Interested to find cheap flights everywhere? Of course, you do, that’s why you’re in the first place, right? Who doesn’t want to score decently priced flight tickets to a new destination you’ve never been to release some stress and maybe relax a little bit even just for the weekend.
Flights from Helsinki (where I currently live) to anywhere is very expensive, at least from my experience, thus when my dear friend JP, the blogger behind The Rustic Nomad, was kind enough to share his tips on how to book cheap flight tickets to everywhere using third-party booking websites which became a hit within his niche, I was sold! I asked him if I can reshare his brilliant idea and gladly, he gave me the go signal.
So, I’m here to show you guys one small trick that can get you from wherever you are in the world to some of the most exotic places on earth for a fraction of the price on the dates you have your holidays. Even better? If you have a flexible time schedule, this is perfect for you!
Nevertheless, even if you don’t have a flexible schedule, don’t fret. You can still use the same technique with granted success.
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How to Find Cheap Flights Everywhere (Using Skyscanner)
Go to Skyscanner and from the homepage, enter your current destination, or wherever you wish to depart.
Choose or write “Everywhere” in the “To” box.
Fill out the remaining boxes like how many passengers, if you have a specific date in mind, or if you have a flexible date, then choose “cheapest month,” so Skyscanner will show you the cheapest time of the year to fly everywhere. After that, just click “search” and let it do its magic.
This is the toughest part of all, choosing the destination! Skyscanner will then show you a list of all the destinations you can fly from wherever you currently are, and at the top, you’ll see the cheapest, and as you scroll further down, it becomes more expensive. Now, you only have to decide where and when you want to go!
For the purpose of this post, I chose Latvia as it is one of the underrated countries in Europe. I’d like to visit for a weekend getaway. The flights don’ttake long, yet I’ll still be transported to something different in culture, history, and everything else. Not to mention, in comparison to Finland, it is cheaper to splurge in Latvia! Win, win!
As you can see, once I selected the dates I want to go and clicked “select,” Skyscanner showed me all the possible airlines I can book, and in this case, it will take me only one hour from Helsinki to Riga, and it will only cost me 130USD! This is return flight, y’all!
P.S I think I’ll book this one.
Note before you finalize your booking from Skyscanner!
Since you are booking from a third-party booking website, it is always good to be aware of all the extra charges any cheap flights may come. For instance, a lot of budget airlines such as Air Baltic charge for a luggage and seat reservation and Wow Airlines charge for carry-on luggage, so check these before you make your final payment.
To conclude this shenanigan
Sometimes you just have to be creative if you want to travel! Skyscanner has made it easy for us to find the cheapest flights to everywhere with only a few clicks. Of course, there are risks if you book through a third-party website, but as there is everywhere else on the internet.
I’ve been using Skyscanner to find cheap flights around Europe, and it hasn’t failed me once. I just have to be a little careful when I’m about to pay to make sure that there are no extra or hidden fees in the total amount, but other than that. It is still cheaper to find it this way other than scoring from seat sales.
If you don’t like to use Skyscanner, there are also other ways to find cheap flights, and one good way is to sign up for booking website’s newsletter, and they’ll often send you good deals straight to your email! Looking for seat sales is also one good way, but you need to be extremely patient on this — nevertheless, good luck.
Last note: Plan your trip smartly!
If you’re traveling cheaply like this, always make sure to have travel insurance ready before you leave just in case something happens because you never know with these budget airlines, always have a backup plan!
If you’re a backpacker, 130USD is a hefty price to lose, but if you have travel insurance, they can help you reimburse that money. Also, it is just so much smarter to have travel insurance in general.
Also, if you don’t know what to pack when you travel to Europe, make sure to check my minimalist packing list to have an idea of how to travel with little stuff in you!
Check out some of the best hostels in the area as well, maybe you can also find a cheaper accommodation to keep your budget low (to have few extra bucks for a beer here and there, or at least that’s what I’ll do).