Hey all! Before I say anything else, I’m here to let you know WOWAir is doing a crazy Christmas sale, and all of their flights are 50% off. I wish I could’ve snagged some last minute tickets NYC-Iceland for this week, but I KNOW I should stay at home and work this time around….BUT MAYBE YOU CAN GO =) The code is only good for flights purchased on the WowAir website or App and the code is: WOWXMAS
Remember that WowAir remains SO CHEAP all the time because of their baggage fees, these really aren’t flights for any kind of checked baggage. I think checking 1 bag on Wow is an extra $100. Hand luggage only! Definitely just for the “get up and go” traveller!
I wanted to also share some of the newer sites I’ve found to help out with my goal of visiting 60 countries by 30. #60by30 I’ve got three years and 18 countries left, so after bringing out the Carnival Horizon this year (5 new countries for me to explore!) I want to plan an adventure to Southeast Asia to scoop up more.
There’s a lot of airlines and airports that have the option to choose a stayover or long layover which allows you to get out into the city. A “Stopover” is over 24 hours, and a “Layover” is under 24 hours. WowAir in particular offers free stopovers in Iceland on their flights to almost any destination. For me, Stopovers mean getting to hang out in Beijing and see the Great Wall without a lengthy visa application process and extra flight. It’s actually cheaper for me to fly NYC-Bankok WITH a 2 day stopover in Beijing than it would be WITHOUT the stopover. I found this deal using AirWander.com
It’s also just a fun site to play around on, so don’t click unless you have time…I also have plans to hike Macchu Picchu and I’m rethinking my flight plans for that trip because if you COULD fly through Columbia WHY WOULDNT YOU.
This kind of deal is honestly for someone who only travels with a backpack and can hop on/hop off spontaneously. All these airports WILL hold your luggage, but it sounds like a pain.
If you’re just looking for a day, you can save money by making smart layover choices…this website can help you pick your airports/layovers by the specific routes that are easiest and most popular for the airline. If you’re flexible and down for anything, CleverLayover is a great website to play around on.
I usually have been doing the flight research on these websites, deleting my search history, and then looking at them on Skiplagged to double-check prices. Skyscanner has been rather expensive for me, when I’ve been looking lately, I don’t know if that’s an issue for anyone else or if my geographic location has made my flight prices go up….but they’re steady on Skiplagged, so go ahead and check it out! Their app is really user-friendly as well and I like it a bit more than skyscanner. (skyscanner and I are in a fight)