Winter is the coolest time of year and perhaps the most polarizing of all the seasons. Some people love winter time, while others (aka snowbirds) can’t wait to plan a getaway to a warmer place. It should then come as no surprise that airline tickets tend to be the priciest during wintertime, since many of us can’t wait to escape the colder weather.
So, how can you travel this winter without breaking the bank and derailing your financial goals? Let’s take a look at some simple ways to save on travel during the cooler months.
Visit Less Touristy Places
When you think of winter travel, warm places like Miami, L.A. and Jamaica are probably first to come to mind. But you’re not the only one who wants to go there. These are among the most popular tourist destinations. That means spending megabucks on airline travel. There’s nothing stopping you from visiting a warm place without breaking the bank.
So, you want to go to Miami? How about going to Gulf Coast of Florida? The airline tickets will most likely be a lot cheaper and you won’t have to deal with the large crowds of Miami. Want to go to L.A.? Try San Diego instead. Want to go somewhere in the Caribbean? Instead of Jamaica, try Puerto Rico or the Dominican Republic. Both are affordable alternatives.
Travelling Within Canada
Not too fond of laying on a sandy beach? Would you rather be hitting the slopes? Whistler is a popular destination for skiers, but did you know there’s a more affordable alternative? Banff is worth a visit during winter. Winter is considered busy season at Whistler, while it’s slow season at Banff. You’ll be able to get access to the best ski hills in Banff and pay a fraction of the cost you’d pay in Whistler.
Be on the Lookout for Deals
Don’t wait until the last minute to book your trip. Start planning well in advance. You’ll be more likely to get the best deals on airline tickets. You can use a tool like Google Flights to monitor the prices and find the cheapest flights. Sign up for travel newsletters and keep an eye out for deals.
Consider planning an all-inclusive vacation. Not only will you be able to save time planning your trip, you may save money, too.
March and spring breaks are peak times for travel. Try to avoid booking a trip during this time. Ditto for flying out on weekends (especially Family Day long weekend). Flying out on a weekday or taking a redeye flight can help you save on your airline ticket.
By planning in advance you can save yourself big bucks on winter your trip. Don’t wait until there’s a foot of snow outside to plan you trip. Start planning in the summer or fall for the best deals on winter travel and keep more of your hard earned money in your pockets where it belongs.
About the Author
Sean Cooper is the bestselling author of the book, Burn Your Mortgage: The Simple, Powerful Path to Financial Freedom for Canadians. He bought his first house when he was only 27 in Toronto and paid off his mortgage in just 3 years by age 30. An in-demand Personal Finance Journalist, Money Coach and Speaker, his articles and blogs have been featured in publications such as the Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, Financial Post and MoneySense. Connect with Sean on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.