Last week in the #TravelforLazybums we covered the very first step to start planning your travel, now that you already know where you want to go to, it’s time to start taking some real actions, and spending some real money as well.
Let’s talk about your ticket! The guarantee of your next adventure! There are many tips to get cheaper flights, but in general what you really need is flexibility.
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Buying your Flight and Travel Insurance
How to buy your Flight
The first rule of the Cheap Flight Club: Don’t be a picky cat.
It is the tip number one if you want to save a lot of money on flights. If you are too specific about date, hour, airport, your chances of getting a cheap flight will drop just like your hopes.
So don’t try to play hard with air companies, we never win. Be very flexible instead. Just look for the cheapest months to travel, some sites have this option, like Skyscanner, in others, you need to look day by day until you find a good deal. Most of the time you won’t have many options of hours to flight, some routes there is only one flight a day, and the best hours are obviously more expensive, so be prepared and don’t bother yourself in looking for hours to flight, just pick one that is cheap, the important is to arrive at your destinations.
Some cities have more than one airport, and some are cheaper than others, another tip is, maybe you want to go to one city, but there is another city nearby where flights are even cheaper than the city you were planning to go to, so why not changed cities instead? You can take a bus or a train to the city you want to visit later! Especially in Europe it is so easy to move around and go from one city/county to the other, so you can also check flights to nearby countries if they don’t happen to be cheaper than to the country you plan to go, in a positive case you get the Bonus of visiting another country besides the one you had in mind.
Bear in mind: almost anything is valid if it comes to saving money. Just don’t bother yourself, it is all part of the adventure.
Summer days can be great, the weather is warm, the gardens are beautiful, the trees are green, the light looks perfect. Yeah, I understand, but just like you think like this, everybody else also thinks the same way, not only that, air companies and hotels also think like that too! What a coincidence! But while you picture a nice vacation, they picture their bank account numbers.
There are high seasons and low seasons and in most places, the summer is considered their high season, so here we face that law of supply and demand. It is the period of the year where everybody wants to travel so it is comprehensive that air company and hotels will raise their prices.
Autumn and winter are the cheapest seasons to travel. But of course, depending on where you are planning to go, winter can be a kind of bad decision for many reasons, first it will be too cold and you should be prepared to freeze a little bit, and by little bit I mean, bring your gloves to make sure you will have all your fingers still when you go back home. Especially if you get a snow season it can mess your plans a little. Autumns too can be pretty cold but at least the weather will be a better than on winters and it will be more chill to walk around.
Holidays and weekends
Just like summers, when everybody decides to travel, holidays and weekends too are days that everybody takes advantage of to travel. So again the law of supply and demand, the prices of airfare and hotels will be more expensive than during the rest of the week. So a tip, when you are looking for cheap flights online, is to avoid looking for flights on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, and here we can consider Mondays as well because as Sundays, many people will be coming back from their trips.
Try to get flights in the middle of the week in noncommercial hours.
There are several low-cost airline working around the world. From travels inside Europe especially, I recommend taking them. Trains can be very expensive sometimes and for real, the cheapest way to travel country to country is by plane. Companies like Ryanair offer flights for €10 depending on the route and day.
There are low-cost airlines that also cover bigger routes like for example Royal Air Maroc who offers flights from America to Europe and North Africa for a relatively cheaper price.
Where to get tickets online
Skyscanner is a Flight search engineer. It finds the best deals and re-directs you to the site where he found it. In my opinion, this is the most organized site to find cheap flights. When filling the information, instead of informing the dates, you can choose “Cheapest Month” so the site directs you exactly to the best offers available in the year.
If you choose the option “Didn’t decide my dates yet” the site directs you to the best deals they have during the year. But pay attention to the number of days for each offer as they differ from one another. Although it doesn’t seem to be such a popular site worldwide, I have got pretty good flight deals on it. Besides flights, you can also book hotels, tours and rental cars.
This is another site where you can centralize your travel bookings, from flights to hotels and rental cars, it makes easier to organize your travel and in some cases, helps you to save some money as well. They have good flight deals all the time.
So you bought your flight ticket, but then what? Well, in an international travel, it is necessary to buy a Travel Insurance. “Is it obligatory?” you will ask me, yeah little padawan, it is. “But what is it?” well, basically it covers your dispenses if something not cool happens to you, and “not cool” can mean many things, from a tuk-tuk running you over in the Indian traffic to your luggage full of donuts going missing.
Different Insurances covers different dispenses, but in general Travel Insurances cover your dispenses in case you hurt yourself, lose your luggage and other travel-related dramas.
Perhaps you will look at me like puuff, I don’t need it, I’m going to Thailand next month and I totally know how to ride an elephant, yolo.
Well, maybe you are really an elephant master but taking precautions is never too much. I know cases of people who were asked for their Travel Insurance paper at the airport’s immigration. Plus it is so cheap that there is no reason to take risks!
For Travel Insurance I recommend World Nomad. The interface of their website is really simple compared to others, you just need to inform the country you are traveling to, your own country, and the dates of your trip and it gives you the quote.
Yaaaaayyy so you already know your destination and already bought your ticket, now you need to start looking for accommodation! That’s what we gonna be covering next week, so don’t forget to subscribe to make sure you won’t miss it!