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Once installed, do not move!
Or less, anyway…
Gasoline prices rose 54% over the year, according to June data released by Statistics Canada on Tuesday. That doesn’t mean we have to dare to review vacation plans, but it can encourage us to leave the car at the destination.
“This year the desire to leave was stronger,” said Nicolas Ryan, director of public affairs at CAA Quebec. The organization conducts an annual survey of Quebecers’ travel intentions. While worrying, rising gas prices haven’t hampered travel. On the other hand, explains Nicolas Ryan, holidaymakers will adapt their behavior at the destination, in particular by restricting their movements. For example, they would make two stops instead of the four planned on the route, he explains, which will reduce the total number of kilometers on the counter. Ryan says it could be for next year’s plans that distance to destination will be taken into account when making reservations. “This year the recovery is very strong,” he says. And fueled by two years of pandemic deprivation. Nicolas Ryan calls it “the revenge trip”.
At Tourisme Bas-Saint-Laurent we confirm this trend: a large number of visitors staying longer in the same place and traveling less. “People are doing more free activities, hikes and picnics,” says Karine Lebel, communications officer for the tourism association. And that’s a good thing: “The best show in Bas-Saint-Laurent is free,” she says. These are our sunsets! »
Enjoy the cottage
Accommodation prices increased by 49.7% compared to June 2021.
“The resumption of sporting events, festivals and other large in-person gatherings has resulted in increased demand for housing, particularly in large urban centers,” according to Statistics Canada.
In this context, it is advisable to choose your accommodation well so that your “investment” is worthwhile.
Catherine Simard, owner of the B&B-Café-Garden Les Conifères in Saint-Adolphe-d’Howard, in the Laurentians, has decided not to increase the prices of her rooms but notices a change in the habits of her clientele: holidaymakers longer to lie down. “People come with their coolers and eat here instead of going to a restaurant in the village,” she says. They even make their morning coffee to sip on the riverbank.
Find out what grow around
Another spending item where the increase is undeniable: groceries. Commodity prices (fruits, vegetables, meat, etc.) increased by 8.8% overall from June 2021 to June 2022. The restaurant bill, whether it’s a takeaway or a more sophisticated restaurant, has inevitably gone up as well.
A visit to the public market is essential in order to be able to keep to the planned budget for catering on vacation without sacrificing enjoyment. “It’s about the taste of the region,” says Jean-Nick Trudel, president of the Association des marchés publics du Québec, who points out that visiting a market in Abitibi-Témiscamingue has nothing to do with visiting a market on the north coast .
And not only are food prices rising, but so is the popularity of Quebec’s public markets. It’s now more than 160, down from 123 before the pandemic, according to the Association des marchés publics du Québec.
take it time
“Sometimes you have to let minimalism be imposed on you. And inflation does just that,” says Dominique Bernèche, co-founder of Les Belles Combines, which offers tips on planning family life better. According to this mother of seven, we want to fill the day with activities from day one on vacation. “We feel that our kids need water slides and rides, but not at all, we’re often afraid they’ll get bored. They marvel at everything,” says Dominique Bernèche, who is contacted when she is on vacation about to visit a beach near a chalet where there is neither water nor electricity.
In her opinion, there’s nothing better than a nice campfire to end the day, and it doesn’t cost a dollar. His advice to everyone who has to cut their holiday budget: tame camping, get out of your comfort zone and away from your usual habits. “It forces us to be more in tune with ourselves,” she says.
operate tourism vicinity
At the Alliance de l’industrie touristique du Québec, we confirm that occupancy rates at campsites are good and that the season is going well, despite travellers’ very real budget concerns. To take advantage of the summer holidays without breaking the bank, Allianz proposes prioritizing local tourism. This way you can discover the attractions that you often see on the blue signs without really paying attention to them. In its guide for traveling on a small budget, Allianz recommends visiting the festivals and parks in our region, some of which are accessible to everyone or to children free of charge.
Finally, Allianz also recommends driving slowly… by car! “Take the back roads via one of the 18 official tourist routes that are spread over most regions,” says the list of vacation tips. They allow you to travel more slowly, by car, on foot or by bike, and better appreciate our landscapes, villages and heritage sites. »