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May 2018

How to Travel on a Budget in Costa Rica

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Traveling to Costa Rica on a budgetSticking to a budget doesn’t have to make travelling impossible or even less fun. It might take some extra planning and a bit of research, but it’s entirely feasible to have the adventure of a lifetime without breaking the bank. Costa Rica can be an expensive place to visit, but with some help from our travel experts, you’ll also find fantastic low cost travel options from Hamilton where our travel centre is located and from across the globe.

Timing Is Everything
One way to save money is to avoid travelling during peak times. Tourism in Costa Rica spikes during the dry season, so it’s recommended for people travelling on a budget to do so during the rainy season, which is from mid-May to early December. During this period hotel rates are reduced, tours are discounted and, as a bonus, the crowds are much smaller.

Eat With The Locals
Most fancy restaurants that cater to tourists are rather costly. Cut back on your expenses at mealtimes by eating at small restaurants called sodas. They’re usually family run businesses that serve simple but delicious Costa Rican cuisine for low prices. It’s also a great opportunity to chat with the locals and get advice on how to experience the country authentically. Alternatively, if you have access to a kitchen in your hotel or hostel, cooking for yourself is much cheaper than eating out.

Guided tours
Tours organized by major tourism companies are typically very expensive, so when you’re on a budget it’s best to steer clear of these. If you want to go on a tour, ask an employee at the hotel to recommend a guide. Many small guided tours are affiliated with hotels and are usually fairly cheap. Networking is everything while on the go, so be open to conversations with fellow travelers and local business owners to get tips for maximizing your budget while exploring.

Exploring Costa Rica
If you’re vacationing in Costa Rica, you’ll be happy to hear that all the beaches are free! This makes hanging out on the beach the perfect activity for anyone trying to save money. Costa Rica is also home to many spectacular national parks and the admission prices for these are quite reasonable. Hiring a guide can be interesting, but it’s not necessary to spend the extra money, as you’ll still get lots out of the experience on your own.

Where to stay
Resorts with all-inclusive deals are safe, fun and can be a great option. However, if that doesn’t fit your budget, you can consider staying in a hostel or an Airbnb. In this case, research is required to find something that is both safe and affordable. The choice is really one based on personal preference and budget—either way, you’ll have a fantastic time.

Plan A Trip With Beforeifly

When it comes to planning your next adventure, our team is here to help you every step of the way. Whether you’re looking to learn more about low cost travel possibilities, or about booking an all inclusive vacation, you can visit us at our travel centre in Hamilton, Ontario, or contact us here to make your vacation dreams a reality!

How Travel Can Help Your Body and Mind

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We all know that travel is fun. You get to see places you’ve only ready about, meet new people and break free of your routine. However, did you know that travel isn’t just fun but also beneficial to your well-being? At Beforeifly, we help people plan their dream vacations and book their travel online, acting as your concierge for your next adventure. Before you skip your next trip abroad or put planning one on the backburner, consider these five reasons that travel is good for both your body and mind.

Travel relieves stress
We all know the feeling when our day-to-day responsibilities seem overwhelming. Sometimes, feeling relief is just a matter of gaining a new perspective. Taking a few days to get away from it all and treating yourself can help you feel better about your regular life (particularly when you have an online travel concierge like Beforeifly to help you take care of all the boring details of your trip).

Visiting new places helps enhance your creativity
The rest of us should take a hint from the artists who have known this for some time: travel is a great way to boost creativity. New experiences can help inspire us to find new solutions and come up with ideas for new projects that wouldn’t otherwise have occurred to us. By placing our bodies in a new environment, it allows our minds to adapt to new situations or perspectives.

Travel helps you learn more about other cultures
If you’re stuck in a rut and feeling a little down, sometimes it’s a good idea to get out and experience different ways of living life. When you’re doing the same routine everyday it can be easy to forget that there are other cultures out there who take a different attitude towards life. It is very likely that you can learn something from their experiences that will help you in your own life.

Exposing yourself to new places boost your immune system
Besides recharging you mentally, travel can actually help you become stronger in a physical sense. In order to produce the essential antibodies that help keep us healthy, we need to be exposed to small doses of new bacteria and other forms of life. Going to new places can actually make you more resistant to illness.

Travel helps you live an active lifestyle
Perhaps most importantly, going to new places will help you maintain an active lifestyle, even if it’s only walking around a new city to take in the sights. If you’re trapped in an office most of the time, what better excuse could there be to get active than to take a trip? You might even think of bringing along your mountain bike and making your vacation an adventure.

Booking your next vacation doesn’t have to be complicated. We cater to both busy globe-trotters and first-time flyers. Our experts can guide you through all the planning of your trip based on your unique needs.  Contact us today to get started on planning your next vacation and give your mind and body a little boost of happiness.

Explore Canada: 5 West Coast Destinations to Discover

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One of the best parts Canada is the sheer size and variety of what our country has to offer. Not only does Canada have some of the world’s most breathtaking natural wonders, it also has some of its most modern, vibrant cities where cultures mesh and mingle. Our team of travel experts want everyone to know how amazing Western Canada is—and how easy it is to organize a trip there with no risk of running out of fun ideas. If you’re looking online for travel ideas or low-cost flights, consider booking a trip to Western Canada with Beforeifly. No one trip could exhaust all of its amazing destinations, but here are just five of the most exciting possibilities to get you dreaming about the West Coast.

Banff National Park
For the truly outdoorsy, if you only have the time to go one place in Western Canada on your next vacation, Banff National Park would be a great choice. Established as a park in 1885, Banff is Canada’s oldest national park. Located in the Canadian Rocky Mountains and open to the public all year long, visitors to Banff can enjoy hiking, mountain biking, and even ice climbing in one of the world’s most beautiful natural environments.

Vancouver
From its famous Stanley Park to its bustling Chinatown, Vancouver has something to offer both the nature-lover and the city slicker. Routinely voted as having one of the highest qualities of life in the world, Vancouver is a truly modern and international city with central access to many of British Columbia’s wonders.

exploring Whistler BC in the summer

Whistler
Just a short two hour drive north of Vancouver, Whistler, BC is a chalet-style resort town that you won’t want to miss. Although primarily known for its world-class alpine skiing and snowboarding trails (many of the 2010 Olympic events were held in Whistler), the town itself is also worth the trip, having won prizes for its architecture and beauty. Although known for winter activities, there are plenty of things to do for the adventure and thrill-seekers in your group, such as kayaking, ziplining and even bungee jumping.

 

Haida Gwaii
Further north along the Pacific coast, the islands of Haida Gwaii are well worth visiting. Sometimes known as Canada’s Galapagos, this collection of islands is the traditional home of the First Nations Haida people and has played an important role in Canadian history. The coastal rainforest is rich in natural wildlife and historic sites where you can see totem poles that are hundreds of years old. When you’re there, you can also arrange for a whale-watching trip to see some of the world’s most majestic marine animals.

Calgary
If you’d like to experience the rugged West in an urban setting, visit Alberta’s beautiful city of Calgary during its annual rodeo, the Calgary Stampede. Canada’s fourth largest city boasts an active arts scene and some great restaurants, bars, and shopping.

Discover the Beforeifly Difference

book a west coast vacation with beforeifly!Ready to stop looking online for trips you could take and actually book your next adventure? Contact our team to start arranging for low cost travel to Western Canada. Book online, give us a call or drop in for a visit at our Travel Centre in Hamilton to learn more about how easy it is to organize your next vacation with Beforeifly.