Boxing Day Shopping Trips
While many people travel for the holidays to visit with friends and family for Christmas, New Year, or Hannukah, there are those who are looking forward to Boxing Day sales. While waking up at 3 am and waiting in line for the best sales isn’t the event that it used to be, there are still great deals to be had. Sometimes, though, the shopping options in our area aren’t up to Boxing Day standards and it’s time to head out of town. If this is your first time traveling for Boxing Day Sales, or if you’re an experienced deal-seeker, we’ve got some tips and tricks that might help you on your way!
Head to a Bigger City: If you live on the east coast, there is a pretty good chance you’ll benefit hugely from traveling to larger cities like Halifax or Moncton. There are likely a lot of stores, boutiques and attractions you might not have if you live in a smaller community. We’re not just talking about big department stores, either. You might not find as many “deals” at small, local businesses, but places like Starving Artist Cafe in Moncton or Black Market Boutique in Halifax are absolutely worth checking out.
Booking Your Hotel: A lot of people travel during the holidays, but here’s the thing: many who travel locally will end up staying with family or friends – and a lot of people travel to warmer places. So when it comes to traveling within the area, you might actually find you have an easier time finding accommodations than during busy times (like the summer). Use this information to do research on the places you’re going to want to check out and find a place to stay that will situate you ideally to hit them all! (Like a Coastal Inn, for example!)
Load Your Phone. Most cities have tourism apps, and almost every mall and group of shops has a website. Use these to your advantage. Plan out what locations you want to hit first to get the things you’re actually on the hunt for.
Where Are You Shopping? Rank the stores you want to visit after you’ve gotten your biggest deals checked off your list. Are there stores that you don’t have back home that you want to check out? Also, don’t forget about the stores you do have back home. The layout might be similar, but the stock might be different. Deal hunting sometimes takes patience and you may have to be willing to store-hop.
Stay in the Spirit. Christmas might be over when stores open up on the 27th, but it’s still during the holiday season and it’s important to remember to have fun. You might have a long list of things you want to pick-up, but don’t let it become a stressful affair. Those working at the stores you’ll be visiting likely had family gatherings and events they won’t be able to attend because of work, so a little extra patience and kindness during busy Boxing Day sales will go a long way towards making their day.