Planning your honeymoon? Don’t break the bank with your travel plans this summer!
We all like to travel without breaking the bank – and this goes for those who book their trips spontaneously, or plan months in advance. According to a recent survey conducted by American Express Canada, 69 per cent of Canadians are planning to travel this summer and with this being one of the busiest travel seasons, finding strategies to save on your trip doesn’t have to be a hassle.
Here are three tips to save on summer travel, courtesy of Laura McDonald, co-founder of the popular blog, Golden Girl Finance:
1. Know the travel trends – If you’re part of the 21 per cent of Canadians planning to travel on an international trip this summer, it’s good to know that each country has a peak travel time. For example, travelling to the South of France during May to September means hotels are more than double the cost during shoulder seasons; travelling to India in spring will be more expensive due to the Holi Festival.
2. Avoid unexpected costs – Ensure that all documents, including your travel insurance application, are completed in advance. While away, unnecessary additional costs can add up and having travel insurance can provide peace of mind. From lost baggage to medical emergencies, unexpected events can happen anywhere, at any time and it’s good to be covered.
3. Know when to book – The cost of flights can add up quickly, with taxes, fuel surcharges and operation costs, it’s easy for a $600 ticket to turn into a $1,000 ticket. Knowing when to purchase your ticket and when to depart are key ways to reduce your ticket price. Experts suggest booking between 55-80 days before your departure date to get the best prices.
More information is available online at americanexpress.ca/travelinsurance.