Calling all frequent flyers, travel fanatics, homebodies, bargain hunters and first time flyers – this one’s for you. Whether you fly every week or savour that annual holiday, airports and airplanes have become an integral part of our lifestyles. Unfortunately this lifestyle can become an expensive excursion, filled with stress, pressure and discomfort. But it doesn’t have to…
I’ve partnered with Travelstart to let you know when you should be booking your flights and where you should be travelling to, to make your trips go off as seamlessly as possible.
Where should you fly?
If you’re looking for a little getaway and are not sure where to go, cheap flights from Cape Town to Johannesburg are not hard to come by. Maybe not so surprisingly but this route ranks among one of the most popular domestic routes around South Africa. Having personally done my fair share of travelling back and forth between cities, I can say that Cape Town and Johannesburg are easily two of the best cities in the county to holiday in. Being a former Durbanite I obviously would have to say that Durban is right up there with popular travel destinations and the flight from Cape Town and back is a quick 2 hours +- (although that does feel like a lifetime when you are eagerly awaiting seeing someone on the other side!). Living that long distance relationship life for so long has definitely made me appreciate the convenience of hopping on a flight to get to the other side of the country.
When should you book your flight?
The cheapest day to book your domestic flight is typically a Tuesday, with Wednesday coming in a close second. If you’re travelling for leisure, rather wait to book your flight in the afternoon. Prices tend to be cheaper in the morning when many business travellers are booking flights on their company account. Clever huh? With December/January and June/July (school holidays) being so busy, February and August tend to be the cheapest months to fly, just outside of local peak seasons.
When shouldn’t you book your flight?
A few key days to avoid when booking your flights: Fridays and Sundays. You wouldn’t think so right? But they are in fact the most expensive days to book domestic flights. That and public holidays! If we’re speaking in more general terms, the most expensive months to travel in are; December, January and July. With crowded planes and noisy airports, you’ll be competing for more than just cheap flights during these school holidays!
In comparison to other bloggers I have had very limited travel experience, but one trip that stands out to me is my trip to Thailand that I went on for my 21st Birthday. A few friends and I went on a 10 day Contiki tour and then stayed on another two weeks exploring the islands. That month was the definition of ‘young wild and free’ let me tell you. While it seems rather cliché to go on an island holiday to Thailand nowadays, EVERYONE goes to Thailand, it’s totally worth it. Besides it being so affordable it’s the kind of destination everyone has to do at least once in their life.
Beautiful, relaxing and oh so tropical, the best times to visit Thailand are – all the time! South Africans don’t need a visa to enter the country so basically all year round is an ideal time. Just kidding. Like any place there are the best months of the year to visit, depending on which islands you are wanting to see. While everyone’s opinion differs, based off of my January Thailand vacation in which I stopped by pretty much every corner of the country, I would say November to April is prior holiday time.
Still looking for more info on when to book your flights and where to travel to? Check out the image below for specific days and destinations to simplify your life.
There is a lot to take into consideration when flying, using these helpful tips in conjunction with planning your trips month in advance can really help eliminate any unnecessary stressors you may have, as well as save you money. Being rather OCD myself I tend to start searching for flights and comparing flights weeks in advance to actually booking my flights, so that when I am ready and waiting to book I know exactly what prices to expect. Keeping in mind all the above info has also helped me to remember the difference booking one day earlier or one day later can make. Be wise with your money guys!
Cover image via Jasmine Dowling.