Secrets for Booking Low Airfares

Finding low fares when traveling is not easy. It requires knowledge and skills. You also need time to conduct some research. To make this task easier, Austin Sims of Southwest Appliance Repair posted and shared his secrets that will make your next booking easy and help you get low airfare.

Fly on Saturday, Tuesday or Wednesday

Even if you use the same aircraft, same route, and same airline, you will pay more if you book a Monday flight than if you book a flight on Saturday, Tuesday or Wednesday. That’s because Monday is the peak day for most travelers especially business travelers. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays are less busy and therefore inexpensive. Sundays, Thursdays and Fridays are also expensive.

Don’t Book Afternoon Flights

Apart from avoiding booking a flight on Sunday, Monday, Thursday and Friday, don’t book an afternoon flight. This is basically the rush hour for the travel industry. Skies are generally congested and delays happen at this time. Fares are high because that’s when most people want to fly. Therefore, try to book morning flights to avoid delays and high fares.

Know Blackout Dates

It’s important to know the airlines that offer sales as well as the date and time for blackouts. This will enable you to determine the best way to get the lowest airfares. Major airlines in the U.S engage in competing promotions. It’s important that you read these promotions fine print. This will enable you to get useful information to guide you in getting the lowest airfares.

Book One-Way Flight

Most airlines increase their fares for longer stays. So, if you intend to stay at your destination longer than thirty days, book one-way flight instead of a round-trip. In the past, one-way fares gave travelers about 50% of the fare of a round-trip. However, this is not the case anymore. Most U.S carriers today charge half the airfare of the lowest priced round trip for one-way fares.

In addition to these secrets, consider booking connecting flights. This maybe against the carriage rules of almost all airlines. However, you can save money by booking connecting flights instead of using a non-stop, direct route. Try these secrets to save money when flying.  

Common Safety Mistakes Made by Solo Women Travelers

Solo travel is freeing and exhilarating. It provides a way to learn about self. However, female travelers can make themselves more vulnerable when traveling alone. Here are some of the most common safety mistakes that solo women travelers make.

Off Hours Arrivals

A flight may be cheaper because it will get in your destination at 3 am. However, this is not a good time to arrive to a place you’ve never been to before. The streets are likely to be empty and dark. That means even finding the accommodation you probably booked online might not be easy.

Dressing Inappropriately

Choose what you wear when traveling alone wisely. To avoid being seen as if you are violating the culture of the natives of your travel destination, conduct some research in advance. Having uncovered shoulders for instance can be considered a taboo in some places. Therefore, dress appropriately to show respect for other people’s cultures and draw less attention by blending in.

Assuming it is Safe to be with Other Women

You may feel safe when around other women. Unfortunately, there are dangerous women too. In fact, some women are used to lure solo female travelers into risky situations. Therefore, be cautious when making new friends. Be alert for dangers and scams especially when you meet people for the first time.

Wearing Expensive Jewelry

It’s good to look cute when traveling. However, leave flash jewelry at home for your own safety. Expensive jewelry will make you look wealthy and therefore a good target for thieves.

Telling Strangers Where You Are Staying

If you have to fill out a form that requires you to provide address of the place where you are staying, ask for direction, or have a conversation, don’t disclose the location of where you are staying. What’s more, don’t let people know that you are staying alone. You should also avoid sharing a taxi to your hotel room with people you don’t know.

To ensure your safety when traveling alone, avoid these mistakes. Be cautious when making friends and disclosing personal information.…

Why You Become Awesome when You Travel More

People wonder how travel changes individuals. Generally, traveling makes a person well-rounded and better. Simply put, traveling makes an individual awesome. You will agree that you come back from a leisure trip better than you were when departing.

Here are some of the reasons why you become an awesome person when you travel more:

You Become More Social

When you travel, you meet new people. Some of them become your friends. Thus, you make friends from strangers. The more time you spend with new people, the more comfortable you become when talking to them. At first, you may be uncomfortable about taking to strangers especially if you are an introvert. However, you will eventually open up and talk to new people happily and comfortably.

You Become a Better Conversationalist

Traveling will not just make you great at talking to new people. It will make you better at holding conversations. At the beginning, you might get bored about talking to strangers. But, after some time, you won’t care about the backgrounds of other people, their destination, or the duration for which they have been traveling. You stop asking such question because they don’t help you learn more about them. Instead, you hold small and interesting talks that disclose more about the people that you meet.

You Become Confident

When you travel, you meet new people, enjoy new experiences and do new things. You simply do awesome things. This makes you more confident. You realize and confirm your abilities and this makes you feel and become a better person.

You Become More Adaptable

You handle cases of missed flights, wrong turns, slow buses, bad food, and delays among others when you travel. This teaches you to adapt to unexpected situations. Instead of getting angry or mad, you alter your schedule.

What’s more, traveling more makes you adventurous, easy going, and smarter. You learn about people and the world. You push the boundaries that you had set for yourself and try more exciting things. This makes you a better person than when you sit in your home wishing that you would go to an exotic destination to have fun.  

Useful Tips for Travel Photographers

Travel photographers use images to keep memories of their destinations just like some travelers collect souvenirs. Travel photography can be described as a time machine. It freezes travel memories that can be looked at and enjoyed many years to come. If you want to take your travel photography to the next level, here are useful tips to guide you.

Pay Attention to the Landscapes

There are different types of landscapes. Common among them include forests, mountains, deserts, plains, rivers, lakes, swamps, and seacoasts. All these have unique characteristics that you should focus on as a travel photographer. When shooting a landscape, think about its essential qualities. These should be more than the visual qualities. For instance, how do you feel about the place? What emotions does it bring to you? Look for the best ways to get those emotions and qualities into your photos.

Towns and Cities

Just like landscapes, towns and cities have unique attributes. Each town or city feels and looks different. It has a distinctive architecture, skyline and setting. You can find a famous site, landmark or a place to find a particular dress or food in the town or city that you visit. Essentially, each town or city has something unique. Take advantage of the unique attributes of a town or city to capture its true sense.

Buildings and Monuments

Think about the things that the buildings and monuments that you capture represent. Cannons in fog will look better when captured in a historic battlefield than in a bright sunlight. Basically, get the whole idea of a subject and think of the light, weather, and angle that will communicate it better.

Friends and Family Members

When taking photos of friends and family members during a trip, striking a balance between the picture of a place and them is very important. Make sure that your friends and family members do not occupy the entire photo. Ensure that people will recognize the place when they look at the photos.

Photographing Strangers

Before you photograph strangers, ask their permission. Establish rapport before pulling out the camera. Most strangers will be willing to be photographed when approached nicely.

Follow these tips to take your travel photography to the next level. If these aren’t enough check these out as well.