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Getting There (and around)
Our preferred method of getting anywhere is by flying (we are JetSetting Fools, after all!). Kris had a 20+ year career with a major airline in the United States. His time with the company granted him the opportunity to retire early with flight benefits – giving us access to free or very-close-to-free flights on several carriers worldwide as standby passengers. That being said, the world is a big place and we aren’t able to get everywhere we want using flight benefits. When we want to get to a place that isn’t serviced by the airline alliance, we buy our own tickets via plane, train or bus. Keep reading to learn about our go-to travel transportation resources.
Travel Transportation Resources
Our go-to resources for traveling to countries around the world can all be booked online. Find out what we use to book transportation and why!
Finding Cheap Airfare
As budget-conscious travelers, we are always searching for the best deals on airplane tickets – so we start our search on Skyscanner or Flight Hub. These sites allow us to compare airline prices to find the lowest priced flight to our next destination.
In addition to searching for flights from Point A to Point B on a specific day, Skyscanner also lets you search for flights to ‘everywhere,’ from any city, which is great for spontaneous weekend getaways or last-minute travel ideas. If your travel dates are not yet determined, you can also search an entire month on Skyscanner and it will reveal the lowest plane ticket price found for each day of the month.
Flight Hub is a little more straight-forward and extremely easy to search for cheap airline tickets. As people are often curious which airline is least expensive, Flight Hub allows you to see the lowest price flight for each airline. There is also an option have a ‘Cheap Airfare Alert’ email sent direct to your inbox. Click here to save an extra $20 off flights at FlightHub!
Riding the Rails
In America, train travel is unfortunately rarely an affordable or expeditious way to travel. The same is not true for Europe, which is wonderfully connected by rail. In Europe, we use Rail Europe to find the best price on point-to-point train tickets. For multi-day train passes, we start at Eurail.
The Wheels on the Bus Go ‘Round
Traveling by bus is often the most inexpensive, sometimes-scenic and practical way to get from place to place – and it’s our preferred way to travel between cities that are in close proximity (6-hour hauls or less). In Europe, our recommended bus company is Flixbus. They have a robust network of routes – as well as free on-board wifi, seatback entertainment, coffee and toilets.
Renting a Car
We aren’t keen on driving abroad – in fact, we’ve never done it. However, renting a car can often save time and money (especially when traveling with more than two people). A car also allows for greater discovery of a region or country. Just remember to get an international driver’s license before your trip! Save 5% on Payless Car Rentals with Expedia!
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