My family travelled a lot when I was growing up. Africa, Malaysia, Pakistan, China and across Canada. Don’t get the wrong idea ~ it’s not like the police were chasing us or anything. My parents valued travelling as an important part of life, an important part of learning. We had amazing experiences! If you ever need convincing about travelling or living abroad, let me know. I can give you a thousand reasons.
Anyway, one piece of advice my father always used to say to us was: ‘When you travel, don’t forget to bring your LIFE!’ I thought that was a silly thing to say. How can a person forget to bring their life? Of course, I was a kid then, and I used to think everything my parents said was pretty weird, so I didn’t really pay much attention to the advice.
What my father meant by LIFE, however, was all of the extremely vital documents that you travel with that could SAVE YOUR LIFE when you are away from home. Including:
- birth certificate
- driver’s license
- immunization, vaccination, dental and health records
- marriage certificate or proof of common-law status
- official school records or academic transcripts
- documents required for entry into other countries you plan to visit
Whether you are already here at CultureWorks, or planning to come soon, we highly recommend that you bring original copies of all these documents. Keep them in a safe place. Also, it is important you tell someone you trust where they are just in case of an emergency.
I learned this the hard way once. 2004. Thailand. I lost my passport. To make a long story short, it took panic, police, buses, two odd, bearded Swedish backpackers, motorbikes, the Canadian consulate, too much money, sweat, some tears, a missed plane, and loads of luck to find it again. I was outrageously lucky, but the experience took about five years off my life!
So take it from me. Do yourself the favour, and DON’T FORGET YOUR LIFE!