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Win $500 towards an end-of-summer road trip: enter below

It’s August, Canada. That means we’re a little over month away from the leaves turning orange, the days getting shorter and students heading back to school.

But just because the warmth and sun will soon be on its way out does not mean that it’s time to despair. It just gives us all the more reason to make the last days of summer count by doing something memorable!

Needaloan.ca wants you to enjoy one more unforgettable summer experience in 2017. That's why we're giving away $500 toward an end-of-the-summer road trip.

Staking your claim to the prize is simple. Just read the contest rules and enter your name and email below for a chance to win.

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By entering the Needaloan.ca End of Summer Road Trip contest, you can win:

  • $250 Visa gift card for any expense incurred during your trip
  • $200 gas card to get you wherever you want to go
  • $50 Tim Horton’s gift card for whenever you need a snack break

With money for food, fuel and accommodation in your pocket, you can head out to the destination of your choice and end summer with a bang!

So don’t put your adventure off until next summer. There's still time in 2017. Whether you plan to soak up the crisp summer air in cottage country or head south of the border for an adventure, now is your chance. Just complete the form above and start charting your course.

Here are some tips to help you make the most of your end-of-summer road trip.

Selecting the perfect destination

The great thing about a road trip is that you can be as spontaneous as you want. Unlike when you fly or take a train, you are not obligated to follow anyone else’s schedule. You can even switch destinations at the last minute.

Sometimes though, planning is part of the fun, and it never hurts to perform a little advanced scouting. Think about some cool places you can go. Think about the best route to take – it could be the quickest or the most scenic, depending on your mood. And think about what you need to pack, whether you’re heading for a campsite or a metropolis.

Preparing your vehicle

Prior to your departure, make sure your vehicle can handle a lengthy excursion. Ensure the fluid levels are adequate, the tire pressure is good and that you haven’t skipped your vehicle's last 10 tune-ups.

Also make sure that your vehicle is sufficiently insured, and that you've purchased travel insurance if you are leaving the country. Even if you're visiting another province, getting travel insurance is a good idea.

Stretching your dollar to the max

Just because Needaloan.ca is contributing $500 to your end-of-summer road trip it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look for every opportunity to save. Think of how you can save money while you travel, like finding cheap accommodations and food. You can also check ahead to see where gas is cheapest, and plan stops to fill up at a discounted rate.

Another tip is to find free or cheap entertainment. If you’re into nature, check the map for a nearby hiking trail. If you’re passing through a city, check out the municipality’s website and see if any inexpensive events are taking place.

Not up for a road trip? That’s ok too

If you’d rather save the $500 for some other occasion, that’s fine too. Put the $250 Visa gift card towards a night on the town, and the $200 gas card toward your daily commute or return to school. And hey, we’re all going end up at Timmies from time to time - it’s not like you won’t find an opportunity to spend $50 there.

Needaloan.ca wants to help you make one last great memory in the summer of 2017. Whatever that moment happens to be is entirely up to you.

Want to hit the road, but need a vehicle?

Are you excited by the prospect of an awesome end-of-the-summer road trip, but lack that one key ingredient? You could rent, but you can also find a great rate on a car loan with Needaloan.ca. You’ll get a terrific rate and will be approved no matter your credit.

Best of luck to all entrants. In the meantime, let’s all enjoy what’s left of summer before it's gone!