Just Say "No" to a Staycation This Summer
TORONTO, ON -- (Marketwired) -- May 03, 2016 -- As far as life experiences go, it's hard to top getting on a plane and arriving in a distant and exotic place. With a weak loonie, that kind of vacation can seem out of reach. But don't give up yet. The team of travel experts at Cheapflights.ca, the champions of simple travel search, have searched the globe to find the best International Destinations That Won't Break the Bank.
Thanks to low ground costs, reasonable exchanges rates and increases in flights and hotels, there are some places where your travel dollar will just go farther. So trade the old and familiar for the far flung and foreign. Here are some of the team's picks for brag-worthy spots you can travel to this summer without having to sell the farm:
- South Africa - Getting to South Africa from Canada might
be a long journey, but the loonie has a pretty good edge over the
South African rand making it a great time to book a surprisingly
budget-conscious trip to an epic destination. Discover a
revitalized Johannesburg (complete with thriving arts scene), head
to laid back, yet cosmopolitan Cape Town and hike or cable car your
way to the top of Table Mountain, or hit the beach in Durban and
make time to spot the Big Five (lion, elephant, rhino, cape
buffalo, leopard) on a safari.
- Japan - Japan is another far-flung destination where
your loonie can go far. You won't be paying backpacker prices, but,
if you go this year, you can stretch your travel dollar a lot
further as $1 gets you around 84 yen. Japan is a multifaceted
destination with so much to see and do in terms of history,
culture, food, fashion and nightlife. History buffs will want to
head to Kyoto for the impressive 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites as
well as numerous temples and shrines. Foodies should take note that
UNESCO added Japanese cuisine to its Intangible Cultural Heritage
List, an honour shared only with French cuisine. And there are
plenty of places to taste the unique food on the cheap. In
addition, you can bar hop and shop your way through buzzing Tokyo,
hike Mount Fuji and make a visit to the island of Naoshima with its
many art galleries, sculptures and public installations.
- Iceland - With the Canadian dollar currently having a
lead on the krona, plus discount carrier WOW air now offering some
low- (and even a few extremely low) priced seats on flights to
Reykjavik, a trip to Iceland won't break the bank this year. Spend
some time getting to know the country's capital with its plethora
of bars, shops, restaurants and cafes, take a dip in the famed Blue
Lagoon (children ages 2 - 13 are free), witness the stunning
scenery in one of Iceland's three national parks, go whale
watching, or get up close and personal with a glacier (Iceland has
some of the largest glaciers in Europe). If you go during the right
time, you might get lucky and spot the northern lights, one of
Mother Nature's stunning free gifts to the world.
- Argentina - With a current exchange rate of $1 to 11
Argentine pesos, the loonie can get you far in Argentina should you
be craving a South American adventure. Start in Buenos Aires for a
European vibe (minus the European prices) and take a tango lesson
(or just be mesmerized by a tango show), zip to Mendoza to taste
some amazing wines and snap some selfies by wondrous Iguazu Falls
or explore the area further via a boat tour.
- Czech Republic - While the Czech Republic might be part of the EU, it doesn't use the euro. And your loonies will convert pretty favorably to the local currency, the Czech Koruna. Stick to mid-range hotels (there are plenty to choose from) or even opt to rent an affordable apartment on a site like Airbnb where you can also save money by preparing some of your meals in. Be sure to take advantage of cheap beer between checking out the awe-inspiring architecture of Prague's Old Town, castles in Moravia or laid back Plzeň, where you can sample some Pilsner Urquell beer.
Want more ideas for affordable international hot spots? The destinations that round out our list are Poland; Turkey; Thailand; Mexico; Lima, Peru; and Wellington, New Zealand. To read about these bucket list bargain spots and see Cheapflights.ca's complete list of International Destinations That Won't Break the Bank, visit www.cheapflights.ca/news/cheap-international-destinations.
About Cheapflights.ca, part of the Momondo
Founded in 1996, Cheapflights is a leading global flight comparison and deals publishing platform dedicated to taking the complexity out of finding the best value flights through the application of innovative, intuitive technologies: Smart search. Made simple. It is now a market leader in the UK, US, Canada, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand generating more than C$4 billion in global downstream revenue for its partners as it expands into numerous other territories. More than 120 million users visit its websites and apps each year, receiving more than two billion search results a month from across 900,000 routes. The 10 million strong opt-in subscribers to the Cheapflights newsletter receive the best deals from more than 120 travel businesses - for whom it has driven more than C$80 million in revenue this year. Together, the Cheapflights platforms generate enough bookings for its partners to fill a Boeing 747 every five minutes.
In 2011, Cheapflights became part of the privately owned online travel search and inspiration network, Momondo Group.
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