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Tips For Spring Break 2019

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Spring Break Travel Done Wisely
Spring has sprung! And if you have school-aged kids, chances are you’re hitting the internet hard to find a last minute spring break destinations on a dime. Here’s a quick guide for planning that sunny break in 2019.

Last Minute “Deals”
Don’t be fooled by clever marketing. With very few exceptions, the best time to purchase travel is as far in advance as possible. Even though every single travel outlet out there will tell you about last minute deals, some sites even designating a specific part of their webpage just to last minute deals, the reality is that last minute travel is rarely a “deal.” Does that mean that you can’t go last minute? No. It just means that you need to be a little smarter than their marketing teams to make sure that you’re not getting taken for a ride.

Start by finding a trip that you like. Then price check it against the same destination … but six months into the future. If the “Last Minute Bargain” price is more than about 20% higher than the future price, don’t buy it. It’s not a deal at all.

Next up, you can greatly improve your value by knowing what kinds of travel are well suited for last minute bargains. Airlines will never give last minute discounts, so if you want to get away on a budget, make it somewhere you can drive. Cruises will offer better last-minute pricing than standard hotels, but Groupon Travel is your best bet for real deals on a tight timeline.

Treat Your City Like a Tourist
If the budget doesn’t allow for a trip that is far away, focus on your own hometown. The idea of a “staycation” is a buzzkill for many, but it certainly doesn’t have to be! Almost every hometown has exciting things to offer, and chances are pretty good that you’ve never even explored what makes your own hometown so special. You can be really surprised at just how fun a stay-cation can be when you do it right.

Start by hitting Trip Advisor and looking up your own hometown. You’ll see a list of exciting things to do, usually ranked by other tourists. Once you’ve decided on a few, check out Groupon for discounts to these local attractions. Expand your search to neighboring areas up to a four-hour drive from home. You’re not going far, but you’re still getting away.

Here’s how to seal the deal. Get a hotel. Or maybe an Airbnb. Just because you’re not going far away, it doesn’t mean that you have to stay at home. Just staying in a hotel or space that isn’t your own can make a staycation feel like a real vacation. Plus all of the distractions of home will be missing. You won’t get caught up doing dishes or laundry because it’s out of sight and out of mind.

Plan Ahead
After a small budget Spring Break in 2019, you may find that the idea of big travel for Spring Break in 2020 just isn’t that tempting anymore. But in case it is, right now is the time to start making plans for next year. Decide on a realistic budget, and start putting a little money back each month to make that big spring break a reality. You can start by finding an ethical travel agent to help you (the best ones will work for you for free) and enlist their expert advice on where to go, and when to book it.

Do you already have big Spring Break plans? Or are you now inspired to keep it small? Share them with us on Facebook! We love seeing families enjoying each other! You can also share your booking tips and bargain hunting victories with others while you’re at it!

Agency vs. Independent: Risk vs. Reward (gs focus)
Many surrogates explore the idea of independently approaching surrogacy either as a way to save their existing intended parents money on a sibling journey or as a way to avoid the grueling application process that most surrogacy agencies require.

First of all, we understand that this a normal thought process. We aren’t upset that you’re considering it, but we want to make sure that you’re fully informed about the risks and potential rewards that would come with choosing to go the agency-free route.

Risk vs. Reward: Emotional Support
It’s easy to feel empowered at the start of a journey. You meet your perfect intended parents and things feel like spring. Everyone is happy and the sun is shining. You feel like you can weather any storm. But then the storms inevitably come.

No journey is perfect. Every single one will have hiccups. Having an agency on your side to support you emotionally is a gift to your intended parents. They have their own emotional needs, needs that are very different from what you'll experience as a surrogate, and it isn’t fair to ask them to support their needs and yours. Having the assistance of an agency gives you each a neutral person who is intimately connected to your experience to speak with. We’ll support you so that each party has the information to feel empowered about any rain showers that come your way.

