Planning trips can be confusing to the inexperienced. But if there is only one thing that you take from this post let it be this: “Booking your flight is the absolute first thing that you must do when planning your vacation.” Why? Because airfare will arguably be the most volatile expense that you will incur. The cost of gas (as of this writing) is steadily declining, so airlines are offering fantastic bargains as a result. However, these great fares aren’t available for all destinations.
That makes it all the more critical to plan ahead, monitor flight prices, be flexible with your departure dates and destinations as much as possible because some times are better than others.
Once you’ve decided where you want to go, my suggestion is that you start with “Google Flights“. Much like its search engine counterpart, it allows you to search for the best flight deals to any destination.
Here’s how it works:
Once you have reached the Google Flights home page, you will see a search box. The first screen will give you the option of selecting a round trip (where you travel to one destination and take a return trip back to where you started), a one way (is just as it sounds, you go to a destination with no plans to return or if you’re not exactly sure when you will, you can purchase a return one way ticket at a later date) or you can choose the multi-city option if you are planning on visiting several locations during the course of your vacation.