USE PRICE COMPARISON SITES Using a travel website that deals with all airlines gives more choice and could offer airlines you had not looked at before,’ says Kim. Local price comparison site, Flightsite, of which she is GM, is an example. But also compare prices from site to site. So, if you have an idea of your dates, look at skyscanner.net, kayak.com, expedia.com, momondo.com. Click through to the booking phase, as prices often jump up. BOOK FLIGHTS 53 DAYS IN ADVANCE According to research by Momondo a couple of years ago, you’ll get the best deal about two months ahead of your flight date – saving almost 30%. They also found that Tuesdays were best priced, as were night flights. Previously, Skyscanner’s research showed that booking at the five-week mark scored you the best deals, but it depends on the destination. Share the joy of giving with Pabi and AVON this Christmas! Spoil yourself and your loved ones with glowing skin – give the gift of Skin So Soft Body Lotion and Glow Bronzing Pearls.
DON’T MISS YOUR FLIGHT! If you book online, allow enough time between connecting flights. You need at least two and a half to four hours when transiting through big airports to collect luggage, go through security and make your way to your departure gate,’ says Sharmila. BOOK A BERTH ON A SLEEPER TRAIN When I worked in Berlin, I did quite a bit of travelling on the cheap, dotting around Europe and backpacking in Southeast Asia. I always overnighted on a train or bus. It saved on accommodation – and was usually cheaper than air tickets. Also, you then have more time for seeing the sights, rather than wasting it in transit. I did land up in some strange sleeper’ buses with karaoke or kung fu movies blaring on the TV so didn’t get much sleep – but it did up the weird-but-wonderful factor! NEXT BIRTHDAY, ASK FOR AN EXPERIENCE, NOT MORE STUFF A Tinggly voucher does the trick! Dan Brown fans might pick an Angels and Demons’ experience in Rome, outdoorsy types could go canyoning in Madeira, kayaking in Cathedral Cove, New Zealand, or extreme white water rafting in Indonesia. Game of Thrones groupie? You’re covered in Croatia. (One of ours is the bungee jump off the Bloukrans bridge – the world’s highest commercial bungee jump?) All told, there are 350 experiences in 80 countries. There’s one price – $119 [about R1600] – and your voucher is valid for two years. www.tinggly.com TO INTERACT WITH A LOCAL, USE VAYABLE Go onto this platform to discover and book unique experiences with a local insider’. New York by Night Photo Tour? Hawaii 5-0 Tour? Underground Restaurant Meal? Explore London Like a Local? Yes, it costs you, but it’s likely that local know-how will be worth it. There’s a gifting tab too… www.vayable.com
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