That feeling you get when click “confirm purchase”. OOOh, so satisfying!
Mike the Meerkat feelin’ good because he just booked a trip.
Booking your trip is the tipping point. You can do all the research in the world but ultimately it comes down to pulling that online trigger and buying a ticket.
Good things come to those who book early
Buy plane tickets 6 to 9 months in advance – or as early as you can.
This is good for 2 reasons:
1) You’ll lock in a great price for your flights and most airlines have a “price guarantee” so even if the price drops for that flight (which is very, very rare), you’ll get the difference in $ back.
2) Booking that far in advance gives you 6 to 9 months of what we like to call P.T.E.* or Pre Trip Excitement. PTE is no joke. It comes in bursts, and, on a tough day at work it will give you that extra motivation – sort of like a nice cup of coffee before an early meeting. A coffee high for 9 months? Sign. Me. Up.
*CAUTION: P.T.E. is highly addictive.
Use Google Trips
The app is free. All you need is a Gmail account. When you book anything just send the confirmation email to your Gmail and google trips will create a trip folder automatically.
Everything is compiled there: Plane tickets hotel reservations, restaurant reservations, excursions… Plus you can download the content to be accessible offline so you don’t need to be roaming when you’re out-of-country.
Table for 2
Book restaurants in advance.
This is obviously trip dependent – But for city destinations like NYC most restaurants open their “books” at 10:00am 28 days prior. So set a notification on your phone and get on that – you’ll be able to check out any city’s hottest spots and not have to deal with wait-lists or have to bribe the Maitre D’ because you forgot to make reservations for you wedding anniversary… Oops
Direct flights = no lost luggage, no missed connections, less hassle
These change everything, especially for short-term trips. The faster you get there the more time you have to enjoy and the more energy you have to do activities and sightseeing.
It’s worth spending a little more $ on a direct flight.