Expedia.ca 2012 Travel Trends

2012 Expedia.ca Travel Trends

 Upcoming travel for Canadians promises to be hot

According to a recent report releasedby Statistics Canada, Canadian residents made a record-breaking 5.1 million trips outside of the country in December of 2011.  This represents a 1.5% increase from the previous month and the first time since March 1994 that monthly travel abroad surpassed 5 million trips.  While similar reports for January and February of this year haven’t been released yet, the strong finish to 2011 travel points to a promising 2012.

With a plethora of destinations and deals to choose from,Expedia.ca has developed a list of hot destinations for 2012 travel as well as money-saving tips that will help this year’s traveller find the perfect getaway.

 Top Destinations for Canadian Travellers

 Canadians are Sunchasers.

This winter travel season, Canadians once again proved to be south-migrating sunchasers.  Setting the stage for 2012 were the following top destinations for Canadians according to January and February travel – in order of popularity: 

Las Vegas, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Miami and Cancun. 

 What about non-winter travel?

Canadians are showing some real affinity for the following destinations in 2012:

 

 

Top North American Picks

When staying fairly close to home, Canadians are booking the following destinations:

  1. Las Vegas
  2. Orlando
  3. Fort Lauderdale
  4. Phoenix
  5. Los Angeles

 As you can see, winter or not, the same top 5 North American destinations take the cake. 

Top Domestic Picks

When we really want to stay close to home, the following Canadians cities are our top picks:

  1. Vancouver
  2. Toronto
  3. Calgary
  4. Montreal
  5. Edmonton

Top International Picks

When it comes to longer-haul travel, the following are Canadian favourites:

  1. Cancun
  2. Paris
  3. London
  4. Rome
  5. San Juan

 

 

 

Mexico continues to be hot

Given the Mayan Calendar’s suggestion that 2012 is the last remaining year for travel, there’s no time like the present to book that dream trip. In fact, the Mayan prophecy may actually be spurring interest in Mexico - 2012 sales to date have actually increased six per cent year over year.   Top destinations include Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and San Jose del Cabo.

 Tips for Travel Planning

  1. Timing is Everything:  Whether you’re a long-term or short-term booker, there are plenty of tips to keep in mind when it comes to timing.
  • Long Lead Booking:  If you can, consider booking about three months in advance to secure the best deal.  An effective way to do this is to keep on top of seasonal deals – such as the Expedia.ca’s Europe Sale which launches mid-March and saves travellers when they book travel to Europe through to the end of October.  If Europe isn’t your cup of tea for summer travel, destinations worldwide will go on sale during Expedia.ca’s Summer Sale launching this spring. 

2.  Booking Last Minute:  If your calendar can accommodate last-minute travel, consider signing up for last-minute e-mail alerts such as ASAP Deals, which bring savings of up to 50% right to your inbox.  Daily Deals posted exclusively online can also provide huge savings, so be sure to keep checking travel websites frequently.

  • Travel just after a major holiday:  Holiday travel is always in demand and prices often drop as the demand does, so take a closer look at the holiday calendar and see how your vacation can work around holidays. This summer in particular, think about how the summer games may affect travel to London and try to plan accordingly.

3.  Bundle, Bundle, Bundle:  One of the most effective ways to save when travelling is to bundle flight and hotel together, which on Expedia.ca can save a traveller more than $300 per booking.  Choose the flight and accommodations that best fit your schedule and budget and save instantly.

4.  Be Flexible:  As a traveller, flexibility comes in all forms, so keep the following in mind when planning your upcoming spring and summer travel:

  • Consider alternative airports:  If you live within driving distance of two or more airports, be sure to check fares for all of your options. Some airlines offer special fares for flights into specific airports that you can easily cash in on.  The same applies if you live close to a US airport such as Buffalo or Seattle.  Check out Expedia.ca’s Border City Deals to save on upcoming travel - http://www.expedia.ca/p/promos/border-city-deals.htm?langid=4105. 
  • Think twice about your departure date:Check the days (or weeks, if possible) before and after your initial choice of travel date as sometimes a small adjustment in time can save you money.
  • Be willing to make a stop or connection on your flight:You can sometimes save by considering flights that stop en route, so if your schedule allows you could save big.

 

Note:  All travel figures are based on flight and flight plus hotel bookings completed on Expedia.ca.

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