Here are 7 ways we can make travel safer:

Here are 7 ways we can make travel safer:

A new report, Digital Borders, looks to a future in which eligibility to travel is based on the individual rather than the legacy system of a country of origin.

  1. More intelligence and data sharing. Secure, routine intelligence and data sharing between sovereign national governments and international security organisations on travellers is vital. While significant efforts have been undertaken to improve regular and timely information sharing, additional cooperation and collaboration among these groups is needed.
  2. Provide advance passenger information. The global aviation system and the efforts of all governments to strengthen aviation security are critical to enabling the movement of people across borders. At the same time, sovereign nations are dependent on each other to provide a common secure aviation environment, which is undeniably connected to each nation’s individual economic security. We thus need to drive forward the UN Security Council Resolution 2309 (2016) which urges nations to require airlines to provide advance passenger information to the appropriate national authorities.
  3. Make the traveller part of the solution. It’s time for governments to reconsider the role of the traveller. People on the move should be able to own their digital biometric profile and have the ability to push this secure data in advance to make their journey easier. Traveller participation will enable the wider use of pre-clearance and will make international border crossings more efficient.
  4. Utilise enhanced harmonised biometric standards. International organisations have established harmonised and routine sharing of traveller data, including biometrics for identity verification and travel eligibility, which have improved security and facilitated international travel and commerce between partner countries. To take this forward, national governments need to implement the international standards established by the International Civil Aviation Organisation and assist emerging economies in implementing those standards.
  5. Expand multilateral agreements. Based on the success of bilateral agreements to date, and on the current state of international security, governments should aim to expand established agreements multilaterally. These expanded agreements should incorporate the harmonised requirements for traveller data.
  6. Aim for a single application and a single fee. Many nations currently collect country-specific applications, with varying information requirements and separate application fees for travel security programmes. For multi-national implementation, there should be a single application to electronic travel systems with harmonised security requirements and a single cost-based fee with appropriate revenue sharing between participating governments.
  7. Move to a digital process. Over time, the entire process of border management used by most travellers should be a wholly automated, electronic platform, built on verified biometric data. Evidence is clear that e-visas do not undermine security; they facilitate border crossings for many travellers, reduce paperwork and allow public safety officials to direct more attention and resources to threat identification.

This article was republished courtesy of World Economic Forum.

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Self-made millionaire: Millennials, don’t travel-yet

CNBC Make it.

There are many benefits of traveling: getting recharged, inspired, bonding and connecting with others, and having a new respect for life back at home.

I want my daughters to experience new places and new people. Traveling is an education that can’t be bought at home.

When it comes to millennials and travel, however, I have a few words of caution.

When I was younger, I was not clear on why or what I was learning while I was at college, so I left my university with a piece of paper, debt, no clue about my future and very few skills. Many millennials today find themselves in a similar position. That is why so many young people are wandering without direction.

When you don’t know what you should be doing, it’s easy to put life on hold and backpack abroad staying in hostels and eating ramen.

What I want to do is inspire millennials to work hard now so they can travel the world in style later.

If you’re going to waste time at a job you hate trading hours for dollars, not trying to learn and grow, then you might as well go and waste a few months traveling around southeast Asia. Either way, you’re not building your future.

Young travelers party on a beach in the Indian resort of Goa.

Ami Vitale | Getty Images

The reason many millennials want to travel is because they have no purpose at home. They believe time off is going to allow themselves to somehow “find” that thing they know is missing in their life. But travel, while there are some benefits to it, does not guarantee you will find your purpose.

I took too much time off early in my entrepreneurial career and it almost derailed me.

I had traded in the obsession I thought I was chasing for hanging out with my friends, going to the movies, playing softball and weekend barbecues. But how much introspection does one really need before it’s time to get to work?

“I SUGGEST THAT MILLENNIALS PAY THE PRICE TODAY SO THEY CAN PAY ANY PRICE TOMORROW.”-Grant Cardone, self-made millionaire

It’s not all about the hustle. You must have skills. When you educate for skills it will result in money, and you can use skills every day to bring more value to the marketplace.

If you are a millennial and need to take time off, then take enough time off to fulfill your desire for time off. Just realize, your life will probably be no better at the end of it, and your financial situation will probably be even worse off than it already is.

