If I had a dime for every time I heard someone say, ‘you are so lucky you can afford to travel so much’ I would be rich by now. The thing is you don’t need a huge bank account to travel. In fact I don’t think even a medium size bank account is required. Using the right tools you can plan your trip of a lifetime for very little money. A quick example of this is we recently decided to take a trip to Ireland because we found plane tickets for $99. Yep you read that right. The bad part is I found the same tickets last week for $89. That isn’t a lot of money…you could go to Ireland for what you spend on a typical four person dinner at a restaurant, you just need to know where to look.
I have put together a few websites that I use to help keep my cost down when planning a trip and I decided to post it here so you guys can benefit from it as well. Some of these are well know, and some, I am not sure if they are well known or not, but they should be if they aren’t!
As with all ecommerce websites, make sure you check out if they are on Ebates before you buy anything and you could receive a rebate for your purchase.
- Norwegian Airlines I love this airline! Super cheap no frills flights to Europe. Sign up to receive their email alerts for low fares which is how I got notified that my Ireland ticket prices had dropped for their fall sale. If you don’t mind no frill flying this is definitely for you
- Skyscanner I use this website in the planning stage. I love the everywhere feature and this is how we find the best deal. If you are truly open to anytime anywhere travel this is awesome. This website you can search the cheapest month and see the cheapest day of the week to fly out. I usually will then head to the airlines page and check the prices through them after I find what is a good deal on the website. This is a good jumping off platform, think of it as the “price to beat”.
- WoW Airlines This one most people don’t think about as a good deal, but it’s actually fantastic. Their business model is all flights have a layover in Iceland. So for a little extra you get to see another country on your way over to Europe, or on your way back. I am not a cold weather person, but I can definitely spend 12 hours exploring Iceland on my way to my destination.
- Cheapoair.com This website is a lot like Travelocity or Expedia except this website I can usually find promo codes or coupons for pretty easily. I am all about an extra $50 off airfare so definitely google promo codes for the website before you type in the credit card number.
- AirBnB This isn’t a hotel, but most of the time it’s even better than a hotel. Inexpensive and most of the hosts provide great insider tips to where you are going. I love this option. We are staying on the Aran Islands in an AirBnB in a small cottage on the oceanfront. Where else can you get that great location and privacy all in one?
- HostelWorld Did you know quite a few hostels have private rooms? We are staying in a hostel in Dublin and I was shocked to learn that they provide private as well as semi private rooms along with the typical room that you share with around 8 different people. Maybe I am a little slow on this news but I honestly thought if we stayed at a hostel we wouldn’t get any privacy and that’s just not true. These rooms are inexpensive, quite a few have kitchens you can cook in, and you will be around other travelers that can offer you advice and tips as well.
- Travelocity, Expedia and Priceline These three to me are interchangeable. I use them based on which one has the highest cashback rate with Ebates at the time I am booking. I haven’t found one to be cheaper than the other, but all three are cheaper than going through the hotels website and I haven’t found canceling through these sites to be incredibly difficult either.
That is it for my airfare and lodging websites. I will write another post on all inclusive deals. Let me know if you have tried any of these websites or if you have found others that the price is right and worked well for you.