After the first stage of research, we usually come up with a draft – a list of places we are interested to see, and activities we want to experience. This draft is then being altered, expanded, adjusted. Sometimes the final version resembles very much the first one. But most of the time, many alterations are being done. The final plan includes the number of days, maps, important data and the main “attractions” with brief captions. “Important data” means information about necessary visa, vaccinations, limitations, restrictions or any particularities of each country needed to be aware of. After having gathered all this, the new phase of looking for a good flight can begin. It is not an immutable rule though. Sometimes we go the other way round. First the flight tickets, and then we start the planning process of what we can fit into the given schedule, and decide about our top priorities.
When looking for prices of flight tickets we visit pages like fly4free.com or momondo.com. We use the former one, when we can afford to be flexible and have no deadlines pushing us anywhere. We keep checking our chosen destination on the website, till the offer seems reasonable enough. Once that occurs, you have to act quickly. No stalling, or time for pondering. If you find a cheap flight ticket, book it. They sell like hot cakes, and in couple of hours they might be sold out.
The latter one – momondo.com – we prefer to use when we have already set the date we need to leave on. This website helps you look up the best flight tickets from a wide range of sellers. The prices change throughout the day though, so it is advisable to check it more times a day.
The next steps are booking of lodging, renting a car, and buying any necessary entrance tickets in advance.
Accommodation is easily sorted out with booking.com, which is very popular with travelers. In countries with limited lodging capacity, like in Scottish Highlands, Faery Islands, or in the remote parts of Iceland, we use the services of Airbnb. We have no precise type of preferred accommodation. Hotels, motels, guest houses, cabin houses, mobile homes or cars. It does not make a difference. The only thing we still feel tempted and challenged to try in the future, but still haven’t become friends quite yet with is a tent. Even though we have been to countries which are made for it, and offer the greatest camps, we and a tent still did not manage to click.
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