Like a lot of people, I like to travel. I finally made it to Europe last year after many long years of delluding myself into thinking that the prices were too expensive and what not, which, in the end, came down to me being a bit timid to take the first step out there. Luckily I have a girlfriend who is good at kicking me when neccessary to do the things that need to be done.
As the story goes, I told her I’d like to go to London and Paris if she could find roundtrip tickets for less than $500 US. That was on a Saturday. The next Monday she called me to let me know that we were leaving that Thursday and the price was $425 in the end. She’s a resourceful girl!
A lot of people don’t realize that there are a lot of cheap ways to travel. If you you are under 26 or a student, use STA Travel – http://www.statravel.com you can get some really great deals. But, a lot of times, you can go to an airline’s website like http://www.united.com or http://www.lufthansa.com and find some great deals. If you’re in the UK, use Ryan Air http://www.ryanair.co.uk
Of course, it helps if you travel during the off season months, which are anytime outside of May through the end of September. While it makes for some colder travelling, it also makes for very affordable travelling and you avoid the truly annoying tourists.
Case in point, I’ve recently found roundtrip tickets to Munich from San Francisco for $425 USD. This is a great jumping off point for my soon to be adventures into Croatia. Obviously I’ll have to dress warmly, but honestly, I like the cold and not only are the tickets cheaper, but so are accomodations.
While all of this is great, there is the problem when you try to book things on a website that it wasn’t really designed to do.
I was trying to find some fares to St. Petersburg in Russia and while I could get a flight for $650 USD out the door, roundtrip, a one way ticket was something like $3,500 USD. Crazy? Yes! But, that’s what happens, when you do something that most people don’t do on the site. My assumption is that you’d need to go to a travel agent to chisel that price down a little bit, unless of course, you’re rolling in dough and just want to blow that much money for an economy class flight!