Trump's recent attacks on Canada have inspired Canadians across the country to avoid travelling to the U.S. entirely.
The movement was started as way to protest Trump's unfair imposition of trade tariffs on Canadian aluminum and steel. It is an additional method of payback against the United States; on top the retaliatory tariffs already imposed by the Trudeau government on U.S. products and the nationwide anti-U.S. consumer boycott that is happening right now.
However, cutting off travel to the U.S. may pose a challenge, especially considering that it remains to be the most popular and affordable destination for Canadians. Domestic travel within Canada is also quite expensive, making it even harder to commit to the cause.
But it's definitely not impossible. There's still an entire world out there, with several amazing places to explore that are also advantageous for the Canadian dollar. While your money might not be going towards supporting Canadian tourism, you can take comfort in the fact that you will be helping places that are in actual need of financial assistance. Here are some affordable travel destinations other than the U.S. for passionate Canadians to consider:
The small island of Bermuda can be explored entirely from end to end in a single week, if you're resourceful. Known for its turquoise waters and pink beaches, the country serves as an affordable destination for Canadians, with round trip flights selling for as little as CAD$450 or less throughout the year.
If you're not a fan of massive crowds, consider a trip to the sunkissed Bahamas. The tropical country is known for its collection of low key beaches that are perfect for a private getaway. There are also places for the party animal, such as the capital city of Nassau which boasts an incredible beach nightlife. Flights range from CAD$400 to CAD$600, but you'll be able to save a lot if you opt for an all-inclusive vacation package instead (CAD$300).
The bright, colourful country of Colombia is one massive ongoing party. It hosts the annual Carnival, the largest festival in all of South America. Flights throughout the year are around CAD$600 and under and you can get hotel rooms for just CAD$70 a night.
Costa Rica is a favourite among Canadian snowbirds in particular. Many Canadians travel there during the winter to enjoy the country's beautiful weather and white sand beaches. Another plus is that it's one of the safest countries in Central America to travel to. In fact, it's often referred to as the "Switzerland of the Americas" for its safety rating.
Canadians should take advantage of Cuba's all-inclusive vacation packages, which will send them on an amazing tropical getaway for really cheap. Several airlines sell flights for CAD$400 or less throughout the year, and depending on where you look, you could land yourself a luxury hotel room for less than CAD$200 a night.
Like Cuba and Mexico, the Dominican Republic is an affordable vacation spot especially if you opt for an all-inclusive vacation package. Sometimes you'll be able to land flights and a week-long stay at a top-rated beach resort for just a little over CAD$800.
Guatemala is a great choice for those seeking a fun, cultural experience. The country is brimming with Mayan culture and natural beauty, and the weather is almost always perfect. Flights can be a little pricey at around CAD$600, but the country makes up for it in lodging that can cost less than CAD$100 a night.
After the U.S., Mexico is the most popular destination among Canadians. Well-known beach spots like Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and Tulum give Canadians a variety of exciting tropical options to choose from. Flights to Mexico typically cost around CAD$400, but there are also several all-inclusive vacation packages that may give you a better bang for you buck.
Panama is gaining popularity as a travel destination among Canadians for its hot weather, favourable taxes, cheap lifestyle and close proximity to Canada. Flights range around CAD$500, but if you book at the right time, you may land a deal for much less than that. Hotels there are cheap too — several hotels go for less than CAD$100 a night.
Thailand is one of the cheapest places in Asia to visit. Other than the flights, everything is extremely affordable, from the hotels to the food. There are also a lot of incredible places to explore, including pristine beaches, tropical islands and exotic small towns.
It may not seem like it, but the UK is actually a pretty affordable place for Canadians to visit. With the launch of new ultra-low-cost airlines like Swoop and Primera Air, you'll be able to catch flights to cities like London for as low as CAD$199. Hotels there are affordable too — some go for as little as CAD$100 a night.