Travelling does not always have to be luxurious and expensive. For me, travelling is about seeing new places, experiencing culture and learning. All of which are free to do… So long as you take the time to plan.
You’ve all heard the saying ‘Failing to prepare is preparing to fail’ and the same goes for travelling.
Over the course of the next few weeks, I am going to share with you some of my favourite trip planning tools, starting with Skyscanner.
Skyscanner is a brilliant app/website for helping you to select cheap flight fares. There are so many different ways to use their search function. Skyscanner do not add any additional booking fees for using their service.
Searching for set dates and set locations
If you know exactly where you want to go and when, you can select your departure airport, destination airport and the dates. Skyscanner will then check through all the airlines and bring you a selection of flights suitable. Sometimes there may only be one flight per day, but quite often, especially for internal European flights you can have 3 to 4 options per day with differing times and prices. You then just select the flight which is right for you and sky scanner will take you to the correct website.
Search by set dates to location ‘Everywhere’
If you have specific dates for travel but are not sure where to go, or you need a little inspiration, then this is the best option for you. It’s the option I use most, as working full time means I’m tied to a set amount of holidays. You enter your travel dates and in the destination box type ‘Everywhere’ then click search. This will pull through a list of destinations in ascending order of flight prices. I then usually spend some time doing research on the different locations and deciding which one would be best for me.
Search by location everywhere and cheapest month
Finally, for the really adventurous, you can use your departing airport, set your destination as everywhere and then click search for the cheapest month. This function will pull through all of the cheapest destinations from your departure airport throughout the whole year.
Skyscanner is great for planning city hopping trips as you can add more than one location using the Multi – City option. This is what I used for travelling Poland and how I came to realise that internal flights in Poland were the cheapest and fastest kind of transport. Once you have chosen your first destination, you can search again from this airport to ‘Everywhere’ and chose the cheapest destination from there. The only thing you need to be mindful of is the cost of getting back to your home airport… that is of course if you need to come home!
Not ready to book yet? Not a problem, you can set price alerts through Skyscanner .
Skyscanner will send you emails when your chosen route has any price changes at all so you can keep your eye on the cost creeping up.
Skyscanner can also be used to search for accommodation and car rental – I have to admit that I don’t use these functions as I tend to find other options suit me best, which I will also be sharing with you, but I would definitely take the time to have a look at the other services Skyscanner can provide.