The Secret Traveller
The 10 Secrets To Paying Less For A Flight And Hotel
By The Secret Traveller
Don’t leave it until the last minute. Much as it may be tempting to hedge your bets and hope for a late deal on a flight or a hotel, if you want to save money on this sort of stuff, you have to get
Keep your eye out for sales. Take advantage of early-bird specials. Shop around.
Even without following these golden rules though, there are ways to make sure you save money when you’re booking that big trip.
Use Aggregators… For Research.
Check Discount Sites
Some websites – the likes of BestJet, WebJet, Priceline etc – will buy up large chunks of airline tickets to sell cheaply once the prices inevitably go up on the main websites. These guys are worth checking out if you’ve left your run a bit late.
This won’t work so well with flights, but for
Do Your Research
The key to getting the best deals on travel is to know what you’re talking about. Do your research – find out how much flights and hotels should cost. Find out who consistently has the best deals. Find out the cheapest areas of a city to stay. Find out when the cheapest flights tend to leave. There’s no shortcut here. You just need to spend the time.
Fly At Unpopular Times
Want to fly on the cheap? You have to get up early. Or stay up late. The cheapest flights, both domestic and international, are the ones that leave at odd times – the
Travel In Low Season
Once again, you’re not going to find discounted fares and cheap hotels at the most popular times. You have to travel
How much time are you actually going to spend in your hotel room? That’s something worth thinking about when you go to do your booking. If the answer is not much, then why bother shelling out half of your budget on a fancy room? Prioritize. That money could be much better spent on other things. Or not spent at all.
If you plan to travel overnight, on long flights, or in sleeper carriages in trains, or even on long-distance buses, you’ll not only get to where you need to be but save on a night’s accommodation as well. Often in
Ditch The Travel Agent
Cut out the middle man. It makes sense. If you want to save as much as possible, it’s time to take on the booking responsibilities yourself. Remember, as cheap as that fare with the travel agent sounds, they’re still making a commission. That’s money you could be saving.
Couchsurf. Homestay. House-Swap. WWOOF.
This is the ultimate way to save money on accommodation: paying nothing at all. If you
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