Cheap Destinations for Canadians 2019
What are the best cheap destinations for Canadians this winter?
Whether you love the sun and sand or prefer a winter wonderland, you don’t have to break the bank for a winter vacation. It’s true that some of the traditional budget standbys in Mexico and the Caribbean still have Zika but there are plenty of other destinations that are affordable for Canadians to travel to and are great places to visit in winter. Some may surprise you!
Lisbon is still one of the most affordable cities in Europe and in winter it’s also one of the warmest. The Lisbon Guide says that in addition to the great weather, winter in Lisbon means fewer crowds, lower prices and better service.
Hoi An, Vietnam
Winter is Vietnam’s rainy season and unless you’re a surfer, this isn’t the best time to hit Hoi An’s beaches. However, the weather is milder and perfect for exploring the city’s rich architecture and excellent food. A bonus is that what Lonely Planet calls “the 21st-century curses of traffic and pollution” are almost non-existent.
If you want to hit the ski slopes this winter, avoid Whistler and head instead for Nelson, which is more affordable and less crowded. There’s plenty to do away from the slopes too, including exploring the heritage buildings – an activity that Nelson and Kootenay Lake Tourism describe as like opening the history books.
As a major seaport, Valparaiso has the kind of gritty charm that has inspired artists and poets like Pablo Neruda. Its alleys and stairways can keep you exploring for days and, according to Lonely Planet, the city is making concerted efforts to keep the tourist zones safe.
Bocas del Toro, Panama
The islands of Bocas del Toro are hot and humid throughout the year, but you’ll spend much of your time cooling off in the surf anyway. The archipelago has rich biodiversity and is a prime ecotourism destination.
Croatia’s famed beaches aren’t that much fun in winter, but the country’s capital is incredibly charming during the cold months. It’s lit up with Christmas decorations but, never feels contrived. Be warned though: all the great winter food on offer means you’ll pack on some pounds.
Vancouver Island, BC
Vancouver Island in winter is home to one of the great Canadian adventures, storm watching, and you can even book storm watching packages. BC’s official travel website doesn’t really need to remind us that you’ll also find plenty of snow on the mountains: perfect for snow sports.
Bariloche is the premier destination in Argentina’s Lake District and, according to Lonely Planet, summer – which coincides with the Canadian winter – is when nature lovers flock to the area. Bariloche is also Argentina’s chocolate capital. Just sayin’.
Arniston, South Africa
Winter in Canada means it’s summer in South Africa. To avoid the winter crowds, do like the locals do and head to Arniston, a tranquil fishing village some two hours from Cape Town. Due to the favorable exchange rate, the most expensive part of your trip may be getting there, but if you’re clever, you can save on your flight too.
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Puerto Vallarta escaped the natural disasters that ravaged other parts of Mexico last year. More than just a beach destination, the city boasts fascinating colonial buildings and rich artistic heritage. Oh, and winter is a whale-watching season too.