If you focus on finding your purpose, if you end up getting fulfilled by what you do, you may find your desire for time off goes away.

We live in a society where it seems people have an entitled form of laziness to assume that we work five days and take the weekend off. Why is that? Forget about travel: Should a millennial who is working 40 hours a week making $32,000 a year even be sitting around all weekend taking it easy?

The acceptance of the idea that eight hours invested in your job is enough regardless of your financial position is a misunderstanding of epic proportions.

Twenty-seven-year-old Garston Tremblay, a developer, enjoys a bowl of cereal at his desk while at work at Rally Software Development.

Cyrus McCrimmon | Getty Images

I suggest that millennials pay the price today so they can pay any price tomorrow.

I can travel the world in my own plane today because I put in the hard work and became serious about my career when I was 25. Get obsessed with your purpose, and you’ll find that your travel plans can wait.

Comfort is the enemy of abundance. Don’t let travel get in the way of your freedom.

Grant Cardone is an entrepreneur, New York Times best-selling author, and sales training expert.

KAYAK reveals top trending destinations of the year for Canadian travellers

KAYAK reveals top trending destinations of the year for Canadian travellers

Havana, Reykjavik, Rio de Janeiro, in. Osaka, Istanbul and Kahului, out.  KAYAK, the world’s leading travel search engine, reveals the Top Ten Trending Destinations of the Year according to Canadian traveller search data.1

“Canadians are seeking experiences both rich in culture and history in some of the world’s most interesting cities,” said David Solomito, VP North America Marketing. “Havana has seen an amazing amount of renewed interest as has Reykjavik, but there are some exciting additions to the list – like Casablanca, Auckland and Manila – proving long distance isn’t necessarily a variable when booking a trip.”

This year’s worth of data uncovers where Canadians are heading to next:

  • Havana is this year’s hot spot. While Canadians have always had a love for the historic tourist destination known for its cigars and famous vintage cars, interest in the city skyrocketed with a whopping 230% increase in searches compared to last year. Get there fast before Americans are allowed to start vacationing there, which will likely drive up costs and crowds.
  • Strike while the Reykjavik iron is hot and while you can still score a cool deal. The European hotspot took the #2 spot on KAYAK’S Top Trending Destinations list for Canadians with a 116% increase in searches compared to 2015.
  • Canadian travel to some of last year’s top destinations is expected to drop. Osaka was the top trending destination last year, but saw a 41% decrease in searches this year. Florida may also see fewer Canadians; Fort Lauderdale and Panama City’s temperatures couldn’t keep the cities from cooling down for Canadians.
  • Nashville is “singing your song”, Canada. No surprise with attractions and events continuing to expand in this great American city, Nashville sees a 43% increase in searches among Canadian travellers.
  • Canadians will go the distance for a rich cultural experience. KAYAK data shows that long flights aren’t always a factor when planning a trip. Long-haul destinations Casablanca, Manila, Auckland and New Delhi all saw 30% + increases in searches.

 

IN

OUT

Havana – 230%

Osaka – 41%

Reykjavik – 116%

Istanbul – 31%

Rio de Janeiro – 77%

Kahului – 24%

Casablanca – 76%

Brussels – 23%

Auckland – 58%

Hong Kong – 21%

Manila – 44%

Santiago – 20%

Nashville – 43%

Shanghai – 19%

New Delhi – 39%

Panama City – 18%

Guatemala – 36%

Fort Lauderdale – 14%

Bogota – 34%

Buenos Aires – 12%

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1 Methodology: Search dates Sept. 1, 2015 – Dec. 1, 2016 on ca.kayak.com; travel dates Jan. 1, 2016 – Dec. 31, 2016. Trending destinations are those with the largest increase/decrease in year-over-year searches.

KAYAK, as part of its annual Travel Hacker Guide, also reveals that Calgary is one of the hotspots of the year for North Americans,2gaining 27% more searches and proving Cowtown is a must-visit destination. Known as a gateway to some of the dreamiest ski getaways and the home of the Calgary Stampede, KAYAK data shows it’s best to book 2-3 months in advance. Want the best rate on a hotel? Book it for February.3

Solomito also shared tips to help Canadians travel like a pro “We have some great, intuitive features and tools that will arm you with all the information you need to make the right decisions”:

  • Check out KAYAK’s 2017 Travel Hacker Guide which features insights on what’s trending, popular and wallet-friendly among North American travelers. Based on data from over a billion travel searches, the guide is packed with data-driven insights on where to go, when to go and when to book.
  • For North American travelers, KAYAK’s data found it’s best to book 2-3 months out for Central America, Europe and Asia, but 1-2 months out works for the South Pacific.
  • The explore tool – Enter the budget you have in mind to spend on flights, and KAYAK will tell you all the places you can go within that budget.
  • Flight Hacks – These pro tips will help find the right flight for you.

