Canadians are planning warm weather getaway this year.
Certainly the strong dollar
encouraged many to enjoy warm winter last year.
known as enthusiastic world
and many of them are finding interesting ways to escape without
Some travel agencies are offering special deals, such as early booking
discounts, specifically aimed at consumers worried about the rising
are biting and some companies are even reporting sharp increases in
to destinations such as the Caribbean.
snowbirds will do anything to keep
south. When the snow falls, it's like people's feet start to itch, and
they must going south - they're addicted. It's like a national fever.
snowbirds, however, are deeply concerned about their finances, because
their average annual income is only $22,000 to $24,000. They are
particularly sensitive to basic costs, such as food, fuel
and accommodation. Many are already trying to protect themselves from
vacationers, are avoiding the
States in much greater numbers, although they do not appear to be
up their annual dose of sun. Sun-spot bookings are up, especially for
less expensive places like
Dominican Republic, Mexico and Venezuela.
Canadians with only a few
a holiday, snowbirds are less likely to turn their backs on the United
States because of currency fluctuations or economic conditions. They
have close ties, such as real estate or well established routines
in particular communities that keep them going back in bad times as
identification, such as a driver's license or passport; otherwise, it
be difficult to take advantage of specials restricted to
the U.S. search out so-called "par specials" offered by merchants
to treat a Canadian dollar as if it had the same face value as a U.S.
dollar regardless of currency.
- When traveling to
the U.S. check with
tourism authorities. States popular with Canadians, like Florida,
Arizona and California, often offer special deals. Many restaurants and
businesses are promoting their services in a booklets of discounts
offered to travelers. Deals may include specials at some local
restaurants, hotels, attractions and local stores.
- The trend in the
travel industry is
booking times, but travelers who pay for their holidays well in advance
can often take advantage of early booking discounts.