How To Travel For Less


Would you believe me if I told you I only spent £15 for my return tickets to Italy? Or £24 for my return tickets to Bordeaux? Or £34 for my return ticket to Marseille? Stockholm for £30 also? It's crazy how we've (when I say we I mean me but saying we makes me feel better about it) spent more money than that on a single meal right? Travelling is something we see as being super expensive but if planned right can actually be very affordable. So I thought I'd gift you with some knowledge I've gathered on how to travel on a budget.

Know your times of the year:
My biggest tip that I've learnt whilst at university is know your times of the year to look for flights. If you haven't realised by now there are certain points in the year, where all the different flight companies have seat sales, especially Ryanair. Some of the points in the year I've found to be popular are: New Year, Boxing day, Valentines Day, Christmas and also throughout the month of January. Basically what I'm trying to get at is during any point of the year where there is a 'national holiday' such as those, you can expect to find a sale. My mum was able to score return tickets to Nigeria in the January sale for £500 return with Virgin airline do you know how good of a deal that is? Like I said, know your times of the year.

You need to also know your times of the year in regards to when is best to travel and book. Avoid booking summer and Christmas holidays last minute as you will find the prices will have risen due to everyone wanting to travel at that point. When students have gone back to school/holidays are over are the best time to look for flights or to go on holiday as prices deflate.

Apps / Websites:
Some of the apps I'm going to recommend you probably have heard of, I'm hoping some you might have not heard of just yet. Apps such as skyscanner and hitlist have really helped with finding flights for less. Hitlist especially. With Hitlist you are able to select all the countries you'd like to fly to at some point and what it does is, it notifies you daily, on the places it finds the best deals for. For example I've been notified about weekend trips to Stockholm for £11 recently. It will tell you the days it departs and returns and then give you the link to book the flight.

I've found amazing deals like return trips to New York for £250 or Chicago for £350 for 10 days. The only thing is you have to be a bit more flexible with dates using Hitlist as a lot of the time the flights they find can be departing in less than 2 weeks from the current date.

Another amazing find is the website: Eightydays. I haven't used it myself but I've seen great things about it. You put in where you're starting and the dates you want to return and it will find you flights to go to as many different cities and countries within those days for such low prices.

A tip for when looking for tickets with Ryanair, use fare finder to search for tickets, that way you're able to search their flights to anywhere at anytime from your airport of choice and put in what your budget is and from there you'll see their cheapest to most expensive flights and you can discover new countries you wouldn't have thought of visiting.

Flights can be pretty easy to find for cheap but accommodation can be where the price increases. I've found a few options which can help with lowering the price. My first suggestion is visiting cities where you have family or friends that you can stay with to cut the cost. I'm visiting my best friend as she's doing her year abroad in Bologna and will be staying with her during my time there. I also have a friend doing a year abroad who is studying in Stockholm and I plan to visit her also during this year, hopefully during February or March actually.

Airbnb is great for finding cute and cheap studios to stay at. Sade and I when we went to Marseille stayed in the loveliest studio for £100 between the 2 of us for 4 nights, how great is that? With Airbnb you need to search around a bit as there can be so many amazing options and some for less than others.

 Hostelworld is another amazing place to look if you're really working on a budget, I've never booked with them myself but again, I've heard amazing things about them. Especially for when you're going to places such as Bali and Thailand they have some amazing looking hostels for prices that are so affordable it should be illegal.

City Hop:
Ive never been to Italy but plan to not only visit Bologna but make the most of it and visit Venice and also Milan whilst there, if I was staying for more than 3 nights and 4 days I would try fit more in but alas, I have a degree to come back to. This is because trains to these different part of the city from Bologna for a return can cost as little as 9 euros for a return and they are about a 2 hour train journey. I'll update you on how it all ends up working out when I'm back but it's a great idea I didn't consider.

