Your Guide to Barging on the Canal de Bourgogne

Your Guide to Barging on the Canal de Bourgogne

The Canal de Bourgogne in Burgundy is often revered as one of the nicest canals to navigate in France, with beautiful scenery that features charming French houses and colourful greenery. There are lots of historical sites to visit along the way too, including cathedrals, abbeys and markets. Length and Route
This 242-kilometre-long waterway connects Burgundy to Paris. If you want to expore the canal on a barge holiday in France, I would recommend travelling on the Saône Tiver from Saint Jean de Losne to Dijon, before winding down towards Monereau, passing through Yvonne, to finally reach the Seine. History and Feats of Engineering


Conceptualised in the seventeenth century, this canal is an incredibly well thought-out chef d’oeuvre of engineering, perfect for your barge holiday in France. The waterway opened in 1832 and took over 50 years to build. It features 127 locks, the most impressive of which is at Pouilly-en-Auxois. This lock is continuously filled by an underground reservoir via a tunnel system; it serves as a watershed from which the water flows both towards Dijon in the south and towards Migennes in the north.

The canal boasts many ingenious features. Its best one, though, is the tunnel which links the Pouilly-en-Auxois lock with the small port of Escommes. It is a very narrow two-and-a-half-mile-long underground passageway that was dug out from the rock in the early nineteenth century. Even today, it remains an essential connection between the north and south of France. Attractions en Route

The great thing about a barge holiday in France is that the canal wends its way through a number of beautiful French cities, giving you time to explore their history and soak in a little local culture. Cruising along the Canal de Bourgogne allows you to explore the Northern and Southern areas of the region.

In the north, be sure to visit the Abbaye de Fontenay. Though founded in the early 1100s, its structure has been incredible well-maintained with its cloisters, scriptorium and dormitories still intact. It’s a breathtaking piece of architecture, and now that it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, even its gardens and ponds retain their original glory.

As you travel further down south, you’ll want to visit the monumental Notre-Dame de Dijon. It’s a Gothic-style church with an ornamented façade that boasts gorgeous columns and archways, as well as the typical gargoyles. Inside, you’ll find lovely colourful stain-glass paintings. Both edifices are an unmissable time capsule, the first providing unrivalled insight into Cistercian life and industry, while the second lets you revisit French Catholic practices.

If you have time, you should also stroll through Dijon’s market. It wouldn’t be a barge holiday in France without sampling French wines, local cheeses and artisanal breads. There are also pâté and terrine stalls that are worth a visit, as well as local delicacies like snails on offer. Make sure to try Dijon’s famous mustard and take some back with you as a souvenir. It’s a real treat for the tastebuds!

Paul Newman is the Marketing and E-Systems Executive for European Waterways, the UK’s most respected provider of all-inclusive, luxury itineraries for a barge holiday in France and other great destinations. 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.

10 Most Frequently Used Thermal Marketing Keywords

10 Most Frequently Used Thermal Marketing Keywords

If marketing is art, content is a masterpiece!

You see, content drives sales, but also generates keywords. According to Wikipedia, keywords are words or phrases that become popular for a certain period of time.

To be more precise, these are the words that appear in almost all marketing posts published on the internet.

You may have read it, and we can not promise you that you get the last of them any time soon!

So, anyway, here are the 10 most used keywords on the internet today.

Can we?

# 1. Virus
In the internet-less world, viruses mean bad news, because life-threatening viruses can come loose.

But on the Internet Hal, when something stalls, marketers almost always laugh to the bank! 10 Most Frequently Used Thermal Marketing Keywords

Marketers (and almost anyone who uses social media) use the term to describe images, videos, articles, or other content types so that Internet users can not stop sharing.

# 2. Dive inside
No. It has nothing to do with swimming. Not even close to an inch of water.

In the world of digital marketing, deep diving means you will discuss the best detail of a particular topic.

Can we dive deep into the next keyword?

