I get it. Sometimes you just have to get away from it all.
You may have booked two weeks of leave and you just want to go somewhere. Anywhere!
Well, as long as it doesn’t completely break the budget.
I mean, first class to Paris would be nice and all. But who can afford that?!
But say you really, really would love to go somewhere – anywhere! – in the Caribbean.
Or maybe you only have $300 to spend on flights and you’re not really sure where that will take you.
Alternatively, you may be sick of going to the same place for your holidays and just need some inspiration on where to go next.
Luckily, there’s one easy tool that can do all of these things for you in only a few clicks.
Travel roulette to save money on flights
While I’m from a country where going overseas is a long (and expensive) process, I was fortunate enough to spend a number of years living in Europe.
I don’t think I ever really got over the fact that I could get on a train and, less than an hour later (in some cases), I could be in a different country.
Better yet, a short plane ride could see you being in one of any number of new countries after only an hour or so.
It made for some amazing weekend getaways. After all, jumping on a plane after work and being in London by dinner time is a pretty great way to spend your Friday night.
And our favourite way for doing this was using a free tool offered by Skyscanner.
All you have to do is go to this page and enter your departure city and your dates of travel.
They don’t even have to be exact! For example, want to go somewhere in September but you’re not too fussed on exactly when? Then just enter the whole month.
And what if you don’t care when you go, just as long as you get to go somewhere? Select “Find Cheapest Month”
Then you do the most important part: For your destination, you simply type “Everywhere”.
You then get a list like the following:
Look at all those places just begging for you to visit them! Especially you, you little frugal wonder!
After all, do you only have $300 to spend on flights? Then you can easily see which countries you can get to on that amount.
Are you dying to escape to the Caribbean? You can simply ignore those countries in other regions while also getting an immediate idea on how much this might cost you.
Were you one of those people looking for travel inspiration? Well, check out all the options available to you within your budget!
Maximise the power of this tool
It should be said that some of these results can be a little bit tricky.
For example, take a look at this one:
See, while it’s telling you that you can travel to Canada from New York in September for less than $200, the cheapest direct flights are to Toronto. However, you may prefer to spend a weekend in Montreal, which is only available with a stopover – and ain’t nobody got time for that.
As such, I’d recommend that you open your, say, top five preferred options in separate tabs. That way, you can have a quick look to make sure that the cities, prices and travel times all work for you.
Save money and improve your holidays
This can also be a great way to discover new places that you hadn’t even thought of! For example, I’m going to Kazakhstan later this year and always assumed I should just fly into Astana, the capital.
However, using this tool, Skyscanner showed me that it was actually cheaper and quicker for me to fly into Almaty (the largest city in Kazakhstan for those who may not be up to date with their Kazakh geography).
I did some Googling and found out that Almaty is, in fact, better for tourists, especially for access to some great hiking which I’m particularly interested in.
If I hadn’t used this tool, I would probably have just booked to fly into Astana and figured out what to do from there.
This means that not only has this tool saved me money on countless occasions, but I’m convinced that it’s actually improved my holidays by showing me places I may not have even considered visiting!
Play around with the tool here to see just where you budget can take you. You never know where you could end up!
This could also be a great chance to score an amazing deal on flights before an upcoming holiday rush period.
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Of course, Skyscanner can be used like a “normal” search engine for flights – and it’s the site I use when I know exactly when and where I want or need to go somewhere.
But the “Everywhere” feature is a cool little quirk for seeing the world (or even a bit further afield in your own backyard) without breaking the bank.
Give it a shot and see what you deals you can score!
What trick have you used in the past to get great travel deals? Share your wisdom with us in the comments!