Travel with the Low Canadian Dollar.
Having a bad case of wanderlust and being Canadian isn’t easy right now. The Canadian dollar has plummeted which means that we are pay up to 30% more for things, that includes travel. But, just like me, Canadians are still showing a keen interest for travel in 2016.
In fact, according to a recent national survey commissioned by Expedia.ca, 64% of consumers surveyed are planning to travel this year – of those travelling, 61% are planning to travel closer to home. Unfortunately, 83% are just sighing and wishing they could be traveling this year.
The value of our dollar has made a noticeable impact when it comes down to how we travel. 73% selected ‘where to travel’ is being impacted. For example, 51% said that the ‘number of trips in 2016’ is being impacted, 42% selected ‘duration of visits’ has changed and 32% selected ‘mode of travel’ has changed as well.
Furthermore, low economy air ticket prices are expected to remain a trend in 2016. Low air ticket prices? I’m in, that alone makes it attractive for me to book as a consumer. So, where are Canucks traveling to this year? Most are staying in their very own back yard with top destinations being: Toronto, New York, Vancouver, Montreal, Niagara Falls and Orlando.
1. Stretch Your Dollar.
One way to help you take your dollar further is to consider travelling to destinations where the Canadian dollar has longevity. Some destinations like Asia and Eastern Europe, where there are bountiful breathtaking sights to see and plenty of affordable food options. It’s no wonder they are hot spots in 2016.
2. Book on Tuesday or the Weekend!
Yes, Tuesday! I have found some great deals and sales on Tuesdays but, mostly the weekends tend to have AMAZING deals. Of course, this isn’t written in stone. If you find a deal anytime of the week–make sure you snag it quick!
3. Bundle It Up!
You are sure to save money when you book your flight along with your hotel accommodations. When you book packages through Expedia.ca you can save up to $300 per booking. That’s a lot of cash and almost always how we book our travel. There’s no getting around the savings that you can get, it works!
4. Plan and Book Ahead.
If you’re traveling in North America, it’s best to book roughly 57 days in advance. You can potentially save up to 10% versus the average fare for an economy ticket.
Whether you are planning a quick trip to Niagara Falls or paint the town in New York, you’re going to need this tips to get you there!
Be In the Know.
I think one of the keys to travel and to travel often is the power of knowledge. The more you know the more you are able to save. It’s always a good idea to keep your eyes on trends and your ear to the ground when it comes to which destinations are affordable when the dollar drops in value. That way, you can still go and make memories and really get the bang for your buck!
Knowing how to compare prices of air travel, hotel and car rentals versus purchasing a package on Expedia can make all the difference too. If you follow the tips and strategies above, you’ll definitely be able to travel this year!
Where are you traveling to this year?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres
Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela, and wife to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.