6 money-saving tips for your summer vacation

Summer is the perfect time for a getaway. If you’re looking to take a vacation this year, but you’re keen to cut costs, check out our money-saving tips. Spending less is a fantastic way to make your vacation even more enjoyable. To save big, just do a little homework. It’s worth it!

1. Save on attractions

Tourist attractions can really add up. To save money, look online for packaged deals. Sometimes you can get a City Pass which offers admission to several attractions in one city at one low rate. Or, check out Groupon, LivingSocial and Wag Jag deals in your vacation city. You could save big on some amazing fun!

2. Get deals on flights

  • Book early or last-minute to get the best deals, such as 10 months or 2 weeks before your departure.
  • Compare flight itineraries from different airlines, so that you can get the best deal.
  • Consider flying on a Tuesday and returning on a Monday. Avoid flying on Fridays and Sundays if you can, as those days are the most expensive.
  • Going to Europe? Consider using a no-frills airline — such as Ryanair and Virgin Air. This can get you from one city to another faster and cheaper than the train and can be booked easily online. (Cheap airlines often use small airports located far from town, which can cost a little extra time and money.)

3. Save on accommodation

  • For packaged deals that include a hotel and flight, always check to see the price of each on their own. Resorts may offer discounts if you book directly.
  • When booking your accommodations, consider websites like Airbnb® that allow you to book privately owned accommodations which may be less costly for a larger space with a full kitchen, or perhaps offers in-town locations that let you experience the culture of the region you are visiting.
  • Rewards sites like Ebates.ca can generate additional savings. You can receive up to 30 per cent cash back on your purchase.

4. You may already have travel insurance coverage

Check with your credit card company. Many offer health insurance and even car insurance for travellers. Don’t pay twice! If you do need to take out additional coverage, be sure to compare quotes to get the best deal.

5. Avoid car rental mistakes

  • Beware of the common rental car mistakes made by many travellers.
  • Avoid renting a car at the airport, since many Canadian and international airports charge “premium location fees” to onsite vendors.
  • Read the fine print on rental penalties to avoid any unnecessary pitfalls.
  • Don’t forget about car rental insurance. (The Personal offers a Worry-Free Option® that gives you peace of mind wherever you go.)

6. Choose cost-saving alternatives to restaurant meals

  • Sign up for cheap eats online. Sites such as Groupon and LivingSocial have daily deals that can be customized for the city you're visiting. 
  • Buy snacks and drinks at the grocery store to keep in your backpack or purse for between-meal snacking.
  • Take advantage of your hotel’s free breakfast.
  • Ask the locals for the best place to grab an affordable bite.
  • Find accommodations with a kitchen for quick and cheap breakfast and lunch meals.

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