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For a profitable vacation

How do you plan to pay for your vacation?

People generally pay for their holidays with credit cards, tax refunds or savings. Since the last of these choices is the wisest, you might find savings by instalments useful.

Will you make one trip or several outings? Take the time to draw up a budget so your holidays don’t become a drain on your finances.

This exercise will help you decide on the type of accommodation you’ll choose, which, is always the most expensive part of the trip, along with transportation. Be sure to calculate your food, entertainment and purchases and allow some leeway for unexpected expenses.

Generally, the average price of renting a room is half as much in a small establishment as in a large one (with at least 200 rooms). For example, in 2000, the average price for two people in a Québec bed and breakfast was $57,90, including breakfast. The average price for a lot at a campground varied between $15 and $25, depending on the facilities used.

Family packages are also a good choice. Modest-income families can take pleasant and inexpensive vacations. Many organizations can help you plan your vacation, like the Province of Ontario Travel Information Centres.

Votre budget-voyage

Your vacation budget
 Travel: $ per day X Number of days = Total
Gas

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Car rental

X

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Public transportation

X

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Other

X

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Subtotal

X

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Lodging: $ per day X Number of days = Total
Hotel/motel

X

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Chalet/bed & breakfast

X

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Camping

X

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Family/friend

X

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Subtotal

X

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Food: $ per day X Number of days = Total
Restaurant

X

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Picnic

X

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Groceries

X

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Other

X

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Subtotal

X

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Entertainment: $ per day X Number of days = Total
Equipment rental

X

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Passes

X

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Souvenirs

X

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Other

X

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Subtotal

X

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TOTAL

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