People wonder how frequent travelers are able to jet across the world so often. And the key factor that many of them express is having flexibility. When you can be flexible in searching for travel and your travel preferences you can often score the best deals. And sometimes that can be the difference between one trip or seeing seven countries in a year.
Flexibility in Destination
Being flexible in your destination is a fantastic way to see the world, sometimes on a whim. Let’s say you want a beach vacay and have the Caribbean on the brain. If beach is what you want, don’t limit yourself because you are set on Turks & Caicos or Antigua, for example. You may be able to accomplish that relaxing beach vacay in Aruba or Martinique for a fraction of the cost, with the right flight deal.
Skyscanner.com has a handy little tool that provides great flexibility if you haven’t decided on a final destination. Simply type in your departure airport, and leave the destination blank to search ‘Everywhere.’ This will allow you to price out all of the destinations for your particular dates in order of cost. Another option is Google Flights also has an “I’m Feeling Lucky” function in map view that shows you prices to various routes if you are flexible in your destination.
Flexibility in Time
Being flexible with your timing is key for getting amazing glitch airfare and flight deals. Often times, a sale to a destination will pop up and it may be for a 2-3 month window, either a short distance in advance or even next year. If you have a bit of work flexibility (because that’s obviously important; don’t get fired over a flight deal), does it really matter if you are going to your dream destination in April instead of June if you can spend 1/3 of the price, saving thousands of dollars?
If you know you want to hit, say Colombia this year, then perhaps the best option is to be flexible with your dates and see what you come up with. Skyscanner is also great for this function. For date flexibility, you can enter your departure and destination, then click “whole month” to search a particular month or “cheapest month” to search for the least expensive month in the coming year (well, 10 or so months out is as far as you can book in advance). Skyscanner will then pull up a graph showing the cheapest dates for your chosen destination. You can then go from there in both your research and also in determining your vacation schedule. I also really like Google Flights for this as well, because it shows a calendar view, so you can scroll through the calendar to see when the cheapest fares are available.
But what if you can’t be flexible with time? What if you have kids who have a finite spring break or you have to put in for your vacation for the year by a certain date. Well that is where the flexibility in location really comes into play. And to pinch pennies, think about traveling to off-peak destinations during high traffic seasons.
So try to have some flexibility when thinking about your upcoming travel. You may be surprised by the deals you can score.
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