Snag an amazing deal on a flight or hotel and plan the trip around that!
These are our favorite sites for deals.
Sometimes if you are traveling to somewhere with highly in demand accomodation(the Tour De France, Oktoberfest, large festivals), you will want to book that earlier, but usually Flights come first.
The best time to book is usually between 1-4 months out. People talk about timing the hour and day, but the average price drop is only $50 in this prime time period, so all of the stress of timing it right is not worth the savings. Start out by checking these 3 search engines.
After locating the best option, go directly to the airline’s website to see if they are offering a better deal. Often the price is not better, but if it is the same, working directly with the airline will save you SO MUCH HEADACHE if you need customer service. And, I have found that traveling with kids, especially lap infants, does often require a bit of customer service. I avoid third party booking sites if at all possible.
If you’re comfortable with the price, just pull the trigger and don’t look back.
I have blown hours and hours, and really, days and days of my life to find the PERFECT flight at the best flight. As any mom knows, your time is at a premium. Don’t waste tons of it stressing and probably only saving a tiny bit. Prices very well could go up, too.
First Create a Folder in your e-mail to keep all of your trip confirmations in one place. Then Print a Calendar and fill in your arrival and departure dates and times. From there, head to Pinterest to read blogs about your location and find the best spots. Locate all of those spots on Google Maps and drop pins. After you’ve read enough blogs and trip advisor reviews, it’s time to go to the map of pins and start narrowing down based on your time schedule. Once you have you “must do” list, start calculating travel time and planning where you will stay. Finally, Create an Itinerary, and start filling it will hotel confirmation codes, phone numbers, and lists of ideas for each day. Make sure to print or save a copy offline for your trip.
We almost always stay in Apartments or Houses, but there are times a hotel can be a better option.
Our Go-To Booking Sites