Travelling has never been so easy. In fact, there are more people travelling now than ever before. Flights have become cheaper, accommodation easier, communication between different parts of the world faster. Consequently, we have a sense that distances are smaller and we feel like travelling more.

Nevertheless, the most important – and costly – action, amongst all the preparations for a travel, most people get stuck with is the flight. Booking your airfare ticket is the first step to start organising your trip. However, with so many options and information out there, how can you be sure to find the best deal? After having travelled the world for the past four years, we learned some tips and tricks that can help you find the best flights to fit your budget.

Flights in the air

Search online

It is no surprise – at least it shouldn’t – that, when organising a trip, the online world is the way to go. Currently, there are many great websites which can help you with everything, from hotels to routes, to money exchange and flights. 

When it comes to airfares, the best way to find a good deal is to use those flights search tools engines. They quickly research throughout the web for any promotions, deals and itineraries are out there and you just have to find them. These websites are surely your best ally. But, ensure to research for flights during different days and times. Prices tend to oscillate a bit throughout the week. People on an airport about to board their flights

Be flexible

Many people ask us how we can afford to travel so much. One of our biggest secrets is, we usually pay very little for our flights. Actually, I don’t remember the last time we paid more than 30 euros on a ticket fair. And how do we do that? Being flexible. 

As we work online – blogging for Monday Feelings and freelancing for a few clients – we can go pretty much anywhere at any time. We just need our laptops and a good connection and we are set to go.

When we need to travel, whether it’s for business or leisure, we can always try different days and times of the week. It gives us a huge advantage as there is no secret that flying on a Monday or Tuesday, for instance, is cheaper than on a Friday or Saturday.

In addition, if you are only looking for a break with no certain destination in mind, try the “fly everywhere” option that some websites, such as Cleartrip offers. This is a great opportunity to find a good deal – as well as to surprise yourself!

Go into “incognito mode” on your browser 

We can all agree that the internet is not the most private space, can’t we? Every time we log in to a website or do a research on Google, we leave some traces behind. 

Let’s say, for instance, that you are planning a trip to Italy. You have probably searched a lot things like “Flights to Italy”, “Where to stay in Italy”, “Best things to do in Italy” and so on. These searches give a huge hint to the internet that you are probably thinking about travelling to… hum… yes, you guessed it right, Italy. We are not internet geeks, but we have heard many times that, once a website understands you want to go to a certain destination, they hide some special deals available to the general public. As they understand you are desperately trying to find a hotel or a ticket to a certain destination, they might try to hide a better deal and show you ordinary prices only.

There is an easy and smart way to overcome it and it’s just by going in “incognito mode” on your browser. How? On Google Chrome for example, you just have to open a new window, go to the three little dots that appear just next to where you type the URL and click into “New Incognito Window”. This will guarantee you are not leaving any traces behind. 

A girls standing next to a board on an airport looking for flighst

How to find cheap flights online?

Travel light

The majority of the “low budget companies” offer you very cheap flight tickets to pretty much anywhere in the world, but with a few conditions. The most important of all, perhaps, is that you have to travel only with one – sometimes two – hand luggage. 

I know that for some people travelling with so little seems almost impossible, but as anything else in life, this also comes with practice. Trust us, in the end, having a very small suitcase to carry around the airport and while travelling will be quite liberating. You will get used to not have many options to wear and will enjoy small fares to fly anywhere you want. The world is your oyster and you just have to be smart about it.

Enjoy a stopover

Another awesome way to pay very little for your flights is to visit more than one destination with the same ticket, which means doing a free stopover. IcelandAir for example, let’s you enjoy up to two weeks in Iceland for free when flying with them to and from any destination.