September 28, 2018
If you know us , you know that we are absolutely love to travel. Our first date was an 8 hour drive to Chicago, we are always planning our next trip (Check out our travel schedule here), and Allie actually spent 7 months living in Australia and the Philippines. Within our first year of dating we had taken trips to 13 states, driven from the East Coast (like, an island in the Atlantic) to the West Cost (Venice Beach!) and back, and were already planning our honeymoon adventure to the Greek islands and Paris.
Because of this, people are always asking us how we can travel so much without going totally broke. Since moving to Hawaii, we’ve gotten even more questions about how to travel or come visit us cheaply, without making yourself miserable in the process. The truth is it is totally possible, and not that hard either, so we wanted to write this post to share our tips and strategies for traveling cheap!
Although these tips are geared towards Hawaii, a lot of them, especially the flight tips can be useful for any vacation. We’ve used this method to book $300 round trip flights to Ireland (normally $800), $400 round trip flights to Hawaii (normally $1000+) multiple times, and have even seen (but missed out on!) $250 round trip flights to New Zealand! (?!?!?!?)
Before we dive in we just want to say that this post is not sponsored by anyone, and we don’t make anything from any of the links below (besides the Airbnb referral link, if you’re new to Airbnb you’ll get $40 credit when you sign up, and we’ll get $20 after you complete a trip.) These are all just things that we actually use and love, and that we think can help you too!
Ok so we’ll start with the biggest expense: flights! It can be pretty overwhelming to look for flights, there are so many places to look, and between the actual flight cost, baggage cost, and general travel expenses, it can be a pretty overwhelming purchase, but there a few things you can do to cut the costs and travel headaches down significantly!
The first thing you can do is head to Google Flights. If you know Allie, you know she is the queen of Google Flights. She is always finding amazing flights and setting alerts for all the places we want to go, and for everyone that wants to come visit us in Hawaii. It is super easy to use and super flexible, but there area few things you can do to make sure you are getting the best rates.
All of this ultimately comes down to being patient and flexible in your dates, how you travel and where to fly from. We know this might not seem possible for everyone, you might have specific dates off for work, or not have any friends in the closest city with a major airport, but we’ve seen flights to Hawaii where changing the date by just one or two dates, or flying out of a city thats just 2 hours away, can take a flight from $1000 to $300. When you’re flying with multiple people that definitely adds up, and is worth taking those 2 more vacation days, or sending an awkward message to that friend of a friend with a nice spacious driveway near the city!
WHEW! That was a lot of information about flying! It is probably the area where you can cut the most costs, but there are other ways too!
These tips definitely take a little more planning then normal, and may be a little less comfortable then going out to eat every night and staying at a luxury resort. But if you’re like us, you’re more excited about the adventure exploring new places (and saving all that money!),then you are worried about how big the hotel pool is! So if you do the work, and are ready for adventure, it is definitely possible to travel to Hawaii, and all over the world for way cheaper than you expect. And you can use all that money you saved to book an awesome couples shoot or elopement with us! Let us know in the comments if these were helpful, or if you have any other travel tips we should know about!!
Extra Tip: If you’re wanting to travel more, go check out Scott’s Cheap Flights! We’ve been subscribers for years and he is constantly sending out unreal flight deals to places all over the world! It takes so much of the work of traveling and is free! (There is also a premium membership for $40 a year, where he sends you around 3-4 flight deals a day, on the free you normally get around 1 a day) Again, this isn’t sponsored we just love everything they do and we’ve learned so much about finding cheap flights just from being subscribers!