you’re looking to get tropical.

 

2) Check for Deals and Discounts: Planning last minute trips is often the best way to go, as you can take advantage of all the last minute deals and discounts that pop up. Sites like Travel Zoo, JetSetter, Kayak, Hipmunk, and many more, are perfect for staying apprised of the latest travel offers and promotions, allowing you to book just a couple weeks out, without paying a fortune. And, be sure to consider flight and hotel combination packages to add that extra ease and cost saving.

 

3) Check the Forecast: This can obviously be tough when booking ahead, but there are plenty of ways to gauge the type of weather to expect, including checking out previous years’ reviews and forecasts. Choose a place with consistently nice weather during your travel time to increase the likelihood of enjoying some fun in the sun. If you’re like most and spend the majority of your time indoors at work, the last thing you want is to be cooped up on your long awaited vacation, due to bad weather.

 

4) Travel with Ease: One way this can be achieved is by avoiding peak travel times, allowing you to surpass traffic, lines and irritation. Also, make sure you check-in online, reserve a seat, and allow yourself extra time at the airport, as there’s no reason to add extra stress or run the risk of getting bumped from your flight. And finally, know baggage limits, as there’s nothing worse than getting slammed with outrageous baggage fees for an extra inch or pound; airlines differ in their regulations, so make sure you know what you’re dealing with to avoid starting your trip with an unnecessary extra cost.

 

5) Get Travel Insurance: But don’t sell yourself short with a basic travel insurance plan– consider one with specialized concierge services. This exists? It does with Protect Your Bubble’s travel insurance plan, which includes the obvious benefits of lost baggage reimbursement and cancellation benefits, in addition to city guides of 10,000 destinations worldwide, restaurant bookings, arranged golf outings, tee times, and much more.

 

6) Rent a Car: Avoid putting miles on your car or taking shuttle buses by renting a car and easily exploring the attractions around your travel destination! Protect Your Bubble can help with rental reservations, roadside assistance, in addition to covering up to 35k in accident damage per trip. We need to make it more clear that we offer insurance for rental car itself.

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Summer Pet Safety Tips from Protect Your Bubble

We all love spending quality time outdoors with our furry companions, but the summertime can pose some serious risks. As the weather warms up, it’s important to take precautions for the safety and health of our pets. Below you will find some general tips on how to keep your pet happy, healthy and accident-free this summer:

 

 

1) It’s HOT under this blanket of hair. While you’re having fun under the sun, don’t forget the summer heat is a serious hazard for your pet. Always provide water and a shady spot for your pet to rest. Avoid strenuous exercise and prolonged exposure to asphalt or sand that can burn a paw pad. NEVER leave your pet in the car on a hot day as temperatures can rise to 120 degrees in just a matter of minutes!

 

2) Bug-free! Fleas and ticks are more prevalent in the summer months. To prevent fleas and ticks, bathe your pet regularly with flea and tick shampoo and consider purchasing a flea collar for extra preventative measures. Talk to your vet for the best topical treatments for your dog and cat and be sure to check regularly for ticks and fleas during the season.

 

3) Visit the Vet. Make sure your pet’s vaccinations are up-to-date. Other animals are more likely to be out in the summer months increasing the chances of being bit, scratched or even sprayed! It is also recommended that dogs and cats be on monthly preventive medication year-round for heartworm disease transmitted by mosquitoes.

 

4) Pass the Sunscreen. Bringing the pup to the beach is fun, but like humans they can sunburn causing pain, peeling and skin cancer. Make sure your dog has a shady spot to rest, plenty of fluids and sunblock for his ears and nose. Providing fresh water will keep your dog from drinking seawater which will make him sick.


5) Stay Prepared!
If you’re planning any travel this summer with your pet be sure to check out veterinary clinics and hospitals in the area that you are visiting. You never know when a situation may arise, and planning ahead can help to prevent a serious illness or injury. Luckily, Protect Your Bubble’s pet insurance allows you to visit any licensed vet in the country helping you stay worry-free.

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Traveling with your pet this summer? Here are 5 things to consider…

Travel with Pets
Our pets are moving from the backyard into the family room and becoming more and more integrated into our lives. They are featured in our custom-created calendars and holiday cards and we can’t imagine life without them, so it’s only natural to want to include them on our vacations. If you’re considering traveling with your furry family member this summer, here are some things to keep in mind:

 

1. Before you embark on your journey, schedule an appointment with your vet to get a regular check-up. It will also be a good time to discuss your travel plans and make sure your pet is up to date on all vaccinations. Scheduling regular vaccinations can help to prevent long-term problems such as feline calicivirus, rhinotracheitis, leukemia, chlamydia, feline infectious peritonitis, ringworm panleukopenia and rabies. Also, and especially if you’re traveling within the U.S., consider purchasing pet insurance. Providers like us will allow you to visit any licensed vet in country in the the event of an injury/illness.

 

2. Look into a pet carrier case that will allow your smaller pets to travel comfortably. Many of these cases are now collapsible, which makes it easy to pack in your luggage.

 

3. Prior to leaving, be sure to check with the hotel to find out if they are pet-friendly. Good questions to ask include: Do you allow pets to stay in hotel rooms? What are the size limitations? Are there grassy areas for pets to access? Do pets have to stay on leashes at all times? Are there locations nearby that have pet food available? Are there pet-friendly parks nearby?

