Last year, I had such a bad bout of anxiety I had to cancel a trip I had booked with some girlfriends to Budapest.This year, I was determined not to be held back by it, and to finally visit a couple of far flung places I’ve been dreaming about going to, I picked up some super useful tips, so I thought I’d share them in this here blog 🙂 …
My brother and his wife (who runs this awesome blog btw!), have been living in Singapore for a little while and I’ve been keen to see them; not to mention my ex housemate L having moved to Australia, it seemed it was high time to high tail it across the world.
I’ve picked up a few tips along the way for securing great flight and hotel deals, as well as alternatives to the usual. Grab yourself a cuppa, get ready to create a Pinterest board like this one and let’s talk through my tips for perfectly priced travel!
This is a tough one, but everyone has to start somewhere 🙂 for me, I found it easier to withdraw cash and put it in a jar. Even if you commit to just £10, or leaving all your loose change in there, you’ll be surprised at how quickly you can total out your savings.
OK – this trick saved my travels. I’d been looking on Skyscanner for a while, going back and forth and checking what was available. I knew I had I needed £600 for the flights I wanted; London, to Singapore and returning from Melbourne back to the UK again… I was all ready and set to go, when the prices went up from £800, to £1200(!). I was gutted. My big sister saved the day though with this little trick!
When you’re on Skyscanner, you’re being cookied. They ‘watch’ you leave, and then return, and serve you higher prices as they know you have a strong intent to purchase, and are therefore more likely willing to pay more to secure your flights.
You can overcome this by either clearing your history or browsing in a ‘Private Window’. In the end, I got my flights for just under £600.
I’m a bit nervy when it comes to flying, so I was pretty chuffed to have locked in these flights with Emirates.
Booking.com is great for loads of options. They show you the price % decrease. Booking.com will also serve you independent reviews however if you’re a worrier like me, or you just like to have a nose at where you’ll be staying just check the name on Trip Advisor or look directly at the hotel website. Again I’d advise doing this as a “superior” room which looked amazing from the pictures, was actually a “standard” room. Also great as most are pay on arrival, with free cancellation policies.
Air B n B – if you’re more in the market for a home-stay, Air B n B is your friend! You can select the various filters that you want (wi-fi, hot tub etc!) and then go from there. You can sense check what the owner is like by checking against the reviews. Cancellation policies here vary from host to host and you can incur a fairly big fee should you wish to cancel depending on what your host has opted for.
Also – if you don’t fancy ‘house sharing’ double check to see if the owner lives in the property too. You can also just do room rental which is a great option. It’s the perfect way for getting to be “part” of a city!
I’ve also been using Trivago to some degree which is really good and operates on a similar principle to Booking.com – I just think the user interface is much cleaner.
Not only is it GREAT for dreamy inspiration, but it will also help you find loads of great trips direct from travellers; we found some really good tips on visiting Bali in cute / handy little infographics. It’s the perfect way to pick up little tips that you would usually only get from people who have been to the more remote parts of the places you’re going!
I can’t wait to share my travels with you!