Rules and regulations for travelling around the world changed instantly on September 11, 2001. No longer can you carry shampoo or mousse on the plane with you; plastic forks and knives are allowable only when your meal is served; and little Johnny is going to be disappointed to learn he can no longer go into the cockpit for a tour. Even traveling by car, train or ship has become much more difficult. You are going to have to adhere to strict guidelines if you want to enter another country. If you are going to be travelling outside of Canada for any length of time, here are some things you should know.
1) Get immunized: Depending on which country you’re travelling to, you’ll have to get either immunization or tetanus shots before you go. Your travel agent should be able to tell you which shots you need and when you need to get them. You’ll likely have to take them at least a couple of weeks in advance of your trip.
2) Customs/Declarations: you’ll be able to bring a certain amount of souvenirs and goods back with you, depending on how long you’ve been away. Again, your travel agent should be able to tell you this. Certain foods and exotic animals are strictly forbidden from being brought back into Canada. You’ll be able to check online for the complete list of what can and can’t be brought back.
3) Insurance: No one likes to think that they may not come back, but it is something you must plan for. Life insurance, or assurance vie for the French, is absolutely imperative to have before you go. You’ll have peace of mind knowing that your family is taken care of.
4) Climate: It’s important to know what the weather is going to be like at your destination of choice. The internet makes it easy; you can search for daily and weekly forecasts anywhere in the world. Remember that even warm climates can have cool nights or cold spells; it’s best to bring a light jacket or sweater just in case.
5) Attractions: You’ll want an itinerary so you know what the best attractions and sights are. These are easy to look up online, and your travel agent can help you decide on some of the best ones. Look for deals and discounts on the internet before you go. A note of caution, though. Make sure the companies you deal with online and any tickets you purchase are in fact real. Also check online for dates and times that they are open.
There is no reason that your travelling experience can’t be a pleasant one; as long as you know what to expect before-hand, there will be no surprises later when you’re at the airport, the ship’s dock or the border. Keep your passport and identification with you at all times and respect the rules and regulations. They were put in place to help make you a safer traveller. If you travel by plane, be sure and mark your luggage so you will easily spot it.Most importantly, have fun, vacations are well-deserved.