Risk vs. Reward: Communication
If things get hairy, imagine the awkward situation that you’ll be placed in if you need to speak with your intended parents about uncomfortable topics. If a pregnancy complication leads to the need or desire to terminate the pregnancy, or if you decide not to move forward after a failed transfer, even if you’d like for your intended parents to communicate with you more frequently – these are all very difficult conversations to have without a liaison. Having an agency to assist means that your journey focuses more on the pregnancy, and less on the conversations that you’d rather let someone else handle.

Risk vs. Reward: Building your Team
Finding the right family to help is potentially the largest choice that you’ll make in this process. If the internet has taught us anything over the last several years, it’s that when you’re online you can be anyone that you want to be.

Trying to find intended parents on your own opens the door to so many potential issues. You need to make sure that these are honest people with the heart (and let’s be honest, with the resources) to support you. The best way to ensure that they’re sincere is to let the professionals at an agency help match you.

Risk vs. Reward: Legal Issues
Did you know that there are no federal laws managing surrogacy contracts or experiences? Every state has its own unique laws. In some states, surrogacy is a no-brainer. In other states, though, it’s a criminal offense that could result in fines and jail time. On top of all of that – even if you live in a surrogacy-friendly state, the laws of the intended parent’s state might not play nicely with the laws of your state. And that matters, too.

Working without an agency means that you’re hoping that the attorney that you find is well versed in reproduction law differences in all fifty states, and often, the rest of the globe as well (if you’re working with an international IP). Using an agency means that you’re working with a lawyer who only does reproductive law and is well versed in how to avoid accidentally breaking the law or winding up in a contract that doesn’t hold up in court. When you’re talking about parental rights and fiscal responsibility, you want to be working with people who really know what they’re doing.

Risk vs. Reward: Insurance
Medical care is expensive. Having proper insurance to cover the pregnancy costs as well as the costs of birth and newborn care is critical. If you’re not properly covered, or miss a fine print exclusion, you could wind up on the hook for hundreds of thousands of dollars. Without an agency, you’re riding on a wing and a prayer to make sure you’re covered. With an agency, we deal in insurance day in and day out. We’ll make sure that your insurance covers surrogacy legally and entirely, and if it doesn’t, we’ll go over alternative options with your intended parents to help you choose the one that is best suited for your needs.

Risk vs. Reward: Compensation
Avoid confusion over what has been paid, what is compensation, and what is a refundable expense by working with an agency. For surrogates, when you work with an agency you’ll be assured that you’ll never be left on the hook for medical bills or put into a situation where there isn’t enough money to cover your compensation.

Our goal is never to sell you on our services. Our goal is always to empower you to make the choices that are best for you and for your family. With that as our primary purpose, please know that you can reach out to us and talk about this major choice without being given misleading information or a sales pitch. We love surrogacy, and we’re passionate about helping you realize this dream. Even if you choose to do it without us.

Agency vs. Independent: Risk vs. Reward (ip focus) – Edit
If you’re new to surrogacy, one of the first things that you’re going to realize is that this is not a budget-friendly experience. While Family Inceptions works very hard to keep our costs low, often coming in thousands lower than our competitors, there are still a lot of fees associated with the process. More often than not, the knee-jerk reaction of intended parents is, “Well what if I went about this without an agency.”
First of all, we understand that this a normal thought process. We aren’t upset that you’re considering it, but we want to make sure that you’re fully informed about the risks and potential rewards that would come with choosing to go the agency-free route.

Risk vs. Reward: Cost Savings
The obvious reward is what appears to be a potential cost-savings. Agencies do carry fees, many ranging from $20,000-$50,000. And yes, choosing not to work with an agency would save you paying those fees. But to assume that you’ll come out with a less expensive experience as the result of avoiding an agency fee is a bit misleading.

Often, waiving the assistance of an agency means that small steps are missed. Be they legal, fiscal, or emotional – the simple truth is that you don’t know what you don’t know. Missing steps out of honest ignorance very often leads to expensive, unforeseen charges later in your journey. Working with an agency means no surprises and no missed steps. And in the end? In the end, it often means a higher value without a higher price tag. Consider it insurance against honest mistakes made by people who haven’t been at this full time for ten years.

