World of Wanderlust: The Countries Canadians Visit Most

By Lesley Green
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Canadians love to travel. We're adventurous and we like to explore. It’s a big world out there and based on the destinations favoured by Canadian travellers, we’re all over the map…literally.

Worldwide Wandering: Top 13 Destinations

Overwhelmingly, the most popular destination for travel by Canadians is the United States. However, if you want to look beyond the U.S. for a vacation, we turned to the experts—travellers who compared travel insurance quotes—to see which other countries are popular picks. Do any of these destinations fulfill your wanderlust for 2020?

  1. Cuba
  2. Mexico
  3. United Kingdom
  4. Dominican Republic
  5. Italy
  6. Australia
  7. Jamaica
  8. India
  9. France
  10. Philippines
  11. Spain
  12. Japan

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Healthy Travel Tips

Staying healthy both during and after your vacation is no accident and the following tips will help ensure you’re in tip-top form for your great escape.

  • Get vaccinated if it’s recommended for the area you’re visiting.
  • Frequently wash your hands and carry hand sanitizer for those times when soap and water is not available.
  • Drink bottled water (and lots of it) to stay hydrated.
  • Protect yourself from the sun with a hat and sunscreen.
  • Use insect repellent to minimize the risk of malaria or the Zika virus.
  • Pack a health travel kit that includes bandages, upset stomach medication, and antibiotic and anti-fungal ointment.
  • Be cautious of what you eat.

Protect Yourself by Packing Travel Insurance

The most important precaution you can take when travelling is to buy travel insurance. Illness and injury can happen when you least expect it and out-of-country medical attention can be costly. Unfortunately, it’s common for Canadian travellers to think they’re covered by their provincial health care plan no matter where they go; however, this is simply not true.

"Your Canadian health insurance may not pay your medical fees while you are outside Canada,” says the Government of Canada. “Your provincial or territorial health plan may cover none, or only a small part, of the costs of your medical care abroad."

This is especially prudent information for residents of Ontario. The province’s plan to scrap out-of-country health insurance coverage through the Ontario Health Insurance Plan came into effect on January 1, 2020.

Pack Trip Insurance

Travel insurance is not where you want to cut corners when planning your vacation. Before you head out on holiday, get the travel insurance coverage you need at the best available price. Compare travel insurance quotes and policies today at InsuranceHotline.com.