The best thing you can do with your money is travel. No two ways about it. Because at the end of the day, you don’t buy something materialistic that you’ll forget about in a few days. You invest in an experience, a memory that you will never forget in your life. However, with things only getting more expensive by the year, it is important that we become wise about how we travel. Which is why we did a piece on how to make the perfect travel budget recently. But how do we make sure that we aren’t getting ripped off? Let’s find out.
1. Cheap flights
Even though there are a number of comparison apps and websites out there that look for the cheapest flight deals (a good habit, btw), one classic questions still doesn’t fail to baffle us time and again – when is the right time to book for flights? Should we book months in advance, or wait right till the nth hour to book one?
Here’s the thing – while many swear by the last minute booking tactic, airline companies are now becoming smarter about this. Especially when it comes to international flights during the holiday season. It really depends on where you’re planning to go actually. When you’re travelling abroad, especially if it’s Europe you fancy, it’s best to book well in advance. For example, flights to a famous destination like Spain are cheapest 5 weeks before you actually plan on going. While for a country like Greece, which is going through a rough period currently, booking three weeks in advance should suffice. But you might have to look for tickets a good 12-13 weeks in advance if you’re planning a trip to the U.S. If you still like to book last minute, make sure you’re planning travel during the off season. Having said that, the best time to travel will vary from destination to destination. For example –
Australia and New Zealand – Book before December. Book 10-11 months in advance.
The Caribbean – Book between May and September.
Asia – Book between May, June and October.
2. Sign up for alerts
Sign up with websites that send out email alerts and newsletters of cheap flight deals based on your departure city. You’ll end up getting surprised with some of the deals.