Short answer: It doesn’t matter. Just decide where you want to go first. The goal is to pick whichever destination you’ve always wanted to see, but never did (yet). Make it your focus to go there.
Over the years I’ve learned to break the process of booking travel down in manageable, bite-size pieces. I start with a rough estimate for a timeline: when do I want to travel, and for how long. The less precise at this point, the better. For me it usually comes down to any given quarter in a year where I want to plan a trip, for typically anywhere between three to six weeks at a time.
After setting a rough timeline, I try to familiarize myself with the available options for accommodations and their price-range in the period I want to travel. Just some basic, general information is enough at this point. Nothing is set in stone yet, and usually my plans and time period do tend to change a bit when I learn more about where I’m going and what options are available within a certain price range, as prices do tend to fluctuate throughout the year.
While accommodation is an important part of the travel experience and thus the booking process, the most cost savings are to be had by getting there in the first place: airfare. My personal rule is to always fly for free, as I’ll explain in my online course on travel hacking.
Trying to find an affordable fare does limit the days on which I can travel. Flying for free typically imposes even more restrictions when it comes to flexibility of the days I want to arrive and leave. But even when, on occasion, I decide to pay for a ticket (with actual money), getting to the destination is key. I do not always wait for the absolute lowest fare available. Paying less than average is not only good enough, but also a personal requirement when booking anything.
Paying Less Than Average
I won’t settle for paying above average price, because in most cases there’s no need to. Most traditional airlines end up with a plane full of people who all paid a different price for their seat. Some of the people on board got their seat for dirt-cheap, others paid top dollar. For the same seat that is, I’m not talking about the difference between economy and business class, or even the preferred comfort seats with less tight, “extended” legroom.
There are some, but very few exceptions to this rule, so when I board any aircraft, I’d like to be in the group of people that paid less than average for that particular flight.
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