3 Ways to Travel Safer

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Pretty much every week in the news we hear about a traveler having a misadventure on their holidays. No one ever thinks these awful things will happen to them on vacation. Unfortunately bad things happen to even the most cautious traveler.

Consider doing a little homework and taking a few simple steps to keep you and your family safe before departing on your next trip.

1. Ensure You’re Insured

A surprising amount of vacation travelers discover too late that the travel insurance coverage they have doesn’t always protect them the way they hoped. Travelers Insurance can be tricky, so make sure you determine what you are covered for before you set off on your vacation.

There are three main ways to obtain travel insurance. Lots of banks and travel agencies have offerings that typically cover the cost of your travel if you’re faced with a dilemma but double check if the policy will also cover medical expenses too. Many company benefit plans offer excellent travel insurance but again it’s a good idea to read over the policy to make sure it covers you adequately. Finally, Credit Cards often offer a variety of travel insurance packages. For most cards it seems they will only cover you if the travel expense like flights are paid for with the credit card.

2. What’s Going On Where You Are Going?

International travel provides most vacationers with a long list of concerns. In most cases health and safety risks are preventable when travelling. Travel warnings are becoming more and more common and many government organizations publish lists indicating the countries or locations that may pose a risk. These warnings could involve your personal safety or a possible health concern.

Both the Canadian and US governments provide lots of info on their websites regarding travel safety. Take a few moments to investigate the details that may impact your next trip.

Finally and maybe the simplest step you can do is make photocopies of all of your passport and other important ID. If you were to possibly lose your passport it may help to have copies to assist in the replacement process. Keeping your travel documents and personal identification safe while traveling is imperative. Use hotel safes or get creative with your hiding spots.

3. Where To Go If Something Goes Wrong?

What do you do if something goes sideways while on vacation? For most of us we probably rely on people local to the area to help guide you and get you the help you need. This can be very challenging if their is a language barrier. Consider taking just a few minutes to make yourself familiar with the location you will be traveling and jot down a few numbers or addresses you may require like the nearest hospital and police department and embassy.  Just in case you do run into a problem during your travels it never hurts to have the phone number and address of your country’s embassy or consulate.

Finally and maybe the simplest step you can do is make photocopies of your passport and other important ID. If you were to possibly lose your passport it may help to have copies to assist in the replacement process. Keeping your travel documents and personal identification safe while traveling is imperative so always use hotel safes or get creative with your hotel hiding spots.

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