“How do you travel so much?” is by far the question I am most often asked and the answer is super simple…
Cheap Flights! Scoring the cheapest flights possible is always the goal. I’ll never forget my last-minute weekend to Milan a few years ago for TWO POUNDS and ever since then I have been a Skyscanner addict.
A few years ago at my 70 hours a week restaurant job it was all about the last-minute getaways and spontaneous weekends and it is not mission impossible. Sure, going last minute can cost more in the peak of summer but during the offseason, there is still some insane deal. Here’s the seven steps I recommend to getting yourself on a last-minute adventure after being invited to play a little game by Skyscanner. Watch the video or read the tips below, either way, go and explore!
Five hours from bed to booking to boarding is my record… Turn the music up and lets #SkyscannerRoulette
Top Tips for a Last Minute Escape…
1. Search Everywhere, End up Anywhere
The best thing about Skyscanner is the ability to search flights to everywhere. On the website it’s as simple as putting in your starting point, destination: everywhere and then either searching a particular date or the month.
On the swanky new app (which you need to download if it’s not a staple on your phone) simply hit ‘Explore Top Deals’ and you can take your pick from city breaks, longer trips or go for that famous everywhere search to see where is cheapest, that’s the key to last-minute escapes – flexibility.
2. Pack light, play hard!
We’re talking a last-minute getaway for a few days here, not hiking Kilimanjaro so pack light! Not only will just having hand luggage save on flight fees it also makes it a lot easier with hotel check out times to wander around with just a backpack and not have to leave it in storage.
Don’t panic, you can buy anything anywhere (unless Skyscanner sends you to Antarctica) so if you forget something no sweat. Forget heavy and lumpy items like tripods and trade them in for balancing the camera, don’t bring hair dryers or the like but spend the money you save on checked luggage on a nicer hotel. Three outfits are plenty, one for the day, one for the night and something for dressing up. Keep it simple, keep it light.
Last Saturday morning I gave the new app a spin at 11 am and was waiting at the airport for a flight to Amsterdam by 2 pm!
3. Pick a Handy Hotel for weekend adventures
I’m all for saving cash on accommodation when I am travelling long-term but for weekend escapes you are going to want some comfort and to be as central as possible to maximise your time. On the app it does the same as for flights and searches all the main booking sites – you can then filter it by price if you want the cheapest, or my recommendation for city breaks, by distance and then find something in your budget as central as possible. Less time finding the hotel, more time exploring!