Today, I have another secret to share with you: I am not rich. Or almost rich. Or almost almost rich. (At all.) Now, judging from my travels over the last 6 months, you may think otherwise; but it's the truth. Like anything I do, I really research the heck out of it. Traveling is no different. I set alerts for all these different places months in advance, and just watch the trends! It's actually kind of simple: you see prices drop, and then they raise, and then they drop, and then they raise. Naturally, you buy during the drop! I would say it's easier to not have a specific destination in mind, because then if you just see an absurdly low price for a random plane ticket somewhere, you can just nab it on the spot! But if not, try to squeeze a few months prior to traveling where you want, and just pay attention to those same trends.
I get asked a lot about the different websites I use for airfare, how I find "cute" accommodations, etc., so below I've listed some of my trusty resources. (Funny enough, as I'm typing this, my friend Ingrid just sent me a message saying I should be a travel agent.) I hope this helps!
- Kayak.com. I'd say this is where you'd typically hear me scream, "winner winner chicken dinner!" I feel like I hit the jackpot with airfare here. (I'd say this site is my wife, while others are the sidepiece/s. Ha.) Sign up for price alerts! I receive them daily, for over a dozen destinations (and from multiple email accounts, so I can watch even more trends). You can receive weekly alerts, if daily is too much.
- Travelzoo.com. Sign up for deals particular to your departure city! Here is where I'd just sit and wait for an overall package deal. I went to Hawaii in 2010 (Waikiki, specifically), for roughly $300.00 total. Yes, total. Airfare, taxes, and lodging were included.
- Airfarewatchdog.com is also a great place to sign up for price notifications, and you can set thresholds so no prices over whatever amount you choose will be sent to you.
- Groupon Getaways and Bloomspot travel are other great sources if you are open to traveling wherever, whenever. Ah, so is Vacationist.com. (These deals are a little pricier but maybe more luxurious?)
- Finally, I can use Travelocity, Orbitz, Expedia, and SouthWest Click 'N Save for both airline and package searching, comparing and contrasting. I guess I pretty much exhaust any and every resource possible...but it is so worth it.