Getting the best deal can seem easy for places like Spain and Amsterdam, where there are always advertised cheap deals on Tv and anywhere online. Its the further away ‘more expensive’ destinations that people avoid because they are scared of the cost.
The ‘best deal’ can mean the cheapest available thing or the best thing for an affordable price. I am 21 years old now and since being 18 I have travelled on my own, all around North America, parts of Europe, Dubai and South East Asia (Thailand, Singapore and Bali).
I consider myself pretty good at finding the best deal. I pretty much swear by Booking.com (use the link to book to recieve £15 back!) which I have an additional 10% discount because I have used it more than 5 times. With ‘booking.com’ the hotels may seem cheap already however I utilise the “No Prepayment, Free Cancellation” and book, cancel and rebook (sometimes the same hotel) all to get it cheaper and cheaper! I always look on ‘Booking.com’ and research the different areas of a location.
In Dubai I booked an apartment suite through ‘Booking.com’ for £550 for two weeks! It was in “Internet City” a business area with lots of hotels and centrally located!
The best tips that I could give for booking hotels and finding the best deals is too bulk book and book a choice of around 5 or 6 which is what i do for all fully planned parts of my trips (of course if you are travelling around and haven’t planned everywhere you are going then just book the cheapest simplest place). When I bulk book hotels I usually look at the facilities and location, and then wait to see which ones drops their price further.
Also with the location, do some research where you are going and the types of districts are in the location, for example business districts, usually are the cheapest but quietest places. You will find areas to fit your needs ie: Partying, exploring, relaxing or all of the above.
Time of year plays a part in cost of the hotels, which in Dubai is late August-December, and Asia is the rainy season (It doesn’t actually rain that much, maybe 30 mins here or there).
Getting the best Flight deal can be a bit more tricky, you have to gamble and rely on certain times before the actual flight, 2-3 weeks before can either be really expensive with few seats left (on popular routes like Dubai/ NYC) However if you look early enough 2- 3 months before and stalk the prices, then you can find a good deal. Websites like “kayak.com” tell you they have an algorithm to see when to buy, however I just go with my gut. I use “cheapflights.com” for all my flights, they do one-way, return or multi city, which I used in Asia. I could always choose the cheapest flights but if I travel with my girlfriend I would choose based on comfort as well, which is why I fly with Emirates and pay slightly more than some other airlines.
Other people may say to use the companies own website or a different comparison website however cheapflights.com has never failed me. Even my nana and grandad are using ‘booking.com’ and ‘cheapflights.com’ instead of high street travel agents or package deals. Because why pay the middle man? when you can be the middle man?
The best thing about booking separately is you can choose to splash out a bit more on the flights and fly with good airlines, or even upgrade your class on the flight, but you can cut back and save on the hotels! same vice versa, if you want a posh hotel you can do the cheapest flight available. I personally don’t care for hotels, id sleep in a box as long as it was dry and reasonably comfy, but I want to be comfortable and in a nice environment when I am flying 7/8 hours at a time, in a tin tube, 35000ft in the air.