Airfare can be the bain of a travellers existence. Airfare prices are high in comparison to the costs on the ground. You can often spend more in taxes then your entire pocket money on a week long trip.
After years of airfare searching I have come to realize that booking early or flying off-peak are your only saviours. As I try and maximize my holidays, off-peak generally isn’t an option, so I have to turn to price comparison sites.
When I moved to the UK it was pretty exciting to realize how many airlines there were to choose from, but I quickly realised it was overwhelming – enter skyscanner! This is a airline comparison website to help you get deals on flights and has a great feature that allows you to enter your departure city, put in your travel dates and then put in the arrival city as everywhere. It is a little trick, but with a whole world to explore, it is a great way to conquer the world – one city at a time.
Mobile travel itinerary
Lots of people like to ditch technology when they travel, but I find that it augments my experience. One of my best resources is an app called WorldMate Gold. I use it to track my flights and hotel bookings and synch it with my calendar. It is also great for sending my itinerary to others (a pretty good safety measure). The app has tons of functionality, but it is definitely my number one for remembering all those pesky booking numbers.
Places I have been in Europe
I love travel planning almost as much as I love doing the actual travelling. I plot out my adventures against where I want to go months in advance. Here are my top tips on why planning ahead is key:
- The last minute holiday seems to have disappeared. Generally, the best deals can be booked in advance, especially hotels and airfare
- The holiday calendar at the office books up fast, especially around key public holidays. Plan what weeks you want to take off and book them early to avoid conflicts with your colleagues
- Speaking of public holidays (or Bank Holidays), I always recommend taking advantage of the extra day off. It doesn’t matter if it is a short three-day break or taking five days for the holiday allocation of four, it is a great opportunity to get away
As an avid traveller I have learned so much along the way. I hope to share some tips, images and stories on this space. Some of my best travel experiences have been when I have just gotten lost in a foreign city (or my own city) so hopefully I can encourage a few others to ‘just get lost’.