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Admit it: your #travelgram is not where you would like it to be.
We know how it goes—you fantasize over your dream getaway and Insta-lurk travel pages for more inspiration, but somehow keep going back to the same excuses. According to new research from the travel company Contiki, many young Canadians’ biggest regret from 2018 was not travelling enough. Luckily, there are ways to change your scenery without breaking the bank or getting overwhelmed. Read our top tips, pack your bags, and get ready for your next (or first) adventure.
Why not start with something familiar, a.k.a. our home and native land? Canada, the second most beautiful country in the world, has countless hidden gems that could provide the basis for a cross-country road trip or several smaller trips. Out west, spots like Abraham Lake and Lake Louise in Alberta are straight out of a postcard (and perfect for that #travelgram).
Contiki found almost three-quarters of young Canadians would be willing to trade their material purchases for memorable experiences. Instead of buying a new travel wardrobe, for example, scroll through Instagram and Pinterest and try to restyle your favourite pieces. To save money on transportation, watch for seat sales, which often happen around major holidays. Budgeting also applies to your time. Don’t discount weekend trips and consider redeye flights to start your day early.
One of the top priorities for young Canadians planning a trip is the ability to experience the local culture. Also important? Trying new things. There is no better time to be bold and challenge yourself than in a new environment. That could mean figuring out a city’s transit system (bonus: you save money), taking in a jam-packed local festival, or mastering being bilingual. The goal is to live like a local and let that enrich your day-to-day life.
For those that like to go where the food is, ensure your travel plans include digging into all the delicious local cuisine possible. According to Contiki, food is also among the top five deciding factors for young Canadians booking travel. Urban centres like Toronto and provinces known for their food scene (we’re looking at you, Québec) are great Canadian destinations. Once you’re there, sites such as Yelp and OpenTable can help locate tasty restaurants nearby.
Young Canadians typically fill their travel squad with family members and significant others, followed by best friends. It’s no surprise—some of life’s best experiences are shared with the people closest to us. Single or in need of me time? Push yourself to embark on solo travel. The growing trend allows you to relax, reconnect and live in the moment. There may be other benefits to the idea that you didn’t consider, like the fact that you’re more likely to meet your soulmate travelling than at home. That’s definitely something to think about…
Though it is wise to plan, being open to change and spontaneity can lead to some memorable moments. As the late Anthony Bourdain—one of young Canadians’ dream travel partners—said, “Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay … You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.”
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Smiling because I didn’t fall off the mountain 😁 Today was my first time skiing ever, being Canadian, my friend was very disappointed and wanted me to try it! (I’ve snowboarded before calm down) but what I’m trying to say is, no matter if it’s a New Year, you should try new things every single day. I was scared shitless to do this, and I’m 22! Step outside your comfort zone because you can accomplish so much more than you think. Having great friends to help you try new things and prevent you from whimping out is so important 💛 so thankful, what’s something you want to try this year?