Make Your Travel $ Stronger

How can we “make your travel $ stronger.”
Stronger
Stronger
Maybe I’m drawing a little inspiration from Kanye West this morning:
Work it, make it, do it.
Makes us harder, better, faster, stronger!
Na-na-na that that don’t kill me
Can only make me stronger
It certainly feesl like that with the Canadian dollar these days, huh?
That that don’t kill me can only make me stronger!
Of course, travel in and around Canada has never been more attractive – to both Canadians and Americans. Have a look at this week’s story in the Dallas News:
http://www.dallasnews.com/lifestyles/travel/headlines/20160226-its-time-to-go-to-canada-but-not-why-you-think.ece
Of course, we already know that that the Salish Sea, Churchill, and Fogo Island offer wonderful travel opportunities – but it’s kinda nice to see our American friends learning about the experiences, and the exceptional value.
So, catch on to Canada! Visit your own country. I have some trips highlighted below!
Or take a tour with a tour operator that operates in Canadian dollars (like World Expeditions, Intrepid, Peregrine, and more). I have some trips highlighted below.
Perhaps you’d rather take advantage of some normally USD partners offering savings in Canadian dollars, or Canadian $ at par – like Azamara (until tomorrow anyway)  - see here
Americans are learning about Canada’s value, but Canadians are a hearty lot. As my partners at Intrepid Travel just blogged at here. ”We Canadians are resilient. When we want to travel, we won’t let a bad exchange rate get in the way. We’ll do our research and find the places where the Toonie can still get you your Double Double – or that country’s coffee equivalent. So where in the world will the Canadian dollar go the farthest?” (Besides Intrepid’s great trips around Canada, of course, in Canadian dollars. Follow the link.)
And, as Intrepid shares, “Believe it or not there are still many places” that the Canadian dollar is stronger (besides inside Canada). And here are the five favourites that Intrepid shares, even quoting Bank of Canada exchange rates from this week compared to the same period last year to show how the Canadian dollar is faring against those local currencies.
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Let’s have a look – and – let me know if I can help you get away!.
1. ARGENTINA
Feb 23, 2016 1 CAD = 11.26 ARS
Feb 23, 2015 1 CAD = 6.92 ARS
 
From the bustling back streets of Buenos Aires to the icy wilds of Patagonia, Argentina is a traveler’s paradise. Home to steaks that could rival even the finest cuts of Alberta beef and a music scene that keeps the clubs buzzing all night long, Argentina is a sensory experience sure to excite each and every Canadian traveler. Not to mention, as of February 23rd, we hit a 1-year high at 11.26 ARS to every 1 CAD.
2.BRAZIL
Feb 23, 2016 1 CAD = 2.88 BRL
Feb 23, 2015 1 CAD =2.28 BRL
 
The Olympics haven’t even started and already Canada is seeing gold. Fresh off the World Cup, Brazil is offering Canadians a nice discount at 2.88 BRL to the dollar. The country is a hub for history and culture, and not to mention home to a waterfall that makes Niagara look like a small swimming pool. Whether you’re in town this summer for the holy grail of sporting competitions or finally ready to explore the underrated gems in the North, Brazil is undoubtedly a strong choice for your hard earned travel dollars.
3.SOUTH AFRICA
Feb 23, 2016 1 CAD = 11.03 ZAR
Feb 23, 2015 1 CAD = 9.24 ZAR
One of the continent’s most iconic countries, South Africa is a superpower offering world-class dining, safari, coastlines, and mountains. Johannesburg has become a hub for international business and a launching point to Kruger. Cape Town is kind of like Calgary, if Calgary had an incredibly beautiful oceanfront with crystal blue waters and jaw-dropping landscapes. Year after year, South Africa continues to “Wow” its visitors, and now it’s time for us Canucks to get in on the action. It certainly helps that we’re almost up a full Toonie in 2016, sitting pretty at 11.03 ZAR to every 1 CAD.
4. MALAYSIA
Feb 23, 2016 1 CAD = 3.05 MYR
Feb 23, 2015 1 CAD = 2.89 MYR
For me, Malaysia is the first place that would have me packing my bags. Malaysia has quietly (Ok, not that quietly) been gaining recognition as one of Asia’s must-see destinations for 2016. The country has no shortage of city sites (Petronas Towers in KL and pretty much all of Singapore) but still plenty of beaches, mountains and hillside escapes for a more off-the-beaten-path experiences. Of course, the real shining star may very well be Malaysian cuisine, the beautiful intersection of Chinese and Indian flavor with influence stretching to all of it’s neighbouring countries. I don’t want to make any bold claims, but Malaysian cuisine may very well be the best in the entire world. Good things come in three, and today 1 CAD will get you a clean 3.05 MYR.
5.MEXICO 
Feb 23, 2016 1 CAD = 13.20 MXN
Feb 23, 2015 1 CAD = 11.99 MXN
We Canadians are no strangers to Mexico. Our friends and family have been escaping winter on Westjet flights to Mexico for longer than many of us care to remember. But beyond the beaches and the all-inclusive resorts lies one of the most vibrant countries in all of Central America. Mexico has restored Mayan ruins that are almost inconceivable to the average traveller. Plus, their street food puts all neighboring countries to shame. Could you imagine how many tacos you could get for a toonie? I’m not a gambling man but at 13.20 pesos to the dollar, my money’s on mucho.
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Feeling inspired?

Let me know if I can help!

Sheila Gallant-Halloran

sheila.gh@visiontravel.ca

613-837-0699

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