Don’t set your dates—or your destination—in stone
Want to travel cheap? You can follow this great advice from travel agents, but here’s a bigger secret: Being flexible about when you take off for vacation can be a mega-money saver. Travel blogger Paula Dixon, who has visited more than 11 countries by herself or with pals, says searching for the most cost-effective travel dates, instead of specific times and days, is a smart way to save money. “I only decide which month I will travel, but not specific dates within that month. Doing this will ensure that you find the cheapest flights for whatever destination you are looking to go to,” she explains. For your search, Dixon recommends Skyscanner.com and Momondo.com to aggregate the best deals. “Skyscanner, in particular, allows you to search for the cheapest flights within a specific month. And, if you have a specific month you want to travel but do not have a destination in mind, then Skyscanner will also help you find the cheapest destination to travel to in the month you are looking to travel,” she explains.