Staying Safe During Your Winter Getaway
Going on vacation this season? Don’t forget to keep your safety in mind during your winter getaway. Here are our top tips for your next trip.
Get Travel Insurance
Ontario has recently axed OHIP coverage for medical emergencies when travelling outside of Canada, so it’s important to arrange for travel insurance if you plan to travel outside of the country. Also, don’t forget to check your health card before you go to ensure it hasn’t expired or will lapse while you’re abroad during your winter getaway.
Avoid High-Risk Activities
You can also stay safe by reducing your risk of injury. That means avoiding obvious high-risk activities like riding a mop-ed, swimming in deep water or during high tide, skydiving, bungee jumping, free climbing, rafting, parachuting, and rappelling. How can you tell if something is considered ‘high risk’? Take a look at your travel insurance – if it doesn’t cover it or purposely excludes it, it’s best to avoid it.
Follow the Government of Canada’s Travel Advisories
Our government issues important travel advisories to help keep you informed and safe during your time overseas. So, before you book – and when you arrive, check out the information provided about your travel destination. The website will keep you updated on areas to avoid, possible health hazards, climate and natural hazards, civil unrest, and where to find help if you need it.
Keep Others Informed
Solo travel has become increasingly popular over the past few years. And while most single travellers take the necessary precautions to avoid bad situations, there’s still no guarantee of safety – things happen. So if you plan to go at it alone this year, the best way to stay safe on your trip is to choose your destination carefully and keep others at home informed on where you are, what you plan to do, and how they can contact you. It’s also wise to register with your government as a citizen traveling abroad so they can keep tabs on you and report back to your family if something does go wrong.
Know Who to Call in An Emergency
Knowing what to do in an emergency is only half the battle. You should also be fully aware of who to call and when. For instance, if you’re involved in a vehicle accident because the car you rented was unsafe, you’ll not only need to contact your insurance company but also a Personal Injury lawyer.
Don’t leave on vacation without putting our contact information in your phone. Our lawyers at Zuber Brioux are just one call away if you’re ever involved in an accident. We’ll help to ensure that you get the care you need and the justice you deserve.