# 3. A thousand years
Everything, and for good reason, revolves around the millennium.

Being the greatest living generation (and the most complicated consumer), marketers do not seem to have enough of this stuff.

Nobody remembers the millennium also called generation Y, because, well. Let’s say a thousand years sounds better

# 4 Netflix and Chill
Seriously, it’s 2017, but Netflix and cold are still a marketing sensation, even in the dating industry.

Technically, Netflix and the cold are happening when your love interest ends for a love-making session and a Netflix watch session (both at the same time!).

Theoretically, it could mean anything, from binge eating on Netflix, to bonding on Netflix! 10 Most Frequently Used Thermal Marketing Keywords

# 5. ROI (Return on Investment)
Long ago, ROI was the phrase used by investment professionals and corporate honchos.

Fortunately, it spilled into the marketing world, and marketers made a killing with him. Drag the digital marketing blog in your browser and you will be very lucky not to find the acronym.

In addition to the buzz, ROI describes the efficiency and forecast of the financial returns of a marketing or campaign program.

# 6. Infographics
Marketers are always trying to create new content formats to encourage consumer engagement.

Infographics are one of the latest discoveries that really take off and, as a result, most of the information we consume today is presented in visual charts.

# 7. Leaders of Thought
No formal school offers courses in thinking leadership, but that does not mean we can not think of leaders.

It is a professional with an authoritative and influential view of certain things. This is a good thing, except for the fact that everyone who has hacked it into marketing or branding thinks they are leaders of thought.

# 8. Large data
The big data is the data science product (which is also a keyword).

Digital marketers use large data (large data volumes) to make day-to-day marketing decisions.

Just listen to marketers The term big data must be in the first 100 words they say!

# 9. SoLoMo
Because, who has time to say social media, local media and mobile apps in one sentence?

# 10. Toughness
Hyperlinks are everywhere, and sometimes internet users like to click on them. When a link attracts thousands (or millions) of clicks, marketers will tell you that this site has high clicks.

In other words, the link in question is a gateway for super-awesome content.

In conclusion …
You may cringe every time you see a keyword, but let’s face it: they will not go any time soon!

Sure, some will die naturally with time, but others – like viruses – have been immortalized by social media!

What do you think of this keyword? Any words or phrases you want to include in the list? Join us in the comments section!

10 Most Frequently Used Thermal Marketing Keywords

Unique Facts About the Wildlife of Galapagos

Unique Facts About the Wildlife of Galapagos

Most nature lovers who embark on wildlife holidays in Galapagos are familiar with the archipelago’s most iconic wildlife species, which include the Giant Tortoise, the Lava Lizard, the Marine Iguana, the Galapagos Sea Lion and the Blue-Footed Booby.
But while the wildlife has been studied and documented extensively, from Darwin’s first forays to the scientists who actively work to ensure its conservation into modern times, there are also some lesser-known facts about these wonderfully unique species. For anyone planning wildlife holidays in Galapagos, knowing a few of these before the trip may add another dimension to an already fascinating encounter.


Did You Know?

• The Marine Iguanas found in abundance throughout the archipelago are the world’s only species of marine lizard. The white appearance often seen around their faces is caused by the expulsion of salt from specially adapted glands in their nostrils, which dries and creates a “wig” effect.

• The Galapagos Penguin is the smallest in the world and the only one found north of the Equator. The combination of the cold waters of the Humboldt and Cromwell ocean currents mean it is able to survive in the warmer climate.

• With an average life span of well over a century, the Giant Tortoise lives longer than almost any other vertebrate on the planet. They continue to grow for up to 40 years and can reach a length of over 1.5m and a weight of up to 250kg.

• The most common of all the mammals throughout the islands is the sea lion. The chance to swim and snorkel amongst the curious sea lions is also one of the most sought-after encounters on wildlife holidays in Galapagos. Particularly large colonies are found on Santa Cruz, Isabela and Espanola.

