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Canadian vacationers pay more for bookings

Vacationers booking holidays through Canadian websites pay hundreds of dollars more than overseas customers, NordVPN research shows. This price difference was discovered for several types of bookings — from car rentals to hotel stays — with Canadians paying up to 35% more. Let’s look at these findings and how you can book a cheaper holiday with a VPN.

Canadian vacationers pay more for bookings

How did the research work?

Researchers used a VPN (a virtual private network) to make it look like they were searching for holidays from different locations, including Canada and overseas.

Using a VPN hides your IP address, making it look like you’re browsing from your chosen location. By connecting to a server in a specific country, you can hide your virtual location to gain more internet privacy and freedom.

For this study, researchers first looked at how much a particular hotel stay or car rental would cost if booked from Canada. Then, they connected to the server of the country they would be traveling to, making it look like they were browsing from there. Researchers looked at holidays in the U.S., the UK, Mexico, France, and Italy.

By doing so, they discovered that booking a vacation from Canada costs much more than booking the same deal from the destination countries. Let’s take a closer look at these findings.

What did the research show?

NordVPN researchers uncovered significantly lower prices from providers like Hertz, Expedia,, and Sixt when booking from outside of Canada.

They found that Canadian vacationers could save as much as $805 on a 7-night stay in Miami for a family of four if they booked it from the U.S. (or while connected to a U.S. server). They could also save hundreds of dollars on car rentals. Let’s look at the biggest price differences in more detail.

  • Save 26% on a hotel stay in Miami. Researchers looked at how much it would cost to book a stay at The Gates Hotel South Beach for a family of four in August 2023. They found that connecting to an American VPN server lowered the price from $3,086 to $2,280.45, saving the family 26% on their holiday.
  • Save 25% on car rental in Italy. When looking into renting a Fiat Tipo in Italy using, researchers found that Canadian holidaymakers could save as much as $331.99 if they booked it on the local website. The price from Canada was $1,353.92, while the price shown to someone browsing from Italy was only $1,021.93.
  • Save 23% on car rental in London. Renting a Polestar 2 in August 2023 would cost vacationers $344.83 less if booked from the UK. The Canadian price for the car would be $1481.75, while from the UK, it would only cost $1,136.92.
  • Save 22% on a hotel stay in Mexico. Booking a 7-night stay at El Taj Oceanfront & Beachside Condo Hotel in Cancun in July would cost $2,737 from Canada. However, if you booked it while connected to a Mexican VPN server, you would pay $2,122.62, saving as much as $614.38.
  • Pay 22% less for a hotel stay in Italy. Canadian holidaymakers would pay $1,732 for a 7-night stay in Antony Palace Hotel, Venice. However, booking it while connected to an Italian VPN server would cost $1,355.94, saving $376.06 (22%).
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What causes different prices?

Holiday prices vary by country for many reasons, some of which are:

  • The economy of the country. Companies know that people in wealthier countries can afford to pay more for holidays, car hire, and holiday-related activities than those from poorer countries. Providers exploit this situation by charging more in wealthier countries to maximize profit.
  • Currency fluctuations. The value of currency changes over time, sometimes quite sharply. Exchange rate fluctuations can significantly impact the prices in different locales.
  • Company location. Providers may offer lower prices in their home countries. That’s why it’s always worth connecting to the server in the country where the company is based.

Marijus Briedis, chief technology officer at NordVPN, says, “Never assume you’re seeing the same price as everyone else. Companies use all kinds of complex algorithms to cater to the purchasing power of different countries. They will routinely show different prices on different website domains, and it can even differ depending on where you’re visiting from.”

How to save on holiday bookings with a VPN

There’s no need to overpay for a holiday abroad. Using a VPN can save you a lot of money – and it’s easy to get started.

Make sure you choose a reliable VPN provider that takes your privacy and security seriously. Though looking for a free option may be tempting, it’s best to stay clear of free VPNs. Here’s how to save on holiday bookings with a VPN:

  1. Get a VPN subscription. If you’re interested in NordVPN, you’ll find our subscription plans here.
  2. Download and install the VPN app on your device.
  3. Launch the app and enter your credentials to sign in.
  4. Pick a server in a country of your choice, and connect to it.
  5. Head to the provider websites and note down the prices.
  6. Repeat this process with several server locations to find the best price. We also recommend clearing your browser’s cache before returning to the site so it doesn’t identify you as a returning user and impact the price you’re shown.

Even though this process might take a little longer than you’re used to, you’re likely to find some great deals to make it worthwhile. This method will work for finding cheaper flights, hotels, car rentals, and even general online shopping.

Yes, it is. Using a VPN protects your privacy and enhances your online security. It’s perfectly acceptable for users to buy tickets and book holidays while connected to a VPN server.


The research was commissioned by NordVPN and conducted by an external agency between March 24 and 31, 2023. Researchers conducted simultaneous searches for identical products sold by the same vendor using different country servers.

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