Yesterday, I booked a ticket to Iceland.
I’ve been thinking about this for a long time. Like many, many people, indecision makes booking flights an anxiety-inducing experience for me. I want to get the best price and date (like anyone), but the minute I decide I want to go somewhere, I obsess about it nonstop. I buy my tickets super early because I get so stressed out about waiting too long.
Now that I’ve gotten it off my chest a little about just how bad I am at flight booking, I will give you some advice on how to finally click that confirm button.
A few tips for stress-free flight booking
You can’t always predict the best time to buy, so pick a price that you feel comfortable with and go with it
Don’t chance missing out on a good price because you think a better one may pop up (unless you’ve got loads of time and the prices look steady).
The truth is that no one can really predict when the best prices will come up–it depends on the airline and the popularity of that flight.
I’ve missed good prices by waiting too long or not long enough, and I always feel more stressed and full of regret when it’s because I waited too long. Ten or 20 dollars seems like a lot more when you’ve already missed the deal than when you’ve already paid it off.
Remind yourself that dates don’t matter that much
That is, unless you have specific things in mind that you want to go to or don’t want to miss at home.
I always mull about whether it’s best to go this week or two weeks later, or maybe earlier. The truth is that when it comes down to it, as long as you’ve got the time, the dates will work fine. Just give yourself the chance to experience a weekend and weekdays. Once you’ve got the dates in place, suddenly everything seems so much more solid.
My go-to method is to Google “flights from _____ to _____” and click the FlightHub link that comes up, scroll down and see what weeks are the cheapest. Usually dates close to this will cost around the same.
Don’t worry about the weather–you’ll make the best of it either way
Why am I going to Iceland in April? Because it’s cheaper, and I don’t want to wait until the summer.
I want to see Iceland for the landscape and culture–good weather would be nice but I can handle cold and wet weather. I already booked the flight, why dwell on it now?
Be prepared for bad weather, as it can happen anywhere. When you are ready for it, it’s much easier to power through and make the best of the day.
Don’t rely on someone else to tell you it’s the right decision
You know better than anyone else what works for you. Stop second-guessing yourself.
The need for a vote of confidence and reassurance from someone else adds more stress than it relieves. If travelling with someone, agree beforehand on windows of time for travels and the target allotment for spending. If a great deal pops up, notify them. You already know it’s the right call, so you won’t need to meet up to discuss it and potentially miss out.
Once you’ve booked it, stop looking
Unless you’ve got some kind of price-match guarantee, there’s no point in continuing to look up prices after you’ve booked your flight. It’s just a good way to get frustrated if something better does pop up. Just leave it be.
Leave your own flight-booking tips below! Thanks for reading!