This blog post could also be titled, How I Afford Travel, or How I Convince My Husband To Travel Internationally Every Year, or How Not To Get Ripped Off by the Airline Industry (just kidding. I love you airline industry).
As you have likely already gathered about me if you know me, if you've read my early posts, or if you've read the "About Me" on this site, I'm a relative newbie in the travel world. I've always had the desire to travel, but didn't get my first passport until 2013, and didn't leave the continent until 2014 when I went on a trip around the world.
Booking the trip around the world opened my eyes to a new world of travel. Since that fateful night when I booked flights from New York - Milan, Prague - Paris - Thailand for $177 (yes, total!), I've become obsessed with fare glitches, fare deals, fuel dumping, and insane airfare deals.
I find airfare to be the most daunting - and often most expensive - part of travel. Especially when you're brand new to travel. Booking an expensive flight, hotels, researching where to go, what to do, what to eat, cultures, potential scams, and everything else with travel can be scary!
But. The more I travel, the easier and less daunting it has become. Honestly.
TRAVEL. IS. AS. EASY. AS. BOOKING. A. FLIGHT.
And guess what? Booking a flight can be as quick as 5 minutes.
Since the Round-The-World trip in November 2014, my husband and I have returned to Europe the last 2 years, and have another trip booked to Italy come May. That's 4 years in a row traveling to Europe, when I had never been in my life! And it's all thanks to finding crazy good travel deals.
I'm constantly asked how I find these deals. So, I'm sharing my favorite sites here for you to browse, follow on social media, and check out for inspiration for your next trip!
1. BE FLEXIBLE. The best deals I've found have been about 6 months in advance of the trips I've taken, but I've been flexible with destination and exact timing. Often amazing deals pop up for the next 1-3 months - with my full-time job I can't usually jump on those, but if you have a more flexible schedule, you're in luck.
2. ACT FAST. You NEVER know how long a deal will be up. Be (somewhat) spontaneous. Deals most likely won't last longer than 24-48 hours after they've first been discovered. (Note - you can cancel airfare within 24 hours, so you may want to book now, ask wife-husband-boss for forgiveness later.)
3. KEEP REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS. Sometimes these deals really are too good to be true and can get cancelled. I booked a $200 rt flight on Delta to Portugal over a 5 day weekend that ended up getting canceled. I was bummed, yes, but another deal popped up a month later that was honored.
4. HAVE AN OPEN MIND. And be ready for adventure. When we booked Round the World, we didn't know how we'd spend the time between Milan and Prague. We pulled up a map and Austria was on the way - a country that was not on my radar. AND WE FELL IN LOVE. Be ready to be surprised and wowed and keep an open mind!
5. THERE WILL ALWAYS BE A NEXT TIME. Found an amazing deal but it's not the right timing, or you don't have the right financials? There will be another deal that will pop up. This one I still struggle with on a daily basis. :)
Now that we got that out of the way.....are you ready to book your next trip of a lifetime?