As soon as the Loonie started to take a dip (it sure was nice when it was at least par with the American dollar!), we instantly started hearing about people delaying their travel plans. We’d hear comments like “It is a bad time to travel right now, so we are waiting to travel until the dollar gets better”. Our faces would get the most confused look as we shot glances at each other every time someone made such a remark.
When you travel, money is always going to be an issue. Always. Sure, its not favourable to spend more when you can’t, but there are plenty of ways to make the most of your travel experience, on any budget. If you become more cost-conscious once you reach your destination, the low Loonie shouldn’t have to derail your travel dreams.
A while back, we opened up honestly about how we are able to travel with a family in tow. We’re addicted to travel and feel that it is so very important to focus on having as many experiences as you can in this short life, instead of spending it on gadgets that are old news soon after the purchase. After losing my mom last April, we further realized the importance of travel in our lives and the importance of wanting to bring up our children with as many unique experiences as possible. I (Debbie) had the best childhood you could imagine. Though we didn’t travel to many far away places, my parent made sure that we were continually having a myriad of new experiences. Experiences.
Life is about creating as many memories as you can.
It is claimed that people who spend more money on experiences instead of “things” are much happier. We must agree and this is because the memories from experiences last a lifetime. It is those experiences that will shape you into who you are to become, more so than the newest gadget that is old news a week later. This is why regardless of the low Loonie, our traveling plans won’t change.
What many people seemed to not understand about our last post and claims that anyone can travel if you budget appropriately, is that travel doesn’t necessarily have to mean to far away places. Travel can mean exploring your home town, checking out a new park or hike you hadn’t seen before. Travel is full of many experiences and it is those experiences that make you want to keep traveling.
Instead of cancelling your travel plans, you could also re-imagine them into something that will wet your thirst for travel just as much. This is a great opportunity for the Canadian resorts and ski areas to regain strength, where some previously faced possibly having to close.
It is still possible to travel, even if you have to get a little more adventurous with your getaways. Looking at prices, Canadians will find that traveling to Europe could be cheaper than the US. We found a steal of a deal (okay, a mistake by the airline, but a steal of a deal for us) where we were able to get roundtrip fare to California out of Vancouver for $65US Roundtrip each. That’s right, we just paid taxes and fees for the airplane tickets. With a lot of our hotel nights paid for through reward miles, we won’t notice the difference in the Canadian dollar much, if at all.
Regardless of what is happening with the Canadian Loonie, You’ve still got to live your life.
The Loonie won’t stay low forever. The lower the Loonie gets, the more likely it will climb back out of those lows.
And besides, destinations must market themselves to potential travellers to stay competitive. I’d expect to see some content and messaging from American destinations, targeting Canadians, soon.
How will the low Loonie alter your travel plans, if at all?