How's winter been treating you?
This is winter for Canadians. We do our absolute best to embrace it and make the most of it – and I would encourage anyone to visit Canada, no matter the season. But when you live here full time, the winter is a challenging season to survive with your sanity intact. It’s no surprise that everyone I know is always on the lookout for a deal to go down to the sunny south. We're happy to collaborate with Falcon to show you how we do it and how we save.
Finding a bargain flight
It helps to be flexible with your timing as well. In particular, the March Break period seems to fluctuate between offering incredible bargains and being overbooked and overpriced. Don’t immediately eliminate that time period from your travel plans.
Look at all your options
You may just have the most delectable, freshest seafood of your life ridiculously well priced. The fruit is absolutely incredible as well. And then there are the spices and flavors! A flight attendant friend of mine reports that she LOVES Jamaica’s famously spicy jerk chicken and she'll often skip the beach in favor of visiting her favourite chicken stands when she has a short layover. Eating locally is a great way to channel money directly back into the local economy and make some wonderful travel memories.
Move beyond the beach
One of the best reasons to leave the beach is to soak in some local culture and attend festivals. In Jamaica, for example, there’s a jazz and blues festival, a Reggae Sumfest, and many more. There are events honoring sports heroes, celebrating local food, and marking historical occasions. If that’s not enough to convince you to leave the beach for a day, consider this. Most festivals are free or offer value priced admission (which often goes towards supporting the community). They are huge bargains in more ways than one.
Buy souvenirs that make a difference.
It keeps me from buying every trinket in sight, and seeking out locally made products that give back to the community helps me gain a better appreciation for the region I’m traveling in. Jewellery made by women’s groups, books by local authors, safe-for-export food items like coffee (Jamaican Blue Mountain!), hot sauces, and items from the gift shops at national parks are among some of my favourite purchases.
This is the winter to make your escape
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