Here are a few tips to consider when booking your next holiday that will save you tons of money.
1. Stay away from Expedia: Although not a bad reference tool for prices, the “sales” they tend to have are still overpriced! The website has to make money somehow and what your price includes is a fee for the “booking agent” (Expedia).
2. Check out Skyscanner and look at flight comparison websites: I love Skyscanner because it allows you to choose a destination country and see what places are the cheapest to fly to! Also, the choose a date option comes in chart form (to show you the different prices for a month) or a monthly calendar format.
3. Alternative Airlines: Check out LOTairlines, Easyjet and Ryanair if you’re in Europe. The europeans frequently use Easyjet and Ryanair for cheap airfares around Europe, and now you can too. LOT airlines is a Polish airline based in Poland and flies all the way to Asia. You can sometimes get cheap tickets and the flight, food and experience is incredible (we had our own TV remotes in economy!).
Also check out Cheapoair for great deals!
4. Be open to other modes of travel: A lot of people underestimate the importance of buses/taxis/cars/bikes/trains. These alternative modes of transportation not only allow you to travel cheaply especially in Europe, but also experience your surroundings at a more personal level than a flight!5. Change your departure location: There are weird connecting flights from Toronto-Montreal-London-Paris that are cheaper than going directly from Toronto-Paris. Consider these strange routes and see if you can do stopovers in some of these places for a small fee. Or bus to Montreal and fly to Paris to save a few hundred dollars.
*Cons: This will take longer to get to your destination, but perhaps fly into London and bus using Megabus to Paris for only $8.00 CAD(sale price)!!
6. Be Flexible: The more flexible you are with dates, the cheaper things will be. Off season, particularly for Europe, tends to be from September->May so try to book your vacation during these periods to avoid the crowds and get better deals.
7. Check out of those Hotels….: And into a hostel, shared room, rented apartment, Airbnb room or Wimdu location. These places can be a quarter of the price of a hotel, and most even offer entire apartments/houses if you’re lucky!
Hostel sites: Hostelbookers and Hostelworld
It’s okay to do it yourself and it will take time to work your way through a very big trip.
But it is possible and it is definitely worth planning your own vacation for a price that meets your budget and gets you more of a bargain!