4 Handy Hacks for Travelling
Travelling is easily one of the most popular pastimes for the millions of individuals who embark on a plane ride out of the hometown to rest their souls or even get on a bus for a short break each year. Different people have different ways of going about their travels but who would not want to have a stress-free trip as much as possible while maximising every buck spent? Here are 5 travel hacks by Fayyaz Travels that can make your holiday a more financially-friendly and smooth-running one!
1. Book flights at strategic timings
While it is known that there is no proven way on how to get the best flight prices since they fluctuate a lot, perhaps not many people know that the prices also fluctuate at various timings throughout the day. As a general rule of thumb, it is good to monitor the prices and book in the afternoon as flight prices tend to be relatively higher in the morning when business travellers book most of their flights. Flight prices tend to be higher at night as well where a majority would be back from school or work and ready to book flights. The best prices are agreed to be on weekdays for the same reason.
Also, for those who have not realized that flight prices tend to change after searching it a few times in your web browser, it is good to know that it does. Flight prices can increase and, in many cases, do increase when a certain flight is repeatedly monitored or searched. Based on the cookies in your web browser, the increase is done systematically to “scare” you into confirming and booking the flight as soon as possible before it gets even higher. To prevent this, it is good to search for flights in private browsing or incognito mode to see true best prices.
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2. Using a travel agent
While many would choose to plan the whole of their trip on their own for reasons like it can be cheaper and you can customize your travels, it is good to consider that using a travel agent can ultimately help in the bigger picture. With the rise in natural disasters and unexpected country unrest lately, travel agents can be a safety blanket since they have access and on-ground help to serve as an advocate in the event of any problem. They can help to change travel dates in case of weather-related emergencies or do the flight monitoring for the best flights for you. They can help find out interesting places to go or the best way to get there. Sure, you can research yourself which is fun too, but it is also possible to feel stressed with the overload of information that might also make it hard to come to a decision.
All the time that you may spend on planning for a certain trip when you could do other more productive things or money that you might spend more in the event of such mishappenings, could have probably been better utilized on a travel agent in the first place. Not only that, having a travel agent can add more value to your travel experience for just an additional fraction of the price to be paid or quite possibly even the same amount if you think about how they can leverage on their network and corporate discounts. In light of the recent unfortunate events, travel agents can also be crucial in helping to reorganize your upcoming or ongoing trip while you continue to have a good trip, because let’s face it, not all of us can afford the time or extra costs of travelling.
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3. Be flexible with your destination
When you are open-minded about your destination or even timings for the trip, you can probably save big. Sometimes where you want to go, might not be worth the journey. Or sometimes for the timings you want to go, the place might be at its most expensive.
Many have a bucket list of where they want to go next, whether basking in the sun at Maldives or enjoying the cold of Swiss Alps. With the availability of many travel-tracking sites, you can monitor the flights and track the best fares. The good thing about setting fare alerts is that you can have a rough gauge of the average price of a ticket; and when the prices dip to a price that is too good to be true, you can grab it at a great discount. This is great when you have a place in mind that you want to go but not sure when or even if you are just looking to save as much as possible for a trip without a specific one in mind, or anything along these lines.
To be fair, this is probably how you can eventually end up in epic destinations that you have not considered or at timings you did not think you were going to be off-work or seasons you did not think to visit. Being able to consider every option, more so when researching destinations, can change an ordinary trip into a great adventure. Not everyone can afford to do so but being flexible for both the “where” of your destination and “when” you can travel is when you can find the best deals overall.
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4. Plan in advance
With many choices for places of interest or great places to eat, it is hard to keep track of all the places you want to visit. It is a good habit to always write down places that attracted you when you chanced upon it so you would not waste time to search for it again. Better yet, there are many sites that allow you to key in and plan for your trip better.
It is also a good habit to save these destinations on your phone, for example with Google Maps “save feature”. You might think that it is a “duh” to save destinations on your phone or find it unnecessary since it is typically easy to get Wi-Fi but by doing so, it ensures that you can always find your way around the city, without the need of any data or having to hunt down that one Wi-Fi connection. You also have to be prepared for possibilities of other unexpected events like a weak Wi-Fi connection or a dying battery.
Aside from flights, transportation will likely take up a huge portion of your travelling budget. If you do not plan in advance, you may spend more time on travelling than you need or even spend more than you should. Certain activities might be cheaper online, an airport transfer might cost less when booked beforehand or chartering your own car might be better than public transportation.
While being spontaneous is fun when you travel, for those who like to keep it safe or as stress-free as possible, planning in advance, even slightly, might help enhance travel experiences.
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