Chatterbox #155 – Travelling in Canada on a budget

Many people would love to visit Canada but are worried about the cost. Fear not! In this episode, Harp and Andrew talk all about how to visit Canada on a shoestring budget. They provide great recommendations about where to stay, what to eat, and what to do while on a Canadian vacation so that you don’t have to break the bank!

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Expressions included in the Learning Materials:

Expressions from this episode included in the Learning Materials:

  • A shoestring budget
  • To pop into your headTravelling in Canada on a budget
  • An outdoors person
  • To build up something
  • A word of warning
  • Bang for your buck
  • Tight
  • To mellow down
  • Hard to say
  • Let’s just put/say it that way
  • Craigslist and kijiji
  • Kumbaya

Sample transcript

Harp: OK, so I think we should get started with today’s episode.
Andrew: Yes. And today’s episode is all about travelling in Canada, but with a little twist.
Harp: Yes. We’re going to give you some tips on how to travel in Canada pretty much on a budget.
Andrew: Mmhmm. Because I know a lot of our listeners probably want to visit Canada, but, to be honest, it’s not a cheap place to visit. You can spend a lot of money while you’re here.
Harp: Yes. And it’s pretty isolated so it’s pretty expensive to get here in the first place, so you might not have that much money left over once you do get here. And it’s such a big country that trying to see more than one region is really expensive.
Andrew: That is right. So we’re going to give you some tips and some suggestions about how to do this on a shoestring budget.
Harp: All right. Let’s get started.
Andrew: OK, so the first category we’re going to talk about is accommodation.
Harp: Yes, where to stay.
Andrew: That’s right. And now, the first place that pops into my head is a hotel.
Harp: Yes, but hotels are expensive.
Andrew: Exactly. Hotels are expensive, so we have a couple of suggestions about where you could stay to save some cash.
Harp: Yes. The first one I think about is a hostel.
Andrew: Yeah. Hostels are great. I’ve stayed at them while I’ve been travelling in Europe, and in Asia too. And I’ve always had a really good time at hostels.
Harp: Yeah, me too. And, so basically, a hostel is where you have usually shared accommodations, so you have maybe a room with four or six other people, and you share a bathroom. And oftentimes I find they have kitchens, where you can cook, and so it’s much cheaper than staying at a hotel.


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