Finding cheap flights isn’t always straight forward, but here’s a few ways that I go about finding a fare for less!
Easter is not just about chocolate. It’s also about having TWO bank holidays, making getting away all that much sweeter.
Of course, everyone else has had the same idea and so if you’re looking for a last minute holiday, things are looking a liiiiiittle bit pricey. Therefore, I’ve had a quick peruse (okay fine I spent the whole of last night doing this) and rustled up some options for you. Please note that prices may go up by the time you click through but my advice is to buy sooner rather than later!
For all of these, do remember it’s EASTER! And therefore you may well find that attractions and transport services don’t run as usual so do check all of this before you book.
THE CITY BREAK
3 nights: Fri 30th March – Mon 2nd April – From £84
2 nights: Saturday 31st March – Mon 2nd April – From £84
What about from the rest of the UK?
Edinburgh – From £146 for Fri 30th March – Sun 1st April
Manchester – From £200 for Fri 30th March – Sun 1st April
Where should I stay?
I’m surprised to find so many decent options still available so get on trivago and have a browse.
To whet your appetite, here’s what I’d go for:
- 4 star
- Super central – right next to Nyhavn
- Great ratings
- £99 a night via Hotels.com (plus you’ll earn two nights in loyalty points – reach 10 and you’ll get a free night stay somewhere!)
From £184 per person (based on 2 sharing for 2 nights)
Great food, great architecture and bloody lovely people. I recommend checking out Torvehallerne food market, Kanal Cafeen for smørrebrød and Tivoli for the world’s most aesthetically pleasing amusement park!
THE EPIC TRIP
San Francisco, baby!
Thinking ‘jeez that’s cheap, what’s the catch’ – well, that would be the luggage and your meals. Or lack of it I should say. £315 gets you 1 x 10kg hand luggage but hear me out – THIS IS DOABLE! In fact, I did a 6 day trip to San Francisco last year with just a small holdall and it was also full of recording kit (I was there for work).
As for food, pack a Pret for your first snack and then just buy what you fancy on board.
To add in a checked bag and meals, it will cost you an extra £100 which you may decide is worth it.
What about from the rest of the UK?
No bueno – unless you fancy shelling out £650! You can definitely get better deals at other points in the year.
Where should I stay?
So, here’s the touchy bit. San Francisco ain’t cheap. It’s not even close. But here’s an option I found.
Please note that you can often get caught out by taxes and fees in the US so DOUBLE CHECK before you book anything!
- 2 star – old skool style with a shared bathroom but it’s always featured in lists compiled of the best but good value rooms in the city
- Short walk to Fisherman’s Wharf but not too far from the centre either!
- Great ratings
- £102.86 a night (avg) including city tax via Hotels.com (plus you’ll earn seven nights in loyalty points – reach 10 and you’ll get a free night stay somewhere!)
- £360 each based on 2 people sharing
When I visited San Francisco last year, the prices of hotels were through the roof. So, instead I booked using a website called hotwire where all you know is the star rating, the hotel facilities and a vague idea of what the rating is.
One year on, I see that they’ve actually added in a button that reveals which four hotels it will be between – HELPFUL (though I personally think that’s less fun – HA).
This option works out at $162.75 a night (once you add in taxes) = £117 a night WHICH means if you got any of the above you would:
Inn at Union Square – save £747.46
Villa Florence Hotel – save £233
Hotel Rex San Francisco – save £548
Handlery Union Square Hotel – £215.70
(Based on the best rates I found using trivago).
From £667 per person (based on 2 sharing for 7 nights)
Why San Francisco?
Great food, loads to see and do, though don’t be thinking it will be hot, hot, hot just because it’s California. San Francisco’s average temp around this time is 17 degrees and it also has its own microclimates all over the city – you’ll be basking in the sunshine and then 10 minute down the road need to pull on a jumper. It’s bizarre!
It’s worth noting that there is a massive homeless problem in the city – I visited last March and I didn’t let it put me off though I was wary of travelling (on my own) of an evening. I’d also avoid the area of Tenderloin – it’s very close to Union Square (and many hotels are on the cusp).
But I can’t end on a downer – I LOVED IT when I visited. Especially the Mission District (incredibly cool shops, cafes and bars) and Haight Ashbury for the hippie love and interesting characters.
As always, let me know if you book – or why not tell me where you’d love to visit, and I’ll keep my eyes open for you…
All prices accurate as of 17/03/2018
I’ve had a fair bit of press of recent (brag, brag, brag) but I bloody loved this piece that Tom from Save The Student did with me – he even managed to eke out a few extra tips that haven’t made their way into any video yet!
You can see the full article here.
After Ask a Local: New York was a ROARING SUCCESS (by which I mean James and I got very drunk and had a lovely time, thank you very much), we decided to let locals decide our day plans in London.
I’m really excited about filming a whole host of these (spoiler: just did one in Istanbul at the weekend!) and doing more videos about SAVING SOME DOLLA DOLLA.
Matt and Tom, off of the YouTubez, invited me onto their Park Bench series to talk all things travel for which I was MORE THAN WILLING.
Due to their well deserved popularity, I also smashed through 1,000 subscribers on my own channel (WHOOP WHOOP) so it’s official, it’s not just my Mum watching (hi Mum, I know you’ll be reading this and yes, I am very grateful for your loyal, unwavering support and no, I can’t make it home for Mother’s Day sorry).
The video features loads of travel tips (with a load I’d never heard of before – WHODATHUNKIT?) so give it a watch and make sure you subscribe to the wonders that are Matt and Tom as well.
I’ve properly milked this now so I’m sure you’ll all be very glad to hear that this is officially the last video of the ‘how many holidays’ challenge series!
However, not all is done and dusted – make sure you do subscribe as there’s more to come. Starting with ‘Ask a Local: London’ next week!
So yes, yes, I went on loads of holidays last year however, I realised today that I’ve actually yet to post all of them, along with their costs, in one easy-to-find place.
Remember the rules?
I had £1709 (half the price the average Brit spends in a year) to go on:
- At least 10 holidays
- Trips must be 2 nights or more and two must be 5 nights or more
- Only use 28 days of annual leave
- At least 3 continents
- At least one flight must be business class
1) Valencia, Spain
2) Dubai, UAE
3) Aarhus, Denmark
Ryanair flights – £43.33pp
2 nights – friend’s apartment – free!
Total – £43.33pp
4) Dublin, Ireland
Stena Line ferry & petrol – £14pp
2 nights – Mec Hostel, Dublin – £65pp
Total – £79pp
5) Benidorm, Spain
6) Margate, UK
7) Paris, France
8) Gdańsk, Poland
9) Timisoara, Romania
British Airways return flights – £358pp
2 nights – New York apartment – £45pp
Frontier flights to Miami – £32pp
3 nights – Miami Homestay – £40pp
2 nights – Miami Airbnb – £40pp
1 night – Shelborne South Beach – £66pp
Total = £581pp
Overall total = £1817.18
Cashback = £112.73
Final total = £1704.45