Chances are if you are buying travel insurance it's because you are planning a visit to our neighbour to the south, the United States. In 2011, 42.5 per cent of all the travel insurance quotes obtained online through by travellers were for a trip to the U.S.

No big surprise that the U.S. captured top spot given the proximity, but where are the remaining 57.5 per cent of Canadian travellers going? Based on all the travel insurance quotes obtained online through in 2011, Canadian travellers were most often heading to the:

  1. United States (42.5%)
  2. Europe (15.5%)
  3. Asia (7.3%)
  4. Caribbean - excluding Cuba (7.4%)
  5. Mexico (7.0%)
  6. Cuba (6.3%)
  7. Within Canada (3.2%)
  8. Australia (2.4%)
  9. South America (2.4%)
  10. Africa (2.0%)
  11. Central America (1.8%)
  12. Middle East (1.0%)
  13. New Zealand (0.6%)
  14. Pacific Islands (0.3%)
  15. Antarctic/Artic (0.2%)
  16. Puerto Rico (0.1%)

On your way?

Wherever you go, you will want to pack more than just your passport. Canada's department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade strongly encourages travellers to purchase supplemental travel health insurance too: "Do not rely on your provincial or territorial health plan to cover costs if you get sick or are injured while abroad. Out-of-country healthcare can be costly, and your health plan may not cover any medical expenses abroad."

Emergency medical travel insurance is a must-have for all travelling Canadians. Before you leave, get emergency medical travel insurance and pack it alongside your other must-have documentation.

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