“Memories of family vacations last a lifetime,” says Dave Minor, Vice President, TD Insurance. “So, you’d be wise to ensure those memories are good ones by preparing your home and family before you pack up and head out of town.”
Follow the ABCs from TD Insurance to plan a safe and fun family vacation that runs smoothly from your front door to your destination:
• Ask questions: Know what to expect before you arrive. Pick up a travel book, or put the Internet to use and learn about local traditions, food, weather conditions, and water quality before leaving to help you can plan accordingly.
• Burglar-proof your home: Remember to prepare your home so that it appears like you’ve never left. Things you can do include setting up automatic timers on your lights, asking a trusted neighbour to park their car in your driveway, and cancelling your newspaper delivery. Last, but not least, don’t forget to ensure all doors and windows are locked before leaving.
• Cover your family: A recent TD Insurance poll of more than 1,000 Canadian 18 years of age and older revealed 29% of us think travel insurance is only necessary when travelling internationally, but this is not the case. Dependent on your province’s health insurance you may need additional coverage from province to province. Also, it’s important to carefully review your travel medical insurance policy before leaving because not everything is covered. People sometimes choose to participate in riskier activities on vacation, such as parasailing, which may not be covered in your policy.