As the value of the Canadian dollar continues to drop, you may feel tempted to put your travelling plans on hold — especially anywhere in the United States. But if the announcement last week of Myrtle Beach offering discounts to Canadians proved anything, it's that our dollar may still be worth the trip after all.
"Canadians shouldn’t feel discouraged and feel the need to put their vacation plans on hold or cancel them," says Rishi Modi of travel deal site Next Departure, based in Toronto. "Instead, take this opportunity to explore budget friendly destinations where our dollar is strong without breaking the bank."
"Take advantage of airlines that offer free stopovers like Reykjavik with Icelandair, Paris with Air France, Beijing with Air China or Dubai with Emirates." —Rishi Modi, Next Departure
Modi says the best time for Canadians to travel in general is between September to early December and January to May. "Avoid overcrowded tourist attractions, extreme hot weather, overpriced airfare and accommodations by travelling during off-peak season," he says.
And with his expertise on finding a good deal without working for an airline or as a travel agent — Modi has caught flights to Spain for $375 and Paris for $250 — he has somehow mastered the technique.
From what he will share with us, he says the best way to save money when you travel is to use multiple search engines like Google Flights or Kayak to compare deals, put up with multiple stopovers and find airlines with "free" stopovers.
"Get the most out of your airfare dollar by visiting two countries for the price of one. Take advantage of airlines that offer free stopovers like Reykjavik with Icelandair, Paris with Air France, Beijing with Air China or Dubai with Emirates."
Below, Modi pinpoints 10 vacation spots still worth our dollar. From Asian beaches to historic European cities to even some U.S. destinations, here are the best places to go in 2016.