5 Things You Need to Know While Travelling Abroad
Travellers always leave home hoping to have a pleasurable trip, however, if the travel preparations are not well-made, the travelling experience can sometimes be unpleasant. Ontario's travel industry is regulated for consumer protection so that travellers can enjoy the best travel experience. When travelling, it’s essential to book with an Ontario registered travel agency or website in order to take advantage of the consumer protection available to you. To know a registered travel company, just look for the Travel Industry Council of Ontario (TICO) registration number and TICO logo or use the TICO’s online Travel Agency Search feature.
According to the TICO Blog, In Ontario, travel agencies and websites are obligated to provide consumers with information such as travel documentation required for each person travelling, the availability of trip cancellation, out of province health insurance (if applicable), and the terms and conditions relevant for the travel services being purchased.
The blog suggested 5 tips to assist international travellers when dealing with any unexpected issues while travelling:
1. Make Photocopies of Any Travel Documents
Travellers are advised to make photocopies of tickets, itineraries, passport, insurance policy, forms of identification, and credit cards, and keep these with a friend or family member at home. This is in case of emergencies so that someone knows exactly where they would be at any time. You should also carry these photocopies along with you while travelling so that if you lose any documents while on your trip, you can use the photocopies to take the necessary steps towards recovering them.
2. Record the Contact Information ofthe Canadian Embassies in Each Country You Plan To Visit
Once you arrive at a new country, it is advised you find the address of the Canadian embassy there and their phone numbers and record them on your phone for emergency situations. If you ever find yourself in trouble in a foreign country the Canadian embassy might provide the necessary help needed.
3. Research Your Destination Before You Depart
It is important to do some research about your destination because their laws may differ considerably from Canadian laws. The blog recommends www.travel.gc.ca, a website owned and run by the Government of Canada which is invaluable for Canadians who wish to travel abroad. On the site, one can find the latest travel advisories for each country on situations that may disturb the welfare and security of Canadians travelling abroad.
4. Register With The Government Of Canada’s Registration of Canadians Abroad
There is a free service, also available on the government-owned site. Registering on this site means that government officials can contact and assist you on your travels in an emergency or notify you of an emergency at home. They also recommend downloading the Government of Canada’s Travel Smart App which provides up-to-date travel advice.
5. Purchase the Correct Adaptors for Your Electronics So You Can Stay In Contact
Remain in touch with your friends and family at home by purchasing the correct adapter for your cellphone, tablet or laptop.