There are certain people that can just pack a bag and jet off somewhere new for the weekend. I wish I could be that type, but I need to plan out or have a rough idea of what I’m getting myself into. First it starts with the flights, then location and so on. It is also important to plan out your budget so you don’t end up wasting too much money. If you are like me then you will find this useful. I go through a few steps that I take to plan out my short vacations and/or weekend gateways – both domestically and internationally.
Navigating Flight Prices
Everyone always has their dates set or know the weekend they want to get away. But being flexible with your dates can help you find the cheapest ticket prices. If possible, check out ticket prices before you plan out what time frame you want to travel.
The top websites to find cheap tickets are:
After you find the date you want to travel, the next step will be to figure out how low you can get your ticket and hotel for. Doing the bundle approach might save you money but it is always a good idea to research your best options.
Some options are:
- Buying two one way tickets instead of round trip
- Buying the hotel and flight ticket separately
- Have a rewards program? You can probably get a great discount through there.
- Looking for a credit card with a good rewards on travel. Check out this link I found that provided the best credit cards for travel.
Timing is everything
On an article I read the other day, they say timing is important. That means the timing and day you buy your tickets: early mornings on Wednesday turns out to be the best time to buy a ticket. But who knows if that is for certain.
While thinking about the timing to buy your ticket, you should also be thinking about what day to depart and come back. Sundays are the most expensive day to travel back home. If you’re able to come back on Monday then that will be the best option.
Location is Key
Hotel Location – Try to find a hotel close to the main attractions, but of course they might be expensive. Have you thought of looking into Airbnb? Airbnb connects people to unique travel experiences and hotels, at any price point, in more than 34,000 cities and 191 countries (source).
Everyone loves Uber, they are easy to request and you can pay them through their app. Nothing beats that, BUT it’s always best to look up public transportation around you. Doesn’t everyone want to get the full experience and feel like a local? Riding the public transportation will be a great way to meet people and see the areas most people don’t get to see.
Free Events – There is always something going on no matter where you go. So do your research and take advantage when you get there.
Time to Start Planning
Packing Time – The first thing to pack will be your ID if you’re flying domestic or passport for international. I’ve made the mistake of not looking for my passport until the last minute and almost missed my flight. So check out our free template for our packing list that will help get you organized.
Travel outfit – I know going to the airport is not a fashion show, but why not look comfortable and put together. Like they always say, you never know who you might meet.
I think we are already to go! Let us know if you have any ideas that would make this planning process even better.
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