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 Travel Safety Tips

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At, we care about more than finding you affordable airfare – as a valued customer, we hope that you have a safe and enjoyable trip. We’ve done the research for you and prepared a list of precautionary tips and other information that you can print before you travel. We hope it will help to make your trip a worry-free success.

  • Pack the essentials – Travel light so you can move quickly and effortlessly; besides, you’ll want to save room for souvenirs and shopping on your travels!
  • Stake your claim – Tag each bag of luggage with your name, address and contact information.
  • Keep it casual – “Dressing to impress” with expensive jewellery or clothing can attract unwanted attention.
  • When in Rome – Do as the Romans do! Avoid carrying valuables or essentials in handbags, fanny packs or outside pockets – tourists may be targets for pickpockets.
  • Make a copy – To be safe, make a copy of your passport identification page that can be carried with you at all times.
  • Lock it up – Your passport, credit cards and cash should be stored safely in the hotel safe.
  • Maintain your health – Keep all medications carried with you in their original containers (with the original label) along with copies of the prescription. Also keep in mind that your insurance may not cover medical expenses abroad, even if you have private insurance. Consider purchasing insurance before you travel.
  • Keep your eyes on the prize – If you wear glasses, carry an extra pair with you.
  • Sort out your finances – Consider carrying travellers’ checks and more than one credit card with you. If you’ll be travelling abroad, notify your bank of which countries you will be visiting and for how long to avoid suspension of services. Also be aware of limits on your credit cards – some countries have strict laws on exceeding credit limits.
  • Travel calls – And you answered! Make sure to check with your mobile carrier prior to traveling to another country regarding voice and data packages to avoid racking up fees and charges. Consider carrying a calling card.
  • Get cleared to go – Check the Visa status for the country you are travelling to prior to departure. Also ensure that your passport is up-to-date and valid for six months exceeding your planned return date.
  • Heed warnings – Travel warnings are for your protection. If you’re travelling out of the country, please check into the status of your destination here.
  • Cash in – Be sure to bring your Frequent Flyer Miles and points for airlines and hotels.
  • Cover your bases – Leave a copy of your itinerary, passport, passport photos and the serial number of travellers’ checks with close family or friends.

Quick Travel Tips and Resources

  • Click here for consular affairs for all foreign services and information.
  • For overseas citizens’ services, please call: 613-994-1310 or email For emergencies 24/7, please call 613-996-8885 or email
  • While traveling abroad, you should register with the state department here.
  • Click here for a guide to country customs and etiquette.
  • Click here to read a guide for unaccompanied minors travelling alone.
  • Click here for an FAQ about travellers with disabilities.
  • Click here for information about travel for adoption.
  • Currency Converter
  • Language Translator
  • Weather Reports

Public Transportation Safety While Travelling

When travelling via taxi, bus, train, metro or any other means of public transportation, you will want to be safe and smart. Here are a few tips for your consideration:

  • Keep a low profile – do not attract attention, raise your voice or get into arguments.
  • Always be cautious in crowded metros, train stations, elevators, tourist sites, marketplaces, festivals and especially in crime-ridden areas.
  • Avoid dimly lit or sparsely populated areas, especially if you’re on your own.
  • Keep a distance from public demonstrations or political disturbances.
  • Never discuss travel plans with strangers.
  • Don’t appear lost or confused – even if you get turned around, appear confident as you find your way.
  • Make a note of emergency phone numbers in within the area you are travelling in.
  • If you are ever confronted or attacked, remain calm – give any valuables you have and do not fight back; your safety is more important.
  • Do not take unofficial taxies that are not marked or metered.
  • Never accept food or beverages from strangers.
  • When sleeping on a train, ensure that your luggage is safely secured with a chain lock.
  • On overnight trains, ensure that your compartment is locked while you sleep.
  • Don’t be afraid to let local authorities know if you suspect anything.

Hotel Safety Tips

After saving big on a discounted hotel through, you’ll want to ensure your safety to make the most of your travels.

  • Meet any visitors in the hotel lobby and keep your room locked at all times.
  • Don’t leave money or valuables lying out – lock them in the hotel safe.
  • If you let somebody in the hotel, inform the concierge or front desk of your expected time of return.
  • Always read the fire safety instructions and know how to exit the hotel in case of an emergency.

Car Rental Safety Tips

After making your discounted car rental reservationon, keep in mind these tips to stay safe behind the wheel.

  • Choose a car typical of the area in which you’re travelling – you don’t want to draw attention to yourself with a flashy or expensive car.
  • If possible, choose a car with universal door locks and power windows – features that give you better control of access.
  • Inquire about having any markings identifying your rental car as a “rental” removed.
  • Ensure that the car is in good working condition.
  • Always wear your seat belt and keep the doors locked at all times.
  • Never pick up hitchhikers of either gender, even if they look innocent or are attractive.
  • Remain in your car if you see suspicious looking people around.
  • Avoid parking your car in a remote area overnight, and if at all possible avoid driving at night.
  • There are many scams (especially in some southern European countries) that lead to carjacking. Carjackers operated a gas stations, in parking lots, city traffic and even along highways – be suspicious of anybody trying to get your attention when you are in or near your car.

Safety Tips for Handling Money When Travelling

Handling money safely is extremely important while travelling. Whether you’re using cash or travellers’ checks, you’ll want to make sure that your money stays in your pocket – not in somebody else’s. Here are some helpful tips on how to stay safe during your travels:

  • Try and carry traveller’s checks instead of cash – it’s a good idea to counter sign the checks in front of shop owners when making your purchase.
  • Never make it obvious to anybody that you are carrying large amounts of cash.
  • Ensure that you get your credit card back after each transaction.
  • Only deal with major, well-known money exchange vendors.
  • If you lose any valuables or money, immediately file a police report and retain a copy. After reporting the theft to the nearest police station, report the following if necessary:
    • Traveller’s checks to the closest bank or issuing company.
    • Credit cards to the issuing bank.
    • Airline tickets to the travel agent or airline.
    • Passport to the nearest consulate or embassy.

Contact Information for Victim Compensation and Assistance Programs

Information for victims of crime in Canada can visit the Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime here.