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Planning Your Summer Vacation on a Budget


Caddle users have spoken, and we all agree we need a vacation!


We recently surveyed Caddle users about their upcoming vacation plans, and the results are in.


34% of surveyed users said they are very likely to go on a vacation within the next 6 months. 19% said they might go on vacation, and 20% said it’s a possibility. That means the majority of Canadians are interested in planning a trip this summer.


But vacations can be expensive, and sticking to your summer vacation budget can be hard. 75% of Caddle users who took the survey said that they price watch when they plan a vacation.


We’re here to make sure you choose a vacation that you’ll love that won’t break the bank. Here are Caddle’s essential tips for planning your next vacation without going over your budget.



Choosing Your Destination


Where was the most popular destination Caddle users wanted to go? Right here in Canada!


34% of Caddle users said that their next vacation would be right here in our beautiful country. The runners up were the Americas with 17% of the votes, and the Caribbean with 14%.


No matter where you choose to go, it’s important to do your research beforehand.


There are tons of resources online you can use when you’re deciding where you should go. Here are some of the best places to start:


  • Pinterest: browse the travel pages for tips and tricks, beautiful images, and cool ideas.

  • Instagram: if you have no idea where you want to go, you can search popular hashtags, like #travel, #budgettravel, or #wanderlust. If you do know where you’d like to go, you can use Instagram location tags to see what resorts people have tagged and see what they’ve been saying or posting about it.

  • Blogs: here is a link to 50 different travel blogs you can check out. Once you’ve picked a destination, you can check out different blogs for specific locations. For example, the Historica Canada blog has tons of ideas and tips for traveling within Canada.



Being Wise With Transportation


Flights within Canada can get pretty expensive.


Consider taking the train. If you’re going between the Western provinces and Ontario, Via Rail offers trips between Toronto and Vancouver. They also offer packages for travel between Halifax and Montreal if you’re thinking of Atlantic Canada.


You can also use the train to get from one city to another during your vacation to help save travel costs.


21% of Caddle users said that warm weather is a big factor for their vacation, and 18% of users said all-inclusive price was important as well. So if you’re heading on a warm and sunny all-inclusive vacation, you can look for deals and packages.


It’s also a good idea to research public transportation for when you get to your destination. Using the subways, buses, or streetcar systems can save you a lot of money paying for taxis.



Finding Affordable Accommodations


Consider using Airbnb to find affordable accommodations anywhere you want to go. There are also deals on experiences and packages you can find for your trip.


There are also some great websites out there that can find you deals on hotel packages and accommodations, so you can compare rates and find the lowest price. Check out Kayak, Expedia, and Trivago.


If you’re doing a trip where you won’t be staying in the same place the whole time, consider booking some hostels. Don’t let movies like Hostel scare you. Many of these places provide great deals and a solid place to rest your head after a long day of sightseeing.



Avoiding Extra Fees


Whenever you go on vacation, there are always little things that take up a lot of money.


Avoid airline baggage fees by packing as light as possible. Put the heaviest items in your carry-on or wear them. Research your airline’s rules, and if you can fit everything you need in a carry-on, avoid checking bags altogether.


Don’t splurge on travel-sized items like shampoo, conditioner, and deodorant unless you have coupons. These items can be a waste of money, when all you need is a package of airline sized containers you can fill with items you already have.


If you’re a student, don’t forget to pack your student ID card. For most places in Canada and the United States, you can snag a student discount on food, items, or other purchases.



The Best Apps For Travel Deals


Harness the power of your smartphone by downloading helpful apps that will keep you updated on price changes, upcoming deals, and bookings.


Here are some great apps you can try that are available on both Android and iOS for free:

  • Hipmunk: this app keeps track of flight, car rental, and hotel prices and will notify you when the best time to book is.

  • Hopper: use it to track your flight and see when prices change.

  • Travelzoo: in addition to finding deals on flights and accommodations, this app will score you deals on meals and activities once you get there.

  • TripAdvisor: check out reviews and ratings for the attractions, hotels, and destinations you want to go. TripAdvisor also allows you to book vacations through them.



Use Caddle to Earn Extra Vacation Cash


Speaking of apps, why don’t you try one that helps you earn money? Caddle lets you earn extra cash for your everyday purchases, feedback, and engagement.


You can earn right from your smartphone. It’s faster than sending an email or a text, and you can do it anywhere, whether you’re waiting in line for your coffee or on your break at work.


New offers come out every Thursday, so there are always plenty of options to earn and save.


Register now to start adding to your vacation fund!

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