Tab 1: Flight searches
You may have heard of these amazing discount airlines like Ryan Air that jet between European cities daily. As amazing as these airlines sound, they come with a few catches. First of all, you often need to fly into smaller airports that are usually 40+ km outside of the city centre. Even if you score a great flight deal, chances are you eat up your savings by taking a train or bus just to get into the city! Second of all, while you may stumble across a ridiculously cheap flight for 37 Euros, the flight usually turns out to leave at the crack of dawn and your return flight is usually much more expensive or with multiple stopovers, ultimately negating the awesome deal.
We tried our hand at an online travel site that searches for the best deals for your journey. We thought we lucked out with a not-to-be-missed deal. After checking that the flight was in fact for the days we wanted to go and confirmed the departing and arriving airports and the flight times, we clicked ‘Book Now’. When we were halfway through the booking process, the ‘discount travel website’ informed us that since posting the flight prices, the cost had gone up by 1, 500 Euros. Ummmm, no. No no no no no. Not even if it was first class and we got unlimited warm cookies, serenades, and shoulder massages – it’s just not going to happen.
The flight search continues. I read somewhere that Tuesday is the cheapest day of the week to book flights. I guess we’ll see what happens. Can you recommend a good airline or tips on booking cheap flights? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!
S and I love to travel – as you likely know, we met in New Zealand. We have seen the inside of our fair share of hostels and even came up with a checklist of items that we would put into our dream hostel should we decide to open one someday. (In case you’re wondering, each bunk bed would have a small reading lamp, a storage locker, a towel bar to hang your wet towel, among others).
Since we are used to staying in hostels, we thought we’d start our accommodation search in London by looking up some affordable hostel choices. Surprise #1 – London hostels are not that affordable! The prices I found online are comparable to a hotel room. Surprise #2 – There are very few private rooms in any London hostels. Now, I know the idea of a hostel is to pack those 20-something backpackers in like sardines for optimal mingling/profit-making, but most hostels have at least a few private rooms. The ones I looked at online did not (or if they did, they were all booked up). I did, however, see a dorm with 20+ bunks. Please no…
My brother suggested looking for hotel deals at priceline.com. You have access to discount deals or you can ‘bid’ on a hotel price and see if your offer is accepted. Even the discount deals seem pretty expensive to me. I guess it’s true what they say about London being one of the most expensive cities in the world!
Any ideas on affordable accommodation options somewhat near the centre of London? Otherwise I might have to cancel my crumpets and tea date with Kate and Will…