Over the years I’ve picked up a few great tips for those who love to travel and save money at the same time. Here are some quick bits of info that may help when planning your next yoga getaway!
Know When to Book. Shop on Tuesdays and Wednesdays says FareCompare CEO, since most domestic sales launch late Monday and are soon matched by rivals. Most people like to book on the weekends and airlines are aware of this buying pattern; prices tend to go up over Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays. For Domestic trips, fares tend to hit the lowest price 21-35 days before departure. If you are traveling international, don’t purchase tickets any sooner than three months prior to leaving for that vacation.
Time of Year Matters. September had the lowest record airfares within the US last year at $297. Runners up for best rates are January and October for domestic flights. February and March are cheapest months to book international travel and also found that summer you’ll pay the most. If you must book in the summer, August is your best bet!
Always Comparison Shop. This can be applied to almost everything! For flights, I like to use a flight aggregator site like Kayak or Orbitz to find the flight I want. I always then go directly to the airlines website to plug in my cities and dates to see exactly the rates they are offing and compare them to the aggregator website. Often times I find that the direct airline site is offering a better rate.
Using the “Multi-City” Function to Save. If you are planning on traveling to multiple destinations on one trip, this function will save you a lot of cash. Many times you can add stopovers almost completely free of charge. Say you are traveling to Bali and realize most flights have a stopover in Taipei or Hong Kong and you’ve always wanted to visit Hong Kong. Simply select the multi-city function departing from your home city, then to Hong Kong, then to Bali and then arrive back at your initial destination, you’ll find that the ticket price is almost exactly the same rate as just booking the flight from your origin to Bali and back.
Staying at a Hotel. Again, comparison shop on all the travel aggregator websites. Each one can offer something different and most times; hotels only work with a couple of booking websites. Meaning your perfect hotel might not be on the site you are looking for, so always shop around. Each offers different advantages as well. Kayak has a feature that I love; it shows the Tripadvisor rating along with the essential details of the hotel. Tripadvisor is a great resource to find reviews and personal photos of Hotels, allowing the user to get a more accurate representation of what the hotel can offer. Other great booking websites are Booking.com, Hotels.com and Agoda.com.
Staying at a Home Rental. If you are staying for an extended amount of time, a home rental might be your best bet. You can sure save a good chuck of money staying in and cooking your meals. The great thing about home rentals is there is always room for negotiation. Speak to the owner or property manager directly and negotiate them down to a rate you are comfortable with. You can find some great value from renting; some of my favorites are Homeaway, Flipkey, AirBNB, and VRBO.
When You Need a Healthy Vacation. Booking a yoga retreat is the best option when you need an escape that allows you to really unwind while taking care of your mind and body. If you are thinking you need an international getaway, we offer retreats to both Bali & Peru. It’s a perfect vacation for couples, friends and great if you want to experience a new country solo. Schedules include time for relaxation, spa treatments, daily fitness, healthy meals and local group excursions.