You’ve got time off of work and you’re ready to see the world. Whether you want to crack out that itty-bitty bikini or glide into those new hiking boots, it’s time for an escape. Well, what better way to escape than to take a flight out of town?
It’s never actually that simple though, right? You have bills to pay and mouths to feed and you can’t even dream of parting with an entire month’s pay no matter how nice that vacation might be.
We did some digging with Cheapflights.ca — so you didn’t have to — and compiled a holy-grail list of travel hacks that will help you pick vacation spots and could save you a ton of money. All of the following prices are listed in Canadian dollars and are for round-trips (they’re also subject to change). The prices are averages taken from people flying out of six Canadian cities: Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Calgary, Ottawa and Winnipeg.
Warning: the following information is about to blow your mind.
1. THE THREE MOST INEXPENSIVE CARIBBEAN HOT SPOTS
You can go to Montego Bay for $587, San Juan for $487, and Cancun for $473. Remember, folks, these are round-trip prices! Heck, we’d probably buy a ticket even if those were one-way prices. To be lounging on the beaches of Cancun with our toes in the sand and a huge, sugary cocktail in hand is suddenly so much more achievable than it was five minutes ago.
2. THE 3 CHEAPEST DESTINATIONS IN CENTRAL AMERICA
Fly to San Jose for $659, Panama City for $744 and Lima for $844. Experience beautiful architecture and local life for about the same price as a designer label pair of shoes. On second thought, these trips are probably cheaper than those shoes too.
3. THE 3 BEST, MONEY SAVING SPOTS IN EUROPE
Plus or minus thirty bucks, you can fly to Dublin, Paris and Helsinki for about the same price. Visit Helsinki for $830, Paris for $813 and Dublin for $801. That is, if you can even choose, and in this case, there’s no such thing as a wrong choice.
4. TOP 3 CHEAPEST GATES TO FLY TO IN ASIA
Sakura blossoms, authentic food, the best quality sushi you could ever ask for and hot springs. It may be a little more costly to visit Asia, but with all the amazing food and unique sights just waiting to be seen, it’s well worth the couple hundred dollars extra. You can go to Hong Kong for $961, Tokyo for $1,026 and Shanghai for $1048.
5. NO TO GLASGOW, YES TO DUBLIN
Although flying to London ($873) and Glasgow ($920) is cheaper than booking a ticket to Asia, you can head to Dublin instead for $801.
6. MEXICO CITY OVER BARCELONA
Rooted inside most of us is the desire to experience a Spanish trip. But why spend the $918 on visiting Barcelona when you can visit Mexico City for $599 instead? You’ll save over $300 and will still have that Spanish getaway you’ve always wanted.
7. HAWAII OVER VANCOUVER
Not going to lie, Vancouver’s stunning. There’s a little bit of everything there, from mountains to beaches to forests. But despite the appeal of Vancouver’s natural geography, the appeal of Hawaii’s sandy beaches and warm weather is even more tempting. Good luck choosing which trip you’d rather have, because the difference between both destinations is a single dollar. It costs $612 to visit Vancouver and $613 to visit Hawaii. Maybe you should flip a coin?
8. AIRFARES TO THE UNITED STATES ARE CHEAPER THAN ANYWHERE ELSE
New York ($296), Boston ($362), Washington ($378), Chicago ($410), Seattle ($441), Fort Lauderdale ($442), Orlando ($442), Tampa (456), Los Angeles ($458) and Phoenix ($496) offer, by far, the most inexpensive airfares. Don’t feel like you need to go half way across the world to kick back and recharge. Each state offers its own restaurants, sights and events that are worth the experience. Look out Florida, here we come.
9. OSLO OR HELSINKI OVER REYKJAVIK OR COPENHAGEN
If you’re planning on making the trek to Scandinavia, skip out on flying into Reykjavik ($954) or Copenhagen ($955). Instead, you can save eighty bucks or more by flying into Oslo ($877) or Helsinki ($830).
10. MONTREAL’S THE CHEAPEST CANADIAN CITY TO FLY TO
That’s right, Montreal offers Canadian’s cheap, domestic flights to experience Quebec’s unique culture. Airfare prices to Montreal go for about $481.
11. HONOLULU AND KAHULUI COST THE SAME AS CUBA
Visiting Honolulu ($639) or Kahului ($613) costs about the same as visiting Varadero, Cuba for $639. Choose the hue of the water at your beach carefully.
12. THE CHEAPEST DAY TO BOOK A FLIGHT
Tuesdays have proven to be the cheapest day to book a flight (and Fridays are the most expensive), probably because people are so busy with their week that there’s a lower demand for flying. Book your flight at least 50 days ahead of your desired flight date to get the lowest deal you can possibly snag.
13. DELETE YOUR BROWSING HISTORY
Airfare prices can actually rise on your computer depending on the number of times you check a specific website. By deleting your browsing history, you’re able to trick the system. Delete that history and get flying.