 

To start planning your next vacation, visit ca.kayak.com.

ABOUT KAYAK
KAYAK is the world’s leading travel search engine. The company’s websites and mobile apps allow people to easily search hundreds of travel sites at once for flights, hotels, rental cars and vacation packages. KAYAK processes 1.5 billion annual searches for travel information and operates more than 40 international sites in 20 languages. KAYAK is an independently managed subsidiary of The Priceline Group.

20 Things You Want to Pack – But Shouldn’t!

20 Things You Want to Pack – But Shouldn’t!

Source: Wendy Perrin | Trip Advisor

What should you keep out of your bag?  Here are things that travel experts and savvy frequent travelers advise never to pack:

  1. More than one pair of shoes

“I have a strict two-pair limit per trip. I wear a comfortable pair of walking shoes onto the airplane, and I pack a nicer pair for dinners/nights out. Depending on the type of trip, I might substitute hiking boots or sandals in place of the dressy shoes. It’s a lot easier not to check luggage when your bag contains only one pair of shoes.”

—Sarah Schlichter, senior editor, Independent Traveler

  1. New shoes
  2. White sneakers

“Shoes need to be broken in before you commit to walking around in them day in and day out.  While sneakers may be comfy from the get-go, in foreign cities bright white sneakers are a dead giveaway that you’re a tourist.”

—Wendy Perrin, TripAdvisor’s Travel Advocate

  1. New underwear

“Take your oldest underwear with holes in them, and when they’re dirty, just throw them away!  Also, use compression bags or packing cubes to organize your clothes; use the compression bags to store your dirty clothes.”

—Nancy Quon

  1. Clothing with patterns

“Instead of clothes with patterns or colors I can wear only once, I pack multi-purpose clothes that won’t look dirty after one use or clash with other items.”

—Josh Roberts, managing editor, Smarter Travel

  1. Clothing with logos
  2. Expensive watches

“I’m always tempted to pack T-shirts or hats with my alma mater or favorite sports team labeled on them, but these clearly shout ‘tourist.’ I usually pack only clothing with no writing on it; it helps me blend in. I also never pack my expensive watch, since it’s another safety hazard.”

—Johnny Jet, JohnnyJet.com

  1. Every medication you could ever need

“Pack your prescription meds, but don’t pack an arsenal of over-the-counter medications and things like throat lozenges. Buy yourself a purse-sized pill container and take what you need in that. Unless you are visiting remote places, most pharmacies abroad are fabulous to spend time in and it can be part of your overall travel experience. Some of my favorite over-the-counter lozenges and topical creams come from France!”

—Robyn Webb, RobynWebb.com

  1. Clothing that requires ironing or drycleaning

“Hotel laundry services are super-expensive, and there are plenty of great fabrics that can be washed and air-dried so you can bring fewer items and wear them more often.”

—Jeanne McGeehan Egan

  1. Hairdryer
  2. Curling iron
  3. Hairspray

“You just don’t need them. They will have a hairdryer and spray at your hotel—and, at a nice hotel, a curling iron too—all to borrow (says the woman who still packs all three. I blame my mother.)”

—Paula Froelich, editor at large, Yahoo! Travel  and A Broad Abroad

  1. Beach towels

“Hotels give out pool towels, and if you need beach towels, you can buy cheap ones locally and either leave them behind or, if you love them, send them home.”

—Julia Hauldren

  1. High heels
  2. Anything you can buy at your destination

“Unless you are traveling for a wedding or a special event, there are a multitude of modern shoe options that will keep you looking stylish during your travels and are practical enough to use more than once. I never find myself reaching for the heels I used to throw in my bag ‘just in case,’ most of the time because I’ve spent the day exploring the city and my feet are tired.  And anything you don’t pack gives you the perfect excuse to buy while there!”

