Jetting off on a holiday and taking some time out from the hustle and bustle of daily life is a hugely important thing for most people, and definitely vital if you find yourself under a lot of stress.
But since a holiday is something of a luxury expenditure, it is becoming increasingly common for people to be unable to afford one every year, and plenty of people are opting for a staycation instead out of necessity.
While this may be financially savvy, and there are plenty of amazing places to visit here at home, there comes a time when enough is enough and the craving for further shores just gets to be too much.
So, we thought we’d put together a quick guide on grabbing those cheap international flights you’ve been longing for. They may be less elusive than you think!
One of the best ways to snag a cheaper flight is to be completely flexible. And by that, we mean not only in when you’d like to fly but with your destination, too. You’ll be stunned by the deals you can bag if you aren’t fussy about where you jet off to! This is perfect for those who are dying to explore somewhere new but don’t have their heart set on anywhere in particular.
This may of course not be feasible for everybody, for example families or those with fixed holidays, but if you are open to opting for a similar experience you may be able to find a comparable but cheaper destination. This post from the Independent gives some great alternatives that are a little more off the beaten path!
It’s really easy to see where the cheapest destinations to travel to are, and what the most affordable time of year to go is. On sites like Skyscanner, there is the option to fly to ‘anywhere’ if you haven’t made your mind up about a particular destination.
You can then also choose ‘whole month’ and ‘cheapest month’ as your travel dates, which will show you the very cheapest flights it can find.
Use comparison sites and agents
Using comparison sites is a great way to find the cheapest flights without spending too much time repeating the same searches over and over direct with each individual airline. Also, different comparison sites get slightly different deals, so it is worth checking a few. Favourites include Skyscanner, Kayak and Momondo.
Using an online agent such as Globehunters to do your booking for you is also a great idea. They do all of the legwork when it comes to finding the cheapest deals, and they tend to have industry connections and can sort out any issues that may arise for you.
Sure, it isn’t glamorous, but the budget airlines really do say what they do on the tin; get you from A to B on a budget. If your chosen destination is only a few hours away, flying with one of the cheaper operators is often totally bearable, and worth it for what is greeting you at the other end.
Do be sure to look into any airline you’re looking at before you book, however, as Ryanair are notorious for adding extra costs which can add up quickly. Be sure to take these into account when looking at the cost of the flight itself.