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A great trip starts with careful planning

By June 1, 2018 June 19th, 2019 Advisor, Consumer
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So you’re heading off on vacation soon… lucky you! Whether you’re travelling around the province, crossing the country, or roaming the globe, getting ready for a trip can be overwhelming. Besides all the packing involved, there are a handful of other “must-do’s” you’ll want to take care of before you take off:

Check your passport & Visa requirements

Travelling internationally? Many countries require passports to be valid for several months after you return – and that length of time can vary by destination. So be sure to check the requirements of your final destination online. You’ll also want to confirm whether there are specific Visa requirements needed; destinations such as China can involve a multi-step process that you’ll need to allow time for.

Visit your local traveller’s clinic

Whether you’re headed to the beach or a city, elements such as water, food and mosquitos can quickly turn the trip of your dreams into a nightmare. Visit the Government of Canada’s travel site for immunization recommendations by region; your local traveller’s clinic can administer shots such as hepatitis A or B and prescribe something to guard against stomach and intestinal infections that can ruin a holiday.

Make sure you have local currency

As daily life has become more jam-packed, banks have smartly responded with ways to make our lives easier: some banks now deliver your choice of foreign currencies right to your door! Be sure to request some small bills; these will come in handy for tips at your final destination.

Put the hotel concierge to work for you

Some travellers prefer to be spontaneous and go with the flow of local life, while others want to plan ahead to ensure they get into the places they want. If you fall into the second category and are travelling during peak season, know that many popular restaurants and attractions may be sold out. To avoid disappointment, call the hotel concierge direct with a list of dates and places to book in advance of your arrival. This way once you check in, you can slide right into vacation mode!

Don’t forget the Travel Insurance

Life is filled with unexpected twists and turns. So be sure you have proper Travel Insurance in place before you go. Your policy should offer protection such as Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption and Travel Accident Insurance, and even help you locate a local doctor, hospital or pharmacy if needed while you’re away. Many plans also will air lift you home if needed, and pay medical costs on the spot where possible. Be sure to examine your policy carefully to determine what it covers!

Also, protect yourself with Life Insurance

Before you pack your passport, look after getting your Life Insurance in place. If you already have a policy, read the fine print to know what you are protected for. For instance, if you’re going to engage in higher risk, extreme sports such as mountain climbing, scuba diving or sky diving, make sure your policy covers you. Enjoying an extended trip to an exotic location? Again, just be sure that your policy will remain valid; both the country you are travelling to and the length of time you’ll be away may have an impact on your coverage. To verify that you are covered or to purchase the plan that best meets your needs, contact your life insurance advisor or Canada Protection Plan at 1-877-851-9090. Bon Voyage!

Passport Validity: https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/…
Vaccinations needed: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list
Travel Insurance: https://www.cpp.ca/travel-insurance/
High risk sports FOMO: https://www.cpp.ca/fear-of-missing-out-producing-thrill-seekers-who-need-coverage/

The information contained is as of date of publication, and may be subject to change. These articles are intended as general information only, a licensed advisor should be consulted regarding your specific situation.
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