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Travel Tips To Keep You Safe

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Travel Tips To Keep You Safe

Travel Tips To Keep You Safe

IF YOU ARE TRAVELLING OUTSIDE OF NORTH AMERICA:

Before you leave, give a family member or friend copies of your travel itinerary and contact details, birth certificate and a copy of your travel insurance documents.

Did you know The Government of Canada has an app for notification of travel advisories and consulate contacts and much more for travelling outside of North America?

It’s definitely worth downloading.    https://travel.gc.ca/mobile

If you are unable to download the government app and you are travelling internationally please read the Canadian Government website on Travel Advice and Advisories. You will be able to verify that the country you are travelling to is a safe destination and that there are no travel warnings or disease outbreaks or natural disasters.   https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories

Also look up and note the phone number of the nearest Government of Canada consular office in the country that you are visiting.

https://travel.gc.ca/assistance/embassies-consulates

https://travel.gc.ca/assistance/emergency-info/consular

For those that are travelling to an international country, I recommend you register with REGISTRATION OF CANADIANS ABROAD  on the Government of Canadas website. This is a free service by Foreign affairs trade and Development Canada that will keep you connected to Canada in cases of an emergency abroad, such as an earthquake or civil unrest or an emergency at home.  https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/registration

Have you heard of a VPN app? A VPN stands for the Virtual Private network. VPN allows you to create a secure connection to another network over the Internet. VPN’s protects your privacy while you browse the internet or do your banking. Whenever you connect to the public WI-FI network on your laptop/tablet/cell phone at an airport or coffee shop anywhere in the world you could be exposed to hackers and Malware attacks. Not only are your protected from hackers spying on untrustworthy Wi-FI hot spots you can also watch streaming media like Netflix. There are different VPN services and rates to research.

Keep your passport DRY and safe. Some countries will refuse entry if there is any water damage to the pages of your passport or if there are torn pages. Keep your passport in a plastic folder or waterproof wallet or Ziploc.

Scan or photocopy the identification page of your passport on page 2 and email the scanned image to yourself. Bring a paper copy of your passport with you on your trip.

Do not keep your wallet in the back pocket of your pants as it can be lifted in seconds by someone bumping or shoving themselves into you. Never put your valuables in your backpack. My friend placed her backpack down for less than a minute and it was snatched in front of her eyes while vacationing in Rome. Speaking of backpacks you may see travellers wearing their backpacks on their front when they are in a crowded area like a subway or airport or train station. This is definitely one way of keeping an eye on your bag! Even if your bag is worn in front of you, do have your valuables secured in a safe place on you and not in your bag.

Sadly pickpockets have changed with the times. Technology means that thieves can charge your credit card even when it’s in your pocket! Before you travel purchase credit card sleeves with  RFID blocking technology from a luggage store for your debit and credit cards and passport.

Bring a backup credit card and debit card. Have plenty of credit available on your credit card(s) in the event that you have to suddenly spend a large amount of money for a hotel, plane ticket or hospital. A friend of mine had to pay $3000.00 USD upfront when her son was hospitalized in Cancun.

When you return home from your trip, always check your charges on both your credit card and your debit card account.

Find out and note the country of travels emergency contact number, similar to our 911 in case of a life-threatening emergency. Not all countries use 9-1-1 as a medical/fire/police emergency number.

It is always best to know where you are going before you arrive at an airport that you have never been to. Research the train or bus schedule or the taxi company in advance and have the local currency to pay for your transportation. Leave your expensive jewellery at home. Try not to look like a tourist and blend in.

Call your credit card company and alert them that you will be away. Some card companies say it is not needed others will note this on your account or ask you to go online and add this information to your profile. Write down the international phone number of your credit card. Hopefully, you will never need to call them.

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