Fashionable and fun: how to make smart trip decisions

May 23, 2014

Let’s go to New York? Or Montréal? How about Niagara-on-the-Lake?

It’s time to renew the wardrobe, get outside and start planning those trips. Whether you crave a short getaway with a loved one, a drive to a small village with a family member, or a shopping adventure with a group of close friends—it pays to organize it early.

How do you choose an option that is both stylish and won’t break the bank? Here are our top 5 tips!

  1. Think ahead. Being spontaneous is fun, but the earlier you plan the trip, the more you’ll be able to save on transportation and accommodation. And, the higher your chances of hitching a ride with a friend, if you happen to be going to the same place on the same weekend.
  1. Hit the road. Nothing beats a good road trip. Driving in Canada is a beautiful experience—very few countries have a landscape that can compare to ours. Besides, there are some great places south of the border too, including many winery-focused and shopping-filled havens!

A moment of peace in the Finger Lakes region.

  1. Pack light. Want to go shopping while away? If you have room in your suitcase, you won’t have to buy a second one/pay extra luggage fees/drag around heavy bags. Keep it simple.
  1. Go through your closet before the trip. To counteract tip #3, if you are trying to save for several trips this summer, cut down on the shopping by bringing some options with you. Travel with outfits, not separate clothes.
Winter or summer, the Columbus Circle is always busy.

Winter or summer, the Columbus Circle is always busy.

  1. Get recommendations from friends and family. Whether you love fine dining, museum trips or the ballet, chat with friends and colleagues who have already been to the place you are going. It sounds like a no-brainer, but we often forget it. Listen to their recommendations, so you don’t end up wasting your time or money, especially if it’s going to be a short getaway.

And most importantly—enjoy it and take lots of pictures!

Feature image caption: Nothing beats a trip to New York Fashion Week! Here is a wall of insta-photos that we saw there in February.

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Disclosure: This post was brought to you by Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited via Mode Media Canada. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited.



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