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Getting the paperwork in place

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Life is getting really busy with work and tucking the yard away for the winter.
It's a blustery day and difficult to get much done outside.
Time to start making a list and getting as much done ahead of time as possible

One thing that I've noticed people don't do is register their trip abroad with the Government.
In Canada, we have http://travel.gc.ca/travelling/registration
Registration enables the Canadian Government to reach you in case of an emergency abroad, such as an earthquake or civil unrest, or inform you about an emergency at home. I've noticed that the new technology also will send a text message on the day you arrive to let you know about any issues in the area you are travelling.
I will also get the contact information for the Canadian Consulate agency in the area I am travelling to.
We get to print a business card of contact info. Print it and get it laminated to carry with your wallet.

I will also be notifying my charge card company and bank of my travel plans.
It is really scary to have your accounts frozen up while you are away. This planning can avoid such a thing.
Plus they can place flags for activity that looks out of the norm.
Nothing worse than to have info stolen and used in such a way that you don't have access to your own money.
They can advise you of techniques to identify legitimate withdrawals.
I won't say - because each person comes up with a different idea of how to do it.
Each financial institution has different notation capabilities.
Just know that it is worth the effort for the peace of mind.

After all, getting away is supposed to be about peace of mind.

Posted by travelDIAS 04:18 Archived in Canada Tagged mexico pack plan prepare consulate notify_authorities bank_access

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