Toronto, CA, September 12, 2011 — Fall is in the air and with its arrival marks the official kick off of thousands of Canadians 55-years-old and older heading to the warmer climates of the south. These travellers are commonly known as snowbirds.

Toronto, CA, September 12, 2011 — Fall is in the air and with its arrival marks the official kick off of thousands of Canadians 55-years-old and older heading to the warmer climates of the south. These travellers are commonly known as snowbirds.

Of the many snowbirds who migrate from Canada every year, many are out of the country for two to six months. Given this extended leave from Canada, snowbirds are wise to buy travel insurance for snowbirds especially when travelling during hurricane season. With travel insurance coverage, snowbirds can avoid paying excessive medical fees ranging from hundreds to thousands of dollars in the United States or the Caribbean should they require medical attention while on holiday.

In addition to snowbird travel insurance, quote comparison website provides the following 10 travel tips for snowbirds to make their extended stay from home, stress-free and enjoyable:

1. Snowbirds must make sure they have a valid passport and enough pages in their passport for custom officials to place a stamp. Depending on some travel destinations, a traveller may also require a travel visa. Whatever the case, before travelling it is a good idea to verify what travel documents are needed – whether a passport, visa or both.

2. If travelling outside of North America, most travel authorities recommend getting immunized especially against the flu with the threat of H1N1 and also hepatitis A.

3. Snowbirds should call their doctor to either schedule a physical or check up to verify if it is safe to travel for an extended period of time. It is vital for travellers to not forget to pack their medications and vitamins, especially if they have pre-existing medical conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure.

4. Have enough cash on hand to assist with purchases just in case credit or debit cards are not accepted. It is a good idea to create a budget to keep track of all of your expenses.

5. Before scheduling an extended vacation, snowbirds should find out from their province how long they can stay outside of Canada without losing their health care eligibility. If someone exceeds the amount of time outside of their province, they may have to go on a waiting period to re-establish their eligibility for health care after returning home.

6. Most snowbirds drive to their destination. A call to their car insurance provider before leaving can help snowbirds make sure they have the appropriate insurance coverage and information to assist in the event of an accident. Some snowbirds prefer driving a rental car instead of their own and most rental car companies offer additional insurance. If a snowbird is looking for other options, they can call their credit card company and personal auto insurer to verify what is available to them if choosing to rent.

7. It is common for snowbirds to travel with their laptop, tablet or smartphone. When travelling with these devices a snowbird traveller can save a lot of money by getting a cell phone plan that allows for international texting and data. Having a plan that allows for unlimited international texting will reduce roaming fees. Where possible, take advantage of free internet Wi-Fi coffee shops.

8. Make a list of emergency contact numbers. Give this list to a close family member or friend. This will save invaluable time during an emergency.

9. Have a friend or family member check on the house while vacationing. They can remove all unwanted junk mail and keep track of important bills. Snowbirds can protect their home from burglars provided someone watches over their home in their absence.

10. Do not forget to cancel or suspend all magazine and newspaper subscriptions while away.

While most snowbirds travel south to avoid harsh Canadian winters, many migrate to catch up with old friends or make new acquaintances. Whatever the case, Kanetix reminds snowbirds it is important to know how and where to get help in the event of an emergency or lost passport. A good place to start is Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada.

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