Flight Deals to South Korea

Many people come to South Korea with the express purpose of learning more about the Korean War. However, there’s more to South Korea than just a history of warfare; South Korea is a beautiful country filled with ancient palaces, charming villages, peaceful temples and excellent food. While its sister country North Korea rots away under a dictatorship, South Korea has thrived under democracy, becoming a major economic player and highly desirable tourist destination. For more information on the Flight Deals to South Korea, click here.

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Summer Flight Deals to Thailand

Thailand is world-renowned for its beaches. Some excellent beach resort cities and islands to check out include Hua Hin, Pattaya, Phuket, Ko Samui, Ko Chang, Ko Kut and Ko Samet. If you’d prefer to relax in a more natural setting, you can find tropical rainforests in Khao Sok National Park, stunning waterfalls in Khao Yai National Park and amazing limestone formations in Phang Nga Bay. For more information on the Summer Flight Deals to Thailand, click here.

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Top 3 Less Travelled Islands in Thailand

By Robin Esrock

The postcard islands of Thailand offer the paradise of our imaginations. Yet alongside the coconut trees and squeaky white beaches, expect to find hordes of tourists. Thanks to direct flights from Bangkok, the crowds, and the businesses that compete for them, can be somewhat overwhelming. If you’re looking for alternatives to hotspots like Koh Phi Phi and Phuket, put these less-known islands on your radar.

Koh Ngai

With no roads, motorbikes or cars, Koh Ngai is a small island on Thailand’s west coast, surrounded by coral and known for its long sandy beaches and turquoise sea water. It’s an ideal spot for relaxing on less-crowded beaches, sea kayaking, snorkelling along the coral, or enjoying a coconut cocktail in the rustic thatched beachfront restaurants. Inland from the beach are some great jungle hikes in pristine forest. There are a few good resorts on the east coast of the island, overlooking jagged limestone outcrops that make for spectacular sunrises. The must-see island excursion is popping on a boat to the nearby Emerald Cave, known as one of the seven wonders of Thailand.
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Koh Lanta

This long, narrow island, located in the Krabi Province off the Andaman Coast, is known as a quieter, more relaxing destination for sun and sand seekers. Its white sandy beaches and outstanding snorkelling and diving, coupled with affordable guesthouses and hotels make it one of the Thailand’s kept secrets, although in recent years it has been getting more popular. Koh Lanta is made up of an archipelago of some 50 uninhabited islands (a boon for marine life), culminating in the Mu Ko Lanta Marine Park located in the southern end of the island. The local population is known to be more conservative than on other islands, and together with their conservation-minded outlook, and the calm, tranquil seas, Koh Lanta radiates a peaceful ambience and family-friendly vibe.
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Koh Tao

Koh Tao’s past is as colourful as its turquoise waters and emerald jungles. Long a fishing post, it was also pirate hideaway, and later, a prison for political prisoners. Today, it’s a prison most visitors will be sad to leave. Koh Tao literally means Turtle Island, and it’s the abundance of marine life that makes this southern Gulf Coast island one of the best diving spots in Southeast Asia. Keeping the environment pristine is taken seriously, which is why you’ll find no plastic bags on the island. Rent a scooter to explore some of the fantastic beaches and viewpoints around the island, or explore various trails and sea kayak routes. An important breeding area for marine turtles, Koh Tao’s diving reputation makes it the ideal spot to get your PADI certification, or simply snorkel out from its many white sandy beaches.

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Robin Esrock is a Vancouver-based travel writer, and host of the TV series Word Travels.  Having visited over 100 countries on 6 continents, he’ll check-in monthly with exciting suggestions for your next adventure.

