Do you get envy at your friends whenever they check in for a flight? Want to fly around effortlessly and make the most out of it? Read on…
Lately I’ve been flying way to much… Heck I’m in an airport as I’m writing this post, and frankly.. I can’t complain at all.
How do you make it inevitable that you’ll fly
Sometimes constrains make for a really good “excuse” to fly, for example I’ve finished my fixed visa for Thailand right now and I’ve got to get out of the country each month, that makes for a really good reason why to fly, try to find more reasons to fly like attending an event, making sure you have what to do in the holidays etc.
In the beginning of the year I wrote that I wanted to explore many different countries this year, and now it’s time to pick.
How do you decide where to go?
It’s simple, you look at the map of where you are and put it in the middle of the screen, then slowly zoom out and check which countries are around the country you’re in.
Found something interesting? – Check for ticket pricing and hotels.
Didn’t find anything? – Keep zooming out until you find.
I’m in Bangkok Thailand currently, two weeks ago I flew to Taiwan which is a country that I’ve never been to before, and now I’m on the way to Singapore for Tony Robbins 3 days event, after that I’ll head out to Laos and then back to base in Bangkok.
What’s a “Hub” and how do you find a good one?
A major hub would be a big airport that have lots of flight coming out of it and it’s going to be generally cheaper to fly out of it to your destination.
Most times you could save big time if only you’d known which airport is a major hub to where, for example I’ve found direct flights to the Philippines from most cities in europe are $700+, but when connecting the flight in Moscow you could get the same flight for as low as $400, that’s a huge saving especially since flight from european countries to Moscow are cheap as well.
The best way I found to know which hub is a good one is to go to flight comparing websites like Kayak etc and check flights going out of your destination, in Asia you’ll notice that flights going out of Hong Kong or Bangkok are pretty cheap, but if you’d look for flights going out of Laos for example you’ll stumble upon a very big difficulty to find lots of destinations to fly to.
It’s best to know your hubs so that you could book flights to the closest major hub and from it onward to your destination, in the U.S Atlanta is a major hub and so as New York, in Europe London is a big one and flight going to America will most likely stop there before crossing the atlantic ocean.
So now that you know your hubs, and how to choose where to go, let’s talk about travel efficiency… Lot’s of people are making such a big fuss out of traveling and “packing their whole house” sort of speak, I noticed that if it’s just a weekend retreat I can manage with 1 small computer backpack, and if it’s more than 4 days I’ll need another trolly.
How to pack like a pro
Always pack light, you don’t really need that stupid “comfort pillow” in the flight because it’s actually just hard and annoying, you don’t need to have every piece of clothing you’ve ever bought, take only stuff that you use regularly and not stuff that you would use only once (unless it’s a special occasion like a wedding etc), in terms of shampoo etc most hotels would have those so skip taking them, in our last flight together my gf had her special skin care product thrown away as it was stored in a bottle that can carry more than 100ml, so if you do bring that stuff make sure to put it in the checked in bag.
Few more tips when you use budget airlines, try to not check in anything, that way you’ll end up paying cheaper price, also dis-select the seat they have assigned for you since it would also mean a high price, and check carefully if your credit card can provide you with insurance, sometimes you could get free insurance and then you could also remove the “insurance” option when booking the ticket, and lastly check carefully what happens in the next / last few days, sometimes flying a day earlier could save you 50% of the price so you could check if the hotel’s price would be worth the saving.
There you go, now you know how to start “Jet Setting” away and fly whenever YOU want.
Please leave a comment below if you used any of the tips and let me know what can I add next time.