Risk vs. Reward: Emotional Support
It’s easy to feel empowered at the start of a journey. You meet your surrogate and things feel like spring. Everyone is happy and the sun is shining. You feel like you can weather any storm. But then the storms, inevitably, come.

No journey is perfect, every single one will have hiccups. Having an agency on your side to support you emotionally is a gift to your surrogate. She has her own emotional needs, and it isn’t fair to ask her to carry yours as well. On the flip side- your surrogate will likely never tell you if she’s struggling. It’s not in the nature of a good surrogate. Having the assistance of an agency gives you each a neutral person who is intimately connected to your experience to speak with. We’ll support you so that each party has the information to feel empowered about any rain showers that come your way.

Risk vs. Reward: Communication
If things get hairy, imagine the awkward situation that you’ll be placed in if you need to speak with your surrogate about uncomfortable topics. If a pregnancy complication leads to the need or desire to terminate the pregnancy, or if you decide not to move forward after a failed transfer, even if you’d like for your surrogate to communicate with you less frequently – these are all very difficult conversations to have without a liaison. Having an agency to assist means that your journey focuses more on the pregnancy, and less on the conversations that you’d rather let someone else handle.

Risk vs. Reward: Building your Team
Finding the right surrogate is potentially the largest choice that you’ll make in this process. You need someone who is honest, healthy, and doing this out of altruistic measures. If the internet has taught us anything over the last several years, it’s that when you’re online you can be anyone that you want to be. Trying to find a surrogate on your own opens the door to so many potential issues. The best way to ensure that the woman you’re entrusting your future child with is sincere is to let the professionals at an agency screen her for you. With a full fiscal, criminal, personal, medical, personality and psychological background check and drug screening process, using an agency is the best way to make sure that what you see is what you get. And since a well-vetted surrogate is worth her weight in gold, this is one expense that you should never risk.

Risk vs. Reward: Legal Issues
Did you know that there are no federal laws managing surrogacy contracts or experiences? Every state has its own unique laws. In some states, surrogacy is a no-brainer. In other states, though, it’s a criminal offense that could result in fines and jail time. On top of all of that – even if your surrogate lives in a surrogacy-friendly state, the laws of her state might not play nicely with the laws of your state. And that matters, too.

Working without an agency means that you’re hoping that the attorney that you find is well versed in reproduction law differences in all fifty states, and often, the rest of the globe as well (if you’re an international IP). Using an agency means that you’re working with a lawyer who only does reproductive law and is well versed in how to avoid accidentally breaking the law or winding up in a contract that doesn’t hold up in court. When you’re talking about parental rights and fiscal responsibility, you want to be working with people who really know what they’re doing.

Risk vs. Reward: Insurance
Medical care is expensive. Having proper insurance to cover the pregnancy costs as well as the costs of birth and newborn care is critical. If you’re not properly covered, or miss a fine print exclusion, you could wind up on the hook for hundreds of thousands of dollars. Without an agency, you’re riding on a wing and a prayer to make sure you’re covered. With an agency, we deal in insurance day in and day out. We’ll make sure that your surrogate’s insurance covers surrogacy legally and entirely, and if it doesn’t, we’ll go over alternative options with you to help you choose the one that is best suited for your needs.

Risk vs. Reward: Compensation
Avoid confusion over what has been paid, what is compensation, and what is a refundable expense by working with an agency. For surrogates, when you work with an agency they’re assured that they’ll never be left on the hook for medical bills, or put into a situation where they’re not compensated for their efforts. For intended parents, working with an agency ensures that you’re not erroneously billed or charged for things that weren’t agreed to in the original contract.

Our goal is never to sell you on our services. Our goal is always to empower you to make the choices that are best for you and for your family. With that as our primary purpose, please know that you can reach out to us and talk about this major choice without being given misleading information or a sales pitch. We love surrogacy, and we’re passionate about building your future family. Even if you choose to do it without us.

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