Travel Tips to Consider Before Your Next Trip

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Knowing the tricks of the travel trade could save you money and hassle the next time you take a trip. There are plenty, but here are a few of my favorites to consider before your next trip. 

Register your trip on the government of Canada’s website: travel.gc.ca.

This is a free service that allows the Government of Canada to notify you in case of an emergency abroad or a personal emergency at home. You will also receive important information before and during an event like news on a natural disaster or civil unrest. Before you even book your trip, you should check this site for any up-to-the-minute warnings and advice about your particular travel itinerary.

Email a copy of your passport and travel documents to yourself.

It might seem like a hassle, but if your passport is lost or stolen, it makes it much easier to replace it. Essentially, all you need is access to an internet connection and a few minutes of your time to give yourself an added layer of security. Pack your personal items strategically. With the crazy luggage restrictions nowadays, you need to make sure you keep your checked bag and carry-on luggage under a certain weight. Some people don’t realize that their “personal item” like a purse or small backpack is free of charge. Maximize your packing efficiency by choosing one with lots of zippered compartments. Make sure your travel documents are in an easy-to-access place and be sure to put them back into that same pocket after you’ve used them.

Access an airport lounge.

If you travel often, this is a great idea, especially if you have a long layover. Sometimes you can get access through a travel credit card or you can opt to join Priority Pass. It costs about US$100 to set up and then US$27 every time you and a guest want to access one of the 1,000 airport lounges they are affiliated with around the world. Don’t forget your food and drinks are free in the airport lounges. And in many cases, you have amazing amenities like showers, day beds and working spaces. If you travel frequently, it’s definitely worth it!

Temperatures tend to fluctuate quite a bit inflight.

The solution? Layers, layers, layers! A scarf or pashmina is a great idea and can even work like a blanket, depending on its size. Be friendly to everyone. The stress of travel makes people cranky, sometimes very cranky. No matter what though, it’s important to remember to always be as nice to everyone as you possibly can. You never know what a kind word or a simple smile will do or what doors they will open. For more information, contact: 1-877-5-BEST BETS or visit travelbestbets.com ■ 

About Claire Newell

A recognized travel expert in North America for over 27 years, Claire has visited over 65 countries. She's the official Travel Expert for Global News, CKNW radio and the bestselling author of Travel Best Bets: An Insider’s Guide to Taking Your Best Trip Ever, has appeared multiple times on NBC’s TODAY Show, Fox News and CNN, and has been published in Success, Professional Woman, Reader’s Digest and Today’s Parent.


The views expressed are those of the author and not necessarily those of RGF Integrated Wealth Management, which makes no representations as to their completeness or accuracy.