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Flexibility to Travel

In last week's blog, I talked about what research I conduct before purchasing my airline tickets and in that blog, I mention being flexible with travel dates to find the best deal possible. Well, I thought for this week's blog, I would resurface and update an old blog of mine that talks about being flexible in more depth. And I thought with travel being temporarily shut off at the moment and some of us having more time on our hands, now would be a good time to start watching airline tickets. By all means, I am not saying travel right now, but that you can watch these flights start to gage when a good deal comes your way! So let's go!

How can being flexible with travel dates help you when wanting to travel?! People typically go off travel myths when it comes to purchasing airline tickets and go into this process with a mindset of limiting yourself from the beginning. Talk about overwhelming! Don't let myths hold you back from seeing the world!

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Many people believe that they need to purchase their tickets on a Tuesday or Wednesday because they believe this is when the airline companies drop tickets to the lowest price. And part of this belief is that when purchasing these tickets, people need to fly on Tuesdays or Wednesdays as well to really get that low price. So if I was to believe in this myth, I would only be able to travel 2 days out of 7?!? Uhhh, no thanks!

I am writing this blog to hopefully break down those barriers you have built up around traveling based on myths and get you to see that buying airline tickets doesn't need to be so complicated and restrictive. As well as share some travel tips on how to keep the traveling cost down when it comes to flying. I get such a thrill and rush from shopping around looking at airline flights and remaining open-minded to any deal that I find.

Every story has a beginning and most travel stories start the moment you buy the airline tickets. Go into your next travel journey being open-minded and flexible just to see what is out there. When you have determined you are ready to explore somewhere new, I recommend looking at flights every day for a week straight. (Highly recommend looking at flights for a course of 4-6 weeks to really understand how high the tickets can go and what an average price looks like.) You will see how much the prices can change over a very short period of time and may be shocked to find a better deal on Thursday than you did on Tuesday or Wednesday. Or even the same deal.

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The best day for me to purchase airline tickets is typically a Saturday. I found the airline tickets for Paris, California, Florida, and Puerto Rico all on a Saturday and around lunchtime at that. I look at flights daily, but another key to looking at flights every day is to do quick glances throughout the day. Another shocking moment you may have is how much the prices can change throughout the day. Or the tickets are simply gone after a few hours.

Now, once you start looking at flights every day of the week, another step I take is to find the lowest price by changing the flying dates all around. And what I mean is I look at flights leaving on a Monday, Tuesday and so forth. Below I am sharing some screenshots of what this looks like.

The screenshot below shows a month overview of the prices for tickets from Miami, Flordia to Havana, Cuba. If you were looking for about a week's vacation, I would first look at the dates of March 2nd until March 7th seeing how both of those dates are offering $84 tickets. (The screenshots are from Friday when I wrote my first draft of this blog.)

One of the things I love about Skyscanner is that they show the prices of what the fastest route would be as well as the cheapest. Of course, I am looking for the cheapest just to see what it offers as far as layovers and length of flying time.

After clicking on the cheapest option, the flying date information will show which you can see these tickets are offering a layover in Mexico. For some people, they love long layovers, especially when in a place they have never been to before. To me, this is a different approach to layovers, and something many people take advantage of.