Three Tips to Help You Avoid Confusion When Booking International Flights

If you’re planning a globe-trotting adventure, you’ll want to manage your flight itinerary in such a way as to save as much time and energy as possible for when you get to your destination. This means booking flights with short overall flight times, or layovers that don’t cost you too much sleep. But how do you manage this balancing act when you have a budget to consider, too?

Step one is understanding exactly what you’re signing up for when you book your flight. The last thing you need is to waste needless hours on a plane because you didn’t properly grasp the ins and outs of the various booking terms.

If you’re finding the online booking process a little daunting, you are certainly not alone. Here’s a quick ‘Fights 101’ to help you avoid the most common sources of confusion before you input those credit card details.

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Nonstop Flights

If you book a ‘nonstop’ flight, your plane will take off from your departure city and it won’t touch tarmac until you arrive at your destination. As technology gets more advanced and planes can fly for longer without needing to refuel, nonstop flight routes are becoming more widely available. A nonstop flight will cost you more than other flights because you’re paying for the shorter flight time and the convenience of not having to switch planes at other airports along your journey. If your time is worth a lot of money (for example, you’re on a time-pressured business trip), then a more expensive nonstop ticket might end up cheaper because it gets you there and back faster. If nonstop is out of reach financially, you may also get lucky and find that an airline is having a sale or you’re eligible for a discounted rate. For example, united airlines senior fares may bring your ideal flight within reach.

Direct Flights

Here’s the confusing one. More common than nonstop routes, a ‘direct flight’ ticket has a single flight number. However, this does not mean that you will only take one ‘flight’ along the way. Your journey could include several stops before you reach your final destination. These stops could be for refuelling, passenger pick-ups/drop-offs or engineering work.  The good news is that you don’t always have to get off the plane. You may be able to say seated and watch a movie while other passengers board, but sometimes this is required. In these cases, you won’t (or will very rarely) have to collect your luggage. Rather, you’ll be guided by airline staff directly onto the next plane. 

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Connecting Flights

The cheapest option of all, the connecting flights will often include layovers at an airport or two (or three) along the way, adding significantly to your journey time. So while you save money, you lose hours. This is something you will need to weigh up. In the time between flights, you may have to collect your luggage and change terminals. If you’re switching airlines, different baggage allowances may be a factor. Connecting flights are good bet if budget is your main concern, but not if you don’t have time to kill or you’re unwilling to endure the stress and exhaustion.

Choosing the right flight for your needs depends on your priorities. These tips will help you ensure that you know what you’re letting yourself in for.

Money Saving Hacks For The Global Traveler

Are you keen to extend your travel adventures and stay overseas for even longer? You may need to start saving a little more money at each destination. It’s difficult to earn money while you are away from home, so spending less could be the only way to extend your stay. Still, there are plenty of different ways you can do this. Here are just a few of the easiest approaches to squeezing a few more weeks out of your travel plan:

Money Saving Destinations

There are two ways to check which destinations are the cheapest to travel to. Start with your exchange rate. You’re looking to get the most for each dollar. Next, you need to look up the cost of living for each country (or city area) you’re hoping to spend time in. The lower the cost of living, the less money you’ll need for food, accommodation, and local travel solutions. Places like Thailand are likely to be cheaper to spend time in than Hong Kong, but each region can vary. Do your homework, and make a plan.

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Money Saving Travel Solutions

Getting from A to B is a lot cheaper, quicker, and easier than getting from A to Z. Of course, there are times when you can cross the border quickly and cheaply. Keep your eye out for empty leg flights that will save you a lot if you can be flexible with your departure times and dates. For the whimsical traveler with few plans, this can be perfect. It’s also a lot safer than trying to hitchhike your way from one place to the next.

Money Saving Accommodation

If you don’t mind sleeping under canvas, then your tent could become your home for a while. Of course, in many places, you must book into a designated camp site that may incur a charge. You’ll also find there are times when you want a few of the facilities a formal accommodation might offer. Again, last minute opportunities may be a cheaper solution and offer more freedom than pre-booking. Stay safe, and look for places that are shared to cut the cost even more.

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Money Saving Food

If you’re prepared to cook for yourself, you can save a fortune on food. Unfortunately, travelers don’t always have access to refrigerators or cookers. Bottled water is often a must, so be prepared to spend wisely here. As for a hot meal, look for local hospitality, takeaways, and market places with licensed street vendors. You want to avoid a poorly tummy, so it can sometimes be best to spend a little more. Keep your hands clean with a travel bottle of hand sanitizer.

Earning money while you’re traveling isn’t always easy, but it’s not impossible. You can write from anywhere in the world, providing content for blogs or copy for marketers. You can also sometimes pick up laboring jobs like fruit picking. Check your visa restrictions before engaging in local work. The point of traveling is to enjoy the experience so don’t stay so long that you’ve sacrificed all those little pleasures. Happy traveling.

 

 

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