You probably set yourself some pretty ambitious goals earlier this year:
- Find a new job (one that challenges and interests you – hopefully it pays better than your current role);
- Lock in some adventure travel plans (or, at the very least, plan more weekend mini-breaks);
- Spend less money on nights out, gigs and festivals;
- Spend more money on sensible life planning (like saving for a car or your first home).
But it’s already 1/4 of the way into the new year, and you find yourself still reading the same book you started over Christmas.
Half your time is spent living vicariously through Facebook, which drip feeds you images of your friends who are embarking on Attenborough-esque Galapagos Island adventures. Their updates – involving 1am evacuations with life vests after their boat unexpectedly hits rocks and floods their cabin – make you sick with longing that you were chasing life and bobbing on a life boat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
Because, ultimately, the perspective offered by the narrow beam of your flashlight when travelling always trumps the dim existential illumination provided by your work cubicle.
So take control. Regroup – and book those cheap flights before the year gets away from you!
1. Travel At The Right Time
When you choose to travel heavily influences the price you pay for flights.
If you decide to travel during peak season, for example, you can commit yourself to paying double the price you would pay during off-season.
2. Subscribe To Alerts
Email alerts from your preferred airlines will tell you when sales and hot deals are on.
Keep your eyes peeled to grab special deals before anyone else.
3. Book Ahead
As a general rule, booking between
6 weeks to 8 weeks before your planned departed date is ideal for securing the best and cheapest flight prices.
4. Price Comparisons
Check a range of sites to make sure you are getting the best deal on your flights.
The below flight price comparison websites are a good place to start:
5. Fly Mid-Week
This is usually the quietest and cheapest time to travel.
Fridays and Sundays are generally the most expensive days to fly. Avoid booking on these days wherever possible.
6. Go Incognito
Use a private browser (such as Google Chrome using an incognito window) when searching for flights.
This prevents airlines from tracking your browsing history on Monday, for example, and jacking up prices for the flights you are interested in purchasing when you come back to buy your tickets on Tuesday.
7. Pay Now, Save Later
Never ever think that you can manage your overseas trip without travel insurance.
You could need insurance for any number of scenarios, including:
- an unexpected cyclone that leaves you stranded in Fiji and needing to change flights and travel plans; or
- a violent sandstorm in the Namibian desert which destroys your digital SLR camera; or
- your suitcase, including your laptop, being stolen in Bangkok; or
- a tree coming out of nowhere, while snow boarding in Whistler, which leaves you seriously injured and needing to be medically evacuated out of Canada.
Travel insurance is an essential safety net for the myriad of reasons you cannot foreshadow running into while travelling. Use the cash you save on cheap flights to buy a comprehensive travel insurance policy: the few hundred dollars you invest here can save you thousands in the long run.
For some of the cheapest and most comprehensive travel insurance visit:
What countries are on your ‘must visit list’ this year? If you had the money to book an overseas holiday departing next week, would you drop everything and go? Let us know in the comments section below!