Travel A decision you make months before a trip determines how much money you'll be able to save

15:07  03 december  2017
15:07  03 december  2017 Source:   Business Insider Australia

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× A decision you make months before a trip determines how much money you ' ll be able to save . Libby Kane. Nov.

The length of your trip will determine how much you need to save up. Of course, if you have more time than money – you might need to find a way to make money as you travel, such as taking a working holiday and doing odd jobs along the way.

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  • Scott Keyes of Scott's Cheap Flights often gets reader questions about how to save money on travel.
  • Most people make it impossible to save significant amounts of money on airfare by being rigid about their destination and dates.
  • The only truly effective way to find cheap airfare is to be flexible.

Everyone wants to travel for cheap.

And there are endless ways to save money: hours spent researching hotels, scouting out local grocery stores, cobbling together free self-tours, packing snacks for the airport.

But if you're looking to save significantly more than the cost of mixed nuts, you have to make a decision well in advance - you have to choose to be flexible.

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Step 1: Determine how much money you need to fund your travel trip . What does your dream travel trip look like? Will you spend 3 months in Asia or do you want to make a one-year trip around the world.

2. Save , save , save . Once you have an idea of how much you ' ll need for your mini retirement, you ' ll need to start stashing money away for it. Depending on your income and your mini-retirement budget, this could take several years.

"If you've picked out your destination, picked out your dates, and don't have flexibility, 95% of what you can do to bring down the cost of airfare is already out the window," writes Scott Keyes on his airfare deal-finding site, Scott's Cheap Flights. "Flexibility is king."

Most people approach buying a flight in three steps, he writes:

1. They pick where they want to go

2. They pick the dates for their trip

3. They look up available flights for that destination on those dates.

"Typically this results in high prices," writes Keyes. "Instead, if getting a cheap flight is your priority, flip that approach: (1) see what prices are available via Google Flights, Momondo, etc. to various places are around the world; (2) decide which of the cheap destinations appeal to you; and (3) select the dates you like that have the cheap fares available."

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  What Is Really The Cheapest Day Of The Week To Fly? There's one more reason to love Friday. Not only is it the last day of the workweek and the final hurdle before the weekend, Condé Nast Traveler reports that it's also the cheapest day of the week to fly.Using data from travel site Kayak, which looked specifically at travel between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017, CNT found that for both domestic and international flights, Friday is the best option for travelers on a budget. By choosing to fly out on Friday, fliers can save up to $100 on booking a flight out on the most expensive day: Monday.

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Searching "backwards" can cut hundreds of dollars at a time from your airfare, which is generally already one of the highest costs of a trip.

Matt Kepnes, the traveller behind Nomadic Matt who's been travelling the world for a decade, has similar advice: To save money on airfare, inconvenience yourself. "If you fly midweek or early or really late at night, or add a few connections, then you will find cheaper flights because most people don't want to do that," Kepnes explained to Farnoosh Torabi on an episode of her "So Money" podcast.

Once you've found your flight, you can use other strategies to winnow down the cost even more - Keyes recommends that Americans in particular look for the cheapest flight across the ocean on international flights, then grab cheap local flights to their destination from wherever they end up.

And sure, fine. You can pack some snacks.

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