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The Co-operators

September 20, 2011 06:00 ET

Travel Tips for a Safe and Enjoyable Vacation

GUELPH, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 20, 2011) - With the cooler weather on the way, many Canadians have begun to consider their holiday travel plans. Whether you're thinking about visiting family on the other side of the country or the other side of the globe, or are planning to escape to a tropical resort, it's never too early to research travel tips and to start planning.

Some essential Travel Tips

  1. Be sure to leave a complete itinerary of your trip someone you trust, so you can be reached in case of an emergency.

  2. Research your vacation destination in advance.

  3. Don't over pack. Of course, this tends to be one of the most overlooked travel tips.

  4. When flying, check the baggage allowances for the airline you're taking.

  5. Make sure prescriptions are filled for any necessary medicines. Take the prescriptions with you in case they need to be refilled while you're away.

  6. Pack a photocopy of all your identification (in case your wallet or purse gets lost or stolen). If you are using traveller cheques, be sure to record your serial numbers in case they get lost or stolen.

  7. Try not to take any precious jewellery along; you may be a target for thieves. Take along costume jewellery instead.

  8. Possibly the most important of all vacation tips is: Always purchase travel insurance!

Purchasing travel insurance (also known as vacation insurance)

Many Canadians know they need to purchase some kind of when heading to the U.S. or abroad, but are usually unaware that travel insurance should also be purchased when traveling to other provinces. The cost of health benefits varies widely between provinces, therefore, you should purchase additional medical travel insurance prior to leaving to make sure you are covered for the difference in case of accident or illness.

The standard health insurance plan covers:

  • Hospital/medical/physician expenses
  • Emergency dental expenses
  • Prescription drugs and X-rays
  • Air ambulance (with prior approval)
  • Living allowance (with a maximum) for commercial accommodation and meals if you are delayed by injury or illness beyond your scheduled return

Additional travel insurance coverages that can be purchased include:

  • Coverage for baggage (in case it's lost, stolen or damaged)
  • Trip cancellation (in case you have to cancel or return at a different time due to an illness or death)
  • Visitors to Canada (medical coverage for visitors who are not Canadian citizens)

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