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Why Travel is My Drug of Choice

I’m Jane, and I’m a travel addict. Lucky for me, supply is not a problem. In fact, with competitive airfares, alternate types of accommodation, and a proliferation of money-saving tips, it’s never been easier to travel almost anywhere on almost any budget. (I’ve even become a travel blogger myself, so I can legitimately get high on my own supply.) And I’m not alone—I just have to go on the web and search for anything with the word “travel” in it, a country name, or a specific attraction, and I’ll get pages and pages of results that connect me with other wanderers waiting to get their next real-world fix. Call it my support group. So it always surprises me when I encounter people who have little or no desire to travel, a fact that is incomprehensible to someone with my disease. And yet there are more of these UnTravellers than you…

Travel to Canada

I have lived half my life in Canada, half in the US, and it has always amazed me that most Canadians I know personally, know more about travel in the US and abroad, than they do about Canada. It’s time to remedy that. But as with travel anywhere else, travel throughout Canada needs some foreknowledge—especially in respect to management of a medical emergency while out of your province. According to several recent surveys, about three quarters of Canadian frequent travelers buy some form of travel insurance when journeying out of the country. They know the financial risks they run by traveling uninsured. But they’re not so sure about the need for travel insurance to cover medical emergencies when traveling to other provinces even though all insurers strongly advise purchase of insurance for coverage within Canada. Do you need it? Portability of medical and hospital services for interprovincial travelers has…

When Do You Need Travel Insurance? 4 Things to Keep in Mind (Part 2)

In my last post, I looked at a few reasons why you might not necessarily need to purchase travel insurance before your next trip. But even if you have some coverage, it might not be quite right for you. How can you find out? Here are a few things to keep in mind. 1. Not all coverage is the same! You may have travel insurance through your parents or employer, but do you really know the coverage? It is common for extended benefits to limit the amount of days one can travel, and some have very low maximums for certain benefits. (If you do have some coverage from one of these places, you might consider topping it up to make sure you’re fully protected!) As I also mentioned, many go-abroad organizations (especially volunteer and study-abroad) will have insurance that is built into their programs—but be warned, the insurance is…

Caribbean Bound? Do Your Homework. Don’t Get Burned

If you’re planning a trip to the Caribbean in what remains of this winter, you should have no difficulty finding your choice of location at prices comparable to last year. There’s plenty of room at the inn. But if your travel choice is one of the Big Three destinations below—which account for three-quarters of Canadian vacation trips to the Caribbean overall—you still need to do your due diligence on the state of your chosen resorts to make sure the standards are what you expect, and you need to remain increasingly vigilant about your personal safety and security. For specific warnings, check out Travel Canada’s advisory service links for each country. Mexico According to STR—the hotel data collection company—revenues per available room, average daily room rates, and occupancy rates have all fallen, with the Yucatan Peninsula (which encompasses Cancun and Cozumel) being the most heavily hit area. Yucatan has also been…

Podcast – Lily Likes It Here

The Lily Likes It Here podcast came to fruition over the winter of 2016 shortly after sisu production hit the frosty streets of Toronto to conduct interviews about the NBA all-star weekend. Later, in a warmer think tank, sisu and other creatives held a podcast brainstorm. At first, a common thread that tied all of our colleagues together was their love of travel. Or so we thought, until Lily expressed an attitude of indifference towards it. The road to Lily’s logic is far more complex than opposition, and we are determined to learn more about it. Welcome to Lily Likes It Here. Join Lily and her panel of distinguished guests as they duel over distant lands, culinary firsts, and missed connections. Lily doesn’t not like to travel, per se—she just hasn’t been inspired to. Can she be convinced to leave the comforts of home and travel the world? Tune in…

An Agent’s Guide to Selling Visitors to Canada Insurance

Canada is fondly referred to as a cultural mosaic. And with a nation as multicultural as ours, it’s no surprise! With residents from around the world come family and friends visiting from abroad. If your clients are expecting overseas visitors, they will contact you to find the right insurance! Give our Agent’s Guide to Selling Visitors to Canada Insurance a read to assist you in selling this type of insurance.

More Tourists Caught in Mexican Crossfire

A 68-year-old Penticton, BC, man, Mike DiLorenzo, was shot in Mazatlán on January 16 while vacationing in this Pacific coast resort town. According to media reports, he and his wife were coming out of a pharmacy when killers in a van drove by, blew the head off a man riding a motorcycle, and left Mr. DiLorenzo behind as “collateral damage.” Fortunately, Mr. DiLorenzo survived. In the meantime, tourism officials in the state of Sinaloa rushed to their microphones to explain that they would pay for repatriating him to BC for recovery and that Mazatlán remained one of the safest places in Mexico for tourists. That’s not saying much considering the carnage that’s going on throughout the country. The attack that caught Mr. DiLorenzo in its wake occurred less than two weeks after the grisly discovery of 38 bodies executed by drug thugs in and around Acapulco—15 of them decapitated. Tourism officials…