I live in Costa Rica, I’m visiting Iceland and I only paid $650 for it
Have you ever been at work, slowing slipping into that dull and dreary state, and suddenly catch yourself daydreaming? Your mind starts to wander, you start to ponder the idea of grabbing a backpack, a camera, a tent and sleeping bag and leaving everything behind.
You start to imagine all the beautiful and vast landscapes of places you’ve always wanted to visit and all the opportunities of adventure that may arise. You think about all the sunrises and sunsets you could see through the doorway of synthetic fabric of your tent and all the clear rivers and oceans you could swim in. You start to smile, a rush of emotions surges throughout your body and you immediately decide to do everything you just thought and felt. You feel alive.
But then, reality hits you, and you think to yourself – “I don’t have enough money. It’s too expensive to go. I just can’t afford it. Maybe in a few years.”
You snap out of your daydream, your passions of travelling dwindle to a spec and you return back to your work and feel numb.
You’ve done this haven’t you? I know you have, because I have. I thought to myself for years that my dreams of visiting a place like Iceland would have to wait. But in reality, all I had to do was a few things, and look at me now – flying to Iceland from Costa Rica for only $650.
So what do you have to do?
1) Never fly direct:
A few years ago I would occasionally search the internet for plane tickets to Iceland and see ridiculously prices of $5200, $3500, $2400, etc. If my memory doesn’t fail me, the lowest price I ever saw was $1800; and that was using a fairly unreliable website. This was because all I was doing was choosing the option to fly direct. Costa Rica to Iceland, direct. What an idiot.
The trick is to buy your plane tickets to different cities using separate airlines. For example:
To get to Iceland, I am flying from Costa Rica to Charlotte to Baltimore (all on American Airlines) and then to Reykjavik (with WOW Air).
2) Research, research, research:
This is by far the most important tip. I can’t tell you how many times I switched my connecting flights due to constant research. First I was going to fly to Iceland from Toronto, then New York, then Boston until finally deciding on Baltimore.
The reason why I switched so many times is because I kept on finding better prices. Initially, to fly from Costa Rica to Canada (specifically Toronto) was around $450 but then out of curiosity I started looking for other places that might be cheaper. I ended up finding out that flying from San Jose to Baltimore was $350 – a full $100 cheaper than Toronto.
The more research you put into checking out with cities offer the best prices, the higher probability you will find cheaper and better flights.
3) Fly to Iceland using WOW Air
These purple planes are very, very affordable. They even offer at certain times, depending on your location, $100 flights to Iceland. They offer flights stateside in New York, Baltimore, Boston, San Francisco and Los Angeles to Iceland. You also travel from Iceland to other cities in Europe like Paris, London and Rome for about $180 - $350.
Check their website constantly (wwww.wowair.us) for which cities have the best connecting flights for you.
3) Delete your browsing history, cookies, etc
Don’t forget to everything in regards to your internet searches. This includes browser history and cookies. Many travel experts have reported that airlines and booking engines are using cookies to show potentially higher airfairs on routes you search constantly.
4) Create an alarm for price changes / Always check prices on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Apps like Skyscanner and Kayak allows you to create alarms for price changes so you can maintain a constant look out for increases or decreases . It’s a helpful utility that constantly had me checking my phone.
Also, try and check prices on Mondays and Tuesdays, when there is a decrease in internet traffic and airlines are looking to offload cheap tickets without too many people noticing it.
5) Use Skyscanner
This website is amazing. Just so you can understand how amazing, Skyscanner allows you to search for the cheapest plane tickets on a NATIONWIDE search ANDand all their variations during an entire month. This will be so helpful when looking for the cheapest connecting flights, believe me - I saved over $1200.
6) Purchase tickets directly from airline website
Once you have checked the ticket prices on Skyscanner, head on over to the airline website so you can check the prices and see if there are any differences.
In my case, this helped a lot. I had initially planned on leaving to Iceland on August 1st, but once I checked the WOW Air website, I noticed that leaving on the 29th of July would be nearly $45 cheaper. So don’t forget to check for the variations not only on Skyscanner but with the airlines as well.
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I hope this guide can at least give you an idea of what to expect.
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