Many people ask, “Is there a way to travel without spending too much?” According to statistics, the number one reason why people don’t travel is the cost. The cost of plane tickets and hotel stay to be specific. While this is true, a lot of people who belong to the middle class are still able to travel anywhere they want because they are diligent enough to look for the most affordable travel deals online. Yes, you heard it right – affordable! Hence, if it is the cost that’s stopping you from travelling, then worry no more. THERE IS CERTAINLY A WAY TO TRAVEL WITHOUT SPENDING TOO MUCH! How? Visit these sites:
Unlike other booking sites filled with lots of pictures and advertisements, www.google.com/flights/ has a minimalist design. For this reason, this site is recommended for those who are not savvy when it comes to booking itineraries online, especially elderlies. The first few buttons in the homepage allow you to choose whether you want to book round-trip, one way, or multi-city tickets. There is also a button where you can choose the class of service (economy, business, first class) you prefer and another button beside it to indicate the number of passengers. This site is ideal for those who are in a budget because a ‘Price Tab’ is available where you can indicate how much you are willing to spend.
Hipmunk is just like other booking sites that allow you to book flight, hotel, car, and package (flight + hotel) itineraries. However, what set it apart from others are its user-friendly interphase, simple design, and absolutely great deals. Hipmunk allows its users to compare prices across dozens of flight providers and thousands of hotels. The image below shows some results after I searched for a flight from Chicago (ORD) to Las Vegas (LAS) and a hotel for four nights. What I like most about this site is the ability to filter search through trip type. You can choose ‘romantic’ if you are travelling with your loved one or you can click on ‘kid-friendly’ if the whole family is going. There is also a button for ‘business’ and ‘luxury’.
Although the design of this site is not as simple as Google Flights and Hipmunk, Skyscanner is also an ideal go-to site for those who want to save a lot when booking. However, note that Skyscanner is not actually a booking website. It is a site where you can search for the most affordable flights, hotels, and/or car rentals. Once you have chosen the trip you want, it will then direct you to the actual provider to complete your booking.
As I’ve said before here in another article, CheapoAir is the site I use most regularly for my domestic and international flights. I could go on and on about how affordable I find this site. It’s best to always compare prices, but I find that this site has the lowest fares, along with frequent discount codes to give you even more of a deal. Make sure to check them out.
Globetrotter Pro Tip:
Remember that there is no such thing as “the ultimate booking site that offers the cheapest deals”. Sometimes, a certain site offers the most affordable deals; sometimes, it doesn’t. This means you should not rely on one site alone. In addition, aside from comparing three or more travel sites when booking, it would also help if you fly on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays.