Tips, Cheats And Websites For Cheap Travel Bookings

July 22, 2017

"Travelling is expensive" 

Well, actually it doesn't have to be. 

For the past year, I have been travelling abroad for my holidays with family and friends. To do this effectively and save as much money as possible, we scoured the internet to try and find the best deals. 

In this blog post, I will be accumulating some of the websites I used in order to score the perfect deal, just in time to find your perfect summer deal!

Skyscanner is most probably my favourite website for travelling. Skyscanner is primarily a flight comparison site that lets you find the cheapest airline deal. 

There are numerous functions which make Skyscanner one of the best travel metasearch engines:
 -You can set price alerts for the desired destination, informing you through email every time the flight you were looking at has changed in price.
 - The 'Everywhere' option which allows you to see a list of destinations and their current prices; great for those who like late deals.
- Similarly, if you are flexible with your dates you can click 'cheapest month' telling you based on a location when it is cheapest to fly.
 - The month by month view provides you to see what dates are the cheapest in that month.

However, if you are wanting to stay in the UK or not wanting to fly, I would recommend these websites.

- Virgin: Each year Virgin tend to have a 'seat sale' which is where you can buy train tickets and reserve your seat at ridiculously low prices. During their seat sale last year I bought a direct ticket to London from Wigan for £10 return!! Definitely worth having a look at.
- Likewise, if you are wishing to travel by train, the Trainline on average will save you 43% on average when you book in advance with them. They also have a 3 day -/+ feature allowing you to find the best deal possible. 
- Lastly, a rather new website for myself, but Rome2Rio shows you the numerous ways to get to a destination. Generally, this is a great website for those looking to travel by coach from the UK to Europe and once again provides some of the best pricing out there. 

If you’re not interested in looking around for the best deal, Expedia offers an easy interface which allows you to combine both flight and hotel, often leading to a reduction in price. 
The website which also acts in a ‘Tripadvisor’ style shows recent reviews about the hotels including a star rating and guest rating. 

Not wanting a hotel? hosts a great number of apartments available worldwide at decent prices. 
A number of filters featured on the left side give you the chance to find exactly what you are looking for whether that be a jacuzzi, pool or air conditioning. 

Airbnb has recently come up in the rankings and I can see why. 
If you are wanting accommodation that is more ‘homely’ you can book either a private room or the entire home to yourself. 
Often the accommodation on Airbnb will have a much-needed character which hotels sometimes lack. 
Additionally, by entering codes you can gain credit which you can use against any booking normally over £55. 

Nonetheless, if you are a frequent traveller you may want to look into
The company offers a reward system where you collect ten nights and get 1 reward night free. 
Whilst, this may not be for everyone those perhaps looking at a gap year or travelling for business may wish to consider this. 
There we have it, a list of all the best travel sites available - you can’t go wrong! 
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