Travel Wisely

From insuring your trip to ensuring you arrive home with good stories

As jubilados (Spanish for retirees) our elemental travel years are declining—we’ve got to use them wisely


Camping in Oman

What was one of my biggest fears in venturing off-road by ourselves through the wadis, beaches and deserts of Oman? Scorpions and camel spiders! I didn’t want to become a part of the food chain in a foreign country.

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Burstner Camper

Wednesday night, April 15

I’m still in a bit of a shock over what happened today. Maybe as I age (remember, I’m only a year old) and get used to life in the wilderness (after all, I was born in Germany), I’ll roll with it more easily.

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Speed Camera

After years of driving, I got my first speeding ticket, sort of, while driving in France.

We’ve driven extensively in Europe and we’ve noticed that speeding enforcement in France and Spain has made driving safer, predictable and enjoyable, particularly for a foreigner on vacation.

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I think I was carrying more  medicines than were stocked at this drugstore in El Chaltén!

For our round-the-world adventure tour, we wanted to “BE PREPARED,” a motto I learned as a Boy Scout years ago.

It’s a good idea for all international travellers to have a basic medical kit. First-aid supplies and medications may not always be readily available in other countries, or they may be quite different from those available in Canada. A good travel health kit contains enough supplies to prevent illness, handle minor injuries and illnesses, and manage pre-existing medical conditions for longer than the duration of your trip. An excellent reference is the Centre for Disease Control site  which lists, by country, what to pack in your kit.

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The Osprey backpack

What are the main features to consider in choosing luggage for pleasure travel? Our top three criteria would be that it’s lightweight, versatile and offers high security. We’ve chosen the 24” PacSafe® luggage to check, Osprey daypacks as carry-on bags and a PacSafe® purse and camera bag. Here’s how we came to those decisions.

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