Travel Series part I
I’m sure most of you guys are feeling me right now. We’re into the thick of Winter and we have to ride this b* out!......or do we? Wait another 2 1/2 to 3 months or gtfo and seek solace somewhere warm, with dare I say ……sun?! Oh yeah that’s right, there’s rent and something called bills….there’s no way you can afford to fly anywhere right now.
Well, say hello to my little friend Skyscanner!! This website is your new best friend! (Before anyone asks/accuses…this is in no way sponsored) I’ve been using Skyscanner since it got me out of a jam a few years ago when I was making a trip to a little island called Okinawa. I had a flight into Japan from Los Angeles, but ALL the flights I was finding to take me into Okinawa were astronomical. Finally when I was about to give up I found Skyscanner which found me an airline I had never heard of named Skymark…which apparently is like a Spirit Airlines in Japan. SUPER cheap! The service and flights were great. I was sold!
As with any cheap flight finder, you first of all have to be a bit flexible. I have always been big on last minute travel. My international trips I might plan ahead of time, but not by much. I once booked a trip to Costa Rica the night before after I flipped a coin at dinner with a friend who was flying out there the next day. I happened to have a few days off, so why not?! Same when I took my first trip to Hawaii. It was the new year and I was in a yolo mood, so I booked a 7 day trip on my lunch break and left that night. Crazy? Maybe. Do I regret any of it? NEVER! That year alone I was in a different beach somewhere in the world almost every month.
Ok, so HOW do I do it? First figure when you are open to travel. If last minute travel gives you anxiety, I get it (not really). Choose a time when you think you can travel and go to Skyscanner. I HIGHLY recommend you do it on a Tuesday or Wednesday. Your absolute cheapest flights will be over 4 weeks out, but you will get good rates 14 days in advance as well. I still find great last minute flights though, so…totally up to you. That advice was for the planners.
So you open up the site. You have your choice of roundtrip (which I NEVER do), one way or multi city trips. TRUST ME and choose ONE WAY. Now you choose your “from”, place where you will be flying out of. Now here is where flexibility comes in. For “to” it gives you an option to click “everywhere”….do it! Now choose your departure date. …..Uh right?! I wish I could see the look on your faces right now. THAT is why I love this site, and why I choose one ways. $43 to Fort Lauderdale right now for me….HELLO?! Sunshine!! $43 friends! That’s’ one meal here in NYC, hell yes I can afford that!
Now very important, especially if you don’t live in a big city. Play around with the “from” option. For example, I’m not going to put in Laguardia or JFK…that limits me in finding my cheapest option, instead I click NYC (any). One example that I’ve given my friends…TRUE story!! My sister wanted to visit me here in NYC but flights from Houston were over $200. We were not looking to spend that much. Philadelphia though, which is only like an hour and half away by car was something ridiculous like $50 or something so she took that flight and I picked her up in Philly. Flexibility is SO important. Now I hope as soon as you’re done reading this post you open up the site and get your cold butt somewhere warm! Please leave me a comment below or on my instagram to let me know that you found this helpful and if you want to see more posts like these. I have so many more travel tips, but I didn’t want to turn this post into a novel. I’ve done years of research to find the form of travel that saves me money and still lets me see the world without breaking the bank. Until next time friends, and safe travels!
Good vibes always,