Lessons from Paris for Canadian Travellers

If there is anything positive to come out of the terrorist attacks on Paris, it is the clear indication that you and millions of your peers will not be intimidated and forced into chucking your travel plans aside.

Travel is what many of you live for, so go ahead with your plans—but add a layer of protection. Unfortunately, the events in Paris last week are not the last of the tragedies our society will face, so it pays to be prepared.

One of the first lessons to be learned out of Paris is that when a city, country, or entire region is thrown into panic, the impact and anxiety is felt not only by the traveller but also by the traveller’s family and loved ones at home. You can avert much of that anxiety by maintaining clear and close links with your home base.

Here are a couple steps you can take to stay in touch with Canada and your family.


Step # 1:

Register your trip with the Canadian Government’s Registration of Canadian’s Abroad service at http://travel.gc.ca/travelling/registration. It’s easy to do and provides a failsafe backup for you and your loved ones should you lose contact with each other. The process only takes a few minutes, and it’s free. You will be asked for your emergency contact names and numbers at home as well as details about your travel itinerary, including dates, locations, hotels, travel contacts, and travel companions. If you feel this is an intrusion into your privacy, just wait until you are locked down in a city under siege and see what it is you value most at that time.


Step #2:

Well before leaving home, make sure to keep a record of all of your travel documentation—flight numbers, destination details and arrival times, transit locations, hotels, passport number and photo—and don’t forget to record and copy the country and city codes of your destinations and transit points and make them immediately accessible to your people at home. And designate one responsible person to be the coordinator of the documents and any contacts should you run into problems. Remember also that if your itinerary changes in any way, your home base coordinator will not know about it as soon as you do. So stay connected. With all of the electronic gadgetry with which you’ll likely be travelling, there’s no excuse not to.

Just keep in mind that if those you leave behind don’t know where you are in case of emergency—if you’re safe, in trouble, dead, or happily alive—their agony can be worse than yours.


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