Top 5 Travel Checklist

My trip to South Africa is exactly one week away. I’m super excited but I still feel like I have a million things to do before taking off. Buying the plane ticket is the easy part but what comes after can seem a bit daunting.  This is my top 5 travel Checklist!

1. Check the weather
I can’t stress enough the importance of checking the weather not only after you purchase airfare but also before you purchase airfare. A couple of months ago, my sister and I were looking at flights to go to Southeast Asia in November. Well it turns out that many countries in SE Asia experience the rainy season in November. As result, we decided to postpone that trip for a different month. Looking up the weather is also important because it helps you determine how to pack. There is nothing worse than arriving at a destination only to find out that you packed the wrong clothes. As result, you might find yourself spending more money than you had planned to in order to purchase appropriate clothing. One of my favorite websites to check the weather is Accuweather because you’re able to check the monthly forecast several months in advance.

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Best Websites for Cheap Flights

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Flight deals happen all the time but you have to be looking for them. There are also some destinations that rarely go on sale so you will have to bite the bullet if you really want to go there. For example, from Los Angeles destinations like French Polynesia, Mauritius, Seychelles, and many countries in Africa rarely go on sale . I consider a good price for an international flight to be anywhere from 5-800$. Depending on the location, if I can score a flight for less than $1000 that’s also a good price. Of all the places I’ve been to, the most I’ve ever paid for a flight was from NYC to Beijing for $760 back in 2008.  The cheapest international flight I’ve ever scored was due to an amazing flight glitch that happened Christmas 2014. I scored a flight from NYC to Johannesburg, South Africa for $375. Yup, you read that correctly $375. Usually flights from Los Angeles to South Africa are in the 800$ range if not more so I had to take advantage of such an unbelievable price. Below I’ve listed some of the best websites to get flight deals. I’ve also included my favorite sites for price comparison.

Happy hunting for that next amazing flight deal! Keep in mind crazy, ridiculous, unbelievable  cheap flight prices DO NOT LAST. Chances are if you wait too long before buying that ticket, that price will no longer be available. So when you come across that $500 flight from LAX to Rio, jump on it immediately or prepare yourself to pay a few hundred$$ more if you pass it up.

1. The Flight Deal
This is my absolute favorite website to look for flight deals. You can sign up for their daily emails which tell you the best deals for that day. Domestic and International deals are listed. It is updated regularly so it’s possible that a deal that wasn’t listed in the morning might be listed that evening so I would advise you to check the site often. They also have a facebook page which will alert you to their latest deals. Continue reading “Best Websites for Cheap Flights”

Solo Travel as a Woman is…

 Batu Caves, K.L Malaysia
Batu Caves, K.L Malaysia

At the end of my trip to Nepal, I was faced with two choices of either going home since I had already been away for 7 weeks or exploring Asia. The first option wasn’t very appealing and the second option was quite daunting. I had never taken an international trip completely by myself before. I had read many articles and blogs about the joys of solo travel but I still wasn’t quite sure I was cut out for it because I am very much an introvert. I thought to myself, will I be bored, I’ll be lonely, will I be safe, etc. Well there was only one way to find out so I headed out to Thailand, Indonesia and I managed a long layover in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia which was the icing on the cake.

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