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Shrinking Carry-on Baggage Size Confuses Travellers

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has recently proposed Cabin OK, a new initiative that standardizes carry-on baggage sizes to give them priority in overhead cabins.All airlines have slightly different carry-on baggage restrictions; some allow bigger bags than others. These new IATA standardized sizes are quite a bit smaller, which is why IATA is proposing they get first dibs on overhead cabins.Now, the important thing to know is that these standardized sizes aren’t mandatory; you can still use your current carry-on bag. Here are some very helpful FAQs about the Cabin OK initiative.Needless to say, IATA’s Cabin OK initiative has caused quite a bit of uproar in the travel community; travellers aren’t too pleased with reducing the already small carry-on baggage sizes. The CBC does a good job of providing context around the situation.If you’re so inclined to hear it from the horse’s mouth, you can read about the Cabin OK initiative on IATA’s website.As always
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5 Car Rental & Insurance Tips for Your Next Trip

Spring’s here and that means travellers are busy planning their summer itineraries—an exciting step of any trip! If you’re planning to travel and rent a car, make sure you’re en route to a relaxing road trip by knowing the advantages and disadvantages of travel car rental before you drive off.The typical interior of my Avis rental carCar rental on any vacation can be a real head scratcher, especially if you aren’t adequately prepared. Whether you’re staying in your home province, crossing the border or flying off to tour Europe, these tips will help you take on travel car rental with ease! 1.     Do your homework before you goThe biggest advantage of renting a car while travelling is having the freedom to pick up and leave whenever you like, without depending on public transit. Some of the disadvantages, like rush hour traffic in urban zones, trouble finding parking and the common dangers of the road can affect your experience. It’s crucial to be aware of these befo
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Ecotourism 101

Do you love to travel, enjoy the outdoors, try to learn about local populations and try to do it all responsibly? Then you’ve probably been “eco-touring” long before the term was coined! Instead of another article about “top ecotourism destinations”, I’d like to offer you a different approach: how you can be an ecotourist in any destination!What is ecotourism?I love The International Ecotourism Society’s (TIES) official definition of ecotourism: responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment, sustains the well-being of the local people, and involves interpretation and education (TIES, 2015). As I interpret it, if you’re doing it right, this means you can eco-tour in any country!Ecotouring, ziptrek ecotours and ecotourism are big right now. The travel industry is offering more ecotourism options than ever before, but how does a traveller know what to choose?A quick search for ecotours and you’ll hit almost every country, but the most popular ecotou
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The Travel Itinerary Planner You’ve Been Waiting For! [Infographic]

Chances are you haven’t heard of vamo.com yet. It’s a travel itinerary planner that makes city hopping a breeze. How? Type in the destinations you’d like to visit. In a manner of seconds, it provides you with the most cost-effective, convenient way to get from destination A to destination D.Need more info? Check out budget travel expert Barry Choi’s blog post on vamo.comThe post The Travel Itinerary Planner You’ve Been Waiting For! [Infographic] appeared first on Travel Underwriters .
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Reduce Your Carbon Footprint with Carbon Offsets for Travel

With more awareness about climate change, rising carbon emission levels and greenhouse gases, it’s good to know that there are ways to make a difference. The travel industry is placing more emphasis on eco -friendly travel, offering ways to frequent and conscientious travellers to reduce their ecological footprint. If you want to know how to reduce your carbon footprint, read our tips on carbon offsets for travel and counter your carbon emissions!
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Visiting Friends and Family May Need Preapproval to Enter Canada

Visa-exempt foreigners need to have an “electronic travel authorization” (ETA) starting March 15, 2016 to enter Canada. This new security measure by the government of Canada will pre-screen visitors before they arrive in order to identify “high-risk” travellers.
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Is Flying out of US Airports Worth it?

