When it comes to booking travel, it’s all about the pinning, the wish-listing, the not-so-subtle hint dropping, and of course booking when the trip is at its cheapest. Lucky for you, Black Friday is right around the corner, which basically means affordable, amazing travel is in your future.
Follow this simple guide to abroadin’ on a budget, so you can save big on your next life-changing experience.
1. Sign Up For Newsletters
Most companies send special offers to their email lists ahead of time so you can get early access to sale information. Make sure you sign up for travel and flight newsletters to learn how to score the biggest deals first. Newsletters will also let you know about other special deals and events happening.
2. Plan Ahead
You know that phrase, “Time is money?” it couldn’t be truer than when it comes to travel. A lot of people end up spending more money simply because they couldn’t make a decision. The earlier you book, the more money you save, especially on Black Friday: aka the biggest sale day of the year. Map out the places you want to go months before
3. Be Flexible
By being flexible with what dates you travel, you’ll be able to book your trip for even less. For example, airline and travel companies often give the biggest discounts for less popular dates. Can’t decide? Although nobody has ever regretted going to the Amalfi Coast, you can take advantage of discounted gift certificates to use later.
4. Think Seasonally.
If you’re studying abroad in Spring, there are certain trips that only come once a year: St Paddy’s, Abroadfest, Springfest, Amsterdam on 4/20, to name a few. Trips like these sell out fast, so make sure to add them to your basket right away during Black Friday to beat the crowd.
5. Book Flights As Soon As You Book Trips.
While busses are the cheapest way to travel, certain places like Morocco and Ireland require booking flights. Plan which weekends you’ll be taking flight, so you can book ahead and save. Some travel companies have partnerships with certain flight sites and you can obtain a discount by booking with both.
6. Participate in Contests to Win Travel Giveaways