Travelling isn’t cheap and in order to do more of what we love we had to come up with some creative ways to save money while on our trips. We are providing you with some travel tips that we hope will save you some money on your next trip.
1. Don’t travel during peak times
The peak season of travel is June through August, the majority of people take time off of work and use this time to travel. This means that during this period prices are the highest. I’ve also found that weekends are a busy time to visit countryside locations (Parks like Grand Canyon and Algonquin Park, small towns) making it the most expensive time of the week to visit. For us, shoulder season has been the best time to visit our destinations, that’s the period between off season and peak season. Hotels know that summer and weekends are busy times and increase prices for both of these periods. We have saved lots of money by visiting countryside towns during the week and cities on the weekend. It has been my experience that the hotels in the city lower their prices on the weekend since the business travelers are gone. Not everyone has the ability to travel during shoulder season but if you do you can save lots of money by taking advantage and putting that money towards something useful on your vacation. Some of the advantages of shoulder season are less crowds, moderate weather and better prices.
When you make an effort to get out on a trail you are rewarded by being surrounded by some amazing nature. Forests, mountain tops, Sea lines, Canyons are just a few of the areas that we have hiked through. Each area has its own unique flavour and no two areas in the world are ever replicated. That is mother natures gift to us. All we have to do is get out and enjoy it and make sure that humans don’t destroy it.
One of the things I like to do the most when travelling is taking road trips. Road trips allow you to see things that you wouldn’t get to see if you stayed in a major city hub. You can travel at your own pace, stop whenever you want, and spend more or less time at a location. This is one of the major reasons we often try to see things independently without a tour group.
When we visited Arizona and Utah we were treated to some really nice scenery. Here are a few of the photos I was able to capture while on our road trip. I was surprised at the beauty of the landscapes in Arizona about a couple hours beyond the Grand Canyon.
The Grand Canyon is one of the most spectacular places that I’ve been to. We drove out from Vegas and it took a little over 4 hours to get there. If you are into wildlife, landscapes and natural wonders you must visit this place at least once in your lifetime.
As part of the Colorado River tour we went around Horseshoe bend in our raft. However, you really appreciate the beauty (and the depth) of this attraction when you visit it from the top of the canyon.
It is a horseshoe shaped meander in the Colorado River. This section of the river is near the town of Page, Arizona. It is about a fifteen minute drive from town. It is a short hike over a hill and across the red rock and sand. As there is no shade it is good to visit early in the morning or later in the afternoon when the sun is not so hot.
We made time for this stop before our Colorado river rafting tour.
One of the main reasons we came through Page, Arizona was to raft down the Colorado river. We booked our trip with Raft the Canyon. We had a great trip, our raft tour guide Rex was awesome. He was very knowledgeable, laid back and fun!
The Narrows is one of the most popular hikes in Zion National Park. I’ve seen many videos on You Tube and I was inspired to try it out. Unlike all of the other hikes that we have done, this hike would be through the water. Unique with a strong hint of challenge…right down our alley.
Zion National Park is a place that I have wanted to visit for a long time. I’ve seen so many pictures and read so many stories that I knew that this was a unique place that couldn’t be missed. I’m going to do another post on “The Zion Narrows”, so check back in a few days for that one. Continue reading →
We are on a road trip as I write this post, planned out by Andrew as a surprise for me! When I first saw the plane ticket to Las Vegas I was very surprised. But there was so much more, to give you a sneak peek of what we have been doing I have listed our itinerary below:
1. Las Vegas, Nevada
2. Grand Canyon, Arizona
3. Glen Canyon Dam and the Colorado River (Page, Arizona)
4. Zion National Park (Springfield, Utah)
This concludes the road trip and the first week of our vacation. We will be flying to British Columbia, Canada in the next couple days. For the continued surprise adventure, stay tuned for stories of our adventures.