When flying out of the US, many of the passenger costs are subsidized by the government. However in Canada, we have some of the highest airport taxes in the world. We’re on the hook for fuel surcharges, airport fees, improvement fees, government fees, duties and sales tax, whenever we fly. It should come as no surprise that many Canadians are heading south of the border to fly to save money on airfare.Depending on which Canadian city you’re travelling from, it may actually be faster and more convenient to fly out of the US. Of course, price will always be the biggest factor ,so consider the following, before making your decision.
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Snowmobile Travel Insurance

There’s a wide variety of winter sports in Canada which suits everyone’s tastes. Among them, snowmobiling is one of the most exhilarating and adventurous, and a hobby of many thrill-seeking Canadians. As with any motorized sport, caution is necessary as snowmobiling is one of the biggest causes for winter sports-related accidents. This is why snowmobile travel insurance is important to consider if you’re snowmobiling out-of-province or out of the country. What should your snowmobile travel insurance policy cover?Snowmobile travel insurance comes in the form of a good emergency medical insurance policy. When looking for the best coverage, ensure that it covers doctors’ visits, prescriptions, hospitalization and emergency transportation such as emergency airlift. If you’d like more information on emergency transportation, read about emergency medical helicopter and air ambulance insurance. Keep in mind that professional snowmobilers or those snowmobiling competitively (such as
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8 Reasons to Bring Your Bike on Your Next Trip

I love bikes and I love to travel. Put these two activities together and life’s even better! Here are my top 8 reasons why a bicycle makes a great travel companion. Some of my best trips were those I brought my bike along, or flew with it.Exploring the bridges of Portland, Oregon, view of the Willamette River1. Feel goodWhen you’re peddling around a new city, your legs and lungs get a great workout, and you’re helping the environment too! By insisting on self-propelled movement, you’re being eco-friendly, heart and health happy, and the best part is, you don’t have to feel guilty about eating more of the local delicacies.A big brunch, including biscuits in Portland.2. Easy accessGet right up close to the action. Those pedestrian-only streets, tight alleys, and crowded marketplaces have no room for cars, but with a bike, you can roll right in. Medieval cities like Paris, or crowded markets like those in Chiang Mai, are best accessed by bike or on foot.old city, narrow streets
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5 Need to Know Rights

Are you a frequent flyer or an annual adventurer? Chances are, you’ve dealt with a cancelled flight, been bumped last minute, or arrived at your destination sans baggage! While Canadians are still waiting for a comprehensive airline passenger bill of rights, we do have some protection when things go wrong.Whether you’re going on a spring break getaway or planning your summer vacation, get more travel savvy with these 5 need-to-know flyer rights!1)   Get compensated for baggage bust ups.Getting to your destination to find your baggage got left behind is a drag! But if the airline’s lost or damaged your bag, you might be compensated. Keep in mind, the amount varies per airline and destination. For example, Air Canada offers up to $1,500 per passenger and WestJet up to $1,800.Want more coverage? Find out how non-medical insurance (including baggage) covers you!Airline Passengers Who Need to Know their Rights.2)  Delayed baggage? Expect delivery to your door!You arrive, but your
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Airline Passengers Rights

5 need-to-know flyer rightsAre you a frequent flyer or an annual adventurer? Chances are, you’ve dealt with a cancelled flight, been bumped last minute, or arrived at your destination sans baggage!While Canadians are still waiting for a comprehensive airline passenger bill of rights, we do have some protection when things go wrong.Whether you’re going on a spring break getaway or planning your summer vacation, get more travel savvy with these 5 need-to-know flyer rights!1)   Get compensated for baggage bust ups.Getting to your destination to find your baggage got left behind is a drag! But if the airline’s lost or damaged your bag, you might be compensated. Keep in mind, the amount varies per airline and destination. For example, Air Canada offers up to $1,500 per passenger and WestJet up to $1,800.Want more coverage? Find out how non-medical insurance (including baggage) covers you!Airline Passengers Who Need to Know their Rights.2)  Delayed baggage? Expect delivery to your
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A Guide to Claiming Travel Expenses for Work

