As you know, I am a big believer in time-saving technological hacks. And probably one of the most mind blowing of them all is Skyscanner, the travel app I discovered below.
We all dream of traveling to faraway places and seeing faraway things, but usually one of the biggest enemies is price. Airfare is so expensive, right?
With Skyscanner, your ticket will probably become the cheapest part of your vacation. It searches your specific travel destination for the cheapest flight it can find over the next several weeks. Because face it, whenever you can, you’ll structure your flight around the cheapest ticket you can find.
But that’s not even the best part.
One of the most frustrating things about most travel apps is that you have to pick a specific country and city that you want to fly to, and then you get the cheapest flights to that one location. In reality, we all know that when you travel for fun, it’s much more about getting away from here, then going to a specific there.
Enter Skyscanner’s everywhere feature. It shows you all the countries you can go to, ranked from cheapest to most expensive, and the results are simply mind-blowing. Looking at it from my current location in Israel: Italy for $58? Switzerland for $60? (Note: all prices are one way) That’s practically a bus fair!
My wife and I used the app to find tickets to Italy, paying around $200 for both of us, round trip. We actually found that the price of a train between cities in Italy was actually a lot more expensive.
Looking at the app leads to some amusing questions – how come it’s so much more expensive to fly to Jordan, a neighboring country, than it is to fly to Europe? Also, why haven’t I booked a ticket to one of these places yet?
You’re probably asking yourself how it’s humanly possible to have tickets this cheap, and if we found ourselves in the baggage hold for the duration of our flight. The answer is, that the airline industry is getting more and more competitive, with small carrier flights undercutting larger airlines with lower prices by cutting out on certain ameneties – you can only bring carry on with you, and there are no meals served on the plane – and you pay a lot for these things if you do choose to add them.
Otherwise, the airline we flew with – EasyJet – was professional and well branded, with thinner, modern seats that were designed to help cram more people into less space and which didn’t recline. There were no inflight movies either – you are basically in a metal tube designed to get as many people as possible from point A to point B. So the flight is a little less pleasant overall, but your goal is to get to your target country, isn’t it?
Skyscanner is available on Android and iPhone, and I’ve embedded the widget below to let you start experiencing it (especially that glorious "everywhere" feature!). However, the apps allow you to search without defining specific dates, which allows you to find the cheapest flights much more easily.
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