I’m not a big plane-lover and have only been on a plane twice but since I’ve been itching to go farther, (and eventually internationally) I have to suck it up and do it anyways. It’s not even that I’m afraid of plane crashes or heights. I just can’t deal with the idea of being stuck in the plane for however long the flight is. Like my claustrophobia gets to me LOL. It’s just a small space and I don’t like it because once we’re up, I wouldn’t be able to get off if I needed to. I don’t know why I’d need to, but.. whatever. Same reason I don’t like trains.
Aaaaanyways – I’m planning to start my journey toward tackling this fear of mine by flying more (short distances first) at the beginning of next year and have been looking online for weeks to find the cheapest flights possible! With the help of some seasoned travelers, I’ve compiled a small list of the websites I keep up with in my searches!
Skyscanner: Skyscanner is great because once you choose your departing and arriving airports, you choose you dates and on their calendar, you can choose your dates based on the prices. Prices for flights vary based on the day of the week, the month, etc. It also gives you the option to be “flexible” and search the cheapest flights to anywhere!
Google Flights: I like using Google flights because you put in your destination and it shows you what airports you can fly to. It’s really nice because I don’t know all the airports in a state unless I’m particularly knowledgeable about that state. And then you can compare price between each airport to see if there’s a cheaper option for your tickets. You can type in a really vague destination too, like, “Europe” and see where in Europe it would be cheapest to fly to! This helps if you plan to rent a car and drive around. So I want to go to Miami, but it’s cheaper to fly to Orlando and then rent a car and drive to Miami. Google flights allows me to see how much it is to fly to every airport in Florida! Then when you click on a more specific destination, you can choose your airline based on price, number of stops, or the airline itself if you prefer a specific company.
Kayak’s Explore Tab: This site is really cool too, and Kayak is a pretty popular travel website anyway! On the Explore tab, it uses your location to find the nearest airport and then shows you how much it would cost to fly anywhere in the world using an interactive map! This one is pretty cool to me because a lot of the time, I don’t choose where I want to go based on my own ideas, but rather how much it would cost to get there. LOL. Which is why a lot of time, I go to places that are closer in distance because those flights are cheaper, travel time is less, and I spend less in gas. You can adjust this to your budget and how far you want to travel which is awesome because if you have 1,000 bucks in your travel savings, you can put in your budget for flights and just pick a destination!
Wherefor: Wherefor is one of my faves! You start by typing in you budget for flights and hotels (I did $500 in this example) and then you put in the rest of the info (dates, departing airport, etc.) And then it shows you all the places you can go for your budget! You can click other hotels or other flights if the price is too much or they don’t fit your standards, are not in the area you want, exactly, etc. And sort of modify your choice. I like using AirBnB so I don’t really use the “combo” feature on these sites, but it’s still neat.
Secretflying: Secret Flying is awesome because it shows you all the “last minute” sales, error fares, and specials! It’s more geared toward international travel, which I have no budget for yet LOL. But I still like to look, and knowing about it for later is great! I definitely plan to purchase our honey moon trip this way!
If you go to the Flights tab and click on USA or whatever your departing country is, it takes you to a page where you can see all the flights leaving your country for a good deal! It’s a great way to travel internationally to places that you may not have considered before. A lot of us only care to see the popular tourist spots like Rome, Italy, Mexico, or Tokyo, Japan. While those are still awesome destinations, this website will also show you those that are less-frequently visited but still awesome like Phuket, Lisbon, Belgium, or the Ivory Coast!
Safe travels, babes!