The Earlier You Book, The Cheaper The Flights

Most flight companies release their flight schedule a year ahead of time, but that doesn’t mean it’s the best deal.

There seems to be a sweet spot when it comes to booking flights, and that tends to be around 4-6 month mark.

That’s not to say that you can’t bag some great last minute deals!

However if like us you like to be a little prepared when booking long haul flights, then this is a good guideline to aim for.

Sure, you may be able to save a little more closer to the time, but you could also end up being forced to pay a lot more!

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Taken in Finnish Lakeland

3. Book Refundable Hotel Rooms
You’ll soon find that when travelling (especially when backpacking), your plans don’t always play out.

This means you’ll need to cancel hotel bookings last minute.

Rather than losing out on that money, it’s great to use a website like or Airbnb, who (most of the time) offer free cancellations (sometimes even on the day you’re due to arrive!)

This has proven really useful for us in last minute situations where circumstances have changed.

To save even more time with this process, I recommend using a price comparison site like CozyCozy which compares properties around a given location.

They rank all properties across both Airbnb &, making this search process 10 times easier. And even have the option to only show properties with flexible cancellation terms.