• The Green Sea Turtle found in the waters around the archipelago is a species so old it has been around since before the time of the dinosaurs.

• There are five species of snakes and all of them are endemic to the dry zones of certain islands – although some islands have none. All the species are relatively small (under a metre) and are known as “racers”, due to their ability to move extremely fast. Their only natural predator is the Galapagos Hawk.

• There are four species of boobies that make the islands home. The Blue-footed Booby is renowned for its unique mating dance, where it lifts its feet and wave them in the air, appearing to “dance”, and the Red-footed Booby is the only one to make its nest in the trees and not the ground. The Nazcar Booby is the largest species, while the Masked Booby lives mainly out in the open ocean, returning to land only to breed.

• The Waved Albatross mates for life. There are over 12,000 breeding pairs on the archipelago, which represents the majority of its global population. While the birds depart the islands from December to April, they return to the same place and the same partner every year to breed.

• The term “Darwin’s Finches” actually refers to 15 different species of finches. While their bodies and colouring make them similar in appearance, each has a distinctly different, specially adapted beak.

Wildlife holidays in Galapagos offer a privileged opportunity for nature lovers to experience a truly once-in-a-lifetime encounter with some of the most incredible and unique animals on Earth. And, in this remote and beautiful part of the planet, researchers and naturalists are still learning just how astounding many of them really are. Author Plate

The Anthracite Deluxe Is A Stylish Addition To Our Range

The Anthracite Deluxe Is A Stylish Addition To Our Range

Here at Betta Buildings, we don’t believe in standing still when it comes to refining and enhancing our selection of Concrete Garages. That’s why we are so excited to announce the addition to our range of the Anthracite Deluxe garage that brings no shortage of style, practicality and durability to the average Birmingham or West Midlands home.
We could say so many things about anthracite as a colour. It’s understated, timeless and turns heads for all of the right reasons, and when you purchase the Anthracite Deluxe from us, you can benefit from so many more impressive standard features.

The Anthracite Deluxe Is A Stylish Addition To Our Range

A generously-specified concrete garage

If you need any proof that the best concrete garages are never ‘just’ concrete garages, you only need to look at the Anthracite Deluxe garage. It’s brand new for 2017, and incorporates all of the features you would expect from a sophisticated concrete garage in 2017.

Eye-catching and useful features of the Anthracite Deluxe include an anthracite horizontal ribbed Hormann up and over main door with four-point locking, as well as a 4’ wide anthracite PVCu fixed window, 3’ steel anthracite personnel access door with multi-point locking as standard, and even stylish anthracite hand pointed real brick front posts. You can also expect attractive PVCu fascias and vergeboards, once again in glorious anthracite.

The Anthracite Deluxe is not just one shape or model of garage, though – it’s actually a complete range of concrete garages, with various styles from which to select in accordance with your needs. If you go for an Apex garage, for instance, it will also incorporate blue/black coloured fibre cement roof sheets, as well as eaves filler that helps to keep out dust and leaves. Go for a Pent Mansard model instead, though, and charcoal coloured pantile profile tile effect roof sheets will be used to the front elevation.

Nor is there a lack of scope for customisation with this concrete garage, as the roof sheets on both the Apex and Mansard models can be specified in various standard colours. The Anthracite Deluxe Is A Stylish Addition To Our Range

When it comes to concrete garages, you don’t need to consider any other company

No Birmingham or West Midlands homeowner has just one or more priorities for their new concrete garage. They don’t ‘just’ want it to look good or to keep their vehicle safe – they want it to tick all of the obvious boxes and often a lot more.

So don’t take any chances with your choice of company to supply you with a concrete garage. Opt for Betta Buildings, and you will have the peace of mind of knowing that both supply and installation are taken care of, by a company that has longstanding industry experience and an exceptional reputation throughout the Birmingham and West Midlands area.

