Planning a trip on your own sometimes gets complicated. You have to book flights and find the best deal for the dates when you have availability, look for a hotel that is nice but also fits your budget, book travel insurance that is as complete as possible but doesn’t cost too much and also attraction tickets and tours. We always travel on our own and usually on a budget. Here we will show you the tools we use to get the best deals on flights, accommodation, tickets and tours.
If you want to travel but if you haven’t decided on your destination or you don’t care where you go as long as it’s affordable, you have the option to select “everywhere” as your destination. You have to introduce your preferable dates, the departure airport and the destination “everywhere” and you will find the best deals arranged by countries and ascending prices. This is an excellent solution when you want to travel but don’t know where.
2. Whole month
If you know exactly where you want to go and you are flexible about the dates, a great option is to search the whole month and find out when it is cheaper. This way you can save some money that you can spend later on accommodation or activities. This is our secret tool. We found a ton of cheap flights using this feature.
When traveling in Europe, searching for flights directly on the Ryanair website may be a good choice. Opinions about this airline are mixed but we had no problems with them and we traveled with this company quite a few times, especially because it’s cheap.
Ryanair also has some nice features that help you to search for cheap flights.
Like the Skyscanner website, Ryanair also has the “anywhere” feature, but you also have the option to choose the maximum budget. By clicking on “Go” you will be redirected to a page where destinations are shown in ascending order of price and the month in which they apply the offer.
One other thing we like about Ryanair’s website is that if you are sure about the destination, you choose the dates and it shows the prices for those specific dates, but also for the two previous and subsequent days. This way, if you have more flexibility about the dates, you can save some money just by travelling one day before or after the preferred date.
Other than flights, they also have accommodations, car rentals and vacation packages (flight + hotel), but we haven’t used them yet.
Agoda is an online accommodation booking agency, based in Singapore. They are specialized in Asia, but they offer accommodation all over the world.
We only booked once with Agoda (so far), but from what we’ve seen it has lots of accommodations and great prices. It’s quite similar to Booking, especially because it is part of Booking Holdings Inc.
One of the things we liked about Agoda is the offer of the day.
They usually have between 5 and 15% discount for some destinations. If you are lucky enough and you find your destination on the discount list, you can save some cash.
IATI is the only one we have booked with, not for any special reason, just because the prices are more than decent and because they have several types of policies, depending on what we are going to need. We usually book the Iati Standard. Visit their website to see what it includes. Here is a list with the different types of insurance.
If you are looking for the ideal insurance for your next trip you can book it with a 5% discount.
Civitatis is an online company that sells guided tours, excursions and activities.
If you like guided tours, group excursions or you’re just looking for a reliable page to book your tickets, on Civitatis you’ll find all this and more. Civitatis has a lot of options all over the world. From gastronomic tours to air balloon flights, there are thousands of activities that can be booked on their website. They also offer free guided tours in a lot of cities.
These are the main tools that we use when planning our trips with the best prices. We hope that they will help you to plan your next trips.
We want to mention that some of the links on this page are affiliated. That means that if you book through our links, you will help us make our dreams come true at no additional cost to you.
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