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Understanding the Real Cost of your trip

It is easy to get enticed by lower air fare on the mainland. But before you book that ticket, do the math and make sure you are taking into account the "real" cost of your travel in terms of total dollars and your time. This includes things like: gas, ferry, a night in a hotel, an additional day off work, extra meals out and, most importantly, the added travel time to your itinerary.

ALL INCLUSIVE VACATION COMPARISON:

Let's take a look at a family of four who are looking to book an all inclusive vacation to Varadero, Cuba. You might be surprised at how the costs and the travelling time can add up.

Family

YVR

Travel Option 1
Fly from Vancouver
International Airport (YVR)

Total Cost: $1,258

Travel Time: 29.5 hrs
ItineraryTimeLength
Depart Comox8:15am 
Depart Duke Point10:15am2.0
Arrive Tsawwassen12:15pm2.0
Arrive YVR1:15pm1.0
Depart YVR5:30pm4.25
Arrive Varadero6:00am6.0
 Travel Time15.25 hrs

Return ItineraryTimeLength
Depart Varadero03:35am 
Arrive YVR07:30am7.0
Depart Tsawwassen10:15am3.25
Arrive Duke Point12:15pm2.0
Arrive Comox2:15pm2.0
 Travel Time14.25 hrs

Cost

All inclusive (family of four)$4,804.00* All costs are approximate. Example includes a one-week all inclusive package at a 4-star hotel with Sunwing Vacations, departing on Saturday, January 14, 2016 from YVR to VRA. Prices quoted were obtained from Sunwing on July 20, 2016. Mileage calculation assumes gas at $1.09 cents per litre with 31.3 litres consumed. Ferry crossing estimates are for Duke Point to Tsawwassen and reflect posted BC Ferries winter 2016 schedule and rates.
Roundtrip gas$34.00
Roundtrip ferry$195.00
Total cost$5,033.00
Per person$1,258.25

YQQ

Travel Option 2
Fly from the
Comox Valley Airport (YQQ)

Total Cost: $1,274

Travel Time: 20.5 hrs
ItineraryTimeLength
Arrive YQQ4:30am 
Depart YQQ6:00am1.5
Arrive Varadero10:15pm9.75 (layover in Calary)
 Travel Time11.25 hrs

Return ItineraryTimeLength
Depart Varadero12:57pm 
Arrive YQQ7:12pm9.25 (layover in Calgary)
 Travel Time9.25 hrs

Cost

All inclusive (family of four)$5,094.20
Total cost$5,094.20
Per person$1,273.55

* All costs are approximate. Example includes a one-week all inclusive package at a 4-star hotel with WestJet Vacations, departing on Saturday, January 14, 2016 from YQQ to VRA with a layover at YYC. Prices quoted were obtained from WestJet Vacations on July 20, 2016.





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