How To Buy Cheap Plane Tickets?

Getting the best priced plane tickets is something I am very passionate about. I can spend hours searching online just to make sure I would get the cheapest ticket. Here are my top 4 hacks that I use when buying plane tickets.

1.This is actually something I discovered quite recently, and I have to admit this did save me some euros.
Go incognito on your web browser.
This allows a person to browse the Web without storing local data that could be retrieved at a later date. Meaning that if you have previously searched for certain plane tickets, with incognito mode you can make sure that you are being presented with the lowest prices, and not being tricked into buying the expensive ones.

2.If you are a fan of web sites like momondo.com or skyskanner.net, then sometimes you can get even cheaper prices if you buy tickets straight from the airlines official site. For example few days ago I bought a ticket from Stockholm to Tallinn and checked momondo.com for it. When I started to pay for the ticket, the webpage charged me extra for the type of credit card I am using. So just in case I checked the airlines official page, the price was the same but without the extra payment cost.

3.Usually you get the best price if you buy few months in advance, and especially this applies if you are planning to fly during a busy season (e.g. holidays) or you are planning an intercontinental trip. For example last year I visited Barcelona during New Years, and checked the tickets in August (they were under 200 Euros) but I expected the price to drop. Finally bought my ticket in November for 300 something euros. So if you spot a good deal, act on it, don’t wait.

4.If possible, be flexible with the dates. This guarantees you the best price. Usually when buying tickets they show you also the prices if you were to fly up to 3 days earlier or later than the date you have inserted to the search engine. This way you can choose the best time and ticket price combination.

How to Travel Light

Summer is here, which for many of us means adventures, travelling around and discovering new places whether that be aboard or road tripping across your home country. To make the experience more comfortable we have put together a list of tips how to travel light and how to decide what you should pack with you and what items you can leave behind.

 

1. Before we even get to packing, we need something where to store our things- meaning a comfortable carry on. Do invest into a good carry-on. It is a mistake I make all the time: thinking that my current suitcase is good enough and I always forget what is feels to literally carry it around instead of strolling around with it. If you prefer a suitcase, the easiest to carry around are with 4 wheels, and even some backpacks do come with wheels. Often times carry-ons themselves weigh differently, so do get the lightest one.

2. Before moving to the list of items to take with you, let’s talk more about bags to travel with. One quite popular advice is to get a bit smaller bag than what you are normally used to traveling with to insure that only the necessary things come with you to the trip.

3. One of the things that always takes too much room in the bag are different toiletries (e.g hair products, deodorant, and toothpaste). Unless you’re traveling to a remote village with no electricity or running water, purchase all of your toiletries at your destination, and leave these bulky items behind and save room in your bag.

4. Netanya Trimboli, Communications Manager at Hostelling International USA has recommended to go through a list of qualities a clothing item needs to have in order to travel light

Your ideal travel clothing is durable, takes up minimal space and weight, is wrinkle-free and opaque, and matches with the rest of your clothing in style and fit.

Versatile, low-maintenance clothing is key to packing light. Consider these 5 factors that make an article of clothing desirable when traveling and aim to have each piece you bring satisfy at least 3 of them:

  • Comfortable for touring around, but can be dressed up for the evening
  • Is appropriate for cool or warm weather
  • Doesn’t show stains
  • Folds up small
  • Coordinates well with almost everything else you’re bringing

 5. Only pack enough clothes for 7 days, no matter how long you’re traveling for. It is easier to find a laundromat once a week than it is to carry all of the extra weight around with you the entire trip.

 

7 Airport Hacks

As I am writing this, I have been in Vietnam for almost 2 hours, I am sitting at a café, I just ate something delicious (but way too spicy for someone who is used to eating boiled potatoes aka your typical Estonian). Within the past almost 48 hours I have either waited for a plane at an airport or been on a plane. And here are some thoughts and a mini survival guide to airport life.

  1. Something that I realized while waiting for a plane at London’s airport: Cheap fares do not necessarily mean saving money. I got my tickets to Ho Chi Minh City relevantly cheap compared to other offers online (saved around 200 euros compared to the average ticket price). But the alternative cost included long layovers, buying airport food, and not having a good sleep. So by the time I made it to Vietnam, my saved euros from the ticket fare were almost cut to half. I guess cheap fares are beneficial only without multiple long layovers.
  2. If your checked-in luggage is underweight, re-arrange your things from your hand luggage to make it lighter because you’ll be carrying that one around. The lighter the better
  3. Pack an empty water bottle in your carry-on. Something I did not do this time and EVERYtime I needed to go through security again I thought of it (but did not act on it). To avoid paying huge mark-ups for bottled water at the airport, bring your own empty bottle (which will go through security just fine) and fill up at a water fountain after the checkpoint.
  4. Bring a portable phone charger: For example at Doha airport I could not find a place where to charge my phone. It’s not always guaranteed you’ll be able to charge your phone (or laptop) at airport.
  5. If you have a longer layover think about the opportunity to visit the city. I’ve done that couple of times when the distance between the city and the airport has not been too time consuming and when it’s not crazy expensive to actually get to the city.
  6. This one is very important when it comes to flights with long layovers: check every now and then your flight info from the screens. Often times the departure time or gate is changed.
  7. If possible move your most valuable things into your hand-luggage. For example I had my laptop the whole time with me, my perfume, and sometimes even some clothing items just in case the something were to happen to the check-in luggage

Millennials, Are We a Tech Savvy Generation?

