Why You Should Never Book a Return Flight

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In the mountains of Colombia (no return flight needed)

There have been so many times I’ve traveled and almost every single time I’ve ended up changing my return trip to extend it and visit another city or to stay longer in the place that I am at. And every time I regret that I booked my return flight.

So take a lesson from me and just don’t do it. In the long run it’s a lot cheaper not to and it keeps your options open. You can easily book last minute tickets and sometimes better availabilities or cheaper routes open up, although not always.

The cool thing is that you can do a search using Kayak to figure out which city has the cheapest flight back home and then take a super cheap flight to that city using budget airlines like RyanAir or AirAsia. I still have not done this because I’ve continually made the mistake of booking a return and have been stuck, but this method is far better and allows you to keep your options open.

Here are some of my favorite tools to book flights:

  • Kayak – Still my favorite way to book, especially for multiple city trips
  • Google Flights – Nice clean interface
  • Momondo – Great for finding deals on international flights
  • SkyScanner – Another great way to find cheap flights overseas

To book hotels or apartments, here’s what I like to use:

  • Orbitz – Orbucks program is great – I’ve been able to use hundreds of reward dollars towards hotel or flight bookings
  • Trivago – Good way to compare tons of travel sites to find the cheapest price
  • AirBnb – Excellent way to find great apartments / houses to stay in when you value space over a tiny hotel room
  • Couchsurfing – I’ve never used this site before, but if you’re on a budget it’s a viable way to find a place to crash and meet new people. A lot of cities have couchsurfing.com meet ups and they are a great way to instantly have a network in a new city.
  • VRBO – Higher end properties
  • Hotel Tonight app – Amazing for last minute deals. I’ve used this app multiple times for same night reservations.

There you have it. Use these sources to plan a trip of a lifetime. Go with the flow, don’t plan ahead and see where your travel adventures take you. Don’t forget your passport – peace!