3) Travel in low season
January, February, May, September, October and the first half of November tend to have much better deals to most locations.
The biggest issue is finding the deal before it disappears. I am always checking airfare, looking for travel deals and researching destinations. So, I thought I’d share where I go for travel deals and tips, as well as where I research destinations.
I also want to share some of my favorite travel experts, because I rely on other travel writers and bloggers for great travel tips.
One-way & roundtrip flights
When it comes to one-way or roundtrip flights, I use these websites:
- Google Flights (Great for deals from anywhere)
- Airfarewatchdog (Great for deals from anywhere)
- The Flight Deal (Great deals from the US)
- Holiday Pirates (Great deals from anywhere)
I love Google Flights. I use is quite a bit when I want to find the cheapest deals from my hometown. The world map graphic is a great way to quickly see many travel deals from anywhere in the world. There are many times, that I’ll book a flight because of a great fare and work on all other details after I buy the plane ticket.
I’m subscribed to Airfarewatchdog, the Flight Deal and Holiday Pirates newsletters so I don’t miss any flight deals. Often you’ll find the same deal on all the sites, but getting the newsletters in my inbox each day helps me keep an eye on most airfare deals and sales. I also love Airfarewatchdog, because you can add specific alerts from specific airports or to certain destinations.
Around the World (RTW) Flights
As I share above, Airtreks is my favorite multi-flight company. These flights are also referred to as around the world flights and RTW flights.
You can create a sample RTW itinerary with the Airtreks trip planner below:
RTW TRAVEL PLANNER
Plan a trip of a lifetime! You can research thousands of flight combinations to
create one-of-a-kind routes for your next round-the-world trip.
Start by simply adding your departure location below:
My absolute favorite hotel booking sites are HotelTonight and Hotels.com. I have the apps loaded on my iPhone and if you enjoy more seat of your pants travel, and enjoy rolling the dice a bit, HotelTonight is great. It doesn’t work for all travel, but there are times I love to keep the itinerary open and book my hotels on a day by day basis. I know this isn’t for everyone, so I also subscribe to and recommend the following:
- Booking.com (Great deals anywhere)
- Travelocity (Great deals in the US)
- Hotels.com (Great deals Western countries)
- Airbnb if you’re new to Airbnb, get $35 off your first stay)
Getting their emails keeps me up to date on city sales. Often, I look up the rates on their websites and then go over to the hotel’s website to book directly, as there is usually a lower rate — and I can then get points too.