Budget and Bucket List Travel Temptations

Budget and Bucket List Travel Temptations

The world is vast, and it can be no small task narrowing down your list of places to visit. With so many different climates and attractions on all continents and so little time (and sometimes so little budget!) it might seem hard to make your travel dreams come true.

But relax! We’ve done the work for you narrowing down some must-see destinations to add to your lists. Here are our top travel tips and locales for 2020.

Tulum, Mexico

Mexico is a popular destination for Canadians trying to escape the cold winter month. However, most of us flock to Acapulco, Ixtapa, Sayulita (thank you Bachelor in Paradise), Puerto Vallarta, and Cancun. But few people visit Tulum. Located south of Cancun, the draw of Tulum is its stunning sandy beaches with turquoise seas and Mayan ruins. Of course, let’s not forget Mexican food – it’s Taco Tuesday every day of the week (though Mexican food is way more than just tacos). Air Canada Vacations is a great place to start booking your Mexican vacation.


Oh Portugal. Not enough people talk about visiting Portugal, yet it’s one of the most beautiful countries with some of the friendliest people. The Algarve is definitely a favourite, but best to visit it outside of July and August as tourist season packs this small town full. Of course, one of the most remarkable destinations in Portugal (and the world) is about an hour outside of Lisbon: Cabo da Roca. It is the westernmost point of all of Europe providing you unparalleled views of the Atlantic Ocean. We recommend blocking off the whole day to spend here – once you arrive, you’ll understand why (and you won’t want to leave). P is for Portugal, and Priceline (for the flights, hotels, vacations, etc).

Tokyo, Japan

The 2020 summer Olympics will be held in Tokyo and we couldn’t be more excited. Not only is it home to our parent company (Rakuten) but there is so much to see and do, it’s going to be a very exciting time. Our reco: authentic sushi, sumo wrestling, and (this might sound weird) but visit Chinatown in Yokohama. There’s so much to see and do, so many shops to browse, and lots of food (oh the food!) To book your complete Tokyo getaway (before, during or after the Olympics), be sure to visit Expedia for the best rates and Cash Back.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica is known for its beautiful beaches and rainforests. But what you may be less familiar with is the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, the volcanoes, and the Santuario de Perezosos de Costa Rica (Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica). We have it on good authority that paying extra for some time with the baby sloths is worth every penny. Booking.com (booking-dot-yeah!) – and tell those adorable sloths we love them.


Thailand is one of those magical places that everyone should visit. At least once. It’s worth the trip for the food alone, and if you can, be sure to try one of Chiang Mai’s many cooking schools. In Bangkok, the markets are a must – the floating markets as well as one of the many outdoor markets. Try not to get lost in the maze of vendors (but enjoy it if you do). Of course, no visit to Thailand would be complete without a trip to one of its beautiful islands. Phuket is probably the most popular on the west side or try Koh Samui on the east side of Thailand. Look for the best deals on flights and hotels over on Travelocity.

For more travel tips check out our blog with The Grey Canvas. Safinaaz shares her practiced tips for getting the most out of a trip while staying on-budget. And for to get some of the best deals of your next vacay check out our Travel & Vacations sections for hotels, car rentals, excursions, and flights. Don’t forget you can score Cash Back on gift cards to some of your favourite airlines over at the Gift Card Shop.


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