Go with Snow: Plan a Successful Ski School Trip

Go with Snow: Plan a Successful Ski School Trip

A successful school ski trip does not just happen. Every teacher who takes on the task knows that it takes planning and commitment to make sure everyone has a good time with snow! Success lies in the shoulders of those charged with the organization and, in order to make the schedule run smoothly and also offer an interesting prospect, the devil is very clear in the details.
Experts recommend early and systematic approaches to facilitate the logistics of school ski trips, to ensure that the slippery slope of the organization is navigable with ease. Go with Snow: Plan a Successful Ski School Trip

Setting a Budget

Setting a budget is very important to create a travel plan framework, and almost all other aspects depend on it. Working backwards is a very easy way to determine the right budget: how many parents or guardians are in a position to spend time on their child’s journey? This of course will depend on the demographic and water catchment areas of the school, but has a realistic figure to work in the most accurate way of managing costs from the start. Once the budget is set, it’s also a good idea to consult a Senior Leadership Team as they may be able to share valuable past experiences and suggestions. Go with Snow: Plan a Successful Ski School Trip

Get Students Involved

Involving students in the early stages of planning is a sure way to generate enthusiasm, but keeping them in the lead until departure can be a challenge in itself. Keep up-to-date with the conditions and facilities of the resort (both above and beyond the snow), show local videos and pictures, create regular social media posts during countdown (if any school guidelines), or make a PowerPoint presentation to give a detailed description of the resort and activities. And go heavy on the fun aspect!

Keep Everyone in the Circle

As registrations start rolling, it is very important that students, colleagues, parents or guardians are kept informed. Nightlife hosting information is an excellent tactic to ensure the lines of communication are opened, as well as the right moment to show presentations and travel.

Help list

It is undeniable that planning a school ski trip is a time-consuming exercise even for the most organized teacher; Signing up for help from a dedicated tour operator is one way to make life easier. Not only can they ease the pressure by making practical use of travel, transportation and accommodation, they also have the skills and resources to manage budget and administration tasks.

John Gardiner is Managing Director of The School Travel Company, a tour operator specializing in school ski trips 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. Go with Snow: Plan a Successful Ski School Trip

The River Po: a Barger’s Guide

The River Po: a Barger’s Guide

Searching for great river cruises? Italy’s lovely rivers and canals offer tourists a chance to explore the wonders of this beautiful country. When you navigate down the River Po, you can travel through the various Italian natural landscapes, marvelling at unique lagoon islands, gorgeous lakesides flocked with birds and charming Renaissance cities with awe-inspiring architecture.
Length and Route


The River Po is a 650-kilometre long stretch of water that will take you from the canal city of Venice to the cultural hotspot of Mantua. Starting in the Venetian Romantic city, you can travel up the river through the Po valley, along the river and the Bianco Canal to San Pietro in Volta, before heading towards Zelo and Governo and finally reaching the lakeside city of Mantua. Along the way, you will encounter both the upper and lower Po plains which are surrounded by the Alps, the Adriatic Sea and the Apennines. You can admire the contrast between the two levels, as the first is a drier landscape with few trees and the second is abundant in water and greenery.

History and Feats of Engineering

The Po River has a very interesting and intricate history. Although it is a bit temperamental, in some places being extremely shallow and in others flooding the landscape, the River Po has enabled centuries of settlers to prosper. It is Italy’s largest waterway and ensured that the region grew into the country’s most important economic area. Its water fed the fields on the bank and led to the flourishing of agriculture. Connecting Turin, Vercelli, Piacenza and Cremona, it was also used as a trade route by the early Mediterranean settlers and later by the Romans too.

