So, you’re going on an adventure. Good for you! If you’re travelling out of your country, there are some things you should do before you go, so if you get into trouble (whether it be a flight cancellation, a medical emergency or a lost passport) you’ll know what to do. If you’ve booked with a travel consultant, they will always help you out as best as they can from home.
Here are some things you can do just to prepare yourself for the unexpected.
- INSURANCE: We can’t stress this enough. Whether you have insurance through your work, or you purchase it from your travel consultant, it is strongly recommended for any type of travel. If something unimaginable occurs, the last thing you want to be dealing with is the massive bill when you return home. Know what you already have and purchase extra if required. Just know that you are covered for the unexpected with you or at home.
- Consulate Locations: This is an important piece of information if you lose your passport or it gets stolen. If you need urgent help, the Canadian (or the consulate of your home country) consular officials in the country you are visiting may be able to assist you. Have that information ready BEFORE you go. If Canada does not have a consulate or embassy in the country to which you are travelling, another country will often represent our interests. You can find Canadian embassy and consulate information here.
- Copy of passport: Either take a photo or copy it, bring that with you and leave one at home with someone. If you lose your passport, you still have a copy of it and will be able to prove you are who you say you are. Make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months after you return to Canada.
- Travel Information: Leave your travel itinerary with someone at home or leave the contact information for your travel consultant with someone in case they need to find you.
- Destination Research: Research your destination. Make sure your immunizations are up-to-date and read up on any travel advisories that may be present at that destination. Your travel consultant will be able to assist you with Visa applications if required. It would also be a good idea to research local laws and customs so that you don’t find yourself detained for doing something you were unaware was illegal (but if you do, see number 2).
The more you know before you go, the more relaxed you’ll be if something goes awry. Even if nothing happens, you’ll feel better knowing that you were at least prepared. Contact us and we’ll help you plan your adventure.