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Budget Travel

Travel Bloggers Share Their Best Tips for Finding Budget Accommodations

By CANDICE WALSH

Photo: Thomas Heylen

Did you know you don’t have to be a student to get the same discounts students get? Or that there are more upscale alternatives to CouchSurfing? We asked Canadian travel bloggers for their absolute best tips for finding cheap lodging while on the road and they dished on how to get deals on hotels, hostels and homestays. (more…)

10 Tips for Successful CouchSurfing

By Candice Walsh

CouchSurfing.org (Photo: CouchSurfing.org screenshot)

If you’re just getting started in the CouchSurfing community, you may be a little apprehensive about using someone else’s couch as a hotel room or offering your own space to strangers. How can you trust someone you’ve never met?

Here are some tips help you have a positive couch surfing experience: (more…)

Save More on Your Next Hotel Bill

By SHANNON KELLY

If you’ve ever paid the standard rate for a hotel room, you’re overpaying, says hotel industry veteran Robb Engen in an article on cheap hotel rates for Moneyville. (more…)

Comfort on the Cheap: 6 Hostels for Grown-Ups

HI-Lake Louise Alpine Centre hostel in Banff National Park. Photo by Simon Starr.

By Candice Walsh

The hostel scene in Canada has been growing these past few years and with all the added competition hostels have had to step up their game. In the process, they’ve realized that a good bargain doesn’t only appeal to university students on spring break or summer vacation. (more…)

5 Affordable Canadian Vacations for 2012

By CANDICE WALSH

The Yukon is surprisingly affordable—once you get there. Photo by Jonathon Strack.

Planning on hitting the road in 2012? If you’re on a tight budget, you can still swing a pretty sweet vacation—you just need to know where to look to find the best deals.

See our five best budget-friendly vacation picks in Canada » (more…)

Taxes and Fees to Watch for When Travelling in Canada

Photo by Sharon Drummond

By Candice Walsh

You may have heard of hotel room tax, but how about a marketing fee or a liquor consumption tax? The fees and taxes you’ll face while travelling in Canada can be complicated, not least because taxes vary from province to province. (more…)

Look Beyond Travel Search Engines for Cheaper Flights in Canada

Common travel search engines used in Canada include Hipmunk, Orbitz and Kayak.

By Candice Walsh

Turning to travel search engines for comparing prices on flights, car rentals and hotels is the norm these days—especially during the hoopla of holiday travel. Comparison and booking websites like Orbitz, Kayak and Hipmunk offer ways to weigh costs, layovers and duration. They can also help you book your trip quickly and painlessly.

But are you really getting the best bang for your buck? (more…)