Whether you are taking your very first vacation or have travelled the world; Canadian's should ensure they always...
1. No matter where you plan to travel, make sure you check the Canadian Government Travel Advice and Advisories page for your destination. It will give you up to date information on the destination you are traveling too including all documentation required for your trip! Be sure to check again shortly before you leave as safety and security conditions may change between the date you book your travel and your departure date. Click here to be redirected directly to the Canadian Government Travel Advisory website.
2. Check your passport; if you are travelling outside of Canada you must have a valid passport. The Canadian Government Travel Advice and Advisories page will give you the entry and exit requires for your destination however it is always highly recommended you have a valid passport for at least 6 months after your return to Canada. Click here to be redirected to the Canadian Passport Application website. ** I recommend making a colour copy of page 2 (picture page) and keeping a copy in a secured location in case you loose your passport.
3. Minors who are not traveling with all legal guardians and are leaving Canada could be denied if they do not have a consent letter. I travel with my children without my husband and have been asked on multiple occasions for the letter. Click here to be redirected to the Canadian Governments website for the Minors travel consent letter.
4. Different countries have different health standards. It is important to know what these are and if you require any vaccinations for your upcoming trip. The easiest way is to make an appointment with a local Travel Health Clinic. They have the expertise to give you the advise you require. If you do not have access to a travel clinic your family doctor can assist. I do recommend though visiting the Canadian Travel Health website before visiting your doctor. Click here to be redirected to the Canadian Governments website for Travel Health.
5. There are limitations on what you are allowed to bring back to Canada. Before you leave be a smart traveller and be aware! I always bring an evelop for all my receipts and present then with my form. Click here to be redirected to the Canadian Governments website highlighting what you need to declare.
6. Register your travel with the Canadian Government. The Registration of Canadians Abroad service to a free service for Canadians. It will allow government officials to contact you to provide important information in preparation for an emergency (such as a natural disaster or civil unrest), instructions during emergencies, important changes or updates to the Travel Advice and Advisories for the country for which you registered, and more. Click here to be redirected to Registration of Canadians Abroad website.
7. Do you need to order money? Different countries around the world have their own currency. Be familiar with the exchange rates and go to your bank at least 14 days prior to travel in case they have to order your money in. If you require money at destination often ATM machines will offer a good exchange and easy access to currency. Just remember to make your bank aware prior to travel. This also applies to credit card companies. Click here to be redirected to a currency exchange website.
8. Travel Insurance. It is very important you have Travel Insurance for your trip especially medical insurance. It is not worth the risk and often medical insurance policy cost very little. A full travel insurance policy is highly recommend and it is easy to confuse travel medical through work with a full insurance policy. Most work places if they do include travel insurance it is only medical. Since many trips are non refundable a cancelation policy is highly recommend. Click here to visit Magical Trips Insurance Page for more information.
9. Learn how to call home prior to leaving home. As simple as this sounds many people are unaware how to dial out of the country they are visiting. Click here to be redirected to a how to call abroad.
10. It's important to understand the time zone you will be traveling too especially if visiting multiple countries. If on a cruise be sure to find out if cruise ship time is different from the local time. Click here to be redirected to the world time server website.
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