This extraordinary river also gave birth to the iconic canals of Venice, as it forms a 100-kilometre long delta which feeds the city’s lagoon. Creating the famous 118 islets, surrounded by 177 canals which host many river cruises, Italy is able to attract many tourists to The Floating City every year. It would not feature its unique architecture of colourful houses built on the ‘submerged forest’ of wooden piles without it. It is also thanks to this legacy that the Po Delta has been named a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Attractions en Route

You can gain brilliant insight into the Roman, Etruscan, Istrian and Byzantine empires by going on Po river cruises. Italy is a treasure trove of culture, with stunning architecture and artworks just waiting to be explored. I’d recommend visiting the beautiful seventeenth-century Villa Ca’Zen. Located on the riverbank, it is a breathtaking stately home where the great Lord Byron courted his muse, Countess Guiccioli, and composed some of his most famous verses. You will also want to explore the city of Mantua, with its neoclassic Palazzo Canossa and the impressive Renaissance dome of the Basilica di Sant’ Andrea. For a bit of musical history, head over to the Teatro Scientifico where the young Mozart first wowed his contemporary with his extraordinary piano skills.

Paul Newman is the Marketing and E-Systems Executive for European Waterways, the UK’s most respected provider of all-inclusive, luxury river cruises and barge holidays throughout Europe. If you’re looking for the most exciting river cruises, Italy is an ideal choice. 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.

Things You Do not Know Your Health Insurance Will Pay

Things You Do not Know Your Health Insurance Will Pay

Most of us expect our health insurance to pay for procedures such as yearly physical examination and examination of children. If you are not very familiar with your policy, you can lose and pay out of pocket to get prescriptions and procedures that are often covered. Of course, what’s covered will vary from policy to policy and state to state, but it’s always worth it to call customer service numbers on the back of your card to research further. Read on for information on some procedures and services that are often completely free.
Medical equipment

Things You Do not Know Your Health Insurance Will Pay

If you break your legs or hips, you expect your health insurance to cover your hospital visits and the necessary surgery. However, it can also help take care of you once you leave the hospital. If you look under the durable medical equipment section of your reach, you may notice that the crutches and wheelchairs are covered, as are some of the fake limbs. Below this section, nursing mothers can even buy breast pumps more than 90 percent, saving hundreds of dollars.

Pregnancy Prevention Surgery

If you are ready for a more permanent birth control option than oral, injection or physical birth control, you may consider alternative lung tube for women and vasectomy for men. Most people assume that they have to pay for their own procedures, but in most cases, your health insurance will pay the bills. This is because pregnancy prevention surgery will ultimately save you insurance money in the long run.

Non-Western Medicine

If your normal doctor does not offer the medication you need, you might consider alternative treatments such as acupuncture, massage therapy, herbal supplements, or chiropractic services. Many of these services and procedures can be covered by your insurance. You can also use your health savings account to pay for acupuncture as long as your doctor prescribes it.

Gym membership

Slowly but surely, many major insurance companies work to make the sport more attractive to their customers by offering discount gym membership. This is because clients who exercise regularly tend not to suffer from medical ailments like diabetes and heart disease. Investing in a gym membership will ultimately pay off for your insurance company from time to time.

Sleep Study

Are you struggling to fall asleep? Most doctors will provide sleep aids, but your insurance may provide the resources you need to address the root of the problem. You may be able to participate in a sleep study that may reveal whether something like sleep apnea or restless leg syndrome keeps you awake at night, and both of these problems can be treated with treatment.

Nurse 24/7

Many health insurance companies provide their members a toll free number where they can talk to nurses enrolled 24 hours a day. This is great if you face mild medical problems late at night or just have questions about treatment that need to be answered before morning.

