The best countries for stretching the Canadian dollar

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The best countries for stretching the Canadian dollar

Going on vacation doesn’t have to be expensive; here are four countries where your Canadian dollar will go the distance.

There’s a misconception that travelling is expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. With the right amount of planning and preparation, you can easily visit new destinations every year. The key to success is finding a spot that fits your budget.

There are many countries and exotic locations where the Canadian dollar won’t go as far as you would like so doing your research before booking a flight is important. Looking for ideas? We’ve rounded up some amazing countries that will stretch your dollar as far as possible.


Between the unbelievable beaches, the luxurious resorts and friendly people, Indonesia is a great spot for your next vacation. The flights will be on the pricier side but once you get there the cost of living is much lower than many other countries, which means your money will go farther. Ubud, Seminyak, Canguu and Kuta are the most popular cities for tourists.

An inexpensive meal in Indonesia is roughly $3 a person. You could even get away with spending $20 a day if you budget properly.


Looking to travel to Europe but don’t want the price tag? Eastern European countries are very affordable for Canadian travellers. Known as the Paris of the East, Budapest is home to some of Europe’s most spectacular architecture. This popular city is best known for its thermal baths and nightlife but the skylines and culinary wonders are definitely underrated.

An inexpensive meal averages about $8 per person. When planning your budget, look to put aside between $20 to $45 per day.


This small country is quickly gaining popularity with Canadians, especially after WestJet introduced direct flights. Belize is a popular spot for divers and snorkelers because of the many different species of marine life. You may also be familiar with the well-known wonder, the Great Blue Hole. Whether you are looking for a relaxing vacation or one filled with adventure, you will find it in Belize.

An inexpensive meal in Belize will set you back roughly $4.75 per person. It can be easy enough to get away with spending $60 to $70 per day during your stay.


If you’re looking to combine beautiful beaches with stunning architecture, than Portugal is a must on your travel list. There are direct flights to Lisbon from Toronto almost year-round, making it an easy destination to get to. Spend a couple of days exploring the history of Lisbon before heading down the coast to the Algarve to enjoy the beaches.

An inexpensive meal in Portugal is roughly $13 in a restaurant. If you are willing to rough it a bit, tourists can get away with an $80 to $100 per day budget in Portugal.

Madisyn is a freelance writer and social media obsessed traveller based out of Toronto. Always looking for her next adventure but glued to her phone, you can contact her at or visit her at


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