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How To Always Get The Best Holiday Deals

We have been travelling the world together for four years now, we like to think of ourselves as travel experts. But we're not really. So what can we do? What useful information can we actually give you? How. To. Get. The. Best. Deals (whilst on holiday or travelling) 👏


If there's one thing we pride ourselves on, it's how to get the best deals on flights, accommodation, transport, tours and more, aka how to get the best holiday deals. Here are some examples: 


  • We've taken a bus journey over 100 miles for less than 25 pence each 
  • We've flown over approximately 14000 miles for less than £300 each
  • We've stayed in places with pools, saunas, tennis courts, 12 bedrooms, private beaches (you name it) for less than $9 per month
We want you to do the same, because when you do it right, travel is much cheaper than staying in one place, and it's the main reason we've been able to weasel our way out of the rat race. 

WHERE TO FIND CHEAP FLIGHTS



Before I start talking about Kiwi, an apology: I absolutely love this website, so if it sounds like I'm being paid by them to say this, I'm really not, I just love it more than I love some members of my own family - try it for yourself, you'll see what I mean!!!


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Okay, so the secret behind our cheap, cheap flights is Kiwi. Kiwi compares all the different aviation carries to find you the cheapest flight. 


The website is very easy to follow, here's how it works:


Example: if you're flying from Budapest to London, simply input Budapest to London and you'll find this:




Kiwi quickly finds you a 8182 Ft / €26 flight - cheap as chips.  


If you don't have a specific date it's not a problem, you can pick a Date Range or even Anytime:





But when it comes to being flexible it's not just about dates with Kiwi, you can also be super flexible about where you want to fly to. Want to take a holiday from Budapest, but don't mind where you go? Choose Budapest to Anywhere:




Boom, Budapest to Cluj-Napoca for just 5455 Ft / €18. 


Up until this point, Kiwi is similar to Skyscanner (another flight comparison website where we used to find our cheap flights). But Kiwi is far superior to Skyscanner - it's so flexible you don't even have to choose a specific starting point.


E.g. if you live in Budapest, you can add in nearby(ish) airports like Bratislava and Vienna to your starting point too: 






And thus you may find it's cheaper to fly from Bratislava, or Vienna etc. 

But you can take it even further, don't input a 'from' section, simply create a circumference. Want to fly from anywhere in Central Europe to anywhere on the East Coast of the USA? Well now you can:


Katowice Poland to Newburgh New York for just 40,909 Ft / €133? €133 to cross to another continent? That's an incredible deal!

Last, but certainly not least, Kiwi doesn't just choose the cheapest flights it also picks the shortest and the recommended. This is so important: 




Going back to our Budapest to London example, there are three sections: Recommended 👍 Cheapest 💲 and Shortest 🕒 

Now in this certain case, the Recommended is equal to the Cheapest, but it's important to know the Shortest time too - what if you wanted to get there as quick as possible?


Now look at Budapest to Iceland: 


This time, Recommended is equal to Shortest. The Shortest journey there costs 39,697 Ft / €129 and takes just under 5 hours, the Cheapest journey costs 28,182 Ft / €92 but takes over 25 hours!


Now I don't know about you, but 20 hours of my life is worth €37 (at least!!) 


But I really don't know about you, and that's why Kiwi is great, it shows you the Shortest option, it shows you the Cheapest option, but it always recommends the most sensible option - but ultimately it lets you choose for yourself!



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Kiwi review - can it be trusted?

So what I used to do, is find the route and carrier I wanted with Kiwi, and then go directly to whichever airline (e.g. Ryanair/ Cebu Pacific etc etc) it had shown me and book with them. Although you can book directly on Kiwi, I trusted the airline's website more than Kiwi's.

Then one day, when we were flying from Dubai to Budapest, Kiwi told me to book Dubai - Budapest with a stop in Sofia, all with Wizzair. I headed over to Wizzair but the only option Wizzair could give me was two separate flights, which were more expensive - it was the exact same route/times etc but Kiwi was offering it as one booking which made it cheaper. What should I do? Book through Kiwi?


