My idea of fun is chasing a good vacation deal. I always wanted to show up at the airport with only a book-bag and take off to the cheapest destination I could find on the departure board.
Luckily technology is at our fingertips these days and there are many sources to find flight deals. My “go to” is Google Flights. It does all the work for you and a huge time saver.
If you are open to an adventure, it can show you the current trending locations. You can also see the difference only one day can make in adjusting an itinerary, which in some cases, is hundreds of dollars in savings that you could use to actually take part in activities at your final destination. It can show trends and recommend alternatives, plus send you tracking emails when prices go down. All airlines are compared on screen then I go to each airline direct to book (gain miles for free flights).
I don’t really have an airline or hotel loyalty, as I’m typically swayed by price, direct flights and mostly timing to fit my tight schedule.
So my recent adventure was one of those crazy finds that I just couldn’t pass up – direct San Francisco to Kona, Hawaii round trip for $238. Even my big planned excursion to see the elusive Pearl Harbor cost more.
So I’m not a genius, just have a ton of patience and resilience to go find the next deal. The hardest part for me is always pushing the “purchase” button BUT I have never regretted it!