The top 7 destinations that should be on your summer bucket list

Jul 12 2017, 2:17 am

Now that it’s summer you’re ready to cash in on that summer vacation you’ve been yearning for – so you hit the airport.

You’ve packed all of your travel essentials. Passport? Check. Visa? Check. Flip flops? Check. Prepaid credit card? Uh-oh…you haven’t gotten one yet.

When you’re travelling outside of the country, the last thing you want is to be the victim of credit or debit card fraud. One way to safely combat that is to get a prepaid credit card before you go travelling. You can use it anywhere in the world and have an added peace of mind when you swipe, leaving you with more time to explore.

So to help fuel your wanderlust, we’ve teamed up with CIBC to compile a list of seven of the top destinations that Calgarians should visit this summer. The best part? If you plan the right way, you can eliminate any unnecessary stress.



Southeast Asia is calling your name – in particular, Thailand. The allure of tropical beaches, historic and beautifully designed Buddha-filled temples, amazing street food, and low cost accommodation makes the island a favourite for globetrotters. For starters, you can choose between Chiang Mai, Bangkok, Ko Samui, and Pattaya…and those are just a few of the options. Although Thailand can be inexpensive when you get there, one way to ensure your money is safe is by using a prepaid credit card.


It’s easy to see why so many people fall in love with Hawaii. The volcanic archipelago is home to highly-desired lush islands like Honolulu, Kahului, Hilo, and Molokai, where beaches are endless and sunsets are majestic. While you’re there you’ll want to shop at local stores. So it’s helpful to know that you can lock in an exchange rate for US Dollars each time you load your prepaid credit card, and get the best value when you shop.



Rich in heritage and culture, this United Kingdom city is where Calgarians go to experience a sophisticated lifestyle on the other side of the world. With iconic landmarks like Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, and a world-class shopping district on Oxford Street, it’s the go-to city for travellers. What makes this so awesome is that the CIBC Air Canada AC Conversion Visa prepaid card is free to apply for and you can load it with up to 10 currencies – whether you’re staying in London or moving on another European hot spot, this card has you covered.



If luxury is what you seek then Dubai is where you need to go. The United Arab Emirates city is renowned for its aesthetically pleasing skyscrapers, vast desert, incredible beaches, and lively nightlife. Given this, it’s no wonder that Calgarians are jetting to the lush tax-free city. And it’s handy to have a prepaid credit card when you’re there since you can reload online or through a conversion app whenever you want.

Hong Kong


Southeastern China is home to this magnetic, vibrant city Calgarians love to frequent on vacation. The Temple Street Night Market, epic skyline views, historic sites, areas like SoHo and Wan Chai for shopping, make Hong Kong a destination you should definitely add to your bucket list. And since you can easily withdraw cash from an ATM when you have a CIBC globally-recognized prepaid credit card, international shopping is that much easier. Oh, and you can even make one foreign withdrawal a month for free.


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You can fly to this Californian city from Calgary in less than three hours and find yourself in the real Hollywood. There’s Venice Beach for tanning, the iconic walk of fame, Universal Studios, and shopping in Beverly Hills – all on offer in LA.


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It’s the capital city of the Philippines where you’ll find Spanish influences mixed with contemporary local architecture. And it’s also a must-visit for Calgarians with sites like the 16th-century San Agustin Church, Manila Ocean Park, a stunning Baywalk, and Fort Santiago. You’ll enjoy an added peace of mind when you travel here knowing your money is safe with a chip and pin reloadable credit card. And if you lose it along the way, you can get an emergency replacement card. No stress, just more traveling.

It’s easier than ever to keep your money safe when you pack your bags and go travelling this summer. And a prepaid card could help ease any worries you might have along the way. For more information about the CIBC Air Canada AC Conversion Visa prepaid card, visit

Please note that not all of these countries are immediately supported by the 10 currencies they offer. Cardholders cannot lock in the currencies used in Thailand, Dubai, and the Philippines as of right now; however their card would still be accepted in these countries – wherever Visa is accepted – with the standard 2.5% currency conversion fee.

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