Recently, I got into conversation with a friend and he told me about his wish that he would like to travel to several countries and cities to photograph them. He practices photography and doesn’t have a driver’s license yet. Because I was traveling a lot till 2 years ago, he asked me for tips. I wondered why I do not just make a blog post out of it so everyone has something of it.
One of the most important questions is when you want to be there. If, for example, you book a trip that you would like to start in six months, you could distribute the outward journey, your accommodation and the return journey over several months. As a result, you would not have any financial difficulties and this method would give you more time to think.
If you book a trip in one fell swoop, it very quickly happens that one does not read the fine print or in the end would have preferred other options.
If I want to fly away later I’ll book the return flight first, then the outbound flight and the accommodation at the end.
There are a lot of portals on the internet where you can book your flights but I choose my portals according to their flexibility.
My favorite portals for flight search are:
If you know where to go
If you already know exactly where to go and are really thirsty to get the most out of your trip, I would recommend you to do the following:
- Do your search
- Click all “switch” options away except “1 change”
- Enter a maximum price in the search and filter
- Sort the search by duration and look at the flights that last the longest.
If you do that, you will definitely arrive with a change in your destination and definitely see another country or city in addition. I have done this several times
- Dusseldorf > Rome > Istanbul
- Istanbul > London > Cologne
- Istanbul > Paris > Cologne
Every time I had more than 18 hours in the city and it was well worth it. Through this short additional city trip you have the opportunity to give get a first impression of that city.
If you do not know where to go
That’s always an exciting business. It is also possible to find incredibly cheap flights. Kayak and Skyscanner give you the ability to search for a flight without entering a destination. In my opinion, this is one of the best inventions of the flight search portals, because you never know exactly when a flight costs how much.
Once I had executed a search spontaneously and found a flight to Iceland and back for only 100 euros. Unfortunately, this was not a search where I was really ready to book but I had just searched to see the prices.
In this post I’ve explained to you how I book my travels. If you have a better method, let me know. Of course, this contribution should not serve as an all-inclusive advisor but to expand your knowledge with my.
Please keep in mind when booking flights, that you may need to book luggage. This should be checked before you are surprised at the airport.
You should also inform yourself about the online check-in function. I once booked a flight with Ryanair and did not know that they have now made online check-in mandatory. I had to pay about 100 € at the airport for the obvious check-in process. Since then I do not forget that anymore 😂