Always be sure to check your policy before you pay for any procedures or recipes. Nothing tastes better than saving for your health! Things You Do not Know Your Health Insurance Will Pay

The role of Adjustment of Insurance in Personal Injury Cases

The role of Adjustment of Insurance in Personal Injury Cases

The Texas insurance helper, also known as the assessor, will be responsible for evaluating and resolving claims; they act as an intermediary between the insurance company and the person who filed the complaint. They will let you focus on other things that are more important than worrying about workers’ compensation issues. Once the claim is made, the work of the San Antonia general adjuster begins. They will start by visiting the scene or accident so they can gather as much information as possible in addition to taking pictures if needed. Many times the people who make claims are unaware of their closing limits and the public adjuster will take the time to explain them to them with the ultimate goal of resolving the conflict in the shortest possible time. The role of Adjustment of Insurance in Personal Injury Cases

After the Texas insurance adjusters collect all the necessary information, they will usually present the case to the insurance company. They will give an estimate of what they feel that the individual who filed the complaint needs to be paid and the reporter will then get communication about the offer made by the insurance company. If in any case there is an argument, the insurance adjuster becomes an intermediary between the individual and the company. All these steps are usually done to avoid problems in taking longer and more expensive legal channels.

It seems as if the car claim is usually the quickest and easiest to complete using this route because in many cases, the evidence is always available and its value is almost always not debated. Accident claims are a completely different matter; In this case, the insurance adjuster should try to consider the injured person and they want to act in accordance with the company; This is an important role that ensures that insurance companies do not become bankrupt from the burden of compensation claims. The role of Adjustment of Insurance in Personal Injury Cases

If a peace agreement is reached, the insurance adjuster will ensure that the final agreement is made and the case is immediately closed. The insurer also ensures that they have a clear understanding of all future legal issues that may arise; they will make sure that they close every gap in order not to happen that way. Property damage claims and other claims are settled more quickly when you have an insurance adjuster; Anyone who has no idea of ​​how to file a claim will not give you the desired end result in a timely manner. The insurance adjustment ensures that the problem is resolved quickly and the settlement is fair for both the plaintiff and the company. The role of Adjustment of Insurance in Personal Injury Cases

Car insurance bundle How it affects premiums

Car insurance bundle How it affects premiums

Some companies simply do not offer bundling options because this is not a mainstream idea. Your best bet is to look for a big name in the industry, which often offers many options in terms of multi-policy and multi-car insurance. Most online car insurance estimator tools can only calculate the price of one type of insurance only. There are also some of them that calculate multi-car insurance; This means the tool works to calculate only the auto insurance estimates that are both bundled and stand-alone. In other words, such car insurance calculators can not predict the exact price if you plan on incorporating coverage policies for cars and other types of assets such as property. Car insurance bundle How it affects premiums
Official sites of some insurance companies even have a better option that lets you look at auto insurance estimates either as part of a package package or stand-alone policy. This feature, however, is not available from many companies. An independent agent is the best car insurance estimator you can get. This person not only counts, but compares and advises. You can choose to speak with a captive or independent agent to gain a better understanding of how to package car insurance and how it affects premiums.

Car insurance bundle How it affects premiums

In this case, a captive agent may try to persuade you to purchase a package package simply. This agent works for the company and tries to make as many sales as possible. An independent agent is a better choice because this person works for customers and tries to find the best coverage policy for your needs. Both types of agents should be able to tell your car insurance forecasts exactly whether you are bundling it with other coverage policies or not. Another big difference is that independent agents can compare prices between various companies objectively without trying to convince you to buy from a particular company. If you can not find the right car insurance calculator for your needs online, an independent agent is your best choice. In fact, an independent broker is not only a reliable car insurance estimator, but this person can be a consultant for your needs as well.

Discounts for Multi Car Policy Multi-car policy is one of the most common discounts available from all car insurance companies. If you have two or more vehicles, and you have them insured by one insurance company, this discount is automatically applied. That means you bundle car insurance for two or more vehicles. As mentioned above, some online car insurance estimators have such features, so you may not need to ask for help from an independent professional agent to do the calculations. Regardless of the discount, it is unlikely that car insurance estimates for multi-car policies will be cheaper than the one-vehicle tariff. Eligibility requirements depend entirely on company decisions, but cars should normally be owned by the same household.