The millennials. There are gazillion titles and ways to categorize us and define us. One of the numerous characteristics of Millennials is that we are the tech generation or at least this is how we are constantly referred to and how we like to see ourselves. You know, when your mom can’t figure out why wifi is not connecting on her phone and you’re the one who has to solve the problem, or how we have an app for every life situation, and let’s not forget the crazy amount of social media we consume.

On average teenagers spend 6-9 hours per day on their social media platforms, digital marketing is the new way to reach the younger generation and the Millennials are changing the way we interact with others.

As reported by www.independent.co.uk Millennials choose their holiday destination based on the “Instragrammabilityt” of the location.

Gary Vaynerchuk predicts during the next few years online dating (app based dating) will become a new norm.

And according to BusinessInsider.com :“Millennials tend to opt out of cable-television services. A study found 26% of millennials have never had pay-TV services, but more than 70% take advantage of streaming services like Netflix and Hulu“

We are the generation who has never lived without technology. And it’s easy to agree with the statement that Millennials’ love for social media usage is changing the way of business making and ways of communication, but is this enough to claim that the Millennials are also a tech savvy generation?

I was surprised when I read an article published by CBNC.com, which stated that

report by the nonprofit Change the Equation, which focuses on science, tech, engineering and math literacy, shows that some 58 percent of millennials have failed to master tech skills that help increase workplace productivity. The number is more surprising given that they spend 35 hours per week using digital media, the report states. A full 19 percent of millennials fall into the “Below Level 1” category, indicating that they “would have trouble sorting email responses to a party invitation into pre-existing folders to keep track of who can and cannot attend,” the report said. The person at the lowest skill level earns 40 percent less than the person at the highest skill level when you hold other characteristic constant,” said Rosen. About 80 percent of middle-skilled jobs required technology skills, and this number is expected to grow

Although gartner.com claims that 44% of Millennials say they have the latest and greatest personal devices, and embrace more easily new IT strategies, it does not mean that on average Millennials are tech savvy. In the near future as stated by cbnc.com we will be able to see the clear distinction between the tech savvy one’s and most likely the clearest indication will be the differences in salaries.

Millennials, Are We Truly a Tech Savvy Generation?

The millennials. There are gazillion titles and ways to categorize us and define us. One of the numerous characteristics of Millennials is that we are the tech generation or at least this is how we are constantly referred to and how we like to see ourselves. You know, when your mom can’t figure out why wifi is not connecting on her phone and you’re the one who has to solve the problem, or how we have an app for every life situation, and let’s not forget the crazy amount of social media we consume.

On average teenagers spend 6-9 hours per day on their social media platforms, digital marketing is the new way to reach the younger generation and the Millennials are changing the way we interact with others.

As reported by www.independent.co.uk Millennials choose their holiday destination based on the “Instragrammabilityt” of the location.

Gary Vaynerchuk predicts during the next few years online dating (app based dating) will become a new norm.

And according to BusinessInsider.com :“Millennials tend to opt out of cable-television services. A study found 26% of millennials have never had pay-TV services, but more than 70% take advantage of streaming services like Netflix and Hulu“

We are the generation who has never lived without technology. And it’s easy to agree with the statement that Millennials’ love for social media usage is changing the way of business making and ways of communication, but is this enough to claim that the Millennials are also a tech savvy generation?

I was surprised when I read an article published by CBNC.com, which stated that

report by the nonprofit Change the Equation, which focuses on science, tech, engineering and math literacy, shows that some 58 percent of millennials have failed to master tech skills that help increase workplace productivity. The number is more surprising given that they spend 35 hours per week using digital media, the report states. A full 19 percent of millennials fall into the “Below Level 1” category, indicating that they “would have trouble sorting email responses to a party invitation into pre-existing folders to keep track of who can and cannot attend,” the report said. The person at the lowest skill level earns 40 percent less than the person at the highest skill level when you hold other characteristic constant,” said Rosen. About 80 percent of middle-skilled jobs required technology skills, and this number is expected to grow

Although gartner.com claims that 44% of Millennials say they have the latest and greatest personal devices, and embrace more easily new IT strategies, it does not mean that on average Millennials are tech savvy. In the near future as stated by cbnc.com we will be able to see the clear distinction between the tech savvy one’s and most likely the clearest indication will be the differences in salaries.