Have you been on a trip lately? What about that bucket list, have you checked off anything? Is there a trip you have always wanted to do but haven’t yet? Or are you more like us and are open to going anywhere? We recently booked airfare for a six day trip to Iceland for under $500 for both of us. We spent hours over the holiday season tracking down the absolute best deals. We have been using websites like Skyscanner, Expedia and Kayak. We have apps installed on our phones with notifications going off each hour. If you’re looking to plan a trip and want to get the best deal, here is how we scored our cheap flights, accommodations and car rentals.
“Life is about courage and going into the unknown.” – The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty
We went into this booking with a very wide range of dates for our next adventure. We knew we wanted to go somewhere new, exciting and different. I looked for flights to the Netherlands, Germany, France and Iceland. We had an idea of what we wanted, but any of these countries would do. Our original trip started out with five countries since this would technically be our five year anniversary trip. After doing the math and really thinking about what we wanted, we decided that we would rather do one country or two max to really get to experience each country. We don’t like to just feel like tourists when we go somewhere. We prefer spending more time somewhere to really get that feeling of “Yeah, we went there.” With this in mind we planned on going to Iceland and Amsterdam with Iceland being a stopover. The Cyber Monday God of the Internet had other plans for us though and honestly I think it worked out for the best!
“The interesting people you meet on the road and the unbelievable stories they have to share can only be found whilst traveling.” – Unknown
Black Friday and Cyber Monday were full of solid deals this year. The major airlines had some amazing deals, but you had to be flexible with your plans. I was switching from using Skyscanner.com, WOWairlines.com and Hopper (Mobile App). It was really easy to get an overview of flights on Skyscanner.com and then go to the airline website to see if the deals were any different. WOWairlines was offering 40% off round trip flights between certain dates. We quickly started looking at the options and trying to get the absolute cheapest flights. At the time, you could get $99 one way flights out of Boston, Massachusetts to Reykjavik, Iceland and that combined with the 40% off was incredible! We have family in Boston, Massachusetts so we looked at this as an opportunity to stop by and say hello before flying to Iceland for six days.
“I travel because it makes me realize how much I haven’t seen, how much I’m not going to see, and how much I still need to see.” – Carew Papritz
Now that we had our flights we needed accommodations and car rentals. We spent a lot of time researching Iceland and all the other countries we were considering before this purchase. I have been using Booking.com for hotels for awhile now and got a great deal on two guesthouses. I found CenterHotel Plaza for three nights in downtown Reykjavik with a private bathroom, breakfast and parking included in the price for $434. The second location is pretty remote so the hotel and guesthouse options were limited. We found the beautiful Gerdi Guesthouse for $147 for one night. The final deal I was able to find was for our rental car through Hotwire.com. We ended up only paying $295 for six days for our rental car in Iceland.
“And then there is the most dangerous risk of all — the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.” – Randy Komisar
If you are on the fence about booking a trip or getting stressed out about finding the best travel deals just do as much research as you can and then book it. We honestly felt so much better once we committed to this trip. We spent so much time searching for better deals and eventually jumped on this one. Here’s the complete list of the sites I used for finding the best travel related deals: Skyscanner.com, Expedia.com, Airbnb.com, Tripadvisor.com, undercovertourist.com, Hopper (Mobile Application) and Google Flights. I’ve used most of these for the past few years from traveling across 33+ states in USA, Canada and now Iceland.
“To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” – Freya Stark