Explore South America

Ready to discover South America? There are so many great places to visit during this time of year. Why not explore the idea of hiking at Machu Picchu when it’s not too hot, enjoy avoiding the crowds and seeing the colorful foliage in Buenos Aires, play on the Rio de Janeiro beaches, or maybe even adventure to the Galapagos Islands off of the coast of Ecuador. With so many great options in South America, it is worth checking out the great deals we love to share with you.South America

Top 3 Tips to Experience Colombia Like a Local

1. Get on a Bicycle

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Colombia takes its bicycles seriously, so much so that each Sunday and most public holidays whole sections of Bogota, Cali and Medellin are cordoned off and reserved for a festive gathering of cyclists, rollerbladers, joggers and pedestrians.  Dating back to the 1970’s, the Colombian concept of Ciclovia has proven so popular that it has since spread around the world, including events held in Canada.   In Bogota, up to 2 million locals gather each week, enjoying the space and atmosphere on 120km of car-free city streets. A range of activities include musical performances, markets and dancing, adding to the festivities.  Tourists are welcome to join in the fun, with bicycle rentals available from vendors close to the hotel district.

2. Drink the Coffee

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Colombia produces some of the world’s finest coffee, enjoyed by locals, visitors, and aficionados around the world.   It is mostly grown on the Andes mountains, in an area known as the Coffee Region, and is served black “tinto”, with a distinctive mellow aroma.   Locals will be drinking coffee at all times of the day – in coffee shops, restaurants, bars or on the streets –  but to really get under the skin of the bean, you can visit the source in the Coffee Triangle.  Here you’ll find the National Coffee Park, a theme park devoted to the drink, as well as farms and plantations open to the public.  UNESCO has declared the region a World Heritage Site.   Wherever you find yourself, drinking coffee with passionate locals is a true Colombian experience.

3. Enjoy the Carnivals

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Colombian love to let their hair down, celebrating at vibrant, colourful events that take place throughout the country.   The Barranquilla Carnival is perhaps the most famous annual party, taking place in the four days preceding Lent.  The Carnival rivals Brazil for its costumes, parades, music and theatre.   Salsa dancers from around the world gather in Cali in December for the annual Cali Fair, while the Black and Whites Carnival takes place in January in the south-western town of Pasto.  Meanwhile, Bogota’s Ibero-American Theatre Festival competes with Edinburgh as the world’s biggest arts and theatre spectacle.   Taking place every two years around March/April,  the festival lasts 17 days with over 600 acts converging on the city from around the world.

Robin Esrock is a Vancouver-based travel writer, and host of the TV series Word Travels.  Having visited over 100 countries on 6 continents, he’ll check-in monthly with exciting suggestions for your next adventure.

Here are the winners of the best hit the slopes on a budget tip

Congratulations to Toby C. and Melissa D.!

Each winner got a C$250 travel voucher with BudgetAir.ca
Thank you all for the great packing tips and awesome participation.

As usual, the Travel Guru had a very hard time choosing the winners. There were some really good tips, and interesting ideas.

Here are the winners of February’s Travel Guru contest and their tips:

Toby C

“Best tip to hit the slopes on a budget! CALL! Phone and ask what kind of deals they have to offer and you’d be surprised! :)” T.C.

Melissa D

“The best ways to hit the slopes on a budget:
– look for early bird specials for season passes
– check for specials on a regular basis and sign up for reminders
– travel in low season (avoid december holidays/march break) or go through the week
– pack snacks in a backpack…apres ski/hilltop chalets can cost a bit – or share a meal with a friend :)
– when buying gear, shop in April or go to the ski/snowboard trade show in your area or try second hand by shopping online or at a place like sports swap” M.D.

Now is time to put these tips into practice!

Good travels from our Team at BudgetAir Canada.

Fun in the Philippines

Fun in the Philippines – from $965
Pack your bags and fly to the Philippines for less. We bet these awesome deals will make you forget all about this winter.

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For inspiration and ideas for traveling to the Philippines, check out one of our most recent blogs — Top 3 Places to Visit in the Philippines

Top 5 best: hit the slopes on a budget tips so far

It is almost time for the Travel Guru to pick two winners for the “Best hit the slopes on a budget tip” contest.

We want to thank all of you for sharing your tips.

It’s nice to hear that you are enjoying the winter and doing some amazing snow sports!

Please keep your tips coming, you still have double the chance of winning a C$250 travel voucher!

Remember to: enter your tip on our Facebook wall: http://www.facebook.com/BudgetAirCanada and good luck!

