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Here’s How to Shop Your Way to A Dream Vacay



We don’t need to tell you that ticking the boxes on your travel bucket list has become increasingly difficult with the rising cost of travel. While it may seem going places is becoming increasingly unaffordable, there are ways to achieve your goals. How to make things happen? Being super-savvy about trip planning and using smart opportunities like online shopping platforms that offer Cash Back which you can invest back into your travel fund. How brilliant!

Nobody understands this better than Since the online shopping portal launched in 2012, has helped over seven million members earn over $140 million in Cash Back by shopping their favourite stores online. Rakuten connects you, the shopper, with the top brands you love (like Sephora,, and PetSmart) and provides Cash Back on items when you buy from them. That translates into money coming back into your pocket, affording you the opportunity to book those dream getaways. With over 750 stores on you can earn up to 30% Cash Back shopping all your go-tos and some new-to-you favourite retailers.

Knowing travel is something most of Canadians want more money to be able to do, Rakuten commissioned a survey earlier this spring which delivers an insightful look at how we are thinking about travel in 2024.

Over three-quarters (73 percent) of Rakuten’s survey respondents reported they were planning on going places this year, with more than half sharing they are spending more time searching for the best travel deals than in previous years. Further findings revealed 68 percent of those surveyed shared they are actively implementing some measure (s) into their everyday finances to afford their travel plans, with forty percent using coupons, loyalty programs, or Cash Back platforms.

“It was so interesting for us to discover just how many Canadians are not just using, but relying on these cost saving measures, with Cash Back platforms like to offset large, travel-related purchases,” says Jennifer LaForge from

To understand the ins and outs of Rakuten, here’s a little 101. Stores pay Rakuten a commission when you make a purchase on the platform. All you need to do to get started with Rakuten is to create an account which is quick, easy, and free. Once you sign up, you are ready to start shopping and earning Cash Back.

On you can literally shop for everything: clothing, shoes, beauty essentials, pets, sporting goods, groceries, home décor, electronics, tools, financial services, and travel. There are several easy ways to earn even more Cash Back like using the Rakuten App which is always stacked with exclusive offers which will pay more money back to you.  You can also download the Rakuten extension that automatically adds Cash Back when you shop on a participating merchant’s sites. Rakuten sends out payments every three months on a quarterly purchasing schedule and you can choose how you would like to receive your money—by cheque or PayPal.

We know you love to shop. We know you want to travel. With you can literally shop your way to every trip on your wish list. Thanks to purchases made via Rakuten, you can stop dreaming about those must-see destinations and start booking those travel plans stat.

This content was created by The Kit; Rakuten funded and approved it.



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