A weakened dollar has prompted many Quebecers to modify their typical summer vacation plans. However, the majority of them will still be enjoying some time off work for at least a little fun in the sun this year. According to an exclusive survey conducted and published by the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA), a lot of Quebecers will be spending less, shortening their breaks and taking local trips.
Budget Friendly Summer Vacation Road Trips
Most residents of Quebec will be opting for scaled-back vacations this year in order to accommodate more restricted budgets.
Offering some insight on this trend, Senior Director of Travel Products for CAA-Quebec, Angelina Miconiatis, says:
"Travelers are sensitive to the low value of the dollar, and they're adjusting their habits accordingly. During our survey period, the Canadian currency was worth about 79 cents US, whereas it was at 82 cents in 2015 and 92 cents in 2014. There's a significant impact on people's wallets, so it's easy to see why some people are leaning more toward local destinations. People have plenty of alternatives when it comes to summer vacation destinations, so they're making other choices."
This statement is, in fact, consistent with findings from the CAA survey. This year . . .
- Close to half (46%) of Quebecers surveyed plan to spend less than $1,000 on their vacation.
- 35% will take one week or less off from work.
- 31% will still take the traditional two-week break (38% did last year).
- 58% of Quebecers planning a vacation said that they will be staying in Quebec.
- 13% of vacationers will be visiting other parts of Canada.
- Only 10% of those surveyed said that they wanted to spend their summer break in the U.S.
It should be noted that some younger Millennials in Quebec don't seem to be feeling the budget crunch quite as much as older residents. 23 per cent of survey respondents aged between 18 and 24 claimed that they will be on vacation for a month or more this summer.
One piece of good news is that gas prices are staying low. So, with local destinations in mind, there will be a lot of Quebecers on the roads this year. According to the CAA survey, 71 per cent of prospective vacationers will most likely be driving to their getaway spots.
Planning a Safe Summer Road Trip
Out of the 71 per cent of those in Quebec who are planning a road trip this year, only a quarter of them intend to have their vehicles inspected before heading out. However, it is highly advised that you have your car thoroughly checked by a certified mechanic before taking it on a long trip.
CAA-Quebec automotive expert, Jesse Caron, explains:
"Few people realize that in the intense summer heat, car batteries drain and are damaged an average of 33% faster. Also, a check of your vehicle's fluid levels, especially coolant, can prevent plenty of headaches."
So, take the time to do some preventative maintenance if you are planning on taking your car for an extended drive this summer. Also, if you are one of the vacationers who will be traveling outside of Canada, you may want to consider taking out travel medical insurance.
Only 13 per cent of those who are planning to travel to the U.S. have purchased such protection, but those who are going without could end up with some unexpected expenses. In the U.S., the bill for a hospital stay can sometimes be in the tens of thousands of dollars, and this could be to treat something as simple as sunstroke.
Plan to have a safe and budget-friendly road trip this summer by taking a few precautions. And if you need to replace your current vehicle with a newer, more reliable model before hitting the road, make sure that you get the best possible financing.
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