Then I read my friend Sabrina's review of Kiwi.com - as usual she'd done the proper research and explained all about Kiwi's guarantee: if your first flight is delayed/cancelled and you miss your second flight because of it, Kiwi will book you a new flight at no extra cost - if there isn't a flight on that day they'll cover your hotel costs (up to €50) and food (up to €10). 


In the end my flights were both fine, but it was great to know I could have my cake and eat it - I could search on Kiwi, book through Kiwi and not worry that I wouldn't be looked after. 


Nowadays I book everything straight through Kiwi - even ignoring everything else, it's just easier!

Read more: How To Find Cheap Flights Around The World

Okay, enough about my love affair with Kiwi - let's move on to other modes of transport:


WHERE TO FIND CHEAP BUSES 





We once took a bus from Köln to Paris (500km / 300miles) and it cost us £3.50 for both of us 😱 

But it gets better, another time we took a bus from London to my home city Gloucester (160 km / 100 miles) and it cost just £0.50 for both of us 😱😱😱

How? With Megabus

Megabus always offer low bus rates, but to get those really, really low bus rates you have to book in advance, literally when the rates come out (which is three months before the date you want to travel). It's that simple. 

Any catches?

We've caught Megabuses all over the UK, Germany, France and once in Italy - and the buses are nice: new, relatively comfortable and not that many passengers. In fact for that Köln to Paris trip there were only seven passengers on board including us. All passengers were similar to us - same age, travelling for fun etc. 

The only bad thing about European Megabus at the moment is they're only in a few countries, here are the routes:


They are expanding all the time, but even in the UK you often have to get a Megabus most of the way and then a stagecoach or a national express for the last bit. 

But if you are travelling around the UK, France, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, or Northern Italy book with Megabus and book three months in advance for cheaper buses. (I can't guarantee that you'll find a £0.50 bus, but the earlier you book the cheaper the fair). 

Is the Megabus safe in the USA?
Another great travel deal we scored was San Francisco to Los Angeles to Las Vegas to Los Angeles (nearly 1000 miles) 3 separate buses for just $15 each - and we could stay in the cities for as long or as short as we liked. 

I've got to say though, our experience with Megabus in the USA was very different to our experience in Europe. Firstly, the buses were super old - not unsafe or bad or anything, just worse than the European ones. Secondly, this time the buses were jam-packed. 

Thirdly, whilst the customers on the European Megabuses seemed to just be people travelling or holidaying in Europe, the customers on the Megabuses in the USA were mostly people moving from place A to place B. I.e. they brought a lot of stuff - like bags and junk and the odd cat or two (seriously). 

None of this should put you off taking a Megabus in the USA and we certainly would take another one there anytime. I'm just saying that they were really different - so if you've taken a Megabus in the USA and would never take one again, try one in Europe because they're completely different. 

INTERRAIL
Back to Europe, we believe that the best way to travel Europe is by train: it's quicker than buses and it's far, far more comfortable. It's a lot more comfortable than flying too, and obviously it's 1000 times better for the environment. 

When it comes to the best train deals in Europe, look no further than Interrail (or if you're not European, Eurail). This is by far the most superior train deal out there - there are plenty of different options and you're sure to find one to suit you.

I wrote a whole post about how to Interrail around Hungary, which you should totally do, but even if you want to explore non-Hungarian European countries check that post out anyway for everything you need to know about what Interrail is and how it works. 

ALL TRANSPORT

Last and not least for transport (and if I'd thought about it better this should have probably been at the top of the page...) is Rome2Rio. Again another website I probably love a little bit too much.

Rome2Rio is where I go first when planning my trips, it shows you a rough idea of prices and routes for any and all types of transportation: flights, trains, buses, driving and even lift-shares. It even links to the appropriate website where you can then book your flight/train/bus/lift-share.

Although the prices aren't always 100% accurate, in my experience they are almost always a good estimate. 

It's especially useful for buses, like I said Megabus isn't available in most of Europe, so I go on Rome2Rio to find out which bus to take the rest of the time. 

And it works pretty much world-wide!

