As the warm weather and long weekends of summer approach many of us will start to think about a vacation. However, with the struggling dollar many of our thoughts will quickly turn from vacation to staycation. While the low loonie does make it difficult to travel to some popular destinations – especially our neighbour to the south, there are still many ways to travel in 2016 without worrying about the exchange rate.
Explore Canada’s Grand Backyard:
If you have ever wanted to explore this great nation, now is the time. From the Atlantic to the Pacific, Canada features some of the most unique and beautiful destinations in the world. Whether you are looking to escape everything and enjoy one of our 40 plus national parks or take in the rich culture that is our food, fashion, music, art and sport industries, Canada features endless vacation possibilities.
Look for U.S. Destinations that Offer Par on the Dollar:
As the Canadian dollar continues to sputter, many American tourist destinations are offering par on the dollar to try and encourage us to venture south. Depending on the exchange rate, this can result in savings of 25-40 per cent.
Take Advantage of Your Loyalty Programs:
It is always important to explore the options that your loyalty program offers you. The popular travel reward program Aeroplan now offers members the flexibility to use their miles to cover the cost of taxes, fees, charges and carrier surcharges when making a flight reward booking through the website, mobile app, or contact centre.
It’s a great big world out there. Many Canadians are intimidated by the thought of travelling to Asia and South America. However, once we get past the price of airline tickets, these destinations start to look quite financially appealing. The value of our dollar takes us a lot further in countries such as Thailand, Colombia, and the Philippines. Travel to these areas is not for everyone, but they should certainly be considered by those looking for something that is not average.