Travel is one of the best things about life in my opinion. When you get the chance to use those vacation days that you've saved up, all the weight that's been put on your shoulders is instantly lifted by a good trip. Some of use are lucky enough to have a month to travel, whereas some of us only get 5 or 10 days to use each year.
However much you do have saved up you can still make the most out of your vacation days and without spending thousands of dollars while you're at it. We all want to take a vacation every once in a while but we don't want to blow all of our savings while we're at it. Hopefully this list will help you plan the cheapest trip you can within the time frame that you have available.
The price of flights below are based on some of the cheapest ones I found available right now, however deals certain airlines provide and the time of year you choose to travel can either reduce or increase these prices. Make sure you do your research to get the most bang for your buck!
Only 5 days off means you basically have a super short amount of time to make the most of your trip. This means you don't want to waste an entire day of travel there and an entire day of travel back, which would leave you with just 3 days at your destination. The best way to make the most of a 5 day trip is to choose a destination that will take you, at most, half a day of travel. These are all places that you can get to fast, leaving you with the most time to enjoy and relax at your destination.
If you have 10 days off you can spare at most a day of travel time because this will still leave you with 8 full days of vaction time. However, you also might want to spend as little time as possible traveling so you can get the most of your 10 days. These places are a mix of full-day travel time and shorter travel times so that you can make the most out of your 10 days off.
If you're lucky enough to get a full month off to travel you're going to want to go big. This is your month to spend traveling to the farthest corners of the land, experiencing the most that you can while you're away. These places are the most exotic destinations that you can spend a month traveling in on the cheap.
1. Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Travel Time: 3 hours 25 minutes
Cheapest Flight From Montreal: $201
Fort Lauderdale is the perfect place if you're looking for a beach vaction that you can accomplish in 5 days and for super cheap. The Fort Lauderdale beach is one of the cleanest beaches in Florida and the water is always blue and refreshing.
2. New York City
Travel Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Cheapest Flight From Montreal: $245
New York City is a perfect choice if you're looking for a quick 5-day trip. Although you're not escaping the city lights, you'll be able to experience all the crazy, unique, and exciting things that New York has to offer that you can't find anywhere else in the world.
3. Burlington, Vermont
Travel Time: 3 hours 4 minutes
Cheapest Bus From Montreal: $16
This is definitely the cheapest escape from the city and all you have to do to get there is take a 3 hour bus, no flights involved! Vermont is one of the most beautiful states in the US, with sprawling mountains, sparkly lakes, and it's home to Ben&Jerry's Ice Cream!
4. Boston, Massachusetts
Travel Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Cheapest Flight From Montreal: $261
Boston is another great city for Montrealers to visit if you want spend time in a bustling city but aren't up for the craziness of NYC. Boston has some really unique things to do as well, such as the Freedom Trail and Boston Harbour.
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Travel Time: 5 hours 50 minutes
Cheapest Flight From Montreal: $300
If you're looking for a paradise beach vacation within your 10-day time frame then the Bahamas is the place for you. Travel to pig beach to swim with the cute pigs that call the Bahamas their home or just relax on any number of white sandy beaches that are basically everywhere.
2. Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Travel Time: 6 hours 10 minutes
Cheapest Flight From Montreal: $269
Another great beach destination for half a day's travel time, Playa del Carmen is a great choice for you getaway. This Mexican destination will feel like you're at an oasis but it's actually quite built up on the main street. The beaches are bright and clean and it's always amazing weather.
3. South Africa
Travel Time: 20 hours
Cheapest Flight From Montreal: $850
South Africa is a great destination for a 10 day trip. You'll spend 2 whole days travelling but it's worth it once you get there. You can easily stay here for less than $50 per day since the conversion rate is pretty good for North Americans and there's tons of amazing things to see and do.
4. Bali, Indonesia
Travel Time: 22 hours
Cheapest Flight From Montreal: $784
This is another amazing tropical destination if you're looking for a beach destination that isn't the typical Mexico or Carribean spot. With Bali you'll also be sacrificing 2 of your days to travel but it's completely worth it. Take a tip from Eat, Pray, Love and do some yoga, relax on their serene beaches and discover what peace really means.
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Travel Time: 20 hours
Cheapest Flight From Montreal: $816
While the price of travel to Thailand is a little steap, it's one of the best places to save money if you plan to be there for a month. The price of food, accommodations and entertainment isn't expensive at all. There's so much to do and see here you won't be bored for a second.
2. South America
Travel Time: 25 hours
Cheapest Flight From Montreal: $535
If you fly into Colombia it's actually pretty cheap to fly to South America and staying there is even cheaper. Ecuador, Bolivia and Colombia are the cheapest countries to travel to down there and they also have the most to see. You can easily spend an entire month in South America.
3. Eastern Europe
Travel Time: 8-12 hours
Cheapest Flight From Montreal: $541
Depending on where you decide to fly into, travel times will vary. But Eastern Europe is the cheapest area to travel in if you're looking for a Euroean vacation. Eastern Europe includes Prague, Belarus, Poland, Hungary, and more. All these countries are rich in culture and amazing architecture.
Travel Time: 1 day
Cheapest Flight From Montreal: $747
Cambodia is a great destination if you have a month to travel. Similar to Thailand in that the flight is expensive but the stay is relatively cheap. There's also some amazing culture to see such as the abundant temples and beaches.