Taking a Vacation

Time to Get Away

The hectic pace of everyday life can start to wear on all of us at some point. It's nice to have a break, a change of scenery. Load the kids into the van and hit the road to family fun. Explore the jungles of Costa Rica with an experienced guide. Enjoy a quiet after-dinner gondola ride in Venice with that special someone.

Travel Expenses

Travel agencies offer packages that are designed to meet all kinds of holiday desires. This can be a good way to save money, but may not suit your individual needs. Traveling by car provides a lot of freedom, but the distance you can travel is then limited.

The most popular method of vacation travel is by plane. Full-fare tickets offer the most flexibility and fewest restrictions, but they come at a price. If you can travel outside one of the peak seasons, and know the dates you want to leave and return well in advance, discount airfare is available. Seat sales are limited and can't be counted on, especially for large families.

Staying in hotels and eating in restaurants can get expensive. Do some research before you leave. There are a lot of books and websites to help you find the accommodations and places to eat that are right for you.


It's easier to relax abroad knowing that you're covered if something goes wrong. There are different insurance packages available that cover everything from lost luggage to health care while in another country. Your Provincial Health Care does not cover all medical expenses, so make sure you're protected.

Traveller's Cheques

The safest and most convenient way to carry money while you travel in a foreign country is to buy traveller's cheques in advance. American Express® Traveller's cheques are accepted all over the world and can be replaced quickly if they are lost or stolen*.  For more information about using your American Express® Travellers Cheques, to find out where you can exchange them when travelling and for assistance with lost or stolen traveller’s cheques, go to www.americanexpress.com/canada/en/travellerscheques/index.shtml

A great vacation can be had on any budget with a little planning. Let FirstOntario Credit Union help you get away and have some fun this year.

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