Just like when Sade and I were at the train station in Marseille waiting for the bus to get us to the airport, we saw just how many trains we could have taken to different parts of France whilst there. Make the most of the country you're in and search where you can take a day trip to. See where the local trains and buses can take you to.

Those are the things I like to use towards helping me travel for less. Being a student has taught me to really look around and find the best option I can in a situation. I hope these tips help you, let me know if you have any you would like to share!

until the next post,

What's your opinion?

  1. that's amazing that you found flights that cheap, i'm going to have to keep an eye out now x

    1. I will be here if you need any help with your booking or just with ideas for your next trip :)

  2. How cool is this??😊😊
    Thank you so much for the tips, definitely gonna try them out.

  3. This is so so helpful! I really like to do my research when going somewhere so I can get the best deal and I haven't heard of a few of these so definitely need to check them out! I always use HostelWorld for accommodation. I booked most of my Greek island hopping trip on there and they have a great system and a lot of the places are apartments or houses too not just hostels! xx

    Em //

  4. Great tips babe! I'm currently looking for flights to Nigeria and have seen some for dirt cheap.(even less than 500 and that's with BA) I'll be heading to Budapest in two weeks so I'll be sure to take some of these tips with me.

  5. Do you know how much you've just changed my life???? Sis this is a life saver !

  6. This is so helpful! I've always been unsure of travelling because I've never had a big budget. Thank you, great post!

    Paige x

  7. Wow, you definitely got some bargains with those return flights! These are some really great tips. I'd heard of some of the websites you mentioned but I've not heard of Hitlist or Eighty Days before - will definitely be checking these out, thanks!

  8. I've been looking forward to this post ever since you told me about your cheap tickets to Italy when we were shooting! Your comment about how plane tickets can cost the equivalent of a regular meal out is so so true and that's what frustrates me the most when people say they're too broke to travel. Of course people have circumstances but most of the time, you can spend so much money on eating out and even a night out than you would on a flight. AirBnB is absolutely fantastic and I managed to book 3 nights in a beautiful apartment in Seville for £38 for 3 nights. I'm yet to stay in a hostel but that's most likely going to change when I go interrailing (eek) Skyscanner and the ryanair wesbite in general are my faves- I'll definitely check out hitlist too. I hope your trips of 2019 go amazingly well and that you have many more (and possibly one together...?)

    Love from Dalal,

  9. This is such a great and helpful post! I haven't used hitlist before, but I will be having a look now.
    I've only just started booking through airbnb too (only UK places) but it definitely can work out so much cheaper can't it?!
    Fab post!

    P.S loving your photos :)

    Aimsy xoxo

  10. Love this post, I travel quite a lot and I am always looking for ways to save money and this post is so helpful. I will definitely be bookmarking this and checking out some of the hints you have given when I'm next booking travel. Absolutely love your photography!

    Sara |

  11. Thank you so much for this post. I'm going to be signing up for Hitlist and checking out Eightydays too!
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  12. Good tips, I do my research and use trip advisor as well to see what people think of somewhere before I go

  13. Great post thanks for sharing XX

  14. Your photos are so aesthically pleasing to my iris! *insert meme of someone taking notes* SIS, I needed this, WE ALL NEEDED THIS. I've been looking FORWARD to this post and it did NOT disappoint! "A plane ticket can cost the same price as a meal" SAY THIS LOUDER FOR THE PEOPLE IN THE BACK. A lot of people in our generation waste money on nightouts, outfits to every event and other things they don't really need but want. That £100 you wasted on a nightout, you could've gone to Paris for the day? or weekend?

    I'm so excited to hear about your upcoming trips and hopefully either end of this year or early next year be getting flewed out together :P

    Fran |

  15. I genuinely had no idea you could even get flights for this cheap, wow thats insane. I went to Berlin for 4 days last year and got flights and a hotel for £200 and I thought that was decent but I reckon I could have got it cheaper still. I'll definitely be taking these tips on board (no pun intended lol) for booking a holiday this year!

    Lucy | Forever September

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