Claiming travel expenses for work can go a long way as a small business owner. Those small business deductions help run your daily business, but when it comes to mixing personal vacations with business travel; it can be a taxing situation in the eyes of the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA).No need to freak out, travel and entertainment expenses can be vital for small businesses, but there’s no doubt in the eyes of the CRA; the rules are specific. Here’s a simple explanation of some of the travel expenses for business that you can deduct.
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4 Reasons Snow Sports Travel Insurance Claims Get Denied

We’ve been watching recent reports from the UK of the most expensive countries for emergency medical assistance, related to winter sports travel insurance claims. And it’s no surprise that Canadian and US costs are the most expensive, for Canadians and foreigners alike.
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Don’t Miss these 5 Attractions in Cornwall, England

During a recent trip to England, my partner and I were fortunate enough to spend a few days in Cornwall, on the southwest coast of England. The Cornwall tourism industry is fairly small, and this being my first trip outside of the London metropolis, I wasn’t sure what to expect. All I knew to expect was rain that might rival our own Vancouver. I found that stunning ocean vistas and a surprisingly laid-back atmosphere blended with English tradition and history to create a truly unique travel experience.1.     Taking in St. Ives, CornwallSt. Ives is around a 4 hour drive from London; you can also take the train if you can’t wrap your head around driving on the opposite side of the road. If you do plan on renting a car, here are some car rental and insurance tips that will help you become a discerning customer.We arrived in the midst of a mizzle (the local word for misty drizzle), and made our way to St. Ives for a traditional Cornish cream tea. While we sipped our tea and devour
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10 Places Travellers Most Likely Get Food Poisoning [Infographic]

A recent study just came out about the 10 places where travellers are most likely to get food poisoning. No one wants travellers tummy, but it s good to know that you re covered by travel medical insurance if you do catch a stomach bug!The post 10 Places Travellers Most Likely Get Food Poisoning [Infographic] appeared first on Travel Underwriters .
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Things You Didn’t Know Were Considered Travel Medical Emergencies

When you’re buying travel medical insurance, it’s good to know what’s considered an emergency. Below, our handy chart will help you  to know which emergency medical situations are covered by travel insurance. Some might surprise you!In a nutshell, your emergency has to be medical, acute, unexpected, and unforeseen in nature. An emergency that’s covered by your travel medical insurance is usually an unexpected condition that causes you to go to the doctor or the ER for urgent medical attention. The “emergency” coverage will pay for an initial emergency visit, and if you have our Freedom policy, one follow-up visit (within 14 days).  The important point is that recurring illnesses or injuries are not considered emergencies by travel medical insurance, even though you may have to seek medical treatment while on a trip. Makes sense, right?
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Drive the Dream! Travel Insurance to Go RVing in Canada

No matter what kind of RV or rig you drive, going RVing in Canada is more popular than ever. The right travel insurance can ensure your road trip goes off without a hitch (no pun intended)!  With the drop in the Canadian dollar this year, many are choosing to stay within Canadian borders this summer.RV camping with your family is a great way to do it on a budget, while still having your creature comforts close to (motor)home!
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Why I Voluntour And Why You Should Try It Too

Whether you’re a tourist or expat, hardcore vacationer or workaholic, all travellers young and old dream of taking a trip of a lifetime. New opportunities are cropping up along the lines of volunteer travel, or “voluntouring”. In other words, adding the gift of volunteering to a travel experience. But how do you voluntour, exactly? What’s the best way to get involved, and what should you expect? Read on for tips from my first-hand experience to make the best of your volunteer travel.One of our first voluntouring experiences: me and Antoine with a class from Wen He School, Shanghai .A new wave of globetrottersWhile some travellers add a layer of adventure to their voluntour experience (travelling only by bike), others aim for a financial goal (spending less than $5 a day), humanitarian project or ecological focus (eco-voluntouring). Others still make their approach a culinary, artistic, or journalistic one. The possibilities are as endless as the types of travellers themselves!
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How to Plan an Around the World Trip for Beginners

Ever dreamed of dropping everything and embarking on an around the world trip? More and more Canadians are doing just that. Whether you’re carving out a month-long globe trot or a year-long traipse around the world, there are a few things you’ll want to get in order first. Here are some tips for how to plan a trip around the world.
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Answers to Your Mountain Biking Travel Insurance Questions

Travel insurance covers the rider, and in some cases, the bike you ride—even for downhill mountain biking! Below, we’ve answered common questions mountain bikers, cross country cyclists and downhill riders ask about travel insurance for mountain bike travel.
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7 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Volunteering Abroad!