Transport summary:
For long distance: flights from Kiwi
For short(ish) distance: buses with Megabus 
For European train travel: Interrail or Eurail

ACCOMMODATION

So we've finally got you to your destination using the best/cheapest/quickest way to get there. But once you're actually there where should you stay? 

Accommodation depends on a lot of things: how long are you staying, what your priorities are etc etc. Anyway here are the types of accommodation we use or have used, when to use it and with their advantages and disadvantages:



What is house sitting: house sitting is essentially a way to travel the world for free, staying in luxurious homes and looking after the odd pet or two. Think of it like baby setting but for pets and houses instead of babies.

When we first started travelling, we had no travel blog or YouTube channel and only had our savings to support ourselves. The way we made it work is by house sitting to have free accommodation

Nowadays, we are lucky enough to be financially stable enough (from our blog, YouTube and social media), which has meant that a) we have less time for house sitting and b) we can afford our own accommodation

Nevertheless, I always recommend house sitting to everyone, its one of the only ways to simultaneously travel luxuriously and cheaply. 

And we still house sit every now and again, especially for house sits we've done in the past which we loved who want us to come back. 

When to use house sitting: house sitting is about being flexible with your time and where in the world you want to go - perfect for people who want to travel the world full-time, not so good for people who have specific dates and countries. However, we found back-to-back house sits for nine months in Australia and over 18 months in Europe!

Pros: oh so many! Free travel, luxury travel, home comforts whilst travelling (kitchen, washing machine etc), live like a local (or at least an expat) and have animals to love wherever you go. 

Cons: this is a serious job and your priority has to be the home owners and pets - mostly it's a pretty fair deal, but if you're looking for complete freedom this may not be for you. 

Find out more about house sitting here: how to get started with house sitting





What is it: okay you know what a hotel is, but you will pretty much never ever find us in a hostel. Why? In our experience hotels and airbnbs give you more for your money and are so much more comfortable!

In terms of finding the best deals, not all comparison sites are created equal. We mainly use Hotels.com, because if you stay for ten nights you get one night free. When we're in South East Asia we'll sometimes use Agoda too because sometimes there's more choice. 

We do also work with a lot of hotels - but we use Tripadvisor beforehand to check their reviews first before we agree to work with them. 

In the unlikely case that we work with a hotel that's not good, we tell you about it, we never recommend something that we haven't personally enjoyed because that would be unfair and weird. 

When to use it: Hotels are perfect for short term stays, especially great if it's a special occasion 

Pros:Comfortable, easy, don't have to do much yourself

Cons: Not great for long term travel - no washing machine, kitchen etc.


What is it: Airbnb is similar to uber, but for houses instead of cars. You can rent someone's room or even whole flat/house for as long as you like (or short as you like).

We like Airbnb because you can feel like a local and you can have those home comforts like a washing machine and a kitchen. Generally the kitchen is noway near as good as a house sitting kitchen, but it depends on the airbnb and on the house sit. 

When to use it: You can stay in an Airbnb for one night or for months at a time, the great thing about Airbnb is that is has great weekly and monthly discounts.

Pros: choose where and when you want to stay, kitchen, live like a local 

Cons: unlike a hotel, people won't clear up for you.

If you're new to Airbnb we can offer you an airbnb discount!

Accommodation summary
Essentially this is what we recommend:

Short stays (one night - one week): hotels 
Medium stays (one week - one month): airbnb 
Longer stays (one month+): house sitting

It's nice to have all these different options, for example earlier this year we did a house sit for two weeks in Chiang Mai, worked with a hotel for four days in Laos and then stayed in an Airbnb for a month in Bangkok. 


Don't just stop here, check out Traveling Mitch's favourite way to save money on flights

Last, but hopefully not least I am thinking about offering a booking service: email me with your holiday estimate/budget, how much you think your transport and your accommodation will cost you. If I can get you a better deal (including my fee for working it out), I will send you my rates and how much I can save you. If I can't get you a better deal, I will tell you at no cost to you. - Basically you can't loose! 

I hope you enjoyed this post and that it was helpful - let me know in the comments below!




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