June 2022


How to vacation on a budget

(NC) What’s the best way to disconnect from the daily grind when you’re on a budget? For many, camping has become one of the most popular ways to travel in recent years. It’s inexpensive, offers quality time with friends and family and is the perfect way to connect with nature. Fall is the perfect time for camping - there are no bugs, less crowds and you can watch the migrating birds. Here’s what you need to know to get the most out of your upcoming getaway:

What to save on
Stay close to home so you can drive, saving on airfare or other expensive modes of travel. Make sure to pack your cooler with enough food to last your trip to avoid shelling out for fast food. Lastly, make the most out of your campsite. Unless there is a special place you really want to visit, don’t bother purchasing tickets to tourist activities – they’re usually more money than they’re worth.

What to invest in
Splurge on a quality tent that’s big enough to house your group and gear and can protect you from all kinds of weather. Coleman’s Peak1 is designed to keep water out and withstand winds up to 45mph. Stock up with a shade shelter, coolers, a camping stove, a good quality sleeping bag and an airbed – all of which will last for years and save you money in the long run.

Where to set up camp
Browse the web to find places to camp in your area. Many provincial and national parks offer accommodations at a low-cost or for free. If you live in Ontario, you can even take advantage of the Ontario Staycation Tax Credit to get 20 per cent back. Other provinces are looking into similar programs, so it’s worth doing your research.

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