A good deal.

It’s all any of us are looking for these days as inflation and gasp-worthy grocery store prices lighten our wallets. (A trip down the produce aisle can be tough to swallow. 🥕🙅‍♀️)

Time to trade in your grocery basket for a suitcase because travel bargains are ripe for the picking, and let’s face it — you deserve a getaway.

Enter Jordan Dahl, a SAIT Hospitality and Tourism Management student with a specialization in Travel and Tourism. Now completing the final term of his two-year program, Dahl’s spent part of his education gaining industry-level trip-planning experience working at Destinations Travel by SAIT, the only student-run travel agency in North America. It’s unique learning opportunities like this that helped SAIT rank #15 on CEOWORLD Magazine’s list of Best Hospitality and Hotel Management Schools in the World. (It’s also the only Canadian school to earn a spot on the list. 🏆)

Hospitality and Tourism Management Instructor Stephanie Mercredi and second-year student Jordan Dahl stand outside Destinations Travel by SAIT.
Hospitality and Tourism Management Instructor Stephanie Mercredi and second-year student Jordan Dahl stand outside Destinations Travel by SAIT.

Open to anyone looking to plan a vacation, Destinations gets students familiar with the latest industry software for flight and hotel bookings. And since you’re helping prepare them for their careers, you save on service fees.

For Dahl, whose goal is to become a tour manager with a company like Contiki or G-Adventures, the hands-on experience also gives him an up-close look at industry trends. He notes the influx of low-cost airlines is changing things for the better for travelers.

“Low-cost carriers are a wonderful way to get budget-conscious people to their destination,” he says.

“Since COVID paused the world for a while, low-cost carriers are anxious to get going — and that means deals.”

Ahhh, music to our ears. It also means the bigger airlines may be incentivized to keep prices competitive.

The proof is in the pudding, so we asked Dahl, and his instructor Stephanie Mercredi, to take us through planning a budget-friendly, three-night weekend trip this spring (they used May 5 to 8 for their research). Here are two very different, very dreamy bang-for-buck scenarios you can use as inspo for your next long weekend getaway.

Note: As much as we wish these prices would stick around forever, they won’t. Plan ahead and set flight price alerts through apps like Google Flights or SkyScanner.

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