Here are some tips, tricks and resources to make your summer a memorable and adventurous one!
Not sure what you’re going to do with your summer? We’ve compiled cheap options and resources you can use this summer that are student discount friendly.
Traveling can be difficult with COVID-19 restrictions, so all listed destinations are open to vaccinated travelers departing from Canada from April 14.
But first, here are the tools you’ll need to find the best prices for accommodation, flights, and transportation.
To find the cheapest flight on any airline to any destination, sites like FlightHub and KAYAK are the places to go. Some trips may also have special call prices which may be lower than what other sites may estimate. Remember that these are third-party agencies, so getting a refund for a canceled trip can be more difficult.
Finding accommodation depends on the budget of the traveler. For those feeling adventurous or on an extreme budget, the Couchsurfing website allows travelers to stay on the couch of a locale completely free.
While that idea is a little daunting, hostels are also a great option for meeting other travellers. Hostelworld is the one site with millions of reviews, and finding a hostel in any city is a breeze.
If you prefer privacy, Airbnb or Trivago are also great options for private accommodation like hotels or apartments, at a premium price. However, depending on the size of your group, Airbnb can end up costing a lot less than a hostel stay.
Depending on where you decide to go, public transport and walking are always the cheapest option, but if you need to take a train or rent a car, here are some good resources: HappyRail (Europe), Eurail (Europe), and KAYAK (international).
It’s also important to remember that Uber isn’t global, and if you’re somewhere where taking a taxi is a consideration, it’s important to research average prices beforehand – don’t let yourself be the tourist who pays triple what he should. Also keep in mind that city taxis are not always safe at every destination. A quick search on Reddit should help you learn from other tourists and even some locals.
With gas prices at an all time high, the classic summer road trip may not be the cheapest option. Instead, check out train prices for super cheap round-trip prices this summer:
(prices vary depending on departure date)
Montreal to Ottawa: $74+
Montreal to Quebec: $76+
Montreal to Toronto: $98+
For those looking to soak up the sun this summer, here are plenty of cheap beach flights to choose from:
All prices shown were found using Flighthub for the months of May, June and July.
Miami, United States: $350+
With many beaches to choose from, Miami is a great city to explore this summer with its vibrant nightlife. You can get a room in a hostel for as little as $25+/night.
Cancun, Mexico: $500+
Don’t forget to pack your sunscreen when you go, as the summer heat in Cancun stays around 30 degrees. Even if the heat hits you, you won’t have to worry about the cost, with hostels costing just $9+ a night.
Montego Bay, Jamaica: $500+
The white sand beaches and crystal blue waters of Montego Bay are a great place to spend your summer lounging or exploring. Hostels start at $25+/night.
Guatemala, Guatemala: $500+
Guatemala City offers a mix of great food, jungle temples, secret coves and colorful neighborhoods to explore this summer on the cheap with an average cost of $39+/day, including $10+ hostels /night.
San José and Liberia, Costa Rica: $600+
Costa Rica offers plenty to do, whether you want to sit back and relax on the journey or hike an active volcano. San Jose and Liberia offer hostels for $13+/night.
Bogotá – Colombia: $650+
If you want to have a mix of city and jungle, Bogotá is the place for you. With many historical and cultural sites to discover, you will never be bored during your trip. Hostels are cheap starting at $5+/night.
Belize City, Belize: $750+
If you’re looking to catch waves and surf this summer, Belize might be the destination for you. The town offers a wide range of activities, from cave exploration to white water rafting – it’s perfect for the active traveler. With hostels starting at $35+/night, this destination is the most expensive option.
Leaving the tropics here are some cheap flights to Europe where you can choose to stay or catch a cheap train or flight with Ryanair or easyJet to anywhere from North Africa to the Middle East and in Asia.
Dublin, Ireland: $550+
This summer you can experience the vibrant Irish nightlife or explore the medieval castles and beautiful landscapes featured in shows like Game of Thrones. Hostels start at $28+/night and one-way flights out of the country as low as $22+.
Lisbon, Portugal: $700+
A beautiful city to explore on foot, Lisbon offers travelers the perfect European experience on the cheap. Hostels start at $18+/night and flights to other cities start at $41+.
Paris, France: $700+
The day-to-day cost of living in Paris makes it one of the most expensive destinations on the list, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a great place to travel on a budget. Parisian nightlife and art make the city an ideal destination for those who want to pick up a bit of European culture this summer. Hostels start at $26+/night, and it’s a great city to travel to with flights out of the country starting at $12+.
The world is open to you again after the last two years of COVID-19, so take advantage of some cheap destinations this summer and get somewhere new!
It’s important to remember that you don’t need to have a lot of money to explore the world. It’s not because you have a budget do not means you have to settle for a staycation this summer!