Want to immerse yourself in another culture and give back to the community at the same time? Join the club! Voluntourism, where travellers wishing to see the world and do some good while they’re at it, has taken off in the last little while.But if you’re thinking of signing up for a volunteer travel program or seeking volunteer travel opportunities, there are a few things you should know!Here’s my story along with 7 things I wish I’d known before setting off on my volunteer adventure:It was nearly midnight when our taxi pulled up to a walled compound deep in the dense, green banana plantations of Machala, Ecuador.  An armed guard opened the gate and three massive German Shepherds followed us into the yard. Sitting down with Sister Isabella*, my friend and I learned we’d be spending the next 3 months in a locked facility for at-risk girls.Banos Waterfalls by Trevor Klatko is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic LicenseBut how was I going to help when I
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My Travel Insurance Beat A Hospital Mix-Up

Our customer service and claims teams constantly work with travellers who are sick, injured, or hospitalized. One part of their jobs involves coordinating a web of services: procedures, surgery, hospital rooms, air evacuations, you name it. However, the other part involves a human touch by ensuring that our customers and their families feel supported in any situation.We understand that travellers nowadays are looking for real and honest travel insurance reviews to make informed decisions when purchasing travel medical insurance. Having a medical emergency abroad is a scary experience, and we want travellers to have a better understanding of what s involved. A while back, we had the pleasure of chatting with Laura Schurer who needed to make a claim. She had only kind words to share about the women who worked on her husband’s claim: our Case Manager, Mandy, and our Claims Examiner, Helen. Laura and Bob were vacationing in La Quinta, California, when he started experiencing chest pains
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Travel Insurance for Snowboarding

Despite spring’s arrival in many parts of Canada and the United States, the snow just doesn’t seem to be stopping! Many North Americans are crossing the border to take advantage of the snowy fun. And that’s why travel insurance for winter sports is more critical than ever.Why is travel insurance for snowboarding so important?Consider this!On the first day of 23-year-old Will’s snowboarding vacation, he crashed. He was taken to the hospital where a doctor recommended surgery for his broken wrist. However, Will didn’t need surgery immediately, so his wrist was put in an immobilizer. He returned to Canada the next day, ending his vacation early.Luckily, Will bought travel medical insurance, as well as Trip Cancellation/Trip Interruption, before he left. He was covered for over $4,400 for ambulance fees, medical costs, unused accommodation costs and snowboarding passes.Snowboarding travel insuranceIf you’re snowboarding abroad, be sure that you buy emergency medical travel ins
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Tips to Prepare Your Children for Travelling Alone

Spring break’s almost here! If your children are travelling alone or with adults who are not their parents, do a little extra prep before they leave Canada, to ensure a smooth trip. On top of making sure they have travel insurance for children, and any recommended vaccinations, they should be prepared to travel with some specific documents.Travel.gc.ca has some great tips for prepping children to travel alone. Here are some that we found useful.Make sure children travelling alone have all the right paperworkIndividuals 18 or 19 years old (depending on province) and under are considered children, and need proper documentation when they travel:Canadian passportConsent letter/form confirms the child has permission to travel abroad (alone or with one parent)Supporting identification, like a birth certificate or citizenship cardOther legal documents like custody court orders or divorce papersPrepare children for travelling alone by airTravelling alone by air can be a daunting experience
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The 5 Best Ski Resorts for Romantic Winter Getaways in Canada

Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean the romance has to end! There’s something magical about winter. So, don’t wait till summer to get away with your sweetheart! Plan a romantic winter getaway instead!
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