If you’ve considered traveling to Canada, one of your first thoughts may have been, “Is Canada expensive to travel to?”
Here’s the truth: Traveling anywhere can get expensive. If you’re planning a trip to another country, you never know how far your money will stretch or what you’ll need to spend money on.
That doesn’t mean you have to earmark your life savings if you’re taking a trip abroad. These five budgeting tips can help you save on expenses when traveling to Canada without sacrificing the experience:
#1 – Prep Your Own Meals
High government taxes heavily affect the food and beverage industry in Canada. If you aren’t careful, you’ll end up splurging a sizeable portion of your budget on meals. Consider packing quick snacks or hitting the grocery store for self-prepared meals during your travels to limit your visits to restaurants.
#2 – Travel During the Offseason
Canada’s tourism is booming during the summer and Christmas. If you want to see the country while saving money, consider visiting in the spring or fall. You can usually score discounts on ski packages in January and April. And because Canada doesn’t share the United States’ Thanksgiving holiday, you can usually find reasonable travel prices in November.
#3 – Find the Best Travel Insurance
Travel insurance shouldn’t be considered an afterthought. Rather, it can help you lower or eliminate your out-of-pocket expenses in the event of an illness, emergency, or travel disruption (like flight cancellation).
Getting the best travel insurance only costs a small fraction of your overall trip expenses. But if you lose your luggage, become injured or sick, miss your flight, or even have to cancel your trip, you’ll be glad not to pay for those expenses out-of-pocket.
#4 – Book Accommodations in Smaller Towns
Save the big cities for your day trips and book your lodging in nearby smaller towns. You can usually score a better nightly rate in areas that aren’t as crowded or popular but still be within close proximity of all the activities the big cities offer. Plus, you won’t run into other costly expenses, like parking or high-end restaurants.
#5 – Use the Mega Bus When Traveling Between Major Cities
If you’re traveling between big cities during your trip, skip the rental car and take advantage of low fares on the Mega Bus. If you plan in advance, you may get tickets for as low as $1 (rates will vary depending on your departing city and destination). This is one of the most economical ways to take day or weekend trips, especially if you are traveling to Canada alone.
Save Money on Your Trip to Canada
So, how much does a trip to Canada cost?
It depends on a number of factors, including where you’re traveling from, where you plan to stay, and what you want to do.
Putting the above five budgeting tips into practice can help you save significantly on your travel costs – and it might just make it possible for you to travel more often.
Bob Hornal is the founder and President of Best Quote Travel Insurance in Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada. With over 15 years of experience as a financial advisor, Bob has traveled to more than 30 incredible countries and has dealt with a multitude of difficult situations including flight delays, medical emergencies, and weather damage, making Bob an expert at traveling.
His dream is to inspire and inform those who wish to travel by including his personal experiences and professional knowledge in each piece he writes.