Jul 19, 07 04:23 PM
Submitted by Dattatraya Hegde:
travel tips in US and Canada island travel
Canada's smallest province has managed to retain its unspoiled pastoral charm, in spite of increasing tourism to the island in recent years. Surrounded by blue ocean waters, and exploding with color in spring, summer, and fall, the island is a favorite with visitors seeking an escape from the trappings of modern life, and trying to recapture some of the bygone innocence of yesteryear. The recently completed Confederation Bridge--the longest bridge in the world over ice covered waters--has made the once isolated island into an accessible year-round vacation destination.
Present-day visitors to the island can take part in a number of activities, including clam digging, seal watching, and biking along tranquil, scenic trails. In July and August, the sandy beaches seductively beckon with their limpid blue waters, and in winter, powdery white snowfall transforms the island into a cross-country skier's paradise. Travelers seeking to delve into North American history and culture can visit Province House, the birthplace of the Canadian nation, or the many sites dedicated to Anne of Green Gables, Prince Edward Island's most renowned fictional character.
Prince Edward Island's residents are mostly farmers and fishermen, with a deep love for the bountiful red earth from which they glean their crop, and a strong respect for the majestic waters surrounding their small province. The great love and respect shown by the islanders towards the natural elements has been instrumental in preserving the island's historic character and its natural beauty. The endless, desolate beaches on the island's west end, the green hills along the northern coast, and the sheltered harbors on the eastern side have changed little since Europeans first arrived here in 1534.
Register so the State Department can better assist you in an emergency: Register your travel plans with the State Department through a free online service at https://travelregistration.state.gov. This will help us contact you if there is a family emergency in the U.S., or if there is a crisis where you are traveling. In accordance with the Privacy Act, information on your welfare and whereabouts will not be released to others without your express authorization.
Sign passport, and fill in the emergency information: Make sure you have a signed, valid passport, and a visa, if required, and fill in the emergency information page of your passport.
Leave copies of itinerary and passport data page: Leave copies of your itinerary, passport data page and visas with family or friends, so you can be contacted in case of an emergency.
Check your overseas medical insurance coverage: Ask your medical insurance company if your policy applies overseas, and if it covers emergency expenses such as medical evacuation. If it does not, consider supplemental insurance.
Familiarize yourself with local conditions and laws: While in a foreign country, you are subject to its laws. The State Department website at http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1765.html has useful safety and other information about the countries you will visit.
Take precautions to avoid being a target of crime: To avoid being a target of crime, do not wear conspicuous clothing or jewelry and do not carry excessive amounts of money. Also, do not leave unattended luggage in public areas and do not accept packages from strangers.
Contact us in an emergency: Consular personnel at U.S. Embassies and Consulates abroad and in the U.S. are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to provide emergency assistance to U.S. citizens. Contact information for U.S. Embassies and Consulates appears on the Bureau of Consular Affairs website at http://travel.state.gov. Also note that the Office of Overseas Citizen Services in the State Department?s Bureau of Consular Affairs may be reached for assistance with emergencies at 1-888-407-4747, if calling from the U.S. or Canada, or 202-501-4444, if calling from overseas
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