 

4. If you want your pet to be more fully integrated into your vacation, consider renting a pet-friendly house instead of a hotel. A good place to search for pet-friendly houses to rent is via Airbnb.

 

5. If flying to your destination, traveling with pet food can be very cumbersome. We recommend that you have pet food delivered to your rental/hotel room on the same day you want to arrive or that you find a store that sells pet food close by so you can pick some up on the first day of your trip. If you also have travel insurance, some services, such as our travel coverage, will have 24/7 concierge lines that can help with these sorts of questions.

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Five Surprising Facts About Dogs and Cats

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Our dog and cat friends often surprise us. Sometimes those surprises are good and make us laugh and other times they are…well, not so fun. Here are five surprising facts about our furry friends that may surprise you!

 

1) Cats Can Survive 32 Story Falls: Did you know that it’s quite common for cats to fall out of windows? So much so that research has been conducted on the matter. Out of 115 cats that had fallen from high-rise apartments in New York City (average being 5.5 stories), 90 percent survived, including one cat that fell 32 stories onto a sidewalk and suffered only minor injuries. Curious how this is possible? (Source: Animal Planet)

 

2) Dogs Yawn When People Yawn: Yes, it’s true! A new study found that dogs yawn even when they merely hear the sound of humans yawning, showing the strongest evidence yet that canines are able to empathize with us. Humans tend to yawn more with friends and acquaintances, suggesting that “catching” someone’s yawn is tied to feelings of empathy. Same runs true for dogs; studies have found that dogs tend to yawn more after watching familiar people yawning. (Source: Washington Post)

 

3) Only 1% of U.S. Pets are Insured: For most people, pets are on par with children and have largely made their way from the backyard to the bedroom, making this statistic even more surprising. According to Protect Your Bubble data, of the 60 percent of US households who own pets, only 1 percent have pet insurance. In the UK, however, that number is much higher at 25 percent, and in Sweden, it’s astronomically higher, at 50 percent. Come on Americans, it’s time to seriously consider insurance options like our comprehensive and affordable pet coverage! (Source: Philadelphia Inquirer)

 

4) Cats Are Nocturnal: On average, cats sleep 13 to 14 hours during the day, and then mostly roam around at night, which is when they typically hunt in the wild. This is even true of big cats like lions — as kings of the jungle, they don’t need to be constantly alert to protect themselves. (Source: Huffington Post)

 

5) Dogs Are More Aggressive When a Man is Walking Them: When it comes to a dog’s aggressiveness, the gender of the person walking them is the most important factor. Dogs being walked by a male were four times more likely to bite or attack other dogs than those walked by women. (Source: Discovery News)

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What Would You Do Without Your Smartphone?

Have you ever broken or lost your smartphone? Do you now live in constant fear of it happening again? Do you double, triple and even quadruple check your pocket or unzip your purse to make sure you didn’t leave your phone at your last destination (and you breathe a BIG sigh of relief when you realize your phone is still there)? If your answer is yes, take solace in the fact that you’re not alone. You’re simply one of the 66 percent of us that is afflicted with nomophobia.
 
You’ve never heard of nomophobia?
 
Nomophobia is a result of our profound reliance on our devices, more specifically the fear of being separated from one’s phone. In a world of never-ending technology, we have come to rely on our smartphones for just about everything, and according to research by Morgan Stanley, 91 percent of all U.S. citizens have their mobile device within reach 24/7. Now that we have the ability to stay connected with anyone and any piece of information at anytime, losing this channel of communication feels very unnatural causing serious levels of anxiety, stress and irritability.

 

Luckily, the fear of losing or breaking your phone can be treated with something as simple and affordable as gadget insurance. Insurance providers such as Protect Your Bubble bring ease to your gadget worries, seamlessly fixing or replacing your device, and even getting you a new one within 24 hours to help lessen the effects of that nuisance nomophobia.

 

We already have enough to worry about, so lets take one more thing out of the equation and make life simple.

 

Oh, and if reading this article made you want to look for your phone even more, you may really be the perfect candidate for gadget insurance.

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Welcome to the PYB Blog – The Things We Care About

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At Protect Your Bubble, we want to help you protect the things that you love. Whether it’s a shiny new gadget under the Christmas tree, a week-long vacation to Europe or the simple wagging of a dog’s tail while walking through the door at the end of a hard day at work. These are the moments that we live for and we’d do anything to ensure that they are protected.

 

Since early 2009 in the United Kingdom, we’ve been helping our customers do just that, and we’re excited to now be available in the United States. We created the Protect Your Bubble blog to arm everyone with relevant information to help prepare them for the moments when something goes wrong. To help make those stressful moments a little bit more manageable by being a source to help you when your luggage is lost, your dog is sick or your iPhone is shattered.

 

This is our first blog post and we hope you’ll keep coming back to visit us here as we’ll do our best to frequently provide you with compelling content and tips around the gadgets, vacations and pets that we love. Because we’re not here to make difficult times more difficult. We’re here to make life easier.

 

Happy Reading!
- The PYB Team

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