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Here are our top 5:

“Lifts and resort staff are your best friends for local / insider tips. Chat them up while you’re waiting for your chair and see if they will spill the beans!” Jen G.

“Best tip to hit the slopes on a budget! CALL! Phone and ask what kind of deals they have to offer and you’d be surprised! :)” Toby E. C.

“The best ways to hit the slopes on a budget is to buy discount vouchers online ahead of time with a ski and hotel package close to home, this will give you a 50% to 80% savings sometimes. Some vouchers include ski rental equipments too. More cash in your pockets left to splurge on a nice meal after skiing or snowboarding.” Patti C. S.

“The best ways to hit the slopes on a budget:
– look for early bird specials for season passes
– check for specials on a regular basis and sign up for reminders
– travel in low season (avoid December holidays/march break) or go through the week
– pack snacks in a backpack…apres ski/hilltop chalets can cost a bit – or share a meal with a friend :)
– when buying gear, shop in April or go to the ski/snowboard trade show in your area or try second-hand by shopping online or at a place like sports swap” Melissa D.

“Hitching a ride with your ski’s on your backpack. Wait for someone with their own ski’s strapped on their roof. Pretty safe bet for a ride and you may get offered a couch for the weekend. If you don’t then stay at the nearest hostel.. lots of ski hills have them. You get to meet lots of new people and next trip may be even cheaper if you make new friends that live at the hill or have a cabin there!” Pepi C.

Top 3 Places to Visit in the Philippines

With over 7000 islands, there’s something for everyone in the Philippines, an oddly overlooked country in Southeast Asia.  Here’s my three favourite places to put on your radar.

 

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The region of Bohol is one of the most popular destinations in the Philippines, with quirky attractions to make it unique.  It’s also got some of the country’s best beaches, notably on Panglao Island, located a short a short drive from the regional capital of Tagbaliran City.  Bohol’s star attraction however is the Chocolate Hills, an otherworldly landscape comprised of 1200 limestone conical hills.  Not far away is the only place to encounter a curious little creature called the tarsier, the second smallest primate in the world.   You’ll spot them clinging to trees off the footpaths in a protected sanctuary.   Another must-do is a lunch cruise on the Luboc River, a comfortable and delicious setting to explore the lush jungle and its vibrant communities.

 

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El Nido is a chain of 45 jagged limestone islands, located at the north of the province of Palawan. The province has the highest number of islands in the Philippines, the least amount of people, and due to its wealth of protected areas, is proudly referred to as the “Last Ecological Frontier.”  Amongst the most beautiful is El Nido, home to some of the world’s best diving, a range of gorgeous (and eco-friendly) hotels, and dreamy islands straight out of a paradise calendar.  Traditional outriggers can deposit you on your island for the day, completely private and deserted.  Just make sure they remember to pick you up!   There are also daily excursions to turquoise lagoons on Maniloc Island, the aptly shaped Snake Island, and spectacular caves and coves.

 

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Quezon City and Manila are notoriously crowded, which is why many visitors prefer the less-hectic Cebu City, the capital of Cebu province. Here you can visit Magellan’s Cross, planted by the explorer on the shores of Cebu in 1521.  Check out the country’s oldest religious relic at the impressive 16th century Basilica Minore del Santo Niño, or perhaps take a Jeepney at sunset for a beautiful view atop TOPS, a popular romantic spot with locals.   A few hours drive away are world-class beaches on Bantayan and Malapascua Islands.

Cebu, Palawan and Bohol are easily accessible with low-cost local airlines departing regularly from Manila.

Robin Esrock is a Vancouver-based travel writer, and host of the TV series Word Travels.  Having visited over 100 countries on 6 continents, he’ll check-in monthly with exciting suggestions for your next adventure.  

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I love Paris – Be my Valentine Sale

Would you be my Valentine?

Whether you are searching for your soul mate or you just want to take your better half on an unforgettable vacation, Paris has that romance vibe you are looking for.

Fall in love with these deals and book your flight to Paris today. Our deals always include all taxes and fees.

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Wishing you a Happy Valentine’s day.

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