Topsy Turvy Travel. We Need Your Help

We need some help, and you are the folks who can provide it. For over five years, many of you have been sharing your time with us, asking questions about border-crossing issues, travel insurance, and government rules and regulations (from the sublime to the ridiculous)—like whether you are allowed to carry Texas onions into Alberta or smoked meat sandwiches from Montreal to Plattsburgh, NY.

Your questions have shown us that travel is becoming increasingly complicated. The next generation of travellers is not going to have as it easy as you did, when all you needed was to smile at the border agent, show him your driver’s licence, and cross over at Peace Arch, Rainbow Bridge, Pembina, Detroit, or so many other crossovers between Canada and the US.

Starting this summer, the governments of Canada and the US will complete development of a new data-sharing system that will record every entry and exit you make into either country, regardless if you exit at Blaine and re-enter at the Ambassador Bridge.

Related: Canada and US to Share Border Data

We want to keep track not only of this new technology, but how it affects you when you travel: Do you plan on dropping some of your short-term stints in favour of building up your full six-month inventory? Will you start travelling more to non-US countries? Or travelling throughout Canada? We also want to know about your experiences if you have been stranded or seriously inconvenienced by natural or man-made disruptions—what did you learn that could be passed on to other travellers?

You have a lot of stories to tell and photos to share: a bad experience at an airport, a street scam in Budapest, a kind gesture from an unknown fellow traveller that prevented you from losing your passport in China, a loophole in your travel insurance that cost you thousands of dollars, or wise advice from a travel agent that saved you thousands of dollars.

Leave us a comment below with your thoughts about how your travel experiences can be improved. We want your feedback. And please, always tell us in which province you live. Sometimes we can’t answer you as fully as we would like because we don’t know if you live in Quebec, BC, or Manitoba. Provincial regulations vary.

Related: How Long Can Canadians Stay Out of the Country?

If you give us a particularly noteworthy item, we might like to run your name—give you credit.

Be candid, but please, be polite and constructive. We reserve the right to edit or not run a comment that has no productive value without having to explain why. And your language must be acceptable to children…no smartass wisecracks.

You want to share; our readers want to learn. Who knows—this could be the start of your own blogging career.

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