*Warning: If you’re a Type A personality, this may not be the post for you.
Like most people who have a passion for traveling, I’m not limited to where I want to go. I would be happy seeing any part of the world at any time.
Sure, I have a list of places I’d like to see more than others, but at the end of the day, I’d be happy going anywhere.
One of the easiest ways to travel cheap is to be flexible. If your mind is set on traveling to a popular spot at the most popular time of year on the most popular days to fly, you’re not going to get that great of a deal.
My solution? Sites and apps like Skyscanner and Hitlist help me figure out where I’m going next.
Skyscanner gives me the option to choose “anywhere” and any month. With this view, I can see the cheapest place to fly during the cheapest time.
Of course, there are certain places I want to see at their prime. I’ll be willing to splurge on trips to Paris, but I’ll take the cheapest I can find when I go to Amsterdam. Every place has their peak season, but most are just as nice to see in their “off-season” as they are in their “prime.”
For example, I can find a round-trip flight to Miami, FL for about a week in October at $115 per person. Now, that time of year is hurricane season, but it’s a risk you take when trying to travel anywhere for cheap. As long as you book trips with a “brace yourself” mentality, you’re good to go wherever!
If you don’t feel comfortable booking places based solely on low prices, you may want to check out Hitlist.
I can scroll through this app for hours (and I do). To start, I choose from categories like Weekend Getaways, World’s Top 20 Cities, 10 Can’t Miss Cultural Festivals, and more. The categories are seemingly endless, and they get my cultural juices flowing. I find places I never knew I wanted to see and add to my wish list constantly.
Typically, the best deals on the app are pretty last-minute. If you’re the type to book and plan everything ahead of time, this app doesn’t work that well. It’s possible to use it for planning, but I feel it’s for more spontaneous trips.
I’ve used this app to book a trip to Turks & Caicos, but I only booked it a month ahead of time. In retrospect, a month is a decent amount of time. However, my family booked a cruise in Greece 8 months in advance, and I would never feel comfortable waiting until a month beforehand to get a flight.
I normally only use this app for dreaming and last minute planning.
These apps both save and ruin my life daily. The money I save is life-changing, but the amount of time I spend on these apps is dangerous.
Am I really saving money if I book four trips per year instead of just one? The world may never know…
Just kidding, I know. I’m not. But it’s worth it… Right? RIGHT?!