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April 28, 2021 4 min read

Okay, when I say cheap, I mean queen of cheap over here. I was a single mom of two of the cutest kids you've ever seen, and I traveled all over the world on a very tight budget. 

People would often ask me how I travel so often, and I always say that the cheaper I can travel, the more often I can do it. 

I will say, there are times to splurge. But to me, paying for a little extra leg room on an airplane, or paying to bring additional luggage, are NOT those times. If you're looking for ways to travel cheap, you can read my blog post here, and if you need tips on how to pack for 2 weeks in a carry-on read here ; but for now, I am going to give you step-by-step instructions on how to book the cheapest airfare ever.

A few things to note: if you're searching for a specific place on a specific date, most of the search engines will give you similar pricing. This is a how-to for those who have a little flexibility and an open mind. For those who wander & explore. 

Step 1: Go to SkyScanner.com

I have seen a lot of blogs about SkyScanner, so maybe you already know that this is one of the BEST search engines for the lowest prices. If you are new to it, take a minute to look around. Some of my favorite features are:

  1. You can search for eco-friendly(er) flights to help offset CO2 emissions. As a lover of nature AND travel, I'm always trying to find ways to help the earth out. You can read here for more earth-conscious travel tips!
  2. You can search for car rentals & hotels as well. I have saved hundreds of dollars by renting a car through these links vs Priceline, Expedia, etc. 
  3. You can search from your city of departure to "everywhere". This is, in my opinion, the one best thing that makes this a better search engine than any other engine. For this reason, I will outline the rest of my process for truly rock bottom prices.

Step 2: Search from your city of departure to "everywhere".

This is the best option if you do not care exactly where you want to go. For me, I would search the cheapest flights and then see the cheapest city near where I was going. For example, when my husband and I went on a honeymoon to Greece & Italy, the cheapest tickets I found were into France. By flying through France, we saved over $600 per ticket. We caught a little hopper flight out of France to Greece for about $30 each. We made an amazing day of it, seeing some France's top sights, and then went on our way.

For some people this is inconvenient. One thing to note: if you want convenience, you have to pay for it. If you want to save money, you learn to embrace all of the detours!

Step 3: Search "By cheapest month".

Some people download the Skyscanner app- I use the website because I search by the cheapest month. In ascending order, Skyscanner will list the cheapest to most expensive countries to fly into, and then within each country, which airports from cheapest to most expensive. 

Step 4: Hone in on dates

Once you find a country & price of interest, select "Get prices" and you will be brought to a calendar. Dates in green are your cheapest departure & arrival dates. Orange are middle-cost options, and red are the most expensive dates to fly. I usually only book green dates, but sometimes the orange flights are close in dollar amount, so pay attention.

Select your flight dates and then select "Find Flights". It will bring up a list of flight prices & their booking link to click on. 

Step 5: Select flight & book it

Now you will be brought to an external website to book your flight. Complete the information and purchase your ticket.

Be aware of which site and airline that you are buying from. Sometimes there are additional things to be aware of, but again, you pay for convenience, so a little due diligence is sometimes needed.

You can also follow me (Sarah) on Instagram- I often post flight alerts to amazing destinations all over the world!

One area we suggest you splurge on: Taking a trip with theIVYbrand of course!

We curate and lead amazing trips using travel as a tool to help others to inspire and empower people in their lives on an individual, group, and corporate basis through adventures around the world. From the time you show up, to the time you leave, we take care of everything. All you do is show up and have an amazing time.

You're already spending a lot of money to go on a trip- why not have the best experience possible?! You can check out some of our trips here or follow us on Instagram!

Sarah Line
Sarah Line

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