Doug (my boyfriend) and I haven’t gone on any adventures just yet, but we are in the process of planning an exciting trip! I’ve been on lots of trips as a teen and young adult, so some of this is from personal experience, but a lot of the information I’m about to share with you, you can pretty much find by looking it up on Pinterest (my Adventure Time board is here, if you need any help).
So Doug and I are planning a trip up to Maryland to visit my family, and watch my dad walk the stage as he gets is Bachelor’s Degree! While we are both very excited to go up there, we’ve found that traveling can get quite expensive. Here are some tips and tricks I’ve learned (thank you Pinterest) that will help you save some money.
Tip #1: The sooner you know about your trip, the better.
6-8 weeks is usually the recommended time to but tickets for domestic flights. For some airlines, the seats get cheaper closer to the departure date because they want those seats to be filled. But that’s only SOME airlines. The week and day of flights, prices can go up by 50% (YIKES) so the sooner, the better!
Tip #2: Know when to shop and know when to buy.
Prices for the same flight can change up to 3 times in a day. If you have a preferred airline, it is best to receive some sort of notification on when prices are at their lowest, and also when they are having promos. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are usually the cheapest days to buy tickets, and Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday are the cheapest days to fly.
Tip #3: Know the airline’s prices with bags.
There’s nothing worse than thinking you’ve got your entire trip budgeted and planned out, and then you get up to the check-in desk and find there’s a weight limit for your check-in. Now you’ve got to fork over money you weren’t planning on spending. Make sure to check your airline’s specific guidelines when it comes to check-in bags, as well as cary-on luggage so you’re not spending money you shouldn’t have to.
Tip #4: Use travel websites to help you.
If you’re new to flying, or traveling in general, or you just want to get the best price as possible, use travel websites such as Expedia, Kayak, and Priceline. They check hundreds of airlines and give you the best deals for tickets all in one site! So you don’t have to have 700 tabs open to get the deal you want. My personal favorite: Student Universe. You don’t have to be a student to get these discount prices, and their customer service is excellent!
Tip #5: HAVE FUN!
I know that planning, budgeting, and saving for a trip can be a lot to take in, but remember that most trips are to get away, enjoy yourself, and see the world around you. Don’t forget to plan a little fun every now and then in your trip! 🙂
Happy adventuring, my friends!