8 Tips For Booking Cheap Flights


You can never have too many tips for scoring cheap flights. With so many airlines offering different seat options, fees, and stops, finding the perfect flight can be tricky. It’s not as simple as buying the cheapest flight possible or the best flight we can get no matter the price. Most of us look for that perfect point in the middle, and cost is often one of the biggest factors. Continue reading “8 Tips For Booking Cheap Flights”

Hipmunk’s Guide to Landing the Lowest Summer Airfare

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The post below was originally published on Hipmunk’s Tailwind Blog on April 12, 2016 by TheHipmunk.

Gas prices are down, the temperature is heating up, and travelers are inevitably looking to take advantage of both this summer.

In fact, with all the sunny news about oil prices you may be itching to plan an escape of your own. But summer is three whole months long, airfare is usually priced at a premium, and there tends to be a lot of confusion for travelers around the optimal purchase date to obtain the best deal. Indeed, the most asked travel advice question posed to Hipmunk Navigators concerns the best time to purchase a ticket. Continue reading “Hipmunk’s Guide to Landing the Lowest Summer Airfare”

Tips For Getting Cheap Flights For Your Travels

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Flight tickets can be the most expensive part of booking your travels. You can end up spending thousands if it’s a long journey. It can easily add up to a lot once you are done booking everything you need for your trip. Here are some tips for getting cheap flights for your travels. Continue reading “Tips For Getting Cheap Flights For Your Travels”

How to Avoid Getting Sick on Your Next Flight


The post below was originally published on Hipmunk’s Tailwind Blog on January 22, 2016.

Forget snakes on a plane. Worry about the germs. Research shows that air travelers are at a higher risk for infection than people going about their daily lives.

Just how are illnesses spread on a plane? It comes down to two main factors: Airborne germs that are easily inhaled by people sitting in close quarters, or contact with germ-riddled surfaces on the plane. These factors are exacerbated by the dry conditions typical of airplanes, because viruses prefer low-humidity environments.   Continue reading “How to Avoid Getting Sick on Your Next Flight”

Pie Charts I Drew Describing My 15 Hour Transatlantic Flight

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Today I fly to India. After two short flights across the US, I go on board a Boeing 777 (my favorite plane) and fly straight to India for 15 hours (and almost 16 hours on the way back.)

As I prepare for this flight, I created some charts of how my journey will most likely look like. Given that I have done this before a few times, I have a pretty good idea.  Continue reading “Pie Charts I Drew Describing My 15 Hour Transatlantic Flight”

How To Prepare For A 16 Hour Flight Or Any Long Haul Flight


I have been on many long haul flights in my life, the longest being on my way to India, but even those on the short side of the long-haul scale (like 6 hours long) need some preparing.

In my upcoming trip to India I will be taking a 16 hour flight, and that is not a typo. Mumbai – Newark. To be exact it will be 14 hrs 55 min on the way there and 15 hrs 50 min on the way back (it’s always longer when you travel East to West). Plus I have to take two more (2+ and 3+ hour) short flights across the USA to get to my current home airport PDX. To make the 24+ hour journey bearable I have a few tips in mind. Continue reading “How To Prepare For A 16 Hour Flight Or Any Long Haul Flight”

A New Life Wandering’s Emergency Travel Kit


After so many travels, I have realized what kinds of things I like to have with me. These are mostly suited for air travel, my most common type of travel transportation.

I have gathered and researched the best items to make your air trip (in the air and in the ground) as smooth as possible. Continue reading “A New Life Wandering’s Emergency Travel Kit”