—Tyler Govaars, The Weekend Edit

  1. Guidebooks
  2. Maps

“Once upon a time we needed to pack guidebooks, but today you can download maps and guidebooks as apps. They are more up-to-date than books and don’t weigh a thing or take up valuable space. And an app such as TripAdvisor for Mobile doesn’t require Internet service to use.”

—Lissa Poirot, editor in chief, Family Vacation Critic

  1. Books

“I know that holding a Kindle is not the same as holding a book, but traveling with one is much easier. Plus, most libraries offer e-books, so you don’t have to pay for great things to read on your trip. You can even download more books from anywhere in the world, as long as you have an Internet connection.”

—Jonathan Sacks, Everybody Hates a Tourist

  1. Laptop

“Unless you have heavy-duty work to do, leave your laptop at home and rely solely on your smartphone. I’ve even started leaving my tablet at home. My Android Note 5 can do just about anything I need to do while on leisure trips.”

—Linda Terrill, The Luxury Travel Group

  1. Luggage

“I do two-night trips with just my laptop bag. If you can avoid checking a bag, you avoid losing a bag, and you save precious moments of your life at baggage claim. If you can avoid even needing overhead bin space, you don’t have to board the plane as early, and you move around unfettered through the airport and through life.”

—Gary Leff, View From The Wing

Top 10 Winter Driving Tips To Share

Top 10 Winter Driving Tips To Share

Snow is in the forecast across the country, from a chance of snow in Vancouver, to snow on top of more snow in Alberta and the Maritimes. Winter driving is an important skill in our country, and with the holidays coming up the roads will be busier than ever. Share these winter driving tips with your insurance clients and help keep everyone safe on the road.

1. Avoid the winter slip ‘n’ slide: To ensure your vehicle is ready for Canada’s changing winter weather, switch your all-season tires to winter ones before the temperature drops below 7°C. Winter tires optimize the performance and safety of winter driving. Not convinced you need them? Consider that the braking distance of a winter tire could be up to two vehicle lengths shorter than the braking distance of an all-season tire rolling at 24 km/h.

2. Defrost your windows well: Neglecting to defrost your windows might get you to your destination faster, but it’s a dangerous habit. Plan for a few extra minutes to clean all your car’s windows well. And don’t forget to clear off the top of your vehicle—snow could slide down the windshield and obstruct your view while the vehicle is in motion.

3. Winterize your trunk: Keeping a roadside safety kit in your trunk year-round is a good idea, but winter driving conditions require extra safety equipment. Make sure you’re carrying a scraper for the windshield, a small shovel, a sandbag, candles, and warm clothing like gloves and a hat.

4. Replace worn tires:  It’s important to check your tires each winter season because worn or bald tires can be dangerous. Tires have tread wear indicator bars molded into them. A solid bar of rubber across the width of the tread means it’s time to replace the tire.

5. Don’t mix and match:  Mixing tires with different tread patterns, different internal constructions and/or different sizes compromises the stability of the vehicle. Ensure your vehicle is equipped with four identical winter tires.

6. Top up your fluids: Always keep your gas tank at least half full. On very cold days, the condensation in the tank can freeze and cause problems. Also, don’t forget about your windshield-washer fluid – this is also extremely important on those sunny day!

7. Pump up your tires: For every 5°C drop in temperature, tires lose one pound of air pressure. To ensure optimum fuel efficiency and prevent irregular or premature wear, tire inflation should be checked monthly.

8. See and be seen: It is critical for drivers to see and be seen in low light conditions, and when blowing snow impairs visibility. Always drive with your headlights on.

9. Take a cellphone: For long trips, don’t forget to take a cellphone in case you need to call for help. Pull over to the side of the road and stop your vehicle before making the call.

10. 
Drop your speed to match road conditions: The posted speed is the maximum speed under ideal conditions. In winter, it is safer to drive below the posted speed. No matter how much experience you have, the way your car will move on snow or ice always has an element of unpredictability.

Stay safe over the holiday season! Are you an insurance agent looking for a greater understanding of vehicle insurance in your province? ILScorp has online courses for ICBC Autoplan Agents in BC and an Ontario Auto Expert continuing education course. Visit ILScorp.com to learn more about our online continuing education courses for insurance agents.

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