Multi-Policy Discount The easiest way to get a discount is to move all policies with just one insurance company. This lets you manage your monthly premium bill more efficiently because you only have to deal with one insurance company. Among all the discounts given, multi-policy is probably the biggest and best you can get from an insurance company. Keep in mind that only a few big companies have such features, but you still have to compare the scope and price to get the most out of your circumstances. A simple online car insurance estimate would not be able to predict the amount correctly because this bundle type only involves too many variables in the calculation. The insurance agent can provide accurate car insurance estimates, in this case, so you want to consider working with it.

Conclusions If you combine car insurance with other types of coverage for other assets, you get all the benefits of multi-car or multi-policy discounts and the ease of handling everything handled by a single insurance company. For this particular situation, it might be better if you ask for help from an independent agent rather than an online car insurance calculator to predict the actual premium rate you need to pay. Estimated auto insurance calculated by the representative will be more accurate; Such agents will even compare prices among many companies Car insurance bundle How it affects premiums

The Worst Moving Scams No One Is Telling You About

The Worst Moving Scams No One Is Telling You About

Every year, more than 10 million people relocate in the US. If you’re one of them and worry about being ripped off for your money by unreputable movers, you should be, according to LDM.
The moving industry players have a couple of scams up their sleeves to charge customers more than they should actually pay. In most cases, this can add up to several thousand bucks to your relocation budget and the worst thing is that people don’t even suspect they’re being ripped off!

The Worst Moving Scams No One Is Telling You About

Arm yourself with the insider knowledge we’re sharing today, protect your rights and fight against moving scams.

Moving scam #1: brokers

First things first: before signing up with any mover, you have to find out whether it’s a real mover or not. In a nutshell, you should avoid household good brokers like hell because few people ever got it straight with them.
Brokers have no insurance and deliver no moving services. They simply accept your deposit and hire a moving company to handle your order. Should any problems arise, both the broker and the moving company refuse to help their clients: movers are saying their client is the broker, not a customer, and the broker is saying he/she doesn’t provide moving services, hence all questions should be redirected to the movers.

The best way to break this vicious circle is not to enter it, ever. Use the company’s USDOT number to check whether it’s a broker or mover via this site: Entity type for a broker is “BROKER’ and for a real moving company it’s “CARRIER”.

Moving scam #2: packing boxes

Here’s a straightforward scam to get more money out of you: moving companies charge up to 3 times more for the packing materials than local shops. For example, you can often get cardboard boxes for just $3 in a local shop (or even for free) while movers can charge you up to $15.
Regardless of how busy you are, consider taking care of the cardboard boxes on your own. Why pay more for the exact same stuff?

Moving scam #3: weighing

Customers are often blissfully unaware that their movers are playing all sorts of tricks when weighing their belongings to drive the weight up. Here are some of their most outrageous tactics.
Tricks with a diesel tank

You may already know that your possessions are weighed to get a cost estimate. First, an empty truck is weighed. Then, your stuff is loaded and the truck is weighed again. The difference between the two figures will determine the costs.

Little you may know that movers can weigh an empty truck with an empty diesel tank but fill it with fuel when weighing a full truck! This adds a few hundred bucks to your budget.

Tricks with wheels

Another way your movers can fool you with weighing is by placing an empty truck on a scale unevenly so that the wheels are not actually on a scale. This reduces the total weight by 1,000 to 3,000 pounds! Of course, they won’t do this when weighing a fully loaded truck and you’ll end up with a huge difference that can cost you a fortune. The Worst Moving Scams No One Is Telling You About

Adding more load

There’s a simple rule you should follow: always overlook the weighing process. If you’re not present or looking, the movers can simply add more load and you’ll end up paying more.

Moving scam #4: estimates over the phone

The moving company can call you and offer a free cost estimate. If you agree they will ask you to provide them with a list of your inventory. Few people will bother to list every item they want to move over the phone.
So the movers will give you an average figure, for example 300 cubic feet for a 2-bedroom apartment while it’s usually no less than 700.