Planning your trip

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Plan ahead!

Make sure you enjoy every moment of your vacation with proper planning before you go. We offer advice to help you see the world, worry-free.

"To stay is to exist. But to travel is to live."

– Gustave Nadaud, French poet and singer-songwriter

5 tips to plan your dream vacation

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1. Get in touch with a travel agency

Benefit from the advice of a travel agent. An expert will help guide you to the perfect choice while respecting your budget. It’s all possible.

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2. Think about travel insurance

Always take precautions before you travel. You've had to save for your vacation, and it's important to protect your investment. Travel insurance lets you hit the road with peace of mind. Be sure to check whether it's already included with your Mastercard credit card.

Further reading

The importance of travel insurance

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Parents hold toddler by the hand by the sea
Parents hold toddler by the hand by the sea
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3. Order foreign currency

Don't want to come up short? Order foreign currency online and have it delivered to your home or a branch of your choice. We make it easy—simply log in to your online bank. Check the exchange rates for your destination to see how much your currency will cost.

Check exchange rates

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4. Keep us informed

To prevent your cards being blocked while travelling, set up a travel notification in your online bank.

Remember to write down important phone numbers in case of emergency: Mastercard, the Canassistance service for travellers, etc.

Add a travel notification

Read on and go further

9 Things to Avoid for a Stress-Free Vacation

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Woman at airport looking at her phone
Woman at airport looking at her phone
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5. Keep an eye on your budget

View your account balance and transaction history from anywhere in the world by signing into the mobile app or your online account.

Remember to pay attention to the withdrawal fees when you use an ABM outside of Canada. See the FAQ to find out which ABMs you can use and how much they charge. You can use THE EXCHANGE network within Canada without network fees or fees from the other financial institution.

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Further reading

Bank account FAQ

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The other key steps before you travel

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