7 tips to reduce the price of your trip to the South

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As soon as the cold season returns, it’s the same scenario: thousands of Quebecers flee the cold by taking a trip to the South . Quebecers in need of heat then invaded the beaches of Varadero, Puerto Plata and Playa del Carmen.

1. Choose the right time of year

The price of travel is very fluctuating and really resembles what happens on the stock market. Among the many factors that will influence the price, there is the period in which you are traveling .

If you have no constraints on the dates when you have to leave and have a minimum of flexibility, it is worth choosing a more off-peak period because the prices will be cheaper.

In both cases, the temperatures are very comfortable and the rates are advantageous. In November, carriers are at the start of the season. The large quantity of aircraft available, in addition to weaker consumer demand, explains the advantageous fares for travelers”.

The best thing to do to realize these price variations is to choose a hotel, a trip duration, an all-inclusive formula in such a place and simply change the date.

You will find that the prices will not be the same even though you are buying the same product.

3. Do not wait until the last moment to book your trip

One of the mistakes to avoid at all costs is to wait until the last moment to decide .

Yes, it happens that we come across bargains and that a tour operator gives discounts because the planes/hotels are not full, but this is not a guarantee. It is a roll of the dice that you are playing and if the opposite effect occurs, you will have to pay a high price.

4. Compare different offers and prices on the Internet

Shopping for your trip on the Internet does not mean that you will necessarily save money, that would be too easy. That said, for those who take the time to take a good look at the different offers and snoop on travel sites in search of the right deal, it is possible to save money on their trip to the South.

To shop online effectively, you will need patience. Don’t get carried away at the first tempting offer, take the time to look at several sites, put them in favorites and go back the next day to see the evolution.

You will also need flexibility. By having play with the travel dates, but also with your criteria (swimming pool, adults only, number of restaurants in the resort, distance from the beach, etc.), you open up the range of choices and may find the perfect trip and very affordable, even if you have to walk 5 minutes to go to the beach for example. Lowering the price by 20% for a daily 5 minute walk, is it worth it? It’s up to you!

Then, use rigor. Too many people buy trips online in haste without taking the time to read all the details of the offer and are ultimately disappointed.

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Read carefully all the details of the offer, the conditions, what is included and what is not. Take a close look at hotel amenities and restaurant(s) opening hours. Does the resort lend snorkeling gear or rent fins? The snorkel and the mask? Are there activities planned during the day? In the evening? Every day or only on Saturday?

The list of things to look at is long, but it is by doing this exercise that you will choose the trip that suits you best and that will cost you the least.

4. Choose the right destination

If your plan during your vacation is to rest on the beach for a good part of the day, it doesn’t matter which southern country you are in, as long as you have the sea, the sun and the beach, you are happy. In this case, take the time to look at the prices of the different countries. Cuba and the Dominican Republic often offer very attractive prices.

If you choose a vacation in South America, for example, be aware that the cost of living will vary greatly from one country to another. According to the analysis of the specialized site Skyscanner, Bolivia, Honduras and Argentina are in the ranking of the 10 cheapest countries to go to.

5. Use a travel agency

Not everyone is an internet king. If you have pimples at the thought of spending more than 15 minutes in front of a screen in search of the perfect trip, the best thing to do is to go to a travel agency specializing in sun destinations.

6. Cross the border

This is not always the case, but it is sometimes advantageous to take your departure airport in the United States, in Plattsburgh for example.

7. Hunt for bargains

Bargains will not fall from the sky by chance, you have to look for them, track them down.

For example, you can subscribe to sites like YUL Deals , which regularly sends out deals by email, or Yulair.com . You can create a Google alert with the keywords “bargain” + the destination of your choice, so you will receive the bargains that have just appeared on the web as a priority.

Finally, you can search directly on the site of the carriers, they offer deals that are not necessarily found on sites like Expedia or Kayak.

Also ask around; your friends, your family or your Facebook friends. Sometimes it is enough simply to let others know that we are looking for a good travel plan so that they give us good adv

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