Heading south? Read this first

Seven smart tips for vacationers and snowbirds

Gail Bebee 7 October, 2013 | 6:00PM
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For many Canadians, the chilly evenings and ever-shorter days of autumn are a signal to make plans to flee south for at least part of the approaching winter. Whether your escape is for just a week, or it stretches through the entire winter season, there are some inconvenient but essential details to attend to before departing.

1. Take care of your health
Some southern destinations are home to exotic diseases. Visit the Public Health Agency of Canada Travel Health website well in advance of your departure to learn about any health advisories for your destination.

If you take prescription medicine, renewing the prescription while abroad will be difficult, if not impossible. Taking a supply of pills that will last the entire trip is often the best thing to do. For longer trips, discuss your options with your physician.

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Gail Bebee

Gail Bebee  Gail Bebee is an independent personal finance speaker, teacher and the author of No Hype--The Straight Goods on Investing Your Money. She can be reached at gbebee@gailbebee.com; her website is www.gailbebee.com.

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