Monday, August 20, 2012, not for water lovers

Traveling the world ain't easy, especially when you're trying to stretch out your Bat Mitzvah money. Been there. Done that.

Having backpacked in Southeast Asia, lived in a West African village, been all over Europe/the UK, Israel, and road-tripped across the US, I think my total spending on all those trips combined only comes out to like $4500...pretty crazy, huh?

If there's a deal to be had, you better believe I found that shit. What's my secret, you ask?
Photo Credit: allows you to stalk the living shit out of airlines; it's a beautiful thing. Because flight prices are constantly changing, fill in your designated time of travel/destination, search, and then click price alert on the next page. There, you can double check your settings and then enter your email to create the alert. You will be notified as flight prices go down, and you can even keep an eye on fare charts to see which dates are cheapest to travel within your time frame. This is especially helpful if your travel dates are flexible. Look on the right hand side of the screen to find this little calender of prices.

Another amazing feature of is the fare chart. The fare chart shows you the rise and fall of prices within the last 30 days, so you can see if flights are taking a dip or getting rapidly more expensive. 
Photo Credit: is just a search tool, and though they tell you exactly where to go to find the best prices, you can't actually book through them. SO, once you've found your booking agent (Orbitz, Expedia, Travelocity, etc) be sure to seek out additional discounts. You can do this by looking directly at the airline website for extra promos or by googling "Orbitz promo code 2012". If something good exists, will probably pop up as your #1 search result.

Sometimes flights (especially international) are much less expensive out of major airline hubs like Chicago and NYC. It definitely pays to check and compare those prices to the ones out of your departure city because you can always book your connection separately. For some reason it's easier to find promotions on domestic flights and you can often save a couple hundred dollars booking that way. Patience and persistence is key!

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