My advice for going on a cheap trip

Many people ask me how I manage to travel so often and for a long time without spending too much money. It is true that I often go for long periods of time, which allows me to better amortize the costs of transport and plane tickets. But if not, here are some tips for finding a cheap stay. Make good use of it!

Traveling out of season

This is rule number 1 for reducing the cost of going on a trip. Whether it’s airline tickets, accommodation or all-inclusive stays, prices are always a function of supply and demand. So if you still want to go in summer, try to focus on June to mid-July or September. Generally speaking, October and November are the best months to get good rates.

Scroll through the offers on the internet

This is the somewhat tedious and time-consuming part: reviewing all the travel offers on the internet. To save time, there is a site that does that for you: it’s the dicasdaflorida.

Go on a trip to inexpensive countries

This is the easiest way to avoid breaking the bank and enjoying your trip. To find a cheap stay, avoid Scandinavia, Canada, Japan or South Africa, and prefer Thailand, India, Greece or Bolivia. Among the really inexpensive countries where I have traveled recently, I can recommend Russia, Albania or even Belarus.

Be flexible on travel dates

Airline tickets are always cheaper in the middle of the week than at the weekend. To go on a cheap trip, it is better to be flexible on the departure and return dates. Search engines like Skyscanner make it possible to search for prices over the entire month and thus find the cheapest dates. Momondo is also good at comparing prices over selected time periods. For weekly stays, Sunday to Sunday or Wednesday to Wednesday offers are generally at better rates.

Plan well in advance or at the last minute

These are the two easiest niches to find a discounted trip: either well in advance or at the last minute. You have to look at hotel reservation platforms that sell cheap rooms that didn’t find a taker at the last minute. To find a cheap stay, it is better to be open to the destination and focus on countries or cities that attract less crowds. For example, rather than the big cities or European capitals like London, Rome or Amsterdam, prefer less touristy cities but just as interesting to visit like Manchester in England, Naples in Italy or Charleroi in Belgium.

Dare to go to “at risk” countries

Far from me the idea of ​​recommending going to countries at war or very unstable such as Syria, Iraq or Afghanistan … But the dramatic news of recent months and years has kept travelers away from certain destinations such as Tunisia, Egypt or Turkey. I can understand the apprehension that limits the desire to go to these countries, but after all, statistically the risk remains low “of being in the wrong place at the wrong time”, and that can also very well happen in Paris, London, New York, anywhere. Again, visit sites like dicasdadisneyeorlando before going to travel.

I hope my advice is useful…

John Norwood
John Norwood is best known as a technology journalist, currently at Ziddu where he focuses on tech startups, companies, and products